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    Why America’s debt ceiling matters


    The wrangling over it reflects how self-destructive American politics has become

    Sun, 25 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    As moratoriums lift, will America face a wave of foreclosures and evictions?


    In Miami as elsewhere, a house-price boom and a housing crisis could happen at the same time

    Sat, 24 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Should the IRS be given more money to find money?


    Auditing a beleaguered agency

    Sat, 24 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Texas’s new proposal shows why abortion law is a mess in America


    The US combines some of the most libertarian abortion laws with some of the most restrictive practices

    Sat, 24 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The rise of Ron DeSantis


    Florida’s governor offers a more efficient style of Trumpism. That does not seem reassuring

    Sat, 24 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    After failing to dissuade cyber-attacks, America looks to its friends for help


    Time to try collective defence

    Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Joe Biden’s agenda depends on steering two trains at once


    So far this has been more Buster Keaton than Lyndon Johnson

    Sat, 17 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Texas Democrats suspend democracy in the name of upholding it


    Weighing one kind of norm-breaking against another

    Sat, 17 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The Republican anti-vax delusion


    America’s vaccination programme is stalling. Populist conservatives are to blame

    Sat, 17 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Aduhelm may not cure Alzheimer’s, but it might help fix drug prices


    The controversial drug is so expensive that it has attracted the interest of Congress

    Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:41:15 +0000

    Can the federal bureaucracy resuscitate market dynamism in America?


    The Biden administration has plans for everything from non-compete clauses at McDonald’s to big-tech monopsonists

    Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:41:15 +0000

    Baseball risks irrelevance if it doesn’t adapt


    The sport’s focus on its history makes changing the game and its culture difficult

    Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s history wars


    The fight over critical race theory in schools is part of a century-long battle over whose version of America is taught

    Sat, 10 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s trillion-dollar Afghan fiasco typifies its foreign policy


    The mission was sustained by mistakes that America seems destined to repeat

    Sat, 10 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Eric Adams is poised to be New York’s next mayor


    His pragmatism may serve the city well

    Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:58:36 +0000

    The pandemic has upended America’s rental-car market


    Some travellers are finding crafty alternatives

    Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:58:36 +0000

    In the Pacific north-west, hydroelectric dams are being removed


    This may be good news for salmon. It is less good for carbon-dioxide emissions

    Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:58:36 +0000

    Nothing in particulars are America’s fastest-growing religious group


    They believe in God, do not go to church and are largely detached from politics

    Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:58:36 +0000

    How wrestling, conspiracy theories and politics overlap in America


    Mitt Romney compared the election conspiracy to pro wrestling. This was perhaps truer than he realised

    Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:58:36 +0000

    Eric Adams is poised to be New York’s next mayor


    His pragmatism may serve the city well

    Wed, 07 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    State-level Republicans are “reforming” how elections are administered


    The hair-raising election audit in Maricopa County points to a much deeper problem

    Sat, 03 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s government comes clean on UFOs


    The Pentagon has no idea what its pilots are seeing

    Sat, 03 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    There goes the neighbourhood


    What gets lost when national politics eats everything

    Sat, 03 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The Supreme Court takes another bite out of the Voting Rights Act


    The 6-3 decision will make it much harder to challenge states’ restrictive laws

    Thu, 01 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0000

    A Trump edict that shut America’s borders may soon be lifted


    Which may prove inconvenient for Joe Biden

    Thu, 01 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The Trump Organisation and its CFO face criminal charges


    They may be the Manhattan prosecutor’s opening salvo—or a sign Donald Trump will not wind up behind bars

    Wed, 30 Jun 2021 23:00:00 +0000

    Did climate change undermine Champlain Towers South?


    As the search for the missing continues, the cause of the building’s collapse remains unknown

    Mon, 28 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    New business formation in America goes bezonkers


    What lies behind a welcome, and unexpected, trend?

    Sat, 26 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Why New England is going wild for wet weeds


    Kelp helps farmers’ wallets and the world

    Sat, 26 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    American bishops want to deny Joe Biden Catholic holy communion


    If that leads to a smaller church, some would not mind

    Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:39:33 +0000

    An important census product may soon use synthetic data


    Advocates say it protects privacy; critics say it will impede research

    Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:39:33 +0000

    America’s Supreme Court is less one-sided than liberals feared


    Its bolstered conservative majority is transforming American law—but only tentatively

    Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:39:32 +0000

    America says it’s back. But where are its ambassadors?


