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Ditching unpopular border policy

For three and a half years, the Biden White House has seemed remarkably leakproof. Even amid popular backlash to administration policies — the spending splurge in 2021 that was followed by sharp inflation in 2022 and 2023, the changes in enforcement of immigration laws that have produced ...

A tale of two consumers

The government measures all sorts of consumer behavior: consumer spending, consumer confidence, consumer sentiment. The business pages are filled with analyses about whether consumers are buying or holding back, flush or poor. But there’s not one American consumer. There are really two — ...

Bragg: Nothing to brag about

Saturday afternoon, a Duane Reade security guard was severely stabbed and a shopper threatened by a knife-wielding thief at one of the chain’s midtown Manhattan stores. Roughly 12 hours later, a straphanger was shot in the hand as his train pulled into the 86th street and Lexington Avenue ...

Could guilty verdict cost Trump election?

How much will Donald Trump’s conviction in the New York hush money case matter come November? The obvious answer is that nobody knows. Still, I suspect the verdict will matter, just not in ways that are easy or even possible to predict. A lot of the instant reaction revolves around polls. ...

The politicization of justice system

Since Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg reached back to the 1930s to credit Republican Thomas Dewey for “usher(ing) in the era of the modern, independent, professional prosecutor” in Bragg’s defense of his role in the conviction of former president Donald Trump, perhaps Bragg should ...

Manhattan jury pool not all that liberal

A rumor’s going around that the Manhattan jury pool could not have produced 12 peers willing to give Donald Trump a fair shake. And that explains the jurors’ decision to find him guilty on all 34 charges in the hush money case. That rumor is unfounded, however. It is true that there are ...