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Putting the Con in Economics

Adam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser.

Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors Kevin Hassett testifies on Capitol Hill on Oct. 25.

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President Trump’s top economics adviser is Kevin Hassett, a guy who has made some very bad calls—most notably, his assertion that the Bush tax cuts would make the U.S. economy recession-proof. New Yorker writer Adam Davidson takes us to economics school and parses some of Hassett’s yearsold gobbledygook.

In the Spiel, holding Bill Clinton’s accusers to today’s standards.

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