    The painfully slow confirmation process is a window into Washington dysfunction

    Thu, 24 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s Supreme Court paves the way for college athletes to get paid


    The court decides 9-0 that current rules violate antitrust regulations

    Tue, 22 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Democrats in New York choose a mayoral candidate in a tight race


    Besides the candidates, ranked-choice voting is on trial

    Mon, 21 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The death of a totemic pipeline has been greatly exaggerated


    Oil from Alberta’s tar sands will still flow freely

    Sat, 19 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000

    Joe Biden appoints Lina Khan to head the Federal Trade Commission


    Big tech firms should start to worry

    Sat, 19 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s largest Protestant denomination holds off an insurgency


    But Southern Baptists remain deeply riven

    Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:58:23 +0000

    The Golden State is awash in cash


    How its leaders plan to use the money says a lot about its politics

    Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:58:23 +0000

    America debates how much power state governors should have


    State legislatures want more oversight over their executives in an emergency

    Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:58:23 +0000

    Terry McAuliffe and the battle for Virginia


    His victory in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary could be one for the history books

    Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:58:23 +0000

    After a quick start, Joe Biden’s legislative agenda has hit a wall


    Factionalism and the filibuster imperil his ambitions

    Thu, 17 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    American schools teach reading all wrong


    Mississippi, a state not often associated with pioneering reforms, is teaching the rest of the country to read

    Sat, 12 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000

    Deportations of undocumented immigrants are at a record low


    Joe Biden does not want to be America’s next “deporter-in-chief”

    Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Portland was once a byword for tattooed vegan microbrewers


    Now Oregon’s biggest city has become infamous for something else

    Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The Biden administration wants to change guidelines on campus sexual assault


    It should think twice before doing so

    Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Kyrsten Sinema’s technicolour moderation


    The senator from Arizona is better at upsetting Democrats than working with Republicans

    Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Hispanic Americans are curious about QAnon too


    And tech companies have not yet worked out how to counter misinformation in Spanish

    Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:44:58 +0000

    Police in 16 countries have arrested hundreds following a massive sting


    Criminals used an encrypted communication system that America’s FBI owned and ran

    Tue, 08 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Liberals and crime spikes


    Cities need to keep people safe while not repeating the mistakes of the past

    Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Congress is set to make a down-payment on innovation in America


    Federal spending on research is about to get a boost

    Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The pandemic pushed more Americans to try out van life


    But the viral travel fad isn’t as carefree as Instagram makes it out to be

    Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Hispanic Americans are most vulnerable to covid-19


    Researchers still do not understand why

    Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Who owns the national pastime?


    At home with the redoubtable Frederick Keys

    Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Horseracing, the sport of kings, needs more punters and fewer drugs


    Why America’s racetracks face long odds

    Thu, 03 Jun 2021 14:41:14 +0000

    Fewer Americans are going hungry


    What went so right?

    Thu, 03 Jun 2021 14:41:14 +0000

    The January 6th commission and the two main weaknesses of America’s democracy


    The Senate functions intermittently. The GOP remains Trumpified

    Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    How housing discrimination and white flight segregated America


    We have mapped the changing make-up of neighbourhoods in six large cities from 1950 to 2019

    Wed, 02 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000

    Greene and Gaetz, staunch Trump fans, take their show on the road


    Whether they are no more than carnival barkers or the party’s future remains to be seen

    Sun, 30 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    In Texas, the most conservative legislative session in a generation is wrapping up


    Yes to guns, no to abortion and critical race theory (and please don’t mention the power blackout)

    Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    For the Biden administration, the Northern Triangle poses a migration trilemma


    Reduce migration, reduce corruption or be humane?

    Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    How to build back under budget (maybe)


    Lessons from the construction of the James Wilson line

    Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s Sagebrush Rebellion never ended


    There is an ideological link between the 1970s movement and recent wildlife-management laws

    Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    New York’s newest island reflects the city’s spirit


    Mix a hurricane, a billionaire backer, a British designer and plenty of lawsuits. Garnish with tulips

    Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Is Kamala Harris a gift to the Republicans?


    The vice-president already looks like her party’s prospective presidential nominee

    Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Twelve months of protests


    A year ago, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer. How has his death changed America?

    Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The George Floyd Act is a police-reform smorgasbord. Would it work?


