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Money & Politics are virtually inseparable. Learn more about some of the most important political and economic issues of our time.

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How Labor Scabs Work

They range from factory workers to plumbers to professional athletes. Labor scabs -- sometimes under threat of bodily harm -- fill jobs when union workers go on strike.


U.S. Politicians Prioritize Coal Mining Jobs Above Other Industries, Despite Data

U.S. politicians talk a lot about trying to save coal mining jobs, while saying little about losses in significantly larger sectors like retail. Why the disconnect?

Estonia's e-Residency Gives Brexit Businesses a Way to Stay in the EU

Post-Brexit, applications for Estonia's e-Residency program are soaring. But what does becoming an Estonian e-Resident actually allow you to do?

Want to Define Poverty? Consider More Than Just Income, Study Says

Poverty has always been measured with money in the U.S., but a new study finds that when we focus only income, there's a lot we don't see.

What Are the Panama Papers?

The guys from Stuff They Don't Want You to Know catch you up on the largest single leak in human history.

New Research Finds Financial Hardship Causes Actual Physical Pain

Financial difficulty can produce measurable negative impacts on physical well-being, including real pain and a lowered pain tolerance.

How Dark Money Works

Let's shed some light on how and why political donations can be so tricky.

How the Fiscal Cliff Works

The New Year may produce more than a hangover; America may be going over a fiscal cliff as well. How did the U.S. get there, and what can stop it?

Can the president control gas prices?

Gas prices have been pretty volatile for the past few years. Is there anyone who has any control over how much you'll pay at the pump? Well ... kind of.

How the Bush-Era Tax Cuts Work

When George W. Bush signed two tax bills into law in both 2001 and 2003, he lowered tax rates for the vast majority of Americans as well as taxes on capital gains and investment dividends. So why are these bills so controversial?

What was the economic impact of September 11?

It's hard to quantify the economic impact of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 -- and pretty much impossible to tally the emotional cost of that fateful day. How did the events of 9/11 affect the U.S. economically?