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The Bernanke legacy [Editorial]
The Bernanke legacy [Editorial]

Outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, 60, probably won't win many popularity contests. He's frequently been vilified by the political left for doing too little and by the right for doing too much. Most Americans probably have no idea what he does — and, whether in full-blown crisis or too-slow growth, the U.S. economy, his chief responsibility as head of the nation's central bank since 2006, has been underwhelming for most of his tenure. But he will be remembered as being the right man for the times. A student of the Great Depression and a former economics professor at Princeton, he likely knew better than anyone in the Bush White House what was at stake when...

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