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A challenge to male-only draft registration lands at America’s Supreme Court

Gender warA challenge to male-only draft registration lands at America’s Supreme CourtBack to the legal battlefieldUnited StatesApr 10th 2021 edition“BE THE MAN”, says an advert for the Selective Service System. The entreaty is not merely a suggestion. For decades, registering for the Selective Service—the federal agency that keeps a roster of America’s...

A blooming future for New York’s community gardens

Urban gardeningA blooming future for New York’s community gardensThe Green AppleUnited StatesApr 10th 2021 editionTUCKED AWAY in an unassuming corner of north Brooklyn is a 3,000-square-foot patch of open space. Keap Fourth, at the intersection of Keap and South 4th Streets, is a community garden established in 2013. It’s a well-known hub in this largely...

America’s boom has begun. Can it last?

The world’s biggest economyAmerica’s boom has begun. Can it last?High-frequency economic data suggest it’s full steam aheadUnited StatesApr 10th 2021 editionTHE LATEST monthly employment report, published on April 2nd, painted an impressive picture: over the previous month America created more than 900,000 jobs. That figure, the strongest since August,...

The bumps ahead for Joe Biden’s plan to decarbonise America

Climate policyThe bumps ahead for Joe Biden’s plan to decarbonise AmericaThe green and the blueUnited StatesIN 2020 LOCKDOWNS caused the largest single-year drop in America’s greenhouse-gas emissions on record: some 10%. Even then, for every American 16 metric tons of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere. By 2050 President Joe Biden would...

Small cities in America’s Mountain West are booming

Growing painsSmall cities in America’s Mountain West are boomingRocky Mountain metros are growing both despite and because of the pandemicUnited StatesIN 1871 WILLIAM JACKSON PALMER, a civil-war general and railway magnate, looked up at Pikes Peak in central Colorado and decided “he wanted to build a city that matched the magnificent scenery”. Or so...

America Inc is on the hook for Joe Biden’s splurge on infrastructure

Taxing corporate AmericaAmerica Inc is on the hook for Joe Biden’s splurge on infrastructureWhere the trillions could come fromUnited StatesUNLIKE HIS $1.9trn covid-19 relief bill, which was almost entirely deficit-financed, President Joe Biden would like his recently unveiled $2trn infrastructure plan to be paid for with taxes. Individual taxes have...

Corporate America weighs in on Georgia’s voting-rights law

No neutral groundCorporate America weighs in on Georgia’s voting-rights lawPolitically engaged consumers increasingly push companies to take sides in political disputesUnited StatesTHOUGH THE divide has never been tidy, for the past century Republicans have been seen as the party of big business in America and Democrats as the party of labour. Under...

Why America’s Congress is reviving a once-reviled practice

He who has ears to markWhy America's Congress is reviving a once-reviled practiceLetting members bring home the bacon might make legislating easierUnited States“DIRT’S A FUNNY thing,” says the Boss, the populist southern governor in Robert Penn Warren’s classic American novel, “All the King’s Men”, as he muses about the application of political leverage....

Why America's Congress is reviving a once-reviled practice

He who has ears to markWhy America's Congress is reviving a once-reviled practiceLetting members bring home the bacon might make legislating easierUnited States“DIRT’S A FUNNY thing,” says the Boss, the populist southern governor in Robert Penn Warren’s classic American novel, “All the King’s Men”, as he muses about the application of political leverage....

The comeback of Congress’s “dirty word”

He who has ears to markThe comeback of Congress’s “dirty word”Letting members bring home the bacon might make legislating easierUnited States“DIRT’S A FUNNY thing,” says the Boss, the populist southern governor in Robert Penn Warren’s classic American novel, “All the King’s Men”, as he muses about the application of political leverage. “It’s dirt makes...

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