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Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (December 9-16)

Congress misses an opportunity to scrutinize Google; the IRS is on life support; Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew for decades that its baby powder...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (December 2-9)

Documents released by British Parliament show Facebook’s attempts to stifle competition; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau no longer protects consumers; provider consolidation is driving...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (November 18-December 2)

New report reveals America’s “concentration crisis”; antitrust enforcers and regulators in Europe are going after Amazon, Facebook and Google; Facebook’s ongoing Soros debacle; and...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (November 11-18)

Facebook’s latest scandal leads lawmakers to proclaim: “Big tech can no longer be trusted”; New Yorkers vow to resist Amazon’s HQ2 deal; monopolization is...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (November 4-11)

The costliest midterm election in US history ends with a victory for Democrats—and for money in politics in general; Amazon and Apple crack down...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 27-November 4)

Facebook is still open to manipulation by malicious political actors; the dialysis industry has spent over $100 million to fight a ballot measure that...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 20-27)

Corporate executives warm up to Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro; the US is developing into a “plutocracy,” says former Fed chairman; Tim Cook...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 14-20)

Facebook's WhatsApp finds itself at the center of Brazil's political upheaval; the EU is pushing ahead with its planned tax on tech platforms; Trump’s replacement for...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 7-14)

The DOJ approves the CVS-Aetna merger, radically altering the landscape of US health care; Sheldon Adelson pumps millions into GOP races; Silicon Valley’s Saudi...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 1-7)

Brazil's business community rallies around far-right authoritarian; Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh enters the Supreme Court; Amazon raises its minimum wage to $15 an hour;...

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