Technology

Defining the market in the Epic Games v. Apple trial

By Daniel Lyons Early in Epic Games’ antitrust suit against Apple, presiding Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers billed the dispute as a case at the “frontier edges of antitrust law.” But the trial began not with a bang but a whimper. The first

Foreign Policy

Melting diplomatic ice at Arctic Council meeting

BY ELISABETH BRAW Ordinarily, the Arctic is perceived as a sleepy region where nothing much happens. Well, this week something happened, and not just the continued climate change that is causing irreparable damage to this delicate part of the world.

Foreign Policy

Minsk’s shameful kidnapping of an opposition journalist

BY ELISABETH BRAW Yesterday brought the extremely odd news that a Ryanair flight between Athens and Vilnius, carrying much the usual Ryanair crowd, had been forced to land in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Why would Belarusian authorities mess with

Opinion

POMERLEAU: Lawmakers should not give up on ‘user fees’

BY KYLE POMERLEAU Lawmakers are currently negotiating the details of an infrastructure package. Lawmakers want to avoid adding significantly to the debt but are split on the best method to raise revenue for the new spending. The Biden administration and

Opinion

GREENWALT: China already outspends US military?

BY WILLIAM C. GREENWALT Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is under pressure from within his party to hold down defense spending, so he has advocated focusing less on the defense top line and more on the value of

Washington

What’s next for the COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property waiver proposal?

BY MICHAEL ROSEN Earlier this month, the White House dropped an intellectual property bombshell, announcing that it was relaxing the Donald Trump administration’s opposition to suspending patent rights related to COVID-19 vaccines. As we previously noted, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine

City & Region

New York’s per-pupil school spending topped $25k in 2018-19

BY E.J. McMAHON New York’s spending on public elementary and secondary education reached $25,139 per pupil during the 2018-19 school year, once again surpassing all states in the latest U.S. Census annual data. The Empire State’s public schools spent 91 percent more than

Education

Voters approve nearly all school budgets within tax cap

BY PETER WARREN School budget votes proposing an average increase in per pupil spending of 4.2 percent were overwhelmingly approved in state-wide voting held yesterday, with all but five of 685 individual budget votes succeeding. New York’s tax cap law did flex

Commerce

New York’s jobs recovery outpaced U.S. in April

BY E.J. McMAHON Private-sector employment in New York increased faster than the nationwide recovery rate in the month of April, according to the state’s latest monthly jobs report. The April count of private-sector employment was estimated at 7.4 million jobs, up

City & Region

Financial plan reflects a budget loaded with cash

BY E.J. McMAHON Barely a year after Governor Cuomo declared the state was “broke” due to the pandemic, New York’s budget is bursting with cash—fueling enormous spending hikes, as shown in the financial plan update released today by Governor Cuomo’s Division

Commerce

Where were New Yorkers headed in the run-up to the pandemic?

BY E.J. McMAHON Since the late 1960s, New York’s primary export to the rest of the nation has been people, as reflected in federal data tracking population flows within and between states. The Empire State has lost a net 1,585,770 residents to