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China promises change but sticks to severe ‘zero COVID’ plan

BEIJING —  Chinese leaders promised Thursday to improve quarantine and other anti-virus policies after public frustration boiled over into protests but said they will stick to a severe “zero COVID” strategy that has confined millions of people to their homes and disrupted the economy. President Xi Jinping’s government is enforcing some of the world’s most extreme …

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An acrid midterm election promises no relief to anxious America

Estados Unidos ha conocido tiempos difíciles. La guerra. La depresión. Para la mayoría de la gente es irrelevante comparar las angustias de hoy. Lo único que importa es que estamos viviendo estos tiempos difíciles, y aunque la historia demuestra que el país ha soportado cosas mucho peores, eso no es un gran consuelo. La inflación …

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An acrid midterm election promises no relief to anxious America

America has known hard times. War. Depression. How today’s anxieties compare is, for most people, irrelevant. All that matters is we’re living in these fraught times, and if history shows the country has weathered far worse, it’s little solace. Inflation gnaws at our paychecks. Fear of crime fills many with foreboding. The right to abortion …

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‘Gimme Shelter’: Newsom falls far short on his big housing promises

Gov. Gavin Newsom came into office four years ago with some of the biggest promises on housing imaginable. The state would build 3.5 million new homes by 2025, a quintupling of California’s average annual housing production. And his effort to address the state’s housing affordability crisis would be akin to the “Marshall Plan,” the U.S.’ …

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