Analysis & Comment

Opinion | The 46th: Biden’s First Catastrophes

Listen and subscribe to “The Argument” from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher | RSS Feed In the second episode of “The 46th,” the special pre-inauguration series of “The Argument,” Michelle and Aaron debate two countrywide crises that President-elect Joe Biden will inherit from Donald Trump: the […]

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Opinion | I Wrote the Special Counsel Rules. Barr Has Abused Them.

Attorney General William Barr’s decision on Tuesday to name John Durham, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut appointed by President Trump, as special counsel to investigate matters surrounding the 2016 election violates the rules for special counsels as well as fundamental democratic principles. There may be reasons the inquiry by Mr. Durham — […]

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Why Economists Support More Stimulus

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Momentum is growing for more spending on coronavirus relief. What will Mitch McConnell do? Independent economists overwhelmingly favor the passage of more stimulus money before the end of the year — and the prospects for such a bill seem to be improving. Democratic […]

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Opinion | Visa Is Doing What Big American Companies Do to ‘Protect This Business’

Visa dominates the lucrative business of processing debit card transactions. Merchants must choose between paying the financial services company’s fees or foregoing sales to the millions of Americans who carry cards emblazoned with Visa’s logo. A San Francisco technology start-up named Plaid threatened that dominance. The company planned to debut a rival service next year […]

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Opinion | We’ve Got a Vaccine. How Do We Get People to Take It?

In early September, officials in South Korea announced an ambitious plan to vaccinate 30 million people against the flu — 10 million more than last year, an increase aimed at keeping down rates of the flu while the country battled the coronavirus. But as The Times reported last week, the internet soon got in the […]

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Spain's BBVA and Sabadell end tie-up talks, TSB left in limbo

MADRID (Reuters) – BBVA and Sabadell called off merger talks on Friday after failing to agree on financial terms, in a blow to banking consolidation in Spain which also leaves the future of Sabadell’s British lender TSB unclear.FILE PHOTO: Spanish bank BBVA’s Chief Executive Onur Genc speaks during the annual results presentation at the company’s […]

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Opinion | What to Do About Student Loan Debt?

To the Editor: Re “Is This Where We Are, America?,” by Roxane Gay (Op-Ed, Nov. 23): I am a retired lawyer who spent hours reading federal student loan regulations in order to understand how and why my daughters’ 10-year-old student loan obligations far exceeded the amounts they had borrowed. The short answer was interest, interest, […]

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Your Wednesday Briefing

France and Germany tussle over defense policy. By Natasha Frost Good morning. We’re covering Europe’s defense relationship with the U.S. after Trump, a temporary holiday easing of Britain’s coronavirus restrictions and the violent clearing of a protest migrant camp in Paris. France and Germany tussle over life after Trump After years of hostility toward Europe, […]

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Your Tuesday Briefing

South Korea scrambles to contain a third wave. By Melina Delkic and Dani Blum Good morning. We’re covering new restrictions in Seoul, China’s strategy for dealing with the world and charges in Singapore for a man holding up a smiley face sign. South Korea tightens restrictions The Seoul city government will close nightclubs and ban […]

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Opinion | Who Will We Be Without Donald Trump?

A friend was all worked up about the possibility of Trump 2024. “I can’t go through this again!” she cried. But what I heard was that she couldn’t stop going through this. Her contempt for Donald Trump is too finely honed at this point, too essential a part of her psyche. Who would she be […]