Adam Davidson

New Yorker

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Adam Davidson is a staff writer for the New Yorker. He is a former international business and economics correspondent for National Public Radio.

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Republicans have released their tax plan. It would  get rid  of the mortgage interest deduction. Could eliminating it lower housing prices and therefore create more homeowners?

How the GOP tax bill could affect California’s housing market

Republicans have released their tax plan. It would get rid of the mortgage interest deduction. Could eliminating it lower housing prices and therefore create more homeowners?

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In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, there's a 33-story building shaped like a sail.

Did the Trump organization break the law in Azerbaijan?

In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, there's a 33-story building shaped like a sail.

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President Trump withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have created the largest free trade zone in the world.

TPP withdrawal means fewer protections for workers and environment

President Trump withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have created the largest free trade zone in the world.

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Will mass shootings become part of America’s background noise?   That’s an ugly prospect raised by the deaths of 34 people this week in Texas, Ohio and California.

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California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

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Orange County Democrats are celebrating a victory that seemed almost impossible 10 years ago.

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Author and University of Michigan professor Alexandra Minna Stern traces the origins of America's burgeoning white nationalist movement.

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Where would America be without the muckraking journalists and the publications that champion their work?

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