Politics

What You Really Want to Know About the Candidates for Chicago Mayor

No, Rahm Emanuel isn’t running. But practically every other power player in Chicago is on the ballot on Tuesday in a race that is perhaps the most unpredictable mayoral contest in a generation for the nation’s third-largest city. It’s a free-for-all with no clear front-runner. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote — an extremely difficult ...

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Jeffrey Hart, Influential and Iconoclastic Conservative, Is Dead at 88

Jeffrey Hart, a defiant defender of the Western literary canon and a profusely credentialed but contrarian conservative who bolted the Republican Party to support John Kerry and Barack Obama for president, died on Sundayin Fairlee, Vt. He was 88. The cause was complications of dementia, his wife, Nancy Hart, said. Professor Hart, who taught English literature at Dartmouth for three ...

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Elizabeth Warren Wants a Wealth Tax. How Would That Even Work?

When the United States government wants to raise money from individuals, its mode of choice, for more than a century, has been to tax what people earn — the income they receive from work or investments. But what if instead the government taxed the wealth you had accumulated? That is the idea behind a policy Senator Elizabeth Warren has embraced ...

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Watch Out. Tax Season Is Even More Stressful Than Usual.

Take a deep breath, a drink, whatever calms you: It’s tax season. If you have already filed your return and received a satisfying refund, congratulations! You are a lucky person, because many people are having a hard time this year. Oddly, much of the pain comes from a shift that might seem pleasant: sweeping changes that, while providing a windfall ...

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