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Josh Barro

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    Smile, Democrats. Trump Lost. You Won.Biden’s victory is a really good thing, and it’s going to give us a chance to think and worry about more important things than who the president is.
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    The Stock Market Loves the Idea of McConnell Blocking Biden’s PlansStocks are up huge on a day when it looks like we’ll have a Democratic president and GOP Senate.
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    If Republicans Hate Silicon Valley, Why Don’t They Do Something About It?Republicans complain that Twitter and Facebook are out to get them, but it’s liberal customers who have the real power.
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    The Stock Market and the Tale of Two RecoveriesStocks have been falling as a new COVID wave hits. But there is also a lot of economic good news too.
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    The World’s Best BureaucratAs chairman of the Federal Reserve during the pandemic, Jerome Powell has managed to do something almost unimaginable in Washington: a good job.
  6. buyer's market
    Leisure Travelers Will Miss Business TravelersTheir high fares make your low fares possible. And if their high fares don’t come back, yours will go up.
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    Gamblers Say Trump Is Almost Tied With Biden. Don’t Bet on It.It sure seems like the election-prediction markets are informed more by hobbyist enthusiasm than political reality.
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    The Pandemic Has Men Shaving Less, But Not WomenProctor & Gamble sales — and beards — have grown during the pandemic.
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    What If Trump Is All Too Eager to Give Up Power?The president may simply check out if he loses, leaving critical challenges, like the need for more COVID-19 relief, to fester.
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    Prime Day Highlights Why October Is the New NovemberThis year, with consumers bored at home and retailers wanting to spread out the shopping crowds, Black Friday has crept forward.
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    Wall Street Got What It Wanted From Trump and Is Ready for BidenBad news for the president is making markets bullish. What’s going on?
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    Biden Can Stimulate the Economy Right After He Wins — No Waiting for JanuaryPresident Trump just killed any hope of more relief before Election Day. There is a glimmer of hope though.
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    Disneyland Is Likely to Stay Closed for MonthsCalifornia might be right that theme parks ought to be shut until the epidemic abates. But there is a huge effect on employment.
  14. the economy
    What the Disappointing Final Pre-election Jobs Report Says About the EconomyThere is a clear message to Congress and the White House — a great many Americans need more aid, even if the overall economy is doing okay.
  15. intelligencer chats
    Biden Emerges From a Train Wreck Mostly UnscathedThe Democratic nominee wasn’t always sharp on Tuesday night, but he probably did what he needed to do against an especially unhinged Trump.
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    Donald Trump Isn’t Broke. He’s a Very Rich Guy Who Doesn’t Pay Enough Taxes.Some people are reading Trump’s taxes — or the New York Times’ account of what was in his taxes over the last 20 years — much too literally.
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    Why Do Voters Seem to Be Giving Trump a Pass on the Economy?It’s the best thing the president has going for him right now, according to polls — even though it’s a total mess.
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    Nikola Says It’s Not the Next TheranosSometimes, when a product seems cool enough, people don’t ask the right questions.
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    The Fitness Industry’s Pandemic Winners and LosersBusiness is booming for online class providers and golf courses, while gyms and apparel companies are in a tough spot.
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    We’re Heading Toward the Worst Possible Outcome on TikTokIt’s likely that the deal will enrich the Trump-allied firm Oracle without the upside of reduced Chinese influence that we were supposed to get.
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    Softbank Found Another Dumb Way to InvestNaturally, the tech behemoth that lost billions on WeWork has found a new, weird thing to do with its investors’ cash.
  22. business
    A Solid Jobs Report Makes Imminent Stimulus Even Less LikelyDiving into Friday’s numbers, which show the economy recovering at a decent clip.
  23. buyer's market
    Here’s Why Airlines Are Ending Change FeesWhile there won’t be fees for altering your travel plans, you’ll probably have to choose higher fares or cheap, inflexible tickets.
