Opinion | The Endless Facebook Apology

In March of 2018, I interviewed Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, at the top of the company’s San Francisco tower. He offered up an astonishing metaphor when I asked him for his take on the impact of social media companies. “Facebook is the new cigarettes,” Benioff said. “It’s addictive. It’s not good for you.” As it did with […]

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Your Thursday Briefing

The U.S., Britain and Australia counter China in the Pacific The U.S. and Britain announced they would help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines, taking a major step in challenging China’s broad territorial claims. If the plan comes to fruition, Australia may be conducting routine patrols through areas of the South China Sea that Beijing now claims as its own exclusive zone. […]

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Opinion | Abortion Has Never Just Been About Abortion

As recently as 1984, abortion was not a deeply partisan issue. “The difference in support for the pro-choice position was a mere six percentage points,” Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, told me by email. “40 percent of Democratic identifiers were pro-life, while 39 percent were pro-choice. Among Republican identifiers, 33 percent were pro-choice, 45 percent were pro-life […]

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Opinion | Tyler Cowen on the Great Stagnation’s End

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ Tyler Cowen is an economist at George Mason University, the co-founder of the blog Marginal Revolution, and host of the podcast “Conversations With Tyler.” But more than that, he’s a genuine polymath who reads about everything, goes everywhere and talks to everyone. I’ve known him for years, and while I disagree with him on […]

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Opinion | Home Care Keeps Me Alive. It Should Be Fully Funded.

Five years ago, I went to sleep each night thinking I was the luckiest and happiest person I knew. I was 32 and had a brilliant wife, an adorable infant son and a fulfilling career organizing for social justice. We owned a house in paradisiacal Santa Barbara, Calif. Then I was given a death sentence. I was told I had […]

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Opinion | As Power Grids Wobble, the Hunt Is on for a Fix

In Oregon, some residents are begging electric companies to shut off their power in high winds to prevent the lines from sparking dangerous fires. Power companies that refuse can expect to get sued for keeping the lights on. In California, that kind of power shut-off is old hat, but now the state is periodically asking people to turn up their […]

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