Journalist @TheEconomist, covering the US economy. Previously reporting in China. Ideas and tips always welcome via DM.

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Joined October 2012
For those tired of our advocacy of eating protein-rich insects, please note that we have moved on to new ideas.
People bank blood. Why not faeces? econ.st/3nu5EMc
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How exactly did China turn Hong Kong into a police state? It wasn't just the national security law. It was decades in the making. The party used infiltration, co-option, fear and intimidation - tactics it is now trying in the rest of the world. Our essay: economist.com/interactive/es…
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Do you remember an article from earlier this week that claimed one million voters switched to the GOP last year? Turns out it was completely wrong. The authors mistook modeled party ID scores for actual party registration. Political numeracy matters! gelliottmorris.substack.com/…
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The six-justice majority is “conservative” only in the ideological sense: its core project is to refashion, not conserve, America’s legal structures. My @TheEconomist analysis of a breathtaking Supreme Court term, w apt closing words from @kateashaw1 economist.com/united-states/…
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If it was PCE, not CPI, released on the eve of the FOMC, would the Fed still have gone to 75bps?
Meanwhile, core PCE down for three months in a row now
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Epic social distancing for Xi’s train station speech:
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Inflation is really weighing on God's polling numbers.
Belief in God in U.S. Dips to 81%, a New Low news.gallup.com/poll/393737/…
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My god, the kicker to this New Yorker story. newyorker.com/news/dispatch/…
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Justices Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor write a rare joint dissent. They do *not* include "respectfully" as an adverb.
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China is building a new modern marvel. It's not a dam or a high speed rail, it's the most sophisticated domestic surveillance system in the world. The scale of data collection is staggering. No biometric frontier is neglected. This is how it works: nytimes.com/video/world/asia…
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FROM ME: If Congress held hearings on COVID-19 vaccines, they should invite the Pfizer & Moderna CEOs and say/ask 1. Thank you 2. But why did you expand vaccine production capacity so much more in the EU than in the US? Where did US policy go wrong? 1/n piie.com/blogs/realtime-econ…
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Having failed to anticipate the steepest inflation in 40 years, you would think the economics discipline would be knee-deep in postmortems. Not yet. No surge of NBER studies comparable to the gusher of papers on pandemics in 2020. My column ... wsj.com/articles/on-inflatio…
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Though it doesn't rhyme, I personally prefer the blunter alternative of FOGS (Fear Of Getting Screwed).
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"Together for a shared future", the Beijing 2022 slogan, fits a little too well for those now stuck in Olympic village quarantine camps.
Sad. Beijing 2022 Olympic villages, once built to house athletic glory, now reduced to Covid jail. "He said he passed by a statue of Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen on the way into his room, which he is barred from leaving." @rwmcmorrow @NianInTardis on.ft.com/3Hx2mAS
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"What do covid vaccines, solar power, lithium mines and infant formula have in common? In America, the answer is" the DPA which the government is increasingly using for supply chain reshoring. I spoke with @S_Rabinovitch for @TheEconomist. economist.com/united-states/…
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Concerns are brewing again about the US property market as mortgage rates soar. But things look far more precarious north of the border. economist.com/finance-and-ec…
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The label on this stunning sculpture in London's Victoria and Albert Museum notes it was "collected by the Ex Younghusband Expedition to Tibet, 1904." A short 🧵 about the horrors this polite wording conceals.
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Just how sharp is the Fed's tightening? If it lives up to market expectations (ie, taking the Fed funds rate to 3.5%-3.75% this December), it will be the biggest increase in rates in any nine-month period since the Volcker shock of 1981.
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Cardi B trolling the NBER
When y’all think they going to announce that we going into a recession?
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Don't miss @TheEconomist on the erosion of the nuclear taboo. It's not a new phenomenon, and not simply a function of Russia's attempted conquest of Ukraine, although that certainly hasn't helped. (thread) economist.com/briefing/2022/…
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