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Alana Semuels

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The Authors Who Love Amazon
For most of Prime Day, Amazon’s annual sales bonanza, an unfamiliar face topped the site’s Author Rank page: Mike Omer, a 39-year-old Israeli computer engineer and self-published author ...
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Is This the End of Public-Sector Unions in America?
The Supreme Court Wednesday dealt a huge blow to public-sector unions and the labor movement in general, ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees do not have ...
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I’m sure I looked comical as I staggered down a downtown San Francisco street on a recent weekday, arms full of packages—as I dropped one and bent down ...
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Will a New Supreme Court Decision Change Online Shopping?
As consumers shop more and more online, they’ve often stumbled across a delightful fact: Many online purchases are tax-free. This can mean consumers save a few dollars on ...
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His conservative Christian family in Florida disdainfully called California the “Left Coast,” but Gregory Stevens was eager to embrace the Golden State. He’d grown up queer in a ...
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Reverse Migration Might Turn Georgia Blue
ATLANTA—Adrienne White remembers the first time she visited Atlanta as a junior in college. White, who is black, walked into a grocery store in an affluent neighborhood while ...
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The package came in a small black box, covered in tape. It had no return address. Under layers of packaging, there was a box labeled Smart Watch, with ...
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The ‘Black Hole’ That Sucks Up Silicon Valley’s Money
The San Francisco Bay Area has rapidly become the richest region in the country—the Census Bureau said last year that median household income was $96,777. It’s a place ...
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Free Shipping Isn’t Hurting Amazon
There’s a lot that has to happen from the time you click “Place Your Order” on Amazon.com to the time that items arrives on your doorstep a day ...
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Trump’s Complaints About Amazon Have a Historical Precedent
In the early 1900s, Charlie Harger, a writer for this magazine, visited a small country store on “the frontier” to talk to its proprietor. (He did not mention, ...
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