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Another economic downturn is just a matter of time

It will be harder to fight than the last one, says Ryan Avent.

One day, the forces that turned the palest, thinnest of green shoots after the financial crisis into the second-longest American economic expansion on record will change direction, igniting a new recession—for which the wor...

How America’s police became so heavily armed

Nearly 90% of American cities with populations above 50,000 have SWAT teams, more than four times the level of the mid-1980s

As with so much else in American governance, the explanation starts with federal cash. Every year Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act, which s...