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Why the SPAC Craze Is Slowing Down

P.M. Edition for Jan. 21. Investment in blank-check companies, or SPACs, soared during the pandemic, with hundreds of startups piling into the craze. But now the frenzy is slowing, and some investors are starting to pull out of deals. Markets reporter Amrith Ramkumar joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss why interest in SPACs is sinking. Learn more...

Intel Pours Billions Into U.S. Chip Production

A.M. Edition for Jan. 21. Intel plans to invest $20 billion to build a new chip-production facility in Ohio amid continuing global shortages. Plus, as the effects of climate change intensify, some insurers are backing out of high-risk markets. WSJ's Leslie Scism explains how this is raising questions about whose role it is to protect consumers. Luke...

Where Do Voting Reform Efforts Go From Here?

P.M. Edition for Jan. 20. President Biden and Democrats have called voting access a top priority. But after the Senate blocked a sweeping elections bill, what comes next? WSJ politics reporter Eliza Collins joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Assessing Biden's Year One Scorecard

A.M. Edition for Jan. 20. A year into his term in office, President Biden faces gathering headwinds, from rising inflation to sagging poll numbers and hardening opposition in Congress. WSJ's Catherine Lucey joins us to recap Biden's biggest wins and most bitter disappointments. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why the 5G Rollout Is Raising Concerns Among Aviation Regulators

P.M. Edition for Jan. 19. AT&T and Verizon began rolling out 5G wireless technology on Wednesday, after agreeing to postpone the service's launch near certain airports. WSJ telecommunications reporter Drew FitzGerald joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss the debate over 5G's safety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Covid-19 Deepens the Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

A.M. Edition for Jan. 19. Dubbed 'The Great Divergence,' the pandemic is exacerbating long-standing inequities between rich and poor nations. WSJ's Nicholas Bariyo reports from Uganda about Covid-19's disruptive effect on everything from childhood health campaigns to years of continuous economic growth. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices....

Microsoft to Buy Videogame Heavyweight Activision

P.M. Edition for Jan. 18. Microsoft is expanding its footprint in the video game industry through a deal valued at $75 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard, the company behind Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush. WSJ technology reporter Sarah E. Needleman joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss how the deal could impact the industry. Learn...

Lobbyists Push Congress for More Pandemic Business Relief

A.M. Edition for Jan. 18. Lobbyists are pressing the case to lawmakers that businesses around the country-including restaurants, gyms and even sports teams-need another round of pandemic relief to stay afloat. But as WSJ's Brody Mullins explains, the appetite for billions in additional aid isn't what it once was. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about...

Could the Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers Lead Some to Leave?

P.M. Edition for Jan. 14. The Supreme Court ruled this week that the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers can stand. But the rule has some worried that hospitals and nursing homes could lose even more staff, when many facilities are already on the brink. Health reporter Anna Wilde Mathews joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss....

Is China's 'Zero-Covid' Policy Starting to Backfire?

A.M. Edition for Jan. 14. To date, China's strict 'zero-Covid' policy has largely prevented mass outbreaks and allowed the country's economy to keep buzzing. But Omicron is calling that strategy into question. WSJ's Lingling Wei explains how a fresh wave of lockdowns is triggering an economic slowdown that could have global consequences. Luke Vargas...

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