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Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America

January 22, 2018 The monopolies are coming. In almost every economic sector, including television, books, music, groceries, pharmacies, and advertising, a handful of companies control a prodigious share of the market. The beer industry has been one of the worst offenders. The refreshing simplicity of Blue Moon, the vanilla smoothness of Boddingtons, the...

How the Grinch Bots Stole Christmas

December 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Good tech gone bad! Nefarious nerds! Dubious online platforms! Predatory late capitalism! Imagine if every tech and business motif from the past 12 months gathered to celebrate an end-of-year reunion in a single story. This is that story. It is the story of the Fingerlings and the Grinch bots. We...

How the Trump Administration's Suit to Block a Media Merger Could Hurt the Tech Industry

November 21, 2017 The Justice Department announced on Monday that it will sue to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, pitting the Trump administration against a media business that has turned to mergers to compete with the rise of tech giants like Facebook and Netflix. The $108 billion deal, which would be one...

Is Donald Trump Using the Justice Department to Crush CNN?

November 9, 2017 try { var checkPar = parent.document.domain} catch(e) { document.write("try{document.domain='www.theatlantic.com';}catch(e){}"); document.close(); } The Department of Justice may finally be getting tough on corporate mergers. But it picked a politically explosive case to bring back the forgotten art of trust-busting. On Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times reported that AT&T and Time...

Mass Shootings in America Are Spreading Like a Disease

November 6, 2017 Twenty-six people shot dead in Sutherland Springs, November 5. Fifty-nine people shot dead in Las Vegas, October 1. Forty-nine people shot dead in Orlando, June 12 of last year. These are three of the five worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history. All happened in the past two years. Two...

Why Nerds and Nurses Are Taking Over the U.S. Economy

October 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Manufacturing will fall. Retail will wobble. Automation will inch along but stay off the roads, for now. The rich will keep getting richer. And more and more of the country will be paid to take care of old people. That is the future of the labor market, according to the...

Why Nerds and Nurses Are Taking Over the U.S. Economy

October 26, 2017 Manufacturing will fall. Retail will wobble. Automation will inch along but stay off the roads, for now. The rich will keep getting richer. And more and more of the country will be paid to take care of old people. That is the future of the labor market, according to the...

The Secrets of Google’s Moonshot Factory

October 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The journalist turns to the assembled crowd and asks: Should we build houses on the ocean? The setting is X, the so-called moonshot factory at...

Older Americans Are More Millennial Than Millennials

May 26, 2017 Young people are the supposed vanguards of a new economic age. Unlike their parents, young people are said to value happiness over money. They prefer gigs over jobs. They prefer flexibility and meaning rather than status and hours at work. Rather than attach themselves to a single company, they are...

Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities

April 5, 2017 It was an April 1st headline, but the statistics were no joke. "People are fleeing New York at an alarming rate," the New York Post announced. And indeed, they are—sort of. For starters, a bit of terminology. The Census Bureau tracks two sorts of American movers. First, there are “domestic...