    Assessing the evidence for and against the bill

    Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Joe’s modest Middle East medicine


    The Biden administration’s foreign policy realism leaves little room for peacemaking

    Sat, 22 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Why tech firms are trying to run away from politics—and failing


    As other firms become more political, some Silicon Valley companies are heading in the opposite direction

    Thu, 20 May 2021 14:45:09 +0000

    Philadelphia reckons with the day its police force bombed a house


    36 years later, the aftershocks are still being felt

    Thu, 20 May 2021 14:45:09 +0000

    Having taken criticism for being overcautious, the CDC tries the opposite


    Meanwhile, America’s vaccination rate is plateauing at a low level

    Thu, 20 May 2021 14:45:08 +0000

    How many American children have cut contact with their parents?


    A young field of research suggests it is surprisingly common

    Thu, 20 May 2021 14:45:08 +0000

    Joe Biden wants to Europeanise the American welfare state


    His plans are ambitious, thoughtful and risky

    Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    What to do about Skid Row


    LA’s homeless encampment has been decades in the making. A judge wants it closed in months

    Sat, 15 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Last year, more people in San Francisco died of overdoses than of covid-19


    This is part of a worrying national trend, following changes in drug markets

    Sat, 15 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Liz Cheney’s demotion is a death rattle for principled conservatism


    Republicans have become hooked on Donald Trump’s method

    Sat, 15 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    A new analysis uncovers the demographic shifts that led to Joe Biden’s victory


    Suburban whites moved left; young and non-white voters showed up

    Fri, 14 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s Democrats are increasingly divided over Israel


    As the fighting in Gaza worsens, so does the split between President Joe Biden and the left of his party

    Fri, 14 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    New York’s next mayors are accustomed to dealing with problems associated with growth


    The next election is the first in a generation run against a backdrop of shrinkage

    Thu, 13 May 2021 15:19:34 +0000

    In America, a million evictions take place in a normal year


    Covid-19 prompted a giant experiment in halting them. What were the consequences?

    Thu, 13 May 2021 15:19:34 +0000

    A cyber-attack exposes risks to America’s energy infrastructure


    And the threats are likely to grow

    Thu, 13 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Liz Cheney, a Republican critic of Donald Trump, has lost her job in House leadership


    Fealty to the ex-president counts for more than conservative credentials

    Sun, 09 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    American home-ownership rises


    After years of decline, American home-ownership is rising

    Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Black Americans spend more of the day being kept waiting


    Numbers from the Bureau of Labour Statistics show how time is wasted by race and class

    Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Joe Biden’s government has not yet committed to a path on trade in technology with China


    To understand which way it will jump, watch the hitherto obscure Bureau of Industry and Security

    Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America’s homicide rate has declined since the 1990s. So have homicide-clearance rates


    What happens to a city when homicides go unsolved

    Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    In praise of America’s founding fish


    The Potomac river is a more vivid symbol of American history than any of the monuments along it

    Thu, 06 May 2021 14:56:05 +0000

    Many states are pushing through more permissive gun laws


    Looking down the barrel of a troubling trend

    Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Facebook’s oversight board says that Donald Trump can be kept off the platform—for now


    Did the chances of an eventual government intervention to regulate content just go up?

    Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Joe Biden was a boring candidate. He now draws comparisons to FDR


    Are they justified?

    Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    The only classics department at a historically black college is closing


    Howard University’s, whose alumni included Toni Morrison, has gone the way of ancient Rome

    Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Republicans want to ban businesses from requiring proof of vaccination


    Governors are making an illiberal argument in the name of freedom

    Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Join The Economist’s social-media team in America


    We’re hiring for a one-year paid fellowship in our New York bureau

    Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Why Utah’s conservatism is better


    The Mormon right has not followed white evangelicals’ descent into grievance politics

    Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Joe Biden’s first address to Congress, like his presidency, was sedate yet ambitious


    It laid out his plans to reinvent America’s social-safety net

    Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    A cheerleader’s cursing may reshape American free-speech laws


    The Supreme Court asks whether schools can punish students for what they say on social media

    Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    America has locked up supplies of covid vaccines that it does not need


    Confronted by a global problem, Joe Biden’s administration is being surprisingly isolationist

    Sun, 25 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Joe Biden asserts America’s role in the fight against climate change


    His virtual summit went smoothly, but the real work is still ahead

    Sat, 24 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Walter Mondale, a former vice-president, dies aged 93


    Once a byword for political calamity, American history will be kind to him

    Sat, 24 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

    Why the European Super League failed


    Europe says no thanks to America’s franchise system

    Sat, 24 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000