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    Why Airlines Are Getting Ready for Huge LayoffsThe layoff announcement from American is part warning and part threat.
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    Target Is Having a Pretty Good PandemicWhy big box retailers like Walmart and Target have done especially well under COVID.
  26. buyer's market
    The Post Office Has a Financial Problem, Not a CrisisThere are business questions underlying many of the political questions that surround the USPS.
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    Americans Are Shopping As Much As They Were Pre-PandemicThe nature of consumer spending is still far from normal, however, and without another stimulus, retail sales may start to contract again.
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    Coronavirus Will Kill Lots of Shopping MallsMall owners seem to be aware of this, and they are trying to figure out what the next act looks like.
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    If Uber’s Food-Delivery Business Isn’t Profitable Now, When Can It Be?Huge growth is based on charging customers less for delivery than drivers get paid to provide it.
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    The Economy Is Slightly Less Bad Than a Few Weeks AgoThere’s some good news in Friday’s jobs report, but it is also likely to make a congressional deal even more difficult.
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    Why Disney’s Plan to Release Mulan Online for $30 Pleases Wall StreetCOVID-19 may be ravaging the movie industry, but it’s also presenting opportunities to think outside the box office.
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    Coronavirus Has Changed How We Drink CoffeeWhat has been bad for Starbucks has been good for Folgers.
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    Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg Aren’t in the Same BoatAmazon is extremely popular – and doesn’t meet the definition of a monopoly. Facebook is a different situation.
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    Don’t Give Up on Offices Quite YetEven companies like Google that are well suited to remote work understand the value of in-person interactions.
  35. real estate
    How Much Is COVID-19 Hurting NYC Real-Estate Values?The news for Gotham homeowners is not great — but also not catastrophic.
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    Why the Stock Market Is Soaring Even As the Economy FaltersHere, some good explanations for why stocks would appear to shrug off the very serious economic problems the virus has caused this summer.
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    If This Is How Disney World Operates in a Pandemic, How Could Schools Operate?Limited capacity may be possible at theme parks and retail stores, but it probably won’t work at schools.
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    America Needs Another Bailout. Is Congress Up to the Task?Ultimately, fiscal policy can only go so far in mitigating the economic effects of the coronavirus.
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    The Economy Won’t Be Recovering Anytime SoonIndicators that recently looked promising are stalling once again.
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    How Ski Resorts Hope to Operate Under COVID-19 This WinterSkiing is a naturally low-risk activity, but concerns about sudden lockdowns and traveling to, getting up, and eating on the mountain remain.
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    COVID-19 Is Changing Many Things — But Not Apartment RentsEven during this extremely unstable time, the cost to rent a home has so far remained surprisingly stable.
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    Brooks Brothers’ Problems Began Before the CoronavirusThe formal-attire business isn’t what it used to be.
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    Here’s What the Trouble in Commercial Real Estate Means for YouSome of the hits to retail real estate may permanently change how state and local governments fund themselves.
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    To Reopen the Economy, Close the BarsAreas that reopened bars may have increased the spread of the coronavirus and made the public more afraid to engage in activities unrelated to bars.
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    The Good News and the Bad News in the Latest Jobs ReportThe economy added a record 4.8 million workers. But there are also some warning signs.
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    Another Good Sign on the Economic Recovery — and a WarningThings are still looking up, but coronavirus surges and government inaction could change that.
  47. the media
    Why Did the Washington Post Get This Woman Fired?The respected newspaper outed and shamed a private citizen for past offensive behavior. But did anyone even want this?
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    How Do You Talk People Into Traveling in the Middle of a Pandemic?Companies are looking for ways to coax potential travelers back out of their homes.
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    Why 2020’s Economic Calamity Probably Won’t Be As Bad As 2008’sThe unemployment numbers may look grim, but there are key differences between what’s happening now and the last meltdown.
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    Bankrupt Hertz Won’t Sell More Stock to Bored Investors — YetAfter some discussions with the SEC, the company decided not to make new shares available after all.
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