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Emeritus Contributors to Angry Bear include: Bill McBride, now at his own Calculated Risk,  Kash Mansori who now writes sometimes at ... more

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Record High Trade Deficit
Our trade deficit was at another record high in March, 5.6% higher than in February, as both our imports and exports increased, but our imports increased by more.
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Other Enjoyments, Of A Purer, More Lasting, And More Exquisite Nature
When actions have unintended consequences, it is not because of some celestial law of irony. It is because human motives and actions are intrinsically ambivalent.
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The Ever Given And A Wee Bit Of History
In 1967, 68, 69 & 70 there were still the freighters owned by big shipping lines, the cruise lines, and a lot of the old Victory ships coming and going from SF.
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Summers Ignores Politics, Unfairly Blames Progressives
Democrats used the pandemic relief bill to advance social policy goals unrelated to macroeconomic stabilization, notably increased subsidies for health insurance, and the creation of a child allowance.
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The Long Term Consequences Of Economic Downturns
Chairman Powell, Secretary Yellen, and President Biden have recently spoken about the long term consequences for many of economic downturns. More should, more often. Congress should put this front and center in all discussions about economic policy.
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Texas Freeze; Oil Refining And Distillate Exports Drop Most Since Harvey . . .
Data from the USEIA for the week ending February 19, indicated that the big drops in our oil exports and our oil refining associated with last week’s freeze off were greater than the big drops in our oil production and oil imports.
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How We Got Here
Donald Trump got elected President in 2016. His Presidency has been one hell of a ride; for the Nation, for the World. And, it is far from certain that the ride is over.
Project Perjury
The Washington Post has a story about the Erie, Pennsylvania postal worker who claimed to not have not recanted his fantasy about overhearing a conspiracy to backdate ballots.
US Library Of Congress Selects Angry Bear To Archive
The United States Library of Congress will be archiving and collecting material from Angry Bear.
Amazon Defeated In New York (Updated)
In the biggest ever defeat for a subsidized project in history, Amazon announce dFebruary 14th that it was canceling its planned half of HQ2 for New York City, which was to receive subsidies worth at least $3.133 billion.
Real Retail Sales Very Positive; Industrial Production Decent
Real retail sales for November, together with the revisions for October, were very positive. As of November both real retail sales and real retail sales per capita set new records.

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Presimetrics
Angry Bear
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
08/18/2010
The authors cut through party bias to present the quantifiable facts about how modern presidents have performed on critical national issues Politicians and the media spend a lot of time telling Americans how the presidents and their administrations are performing, but this analysis always skews along party lines. In Presimetrics, Kimel and Kanell take a fresh look at modern politics by gathering data from numerous government sources in order to compare and rank presidential performance on critical issues, from employment and health care to taxes and family values. The results frequently defy expectations. The lively text clearly explains how various policies of each administration affect the data, and fascinating information graphics lend even greater depth to the discussion, showing at a glance how multiple administrations stack up.