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03/05/2015 - 7:59pm

    In February, Wal-Mart, America's largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for half a million workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two reasons. First, there will be spillovers: Wal-Mart is so big that its action...

03/05/2015 - 7:00pm

    As things now stand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees steaks, chicken thighs and eggs out of their shells. The Food and Drug Administration keeps an eye on salmon, apples and eggs in their shells.

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03/05/2015 - 6:55pm

    OK, let’s hear the president explain it, again.

    “Some call this evil Islamic radicalism. Others, militant jihadism. Still, others Islamo-fascism. Whatever it’s called, this...

03/05/2015 - 6:54pm

    Bake sales aren't about the sweets.

    That insight seems to be missing from the ridiculous debate raging in Virginia and across the country over whether public school kids should be able to...

02/26/2015 - 5:41pm

    Regular readers know that I sometimes mock "very serious people" - politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that sounds tough-minded and realistic. The trouble is that sounding serious and being...

02/26/2015 - 5:39pm

    Supermarket shoppers are more likely to buy French wine when French music is playing, and to buy German wine when they hear German music. That's true even though only 14 percent of shoppers say they noticed the music, a study...

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