How Not to Let Corporations Kill Biden’s Agenda

That said, the Biden agenda doesn’t need the revenue from a higher corporate tax rate.
The budget resolution that will make it possible to move forward on that agenda if Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin can be brought on board doesn’t require that all investments in the future be fully paid for. In fact, it allows for up to $1.75 trillion in borrowing. And if opposition from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party — can we stop calling them “moderates”? — prevents tax increases, better to borrow than not to invest.
Should we be worried that increased borrowing would threaten U.

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Why the Popularity of ‘Squid Game’ Terrifies Me

And on the subject of blame, you’re right: Biden didn’t cause shipping delays or rising gas prices (though presidents often have to answer for such matters regardless). He’s not the source of congressional obstructionism. But I focused on that obstructionism because he campaigned on the assertion that he knew how to work the levers of Congress especially well. So he has invited judgment about how well he works them, no matter the uncontrollable dynamics at hand.
The second: Journalists tend toward melodrama, evident in sloppy word choices.

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Marriage is Declining in America

When I was young, everything in society seemed to aim one toward marriage. It was the expectation. It was the inevitability. You would — and should — meet someone, get married and start a family. It was the way it had always been, and always would be.
But even then, the share of people who were married was already falling. The year I was born, 1970, the percentage of Americans between the ages of 25 and 50 who had never married was just 9 percent. By the time I became an adult, that number was approaching 20 percent.
Some people were delaying marriage.

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This Election Season, Look Out for Virginia

We’re heading around the bend, people! Elections are just a couple of weeks away and the two biggest races in the nation are …
You have no idea, right?
OK, most of the voting is going to be about local government — mayors and council members and holders of even smaller offices. But there are a couple of contests for governor, in Virginia and New Jersey.
It’s Virginia that’s obsessing the world. Or at least the world that’s already terrified about what’s going to happen in 2022 (Dems lose Congress?) or 2024 (Trump? Trump? Trummmpp?).

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How Will Blue America Live With Covid?

By now, it’s generally understood that we are not going to see the end of Covid on any simple timetable and that what we should expect instead is a world where the disease becomes something that we live with — as an endemic illness transformed by the combination of vaccinations, boosters and immunity from prior infection into a tolerable risk.
The conversation about how best to encourage vaccination at the margins is all about how we can hurry up and finally reach that stage. But for areas with high vaccination rates, especially, a crucial question is what happens when we get there.

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China’s Bullying Is Becoming a Danger to the World and Itself

Indeed, TSMC and its South Korean rival Samsung have the only foundries in the world able to make the most advanced 5-nanometer chips, and TSMC is expected to begin next-generation 3-nanometer chips in 2022. The smaller the chip’s transistors, the more brain power you can pack onto it. China’s biggest chip maker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, is not even close. It is mainly competing at 28 nanometers and just starting to produce some 14-nanometer chips.
I recently spent time in Silicon Valley asking U.S.

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Vaccine Mandates Could Stop Supply-Chain Woes at U.S. Ports

It’s 7:38 a.m. on a Tuesday — specifically today, Oct. 19, 2021 — and you’re taking a taxi from Kennedy Airport to The New York Times building. If you’d taken that ride very early this morning, when there was no traffic, it would have taken less than half an hour. But during today’s morning commute it looked like this:

What caused this snarled traffic? We could see major delays on the Long Island Expressway and at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel; I don’t know what they were about.

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Last Chance to Save American Democracy

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, has indicated that he plans to schedule a vote for Wednesday to open debate on a new voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.
The bill would set national standards for early voting, expand voting by mail, allow the use of more forms of voter identification, make Election Day a federal holiday and institute measures to counter voter suppression tactics. It would also automate voter registration, force states to give voters the option to register on Election Day and offer safeguards against voter purges.

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James Bond Has No Time for China

The final James Bond outing for Daniel Craig, “No Time to Die,” also marks a notable milestone for Bondian geopolitics: The franchise just completed a five-movie arc with a single lead actor, and amid all the globe-trotting and intrigue you would barely know that China existed. Shanghai and Macau were brief backdrops, and one villain had been tortured, offstage and in the past, by Chinese security forces — but overall a series released across the years of China’s rise gave little hint that America’s leading rival mattered any more than any other exotic Bondian locale.

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