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The Golden State is awash in cash

California teemingThe Golden State is awash in cashHow its leaders plan to use the money says a lot about its politicsUnited StatesJun 19th 2021 editionRECENTLY CALIFORNIA has been running a lottery to encourage vaccinations against covid-19. Those who have received their jabs can enter to win prizes, including holidays, gift cards and ten grand-prize...

Terry McAuliffe and the battle for Virginia

LexingtonTerry McAuliffe and the battle for VirginiaHis victory in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary could be one for the history booksUnited StatesJun 19th 2021 editionTHE ONLY man to serve two terms as governor of the Old Dominion since the civil war was a courtly “Virginia gentleman” and segregationist called Mills Godwin. Hailing from...

The death of a totemic pipeline has been greatly exaggerated

Keystone chimeraThe death of a totemic pipeline has been greatly exaggeratedOil from Alberta’s tar sands will still flow freelyUnited StatesJun 19th 2021 editionTHE WEBSITE of 350.org, an environmental group, screams, “We want to end the fossil-fuel industry within the next decade.” The group’s cause célèbre has been halting the completion of Keystone...

America’s largest Protestant denomination holds off an insurgency

A house dividedAmerica’s largest Protestant denomination holds off an insurgencyBut Southern Baptists remain deeply rivenUnited StatesJun 19th 2021 editionANNUAL MEETINGS of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), America’s largest Protestant denomination, are usually dull. Church representatives, known as “messengers,” debate resolutions about ecclesiological...

Joe Biden appoints Lina Khan to head the Federal Trade Commission

Yes they KhanJoe Biden appoints Lina Khan to head the Federal Trade CommissionBig tech firms should start to worryUnited StatesTHE EARLY motto of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s boss, was “Move fast and break things”. Bruce Mehlman, a former assistant secretary of commerce for technology policy, predicts the same maxim may now guide the Federal Trade Commission...

After a quick start, Joe Biden’s legislative agenda has hit a wall

Look at Joe not goAfter a quick start, Joe Biden’s legislative agenda has hit a wallFactionalism and the filibuster imperil his ambitionsUnited StatesAFTER HIS first 100 days in office, Joe Biden looked ruthless and Rooseveltian. He had just passed a $1.9trn rescue package despite painfully narrow majorities. His administration was triumphantly preparing...

After a heady start, Joe Biden’s legislative agenda has hit a wall

Look at Joe not goAfter a heady start, Joe Biden’s legislative agenda has hit a wallBlame factionalism and the filibusterUnited StatesAFTER 100 DAYS in office, Joe Biden looked ruthless and Rooseveltian. He had just passed a $1.9trn rescue package despite painfully narrow majorities; his administration was triumphantly preparing future plans to spend...

Kyrsten Sinema’s technicolour moderation

LexingtonKyrsten Sinema’s technicolour moderationThe senator from Arizona is better at upsetting Democrats than working with RepublicansUnited StatesJun 12th 2021 editionWHEN KYRSTEN SINEMA first sashayed into the Senate, liberal hearts fluttered. The 42-year-old was one of the youngest women elected to the chamber, the first Democratic senator from...

Deportations of undocumented immigrants are at a record low

Lowering the barDeportations of undocumented immigrants are at a record lowJoe Biden does not want to be America’s next “deporter-in-chief”United StatesJun 12th 2021 editionALTHOUGH DONALD TRUMP talked the fiercest nativist game about illegal immigration, it was Barack Obama who oversaw the removal of more undocumented immigrants from America during...

Hispanic Americans are curious about QAnon too

Conspiracy as a second languageHispanic Americans are curious about QAnon tooAnd tech companies have not yet worked out how to counter misinformation in SpanishUnited StatesJun 12th 2021 editionIF YOU VISIT Segadores de Vida, a Hispanic megachurch in the outskirts of Miami, you will probably get more than your average church service. Its Dominican-born...

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