Clive Crook

  • The Fed's New Twist

    The Fed's latest unorthodox intervention-- "Operation Twist", which involves selling $400 billion in short-dated debt and using the proceeds to buy…

  • Why Americans Love Unions (and Politicians)

    How to retire at 50 from a $56,000 public-sector job and collect $5m in taxpayer-funded pension. (Thanks to James Taranto for the link.) The Chicago…

  • Troy Davis

    The strongest case against the death penalty, I have always thought, is simply that it is irreversible, and criminal justice is prone to error. The…

  • The New New Obama

    The president vacillates between centrism and pleasing his base. After his latest jobs proposal, he should be wary of Democratic glee.

  • Waiting for the White House (and the Super Committee)

    On Monday the Obama administration has promised to spell out its thinking on long-term deficit reduction. Something to read while you're waiting:…

  • Rethinking Central Banking

    An event at the Brookings Institution launched a new report, Rethinking Central Banking, by a team of economic eminences including Barry Eichengreen…

  • Obama's Reset and the American Jobs Act

    In a column for the FT I explain why I like the American Jobs Act, and offer the president a bit of advice on how to sell it.Mr Obama cannot lead…

  • Remembering 9/11

    The most paralyzing part of that day was watching the towers fall

  • Obama's New Stimulus

    President Obama's speech to Congress was impressive. Good to see some leading from the front, for a change. The tone was commanding, confident, and…

  • What Obama Should Say on Thursday

    The president needs to be bold -- and that means offering ideas, like more stimulus, that even members of his own party won't like

  • Wall Street Journal and AFL-CIO Unite

    It's not every day that you see the editors of the Wall Street Journal agreeing with the leaders of the AFL-CIO on an issue of economic policy. Both…

  • What Is the Fed Waiting For?

    In a new FT column I discuss some of the arguments for and against additional monetary stimulus. On balance, I'm for it--and I wouldn't bet against…

  • Apple After Jobs

    Apple's share price shrugged as though the resignation of the company's visionary leader hardly mattered. That surprised me. Of course it helps…

  • A Critique of Pure Gold

    A lot of Tea Party types want to put the US back on the gold standard. One wonders how many of them even know what this means. Barry Eichengreen…

  • The Texan Climate, and Other Unfair Advantages

    There's a lot to digest about Rick Perry and the Texas Miracle/Unmiracle. ProPublica has a nice reading guide on the topic. It mentions Paul Burka's…

  • The Fed Needs a New Target

    In my column for the FT this week I write about a subject which is freshly topical in the US but which takes me back 25 years to the debate in…

  • Will the Supercommittee Deadlock?

    Its members are not incapable of compromise, but a stalemate over spending and taxes could be the most likely outcome

  • How Obama Can Win

    Hint: Don't spend time bashing Mitt Romney, and don't try to sell Americans on more stimulus spending

  • Welfare-State Mobs

    I've been watching the news from London and the UK with dismay -- but not, altogether, with surprise

  • Some Thoughts on the S&P Downgrade

    The downgrade didn't tell us anything new about U.S. finances


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming



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