Workers in these five industries will be affected the most by Biden’s vaccine mandate

Employees in five industries will especially feel the effects of the new vaccine mandate — management, utilities, information, finance and insurance, and administration and waste management services. More than 80% of the workforce for those five industries are employed by businesses with a staff of at least 100 employees, which means they’ll be required to…MORE

It’s premature to declare economic victory from the Covid crash

In March 2020, the US economy faced the specter of a financial crisis and a full-blown depression as Covid-19 crippled American society. That nightmare scenario was avoided, in large part because of an unprecedented response from the federal government that included stimulus checks, small business loans and emergency credit programs. Later, the historically fast rollout…MORE

Extreme weather keeps knocking out America’s power. Here’s what we must do

The image of a collapsed electrical tower and power lines that Hurricane Ida tossed into the Mississippi River illustrated a fundamental challenge facing the nation: Our power systems weren’t built to withstand extreme weather events. Without major investments to reinforce, modernize and clean our grid, the question will not be whether it fails, but when.…MORE

The US economy is powering through Delta

“Delta? What Delta?” That was the take from Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, after seeing the data on US retail sales for August. What’s happening: Contrary to expectations, US retail sales increased last month as consumers continued to shell out on clothing, furniture and groceries. It’s a promising sign heading into the crucial…MORE

Trump abandoned this giant trade deal. Now, China wants in

China has applied to join a major Asia-Pacific trade partnership that the United States ditched several years ago, as the world’s second largest economy tries to bolster its relationships in the region. Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao applied for membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), according to a statement published…MORE

5 things to know about Evergrande, the Chinese business empire on the brink

The troubles of Chinese conglomerate Evergrande have dominated headlines in recent days after it warned once again that it could default on its astronomical debt because of a cash crunch. Experts have characterized the firm’s struggles as a major test for Beijing that risks turning into China’s Lehman Brothers moment, sending shockwaves across the world’s…MORE

Some small businesses are happy about Biden’s vaccine mandate

Maintaining a healthy environment during a pandemic without alienating employees and customers who don’t want to wear masks or get vaccinated has been a headache for small business owners. Although everyone has questions about how it will work, some were relieved by President Biden’s announcement last week that employers with 100 or more staff will…MORE

Jaw-dropping moments in WSJ’s bombshell Facebook investigation

This week the Wall Street Journal released a series of scathing articles about Facebook, citing leaked internal documents that detail in remarkably frank terms how the company is not only well aware of its platforms’ negative effects on users but also how it has repeatedly failed to address them. There’s a lot to unpack from…MORE

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