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October 16, 2009

Storm Clouds Gather as Dow Hits 10,000 By Lawrence Kudlow

Dow Jones 10,000 arrived on Wall Street Wednesday for the first time in a year. It's a milestone of sorts, and it certainly represents a vote for investor confidence in economic recovery. Blowout profit reports from Intel and JPMorgan helped fuel the day's 145-point gain. So did a retail sales report that excluding Cash for Clunkers was actually quite strong.

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October 9, 2009

The Mundell-Laffer Solution By Lawrence Kudlow

Team Obama is in economic trouble on two fronts right now: The dollar could be headed toward its demise, while the jobs and unemployment numbers have gotten worse. (The unemployment rate is up to 9.8 percent as of the September report released last week.) And there's a simple policy mix the White House could adopt to fix this. It could enact the Mundell-Laffer supply-side approach of a steady King Dollar for price stability and low marginal tax rates to spur jobs and economic growth.

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September 26, 2009

Kevin Warsh Is on the Money By Lawrence Kudlow

Attendees of the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh and members of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington should carefully read a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Fed Governor Kevin Warsh.

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September 11, 2009

The Government-Insurance Option Is Dead By Lawrence Kudlow

The day after President Obama's impassioned speech for big-government health care, Wall Street bet heavily that the so-called government-insurance option he supports is dead.

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September 5, 2009

The Jobless Recovery By Lawrence Kudlow

The jobless-recovery theme re-emerged on Friday with the arrival of a disappointing employment report.

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September 3, 2009

Hey, Conservatives, We're Recovering By Lawrence Kudlow

Believe it or not, sometimes good news on the economy can be bad news for stocks.

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August 18, 2009

Bob Novak, R.I.P. By Lawrence Kudlow

Now we say good-bye to Robert Novak, who passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 78. Yet another conservative icon has left us. He was a good friend, and an amazing reporter.

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August 12, 2009

Obama’s Hoof-in-Mouth Disease By Lawrence Kudlow

It’s hard to know why President Obama said what he said at Tuesday’s health-care town hall in New Hampshire. He actually stated, “If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”

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August 6, 2009

Vote for the Clunkers By Lawrence Kudlow

As a free-market capitalist who does not believe in artificial spending and pump-priming from Uncle Sam, I'm going to eat a little crow with the following statement: At this moment in history, if we're going to use fiscal stimulus as Washington insists, I favor extending the cash-for-clunkers car-rebate program.

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July 30, 2009

Are Republicans the Economic Pessimists? By Lawrence Kudlow

Are Republicans too pessimistic about the economy? I put this question to Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., this week, and it would be hard to describe his response as optimistic. The senator trash-talked Vice President Joe Biden's recent defense of the stimulus in The New York Times, and he warned that any economic rebound will be short-lived because of the runaway spending-and-borrowing plans of the Obama administration.

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July 24, 2009

Stocks Surge as Obamacare Implodes By Lawrence Kudlow

Hate to say it but Obama’s disastrous press conference last night is a big contributor to today’s roaring stock market. The Dow opened strong and is now up over 200 points, continuing a very bullish rally that is breaking new high ground for shares this year.

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July 23, 2009

Is Bernanke Wise Enough to Exit? By Lawrence Kudlow

Fed head Ben Bernanke went before Congress this week with his midyear update on monetary policy and the economy.

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July 15, 2009

Stock Markets Are Up Again By Lawrence Kudlow

I agree with publisher Mort Zuckerman who recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that subprime jobs numbers in the U.S. foreshadow continued economic weakness. But the stock market seems to disagree with both of us. Stocks are roaring ahead again today — up over 150 points — after holding the high ground yesterday and following Monday’s huge rally. Even a sub-par retail sales report didn’t stop retail stocks from posting a 1.6 percent gain.

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July 11, 2009

The Road to Economic Demoralization -- Washington Is Going the Wrong Way By Lawrence Kudlow

There's no question that current government policies for taxes, spending and regulation are causing the United States to lose competitiveness in the global race for capital, prosperity and growth.

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July 3, 2009

June Jobs Tell a Bad Story -- and Obama's Policies Won't Make It Any Better By Lawrence Kudlow

After nine months of explosive monetary and fiscal stimulus, you'd think economic recovery would be upon us. But the June jobs report tells a much different story.

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June 26, 2009

We Don't Need Big-Bang Health-Care Reform By Lawrence Kudlow

Why do we need President Obama's big-bang health-care reform at all? What's the real agenda here? If it's really to cover the truly uninsured, a much cheaper, targeted, small-ball approach would do the trick.

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June 18, 2009

The Fed in Charge of Systemic Risk? What a Mess By Lawrence Kudlow

The big winner of the Obama financial-regulation plan appears to be the Federal Reserve, which becomes the consolidated supervisor of large, systemically important banks.

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June 6, 2009

Recall the Stimulus by Lawrence Kudlow

Testifying before the House Budget Committee this week, Ben Bernanke said that when the time comes, the Fed will raise interest rates in order to stop inflation from building in the next recovery. He also asked for "fiscal balance" to sustain financial stability. On the surface -- in terms of keeping prices stable and restoring value to the softening U.S. dollar -- this is positive. Surely Bernanke wants to do right for America, and he's giving it his best shot.

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June 2, 2009

Yesterday’s Story By Lawrence Kudlow

Isn’t it fascinating that stocks rallied over 200 points on Monday, despite Obama’s command-and-control government takeover of General Motors? I think it’s because GM’s old-economy operation is yesterday’s story.

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May 30, 2009

Little Green Cars By Lawrence Kudlow

Get ready, folks: America is about to buy a car company. As of Monday, we the taxpayers will own more than 70 percent of GM. Whether the company will be formally renamed Government Motors remains to be seen. But that's what it will be.