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Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have boosted shale gas production from zero a few years ago to 10 percent of all U.S. energy supplies in 2012, observes energy analyst Daniel Yergin.
This autumn has seen a slew of new books about the economy and the new plutocracy. None is as absorbing as Janet Wallach's "The Richest Woman in America," which takes us through America's repeated booms and busts through the eyes and coolheaded example of the remarkable financial genius Hetty Green.
In last week's column, I described my assistant's quest to purchase her first home. I concluded that despite the fact that home prices are close to double what they were 25 years ago, it is easier to afford a home today, thanks to low interest rates and the availability of a variety of mortgage products.
Political conventions aren't ideal venues for rigorous political argument, so maybe it's unfair to highlight speechifying that qualifies more as burlesque than artful persuasion. Yet without exception, the appeals from the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week had one theme in common: Democrats serve progress, and Republicans don't.
The Dirty Harry of tax and government reform is Grover Norquist.
The five-year farm bill, which cleared the Senate last week, could be headed for rough waters in the House with Republicans complaining that the upper chamber's bill favors Midwesterners' crops over Southerners' produce and saying a final compromise will need to have deeper cuts to the food-stamp and crop-insurance programs.
House Republicans have added more than a half-billion dollars to the defense budget, even as Pentagon officials are struggling to meet their target of cutting spending by $487 billion over the next decade.
Rep. Mike R. Pompeo was elected in 2010 by the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. A native of Wichita and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he patrolled the Iron Curtain as an Army officer before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
Tens of thousands of young people will soon toss their graduation caps into the air and begin their pursuit of their own unique American Dream. That's cause for grand celebration.