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The history and limits of America’s favourite new economic weapon

United States | Chains of controlAmerica has ramped up controls on technology trade with China Feb 8th 2023 | Washington, DCAT 11:15am ON October 7th, an American official published 139 pages of regulations on a website called the Federal Register. Across East Asia, from Taipei to Nanjing, semiconductor executives panicked. The American government was...

History may yet judge Joe Biden’s presidency as transformational

United States | LexingtonHe has cause to boast—but time, along with the Republican House, is working against him Feb 8th 2023During Donald Trump’s presidency, the Washington Post kept a running tally of his lies, ultimately counting 30,573 “false or misleading claims” in four years. It has kept up that work under President Joe Biden, finding he lies...

Joe Biden uses his state-of-the union speech to rightly highlight his achievements

United States | LexingtonHe has cause to boast—but time, along with the Republican House, is working against him Feb 8th 2023During Donald Trump’s presidency, the Washington Post kept a running tally of his lies, ultimately counting 30,573 “false or misleading claims” in four years. It has kept up that work under President Joe Biden, finding he lies...

American universities are hiring based on devotion to diversity

United States | New testamentsMandatory statements are quickly taking hold of academia Feb 4th 2023 | Washington, DCThE UNIVERSITY of California, Berkeley is currently advertising for a “director of cell culture, fly food, media prep and oncall glass washing facilities”. Applicants need an advanced degree and a decade of research experience, and must...

Republicans are right that federal budgeting is a joke

United States | LexingtonBut threatening America’s credit is even dumber Feb 2nd 2023Although no other two-word combination may so prompt eyes to glaze and minds to wander, the history of America can be understood as a struggle over its budget process. After colonial legislatures restricted governors’ powers to tax and spend, parliament struck back...

The sport of ice fishing is being transformed by technology

United States | Ice, ice, maybeBut global warming threatens its future Feb 2nd 2023 | ST CROIX RIVERIn ancient Israel, somebody walking across a body of water constituted a miracle. In Minnesota, it just means that it is ice fishing season. On a late January afternoon at a bend in the St Croix river, which divides the state from Wisconsin, half a dozen...

Why it was so easy for crooks to steal money meant for pandemic relief

United States | Height of heistsAmerica’s fragmented and antiquated state systems were an open door to fraud Feb 2nd 2023 | WASHINGTON, DCIn “Goldfinger”, the seventh novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Auric Goldfinger plans to steal $15bn from the federal government with the help of nerve gas, a stolen atomic bomb and operatives from a clutch...

Medication for opioid addiction is getting easier to access

United States | Preventing overdosesA pandemic experiment in America is about to be made permanent Feb 2nd 2023 | NEW YORKTAKING DELICATE sips, as if it were hot tea, it takes the elderly patient three goes to finish her shot glass of bright liquid. The cherry flavour is the best, her nurse explains, but it is still pretty bad. Nevertheless, she rinses...

Why holding bad police officers to account is so difficult

United States | Black and blueThe killing of Tyre Nichols has put police reform back on the agenda Feb 1st 2023 | MEMPHISOn the street corner in south-eastern Memphis where Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, was beaten almost to death by at least five police officers on January 7th, well-wishers have left flowers, teddy bears and a miniature skateboard....

America needs a new environmentalism

United States | Green v greenPreventing clean-energy infrastructure from being built is no way to save the planet Jan 29th 2023 | Medicine Bow, WyomingWINTER IS windy season in Wyoming. On a particularly gusty day, those brave enough to travel on the I-80 highway will find that their fingers curl in a death grip around the steering wheel as winds buffet...

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