The July jobs report, released Friday, said that US employers added 1.8 million jobs during the month and that the unemployment rate declined to 10.2%. That beat economists’ expectations of 1.5 million payrolls added in July and a 10.5% unemployment rate. The report indicated progress in the labour-market recovery from […]
Robert Draper, a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine spoke with Business Insider about his new book “To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.” The book recounts all the terrible decisions based off of bad intelligence and motivated reasoning that led the […]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo botched New York’s initial coronavirus response and ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients. Over 6,000 people died in nursing homes. Now the governor is blowing off calls for an independent investigation as part of “politically-motivated” media attacks on his heroic image. He’s gotten the hero treatment […]
During the first weeks of the George Floyd-inspired protests against police brutality and racism, many police officers rioted, which in itself justified the protests. Now a New York Times investigation has collected over 60 videos of NYPD officers engaging in what looks like excessive force, mostly on peaceful protesters. These […]
The protests against racism and police brutality are radically moving public opinion in a positive direction. But police reforms will mostly take place in governments at the local level. Americans aren’t prolific voters as is, but they really don’t show up for local elections. And young Americans vote less than […]
Mike Bloomberg and President Trump have a lot in common, including a penchant for pushing executive power to its limits. From the expansion of stop-and-frisk to his soda tax to the elimination of term limits, Bloomberg used his power as mayor to unilaterally push through all kinds of policies. Also […]
President Donald Trump loves military parades and quoting from the film “Patton,” but when it comes to actually treating military personnel and their families with respect, he’s got a mixed record. He’s insulted war heroes and their parents, lambasted generals as “dopes and babies,” and blithely dismissed the symptoms of […]
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to cancel $US1.6 trillion in student-loan debt. But neither of their plans would address one of the underlying causes for the crisis: Federally guaranteed loans incentivise colleges to continue to raise tuition. A 2015 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found […]
The vaping “epidemic” is really a classic moral panic fuelled by sensationalistic media reports that ignored evidence and exacerbated by opportunistic politicians. Legal nicotine vapes almost certainly had nothing to do with the spate of vaping-related illnesses last year, and the increase in teen vaping corresponds with a massive historic […]
The detention camps where the Chinese government has interned more than 1 million Muslim Uighurs serves a dual purpose. It not only oppresses what the Chinese government considers a troublesome minority on its western frontier but also serves as a lab for the development of surveillance technology by Chinese companies. […]
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