The tech industry’s new Chamber of Progress diverts attention away from thorny tech policy issues

Two years ago Google fired its chief lobbyist of twelve years, mostly it seems for having been so darn good at his job. Adam Kovacevich was a longtime Joe Lieberman flack and an inveterate astroturf activist: the son of a central California grape grower, he led his first grassroots campaign…

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Understaffed elder care facilities lost 175,000 residents to Covid, then laid off 12% of workers. But their landlords are doing $well.

When Covid-19 began exterminating everyone around her a year ago, Gloria Duquette thought Genesis Healthcare did a pretty okay job. The biggest nursing home chain in America owns one of the three senior care facilities in which Duquette works as a nursing assistant, and Genesis was the first to give…

When did Big Tech gatekeepers from Apple to DoorDash decide they were entitled to a third of the internet’s sales?

An unlikely trend in local governance started taking hold last spring while most Americans were still sewing their own face masks. Starting in San Francisco, American cities and later whole states began enacting extremely simple regulations designed to soften the financial blow of a malign force choking America’s most vulnerable…

Abandoning the Fight for $15 just weeks after embracing it was an insult to American workers. But Joe Biden’s stealth appointment of Prop 22 creator Seth Harris may be even worse.

Twenty years ago a law professor went out to eat at a New Jersey diner with his wife and 15-month-old son. …

Restaurant are dying at a record rate—but insurance companies won’t bail them out

In the early days of the pandemic, Rosa Thurnher did what every restaurant owner did and leaned into the impossibility of the circumstance: She learned basic code and pivoted to takeout, applied for grants and a Paycheck Protection Program loan for her Mexican restaurant, El Ponce in Atlanta. She signed…

Moe Tkacik

senior fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project, co-founder of Jezebel, former Wall Street Journal reporter, off-again waitress, mommy

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