Tag: United States

Nissan Got Rid of Carlos Ghosn. The Way It Did So May Prove Costly.

After the arrest last year of its chairman, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has made a very public accounting of its management failures, from a lack of strong internal checks and balances to board meetings that lasted only 20 minutes. That frankness may play well with the Japanese public and with prosecutors, who have charged the company […]

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One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad

CLARENDON, Jamaica — She came to Jamaica from the United States about four years ago, sneaking in illegally, stowed away to avoid detection. Within a few short years, she became one of the nation’s most-wanted assassins. She preyed on the parish of Clarendon, carrying out nine confirmed kills, including a double homicide outside a bar, […]

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Blame Economists for the Mess We’re In

In the early 1950s, a young economist named Paul Volcker worked as a human calculator in an office deep inside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He crunched numbers for the people who made decisions, and he told his wife that he saw little chance of ever moving up. The central bank’s leadership included […]

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The Peaches Are Sweet, but Growing Them Isn’t

DEL REY, Calif. — When I first visited this tiny farm town to pick peaches, I did not expect to return. Certainly not every summer. Yet in July, here I was again, in triple-degree heat, for the ninth straight year of a pilgrimage with friends to an orchard just south of Fresno, near the geographic […]

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With the Economy on Edge, Trump Sees Only Enemies

President Trump began Friday in a pretty good mood, celebrating the support of Republicans and the strength of the economy in a flurry of early-morning posts on Twitter, the site where he spends a sizable chunk of his day. But the president’s mood soured quickly as the news rolled in that both China and the […]

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Jay Inslee’s Lonely Campaign for Climate Change Policy

Jay Inslee’s single-issue campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was a quixotic effort from the get-go, noble but doomed, one of the longest shots in this electoral season. And on Wednesday, with his hopes of appearing in the next round of debates fast disappearing because of his poor standing in the polls, he accepted reality […]

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David Koch Was the Ultimate Climate Change Denier

A few years ago, I was sitting in the book-lined study of an elegant condo with a view of downtown Washington, interviewing a former senior Koch Industries lobbyist about his job. I asked him what got him up in the morning when he worked for Koch. He gave me a one-word answer: “Carbon.” At the […]

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How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics

In 1980, David H. Koch, one of the two billionaire industrialist brothers at the center of a sprawling and powerful political network, served as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential nominee. The ticket earned 1.1 percent. But in the years since that failed run, Mr. Koch, who died on Friday, and his brother Charles, found far greater […]

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Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher “They had been made black by those who believed themselves to be white. And where they were headed, black equaled slave.” Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans […]

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Google plays politics with China as it quietly bans state-sponsored YouTube accounts

Google yesterday announced it’d banned 210 YouTube accounts “related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong” and the discovery was “consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.” If you’re not an avid reader of social media company blogs, let me clear things up for you: Google banned 210 […]

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Who Cares What Celebrities Think About Vaccines?

Last week, just ahead of back-to-school season, New York State health officials issued emergency regulations limiting medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for kids attending schools or day care centers. What do celebrities think about this development? Hopefully, the public won’t find out — because it doesn’t matter. But unfortunately, when it comes to opinions about […]

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Stocks Dip After China Announces Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods

Wall Street stocks dipped and major European indexes fell on Friday after Beijing said it would answer President Trump’s next round of tariffs on Chinese goods by increasing tariffs on American imports, the latest sign that the trade war between the two countries could drag on. Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 futures had […]

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China to Raise Tariffs on $75 Billion in U.S. Goods

SHANGHAI — The Chinese government announced on Friday that it would retaliate against President Trump’s next two batches of tariff increases on Chinese goods by imposing its own tariff increases on American imports, in the latest sign that neither side is prepared to back down in their trade war. The State Council Tariff Commission in […]

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Hackers behind Texas ransomware attacks want $2.5 million

The threat actor behind the coordinated ransomware attack against multiple Texas local governments may have gained access to its computer systems via a third-party software provider. According to NPR, which first reported the development, the attackers want a collective ransom of $2.5 million. So far, there are no indications the amount has been paid. On August […]

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American Jailed in Moscow on Spy Charges Says Guards Injured Him

MOSCOW — Paul N. Whelan, a retired United States Marine who has been jailed in Russia for eight months on espionage charges, said on Friday that prison guards had injured him. The remarks came during a court hearing on whether to extend his detention in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo Prison, which began in late December. The […]

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Why Isn’t Your Mutual Fund Sticking Up for You?

Growing inequality and stagnant wages are forcing a much-needed debate about our corporate governance system. Are corporations producing returns only for stockholders? Or are they also creating quality jobs in a way that is environmentally responsible, fair to consumers and sustainable? Those same corporations recognize that things are badly out of balance. Businesses are making […]

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Introducing ‘1619,’ a New York Times Audio Series

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by […]

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In an All-Gender Cabin, Summer Campers ‘Don’t Have to Hide’

GROVELAND, Calif. — Tucked in the shade of towering Ponderosa pine trees, AG-6 looked no different from every other cabin at Camp Tawonga, save the transgender pride flag draped between wet towels on the porch railing. The wooden structure was essentially a glorified tent, with no electricity or running water, and it was home for […]

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Denmark’s Leader Didn’t Want a Fight With Trump. She Got One Anyway.

ODENSE, Denmark — “I’m not going to enter a war of words with anybody, including the American president,” Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, told a Danish television channel on Wednesday. Too late. In Denmark, a small country with powerful neighbors, commitment to international alliances is bedrock policy, and polite, measured political debate is the norm. […]

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Trump, Greenland, Denmark. Is This Real Life?

I want to buy Greenland, said President Trump. No way, said the Danes and Greenlanders, who share control over the giant frozen island and its rich mineral treasures. Then I’m not going to visit your queen, shot back the self-proclaimed master of the real estate deal, who can’t stand being rebuffed. “Is this some sort […]

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