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In His First Year, China's Xi Puts Unprecedented Focus on Africa - Businessweek

A little over a year ago, Xi Jinping embarked on his first foreign trip as China’s president, making stops in Russia and Africa. Over the past 13 months, his administration has focused unprecedented attention on strengthening economic and political ties in Africa, according to a new policy briefing by… 186 more words

China Alert

The Future of U.S. Health Care Spending

The Future of U.S. Health Care Spending
Source: Brookings Institution

For several decades health spending in the United States rose much faster than other spending. Forecasters predicted the health sector, already 17% of GDP, would soon exceed 20 to 25% of GDP, driving out other necessary public and private spending.

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Business And Economics

Student Loan Safety Nets: Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Income-Based Repayment

Student Loan Safety Nets: Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Income-Based Repayment
Source: Brookings Institution

The plight of underemployed college graduates struggling to make their student loan payments has received a great deal of media attention throughout the recent economic recession.

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Business And Economics

Perspectives on Health Care Spending Growth

Perspectives on Health Care Spending Growth
Source: Brookings Institution

The evolution of health care spending has important implications for many aspects of our economy. As highlighted by this conference, the trajectory of health spending growth is a central determinant of the outlook for federal and state budgets and for workers’ take-home pay.

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Business And Economics

How to get Americans to save more at tax time

Reminding people of the risks of unexpected financial shocks, such as unemployment and hospitalization, may not be as big of a motivator as automatically enrolling people in a savings plan. 884 more words

Term Sheet

Offshore Oil and Gas Governance in the Arctic: A Leadership Role for the U.S.

Offshore Oil and Gas Governance in the Arctic: A Leadership Role for the U.S.
Source: Brookings Institution

The Arctic is changing and increasingly drawing the world’s interest, with the potential for vast reserves of offshore oil and gas constituting arguably the most attractive, yet challenging prospect in the region.

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Government And Politics

Maps: Tax Indicators in Your County

Maps: Tax Indicators in Your County
Source: Brookings Institution

Tax season is winding down, and many of us are scrambling to submit our returns to the IRS this week.

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