Trump to Congress: I’ll work with you on infrastructure — if you pass my trade deal

Trump to Congress: I’ll work with you on infrastructure — if you pass my trade deal

The infrastructure deal has become a proxy fight for other political priorities. Ahead of a Wednesday meeting with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump basically blew up infrastructure week. In a letter the White House sent on Tuesday night, Trump said that he wasn’t particularly interested in considering an infrastructure deal, unless Congress ratified a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada first. “Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong…

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The crisis of children dying in custody at the border, explained

The crisis of children dying in custody at the border, explained

With three deaths since December and a flu quarantine, border facilities are in crisis. The death of Carlos Hernandez Vazquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan teenager, in a Border Patrol shelter in Texas on Monday is the third death of a child in Customs and Border Protection custody in six months. Before December 2018, no children had died in CBP custody in a decade. The death of Hernandez Vazquez — and of two other minors, including a…

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Recode Daily: Crowdpac was a Kickstarter for political candidates. Now it’s out of business.

Recode Daily: Crowdpac was a Kickstarter for political candidates. Now it’s out of business.

Plus: Advertising to your emotions, cyberhacking in Baltimore, and gaming for Amazon warehouse employees. A startup that tried to overhaul political fundraising has fallen victim to partisanship. You could think of Crowdpac as a Kickstarter for political candidates, but the venture-backed startup failed to achieve enough scale, revenue, and venture funding; it told clients on Tuesday that it will shut down next month. It’s a death that speaks to how hard it is for a…

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What the FERC? How one federal agency is quietly shaping climate policy.

What the FERC? How one federal agency is quietly shaping climate policy.

A chat with Commissioner Richard Glick of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Some of the most consequential decisions about how the US government deals with climate change are being made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency few people are aware exists and even fewer people track closely. But FERC sits at the heart of the clean energy transition, overseeing two key areas of frequent conflict. The first is bulk electricity — interstate…

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What Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy can teach us about the mega-rich today

What Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy can teach us about the mega-rich today

His libraries didn’t really make up for his brutal factories. In his 2017 book The Republic for Which It Stands, Stanford historian Richard White describes America’s Gilded Age, spanning from the late 19th to early 20th century, as an era of great wealth, greater poverty, and all-around excess. America then, he writes, was a country “transformed by immigration, urbanization, environmental crisis, political stalemate, new technologies, the creation of powerful corporations, income inequality, failures of governance,…

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How the baby boomers wrecked the economy for millennials

How the baby boomers wrecked the economy for millennials

A Wall Street Journal columnist and I disagree about what went wrong. Did the baby boomer generation destroy the economy for millennials? Joseph Sternberg, a columnist at the Wall Street Journal and himself a millennial, argues that they did in his new book, The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future. According to Sternberg, millennials have found themselves saddled with a broken economy and a combustible job market thanks…

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The radical plan to change how Harvard teaches economics

The radical plan to change how Harvard teaches economics

Raj Chetty has an idea for introducing students to econ that could transform the field — and society. If Harvard has a most famous course, it’s Economics 10. The introductory economics class is reliably one of the most popular courses offered to undergraduates. It’s usually taught in a massive Hogwartsian auditorium, where hundreds of students either dutifully take notes or mess around on laptops as one of the school’s star economists leads them through the…

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We asked the dads running for president what they do for child care

We asked the dads running for president what they do for child care

Child care is often framed as women’s responsibility. We asked men instead. Beto O’Rourke came in for widespread criticism in March when he said that his wife Amy was raising their three children, “sometimes with my help,” while he ran for president. He later apologized, but the comment exposed a deeper reality: While male candidates can often count on a partner to take the lead on child care while they campaign, women rarely can do…

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We asked all the 2020 Democrats how they’d fix child care. Here’s what they said.

We asked all the 2020 Democrats how they’d fix child care. Here’s what they said.

The American child care system is failing everyone. Now it’s finally becoming an election issue. If you’re a working parent of an infant or toddler in America, it can sometimes seem like none of your options for child care are good ones. You can send your child to day care, but that costs more than $900 a month in many states. In several states, care for an infant costs more than the average rent. And…

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Kirsten Gillibrand’s new policy platform is about making parenting affordable

Kirsten Gillibrand’s new policy platform is about making parenting affordable

It outlines a wide-ranging vision on everything from affordable child care to the costs of fertility treatments. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has sought to make gender equity and family policies cornerstones of her 2020 presidential campaign, and a wide-ranging set of proposals she unveiled on Wednesday further illustrate this focus. Gillibrand’s new platform, something she’s calling the Family Bill of Rights, includes measures aimed at making child care more affordable, as well as policies that…

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