Anthony Kennedy’s retirement comes at a worrying time

Anthony Kennedy’s retirement comes at a worrying time

FOR 12 years, Anthony Kennedy has been the Supreme Court’s swing vote. The court’s liberal and conservative quartets voted predictably. He did not—which is why those who want the Supreme Court to float above America’s partisan divide reacted with such dismay to his retirement, announced on June 27th. Justice Kennedy’s departure from the bench might…

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How smog affects spending in China

How smog affects spending in China

WALK down the street in a Chinese city, and you are likely to see nearly as many kouzhao as eyeglasses or wristwatches. Anti-pollution masks that cover the nose and mouth have become ubiquitous on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, especially during the winter months when coal is burned for heat. Chinese consumers, particularly those…

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Anthony Kennedy’s retirement comes at a worrying time

Anthony Kennedy’s retirement comes at a worrying time

FOR 12 years, Anthony Kennedy has been the Supreme Court’s swing vote. The court’s liberal and conservative quartets voted predictably. He did not—which is why those who want the Supreme Court to float above America’s partisan divide reacted with such dismay to his retirement, announced on June 27th. Justice Kennedy’s departure from the bench might…

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Can Netflix please investors and still avoid the techlash?

Can Netflix please investors and still avoid the techlash?

BIG technology firms elicit extreme and conflicting reactions. Investors love them for their stellar growth and vast ambition: the FAANG group of technology stocks, comprising Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet (Google’s parent), is worth more than the whole of the FTSE 100. Without them to power its growth, America’s stockmarket would have fallen this…

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Hard Brexit is unravelling

Hard Brexit is unravelling

WITH a Tory government in power, business ought to be content. Yet it is crotchety. In Theresa May’s first year in office, many businessfolk complained they were not getting a hearing. Access to the prime minister has improved since she lost her majority in last year’s election, but plenty say they are still not listened…

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How Sierra Leone is beating tropical diseases

How Sierra Leone is beating tropical diseases

SIXTEEN years ago Hannah Taylor woke up with a fever. Her legs began to swell to four times their normal size. They have been that way since. People shunned her because of their putrid smell. “For six years, I thought my big fut was caused by evil witchcraft,” she said outside her shack in Freetown,…

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