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Why Italy’s Insular Election Is More Important Than It Looks

Advertisement ROME — The campaign before Italy’s national elections on Sunday has been self-obsessed and often petty and unedifying. But it has been instructive about one thing: The political forces that have torn at the global order and the European Union have settled into the mainstream. Fascists rallied in large ...

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Ignore the Stock Market. The Economy Looks Fine.

Advertisement What is the stock market telling us with its precipitous drop over the last several days? In all likelihood, not much of anything. That’s because the stock market, though crucial in the long run for individuals accumulating wealth and companies raising capital, is so erratic as to be useless ...

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A Crazy Supernova Looks Like a New Kind of Dying Star

In September 2014, astronomers saw a dimming point of light in a small galaxy half a billion light-years away. It looked like an ordinary supernova—a dying star that exploded and whose light was now petering out. But the following January, Zheng “Andrew” Wong, a student intern at Las Cumbres Observatory ...

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Trump Rides a Market Wave, but Business Looks for Results

The investor enthusiasm that began with President Trump’s unexpected victory in November has burst out anew on Wall Street, even as Washington remains gridlocked and evidence of any real pickup in the economy is scarce. Stocks have surged 5 percent since Mr. Trump took office on Jan. 20. And that ...

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After Dutch Election, Eurogroup Leader’s Fate Looks in Doubt

BRUSSELS — They discussed Greece’s bailout. They grappled with pension issues. They pored over draft budgets. But Monday’s meeting of the Eurogroup, the 19 finance ministers from countries that share the euro, was most notable for what it did not address: the future of their president. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch ...

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Russia Looks to Exploit White House ‘Turbulence,’ Analysts Say

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR February 27, 2017 MOSCOW — The Kremlin, increasingly convinced that President Trump will not fundamentally change relations with Russia, is instead seeking to bolster its global influence by exploiting what it considers weakness in Washington, according to political advisers, diplomats, journalists and other analysts. Russia has continued to test ...

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