Joe Manchin won’t support a key climate program

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A key climate policy designed to phase out fossil fuels will likely be cut from Democrats’ upcoming reconciliation package due to opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has reportedly refused to back the measure as negotiations over the budget bill continue. According to the New York Times’s Coral Davenport, who first reported the news…

Apple will finally let you fix your own devices —

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Apple announced on Wednesday that it will start letting people repair their own products. The announcement marks a change in Apple’s repair policies and a big step forward for the right-to-repair movement. At the same time, the new program shows how Apple still wants these self-service repairs to happen on its own terms. The iPhone…

The danger of anti-China rhetoric

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Congress is currently weighing multiple bills aimed at bolstering US tech and science resources in an effort to counter investments the Chinese government is making in both areas. These bills would pour billions into research and development in the coming years, while also pushing for more accountability on human rights abuses in China. They haven’t…

The lapsed eviction moratorium is the Supreme Court’s fault

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On Sunday, a federal eviction moratorium, which was intended to prevent renters from losing their homes in the midst of a pandemic, expired. At its height, this moratorium may have saved as many as 40 million Americans from eviction. But, in late June, the Supreme Court signaled that this moratorium must expire at the end…

We’re all famous now

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Are we all famous now? I know that’s a strange question. If everyone is famous, then no one is famous, right? Well, it depends on what exactly we mean by “famous.” Last month, I read a New Yorker essay by Chris Hayes, the host of All In on MSNBC, that sharpened the question. He asked,…

Democrats are set to leave immigrants in the lurch again

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The House may soon vote on Democrats’ $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill, with provisions to shield undocumented immigrants living in the US from deportation and relieve long visa backlogs. But like many of the immigration proposals from the last few decades, these new, critical immigration fixes appear unlikely to actually become law. So why is…

New York City issues vaccine mandate for indoor activities, confuses

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Starting in September, New York City will require people to prove they’ve received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to eat indoors, visit gyms, and go to theaters. The new program is called “Key to NYC Pass,” but it does not, as the name might imply, involve the release of a new app…

America isn’t panicking about inflation

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Despite what some pundits and politicians would have you believe may be warranted, Americans arenot panicking about inflation. Still, many are keeping an eye on it. And how worried they are depends on their political affiliation — as well as what they’re watching on TV. When asked what the most important economic issue is facing…

Covid-19 cases now fall into 3 distinct categories

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Even as the current surge of Covid-19 in the United States surpasses those in the spring and summer of 2020, trailing only the devastating winter wave, it is being driven by a different mix of cases than the prior waves. Back then, the coronavirus was still new and most people had no immunity to it.…

Biden is pushing to end “Remain in Mexico

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On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a new memo terminating the Migrant Protection Protocol, a Trump-era directive requiring migrants to wait in Mexico for US immigration court hearings. It’s President Joe Biden’s second attempt to end the policy after a previous effort was blocked in federal court. The memo argues that the policy,…