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Inside Republicans’ Policy Rift With Corporate America

Big business is overwhelmingly in favor of requiring that workers get vaccinated against Covid-19. A recent CNBC survey of chief financial officers found that 80 percent of them say they “totally support” the Biden administration’s plan to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on companies with more than 100 workers, and many companies have already announced vaccination requirements for their employees.Yet Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, just issued an executive order banning vaccine...

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Biden Should Ignore the Debt Limit and Mint a $1 Trillion Coin

It’s hard to believe now, but before Donald Trump became the G.O.P.’s presidential nominee in 2016, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was widely seen as a champion of the “reformicons” — conservatives who wanted the Republican Party to become more moderate and flexible, to move beyond its obsessive focus on cutting taxes for the rich and slashing benefits for the poor. Since then, however, Rubio has become a pathetic figure — not just a Trump toady, but someone who routinely tweets out stuff...

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Of Vaccine Mandates and Facing Reality

Three weeks ago President Biden announced plans to require Covid-19 vaccinations — or, in some cases, weekly testing as an alternative — for most U.S. workers. There were immediate predictions that the move would backfire, that it would only stiffen vaccine resistance. Indeed, some surveys suggested that as many as half of unvaccinated workers would quit their jobs rather than take their shots.But such threats are proving mostly empty. Many state and local governments and a significant...

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Why Are Democratic Centrists Spouting Right-Wing Propaganda?

Everyone who paid attention during the Obama years knew that Republicans would also try to undermine Democratic presidencies. Some of the G.O.P.’s actions — notably, the efforts of governors like Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott to prevent an effective response to a deadly pandemic — have shocked even the cynics. Still, a Republican attempt to make President Biden fail, no matter how much it hurt the rest of the country, was predictable.More surprising, at least to me, has been the...

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Foreign Terrorists Have Never Been Our Biggest Threat

It may seem like a terrible thing to say, but a fair number of people — especially in the news media — are nostalgic about the months that followed 9/11. Some pundits openly pine for the sense of national unity that, they imagine, prevailed in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. More subtly, my sense is that many long for the days when the big threat to America seemed to come from foreign fanatics, not homegrown political extremists.But that golden moment of unity never existed; it’s a...

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Corporate America Is Lobbying for Climate Disaster

Why does Mickey Mouse want to destroy civilization?OK, that’s probably not what Disney executives think they’re doing. But the Walt Disney Company, along with other corporate titans, including ExxonMobil and Pfizer, is reportedly gearing up to support a major lobbying effort against President Biden’s $3.5 trillion investment plan — a plan that may well be our last chance to take serious action against global warming before it becomes catastrophic.To say what should be obvious, the dangers...

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The Bad Economics of Fossil Fuel Defenders

Global warming is fake news. Anyway, it isn’t man-made. And doing anything about it would destroy the economy.Opponents of action against climate change have always relied on multiple lines of defense: If one argument for doing nothing becomes unsustainable, they just retreat to another.That’s what we’re seeing now, as conservatives argue against the Biden administration’s push for climate-friendly public investment. As it happens, this push is taking place against a background of...

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Climate Denial, Covid Denial and the Right’s Descent

Before the right embraced Covid denial, there was climate denial. Many of the attitudes that have characterized the right-wing response to the coronavirus pandemic — refusal to acknowledge facts, accusations that scientists are part of a vast liberal conspiracy, refusal to address the crisis — were foreshadowed in the climate debate.Yet from the response to Covid-19 among Republican officials — especially the opposition to lifesaving vaccines — it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the...

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Wonking Out: Keynesian Republicans, Supply-Side Democrats?

This article is a wonky edition of Paul Krugman’s free newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it. So Joe Biden appears to have his bipartisan infrastructure deal. Of course, progressives will be bitterly disappointed if that’s the end of the story. But it probably won’t be. In the end, Democrats will probably pass a second bill through reconciliation, adding several trillion dollars in “soft” investment — especially spending on children, which almost surely will have bigger economic...

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How Covid Became a Red-State Crisis

Less than a month ago President Biden promised a “summer of joy,” a return to normal life made possible by the rapid progress of vaccinations against Covid-19. Since then, however, vaccination has largely stalled — America, which had pulled ahead of many other advanced countries, has fallen behind. And the rise of the Delta variant has caused a surge in cases all too reminiscent of the repeated Covid waves of last year.That said, 2021 isn’t 2020 redux. As Aaron Carroll pointed out Tuesday in...

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