OAN, or One America News Network, is a 24/7 Trump boat parade — and maybe even a future safe space for Mr. MAGA

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Image: John Francis Peters for Bloomberg Businessweek

By Felix Gillette and Gerry Smith

Dan Ball, a host for One America News Network, looked disgusted. It was Tuesday, Sept. 29, and the first debate between President Trump and Joe Biden had just ended. Across social media, people were criticizing the moderator, veteran Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who’d struggled to control the proceedings. Now Ball wanted to take a whack for OAN, a slavishly pro-Trump cable channel that’s been positioning itself as more loyal to the MAGA cause than Fox News.

Ball pulled out a box of tissues. “I brought something with me for Chris Wallace,” he said. “Chris should use that to get the brown stuff off of his nose.” For the next half-hour, OAN’s panel of analysts piled on. Wallace, they agreed, had been incredibly favorable to Biden, failing to fact-check his falsehoods, parroting Democratic talking points, and letting him interrupt and insult Trump. Still, the commentators said, Trump had performed admirably. He had better points to make and more specific facts. He was more natural onstage and stronger on the economy, voting fraud, taxes, crime, and the coronavirus. …

When unemployment rose in the pandemic, many people applied to start businesses. But why?

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Photo: Matias Malka

By Peter Coy

When the coronavirus pandemic caused the deepest recession ever recorded in the U.S., something surprising happened: The Census Bureau reported a sharp increase in applications to start businesses. But why?

One intriguing possibility is that necessity has been the mother of invention — people who lost their jobs are trying to make some money on their own as instant entrepreneurs. …

The battle lines in Milford, Mich., reflect the nation’s divisions

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The Village of Milford clock lights up as the sun sets in downtown Milford, Mich. Photo: Erin Kirkland for Bloomberg Businessweek

By Sarah Kopit

Gary Fiyalko doesn’t wear a mask. Won’t wear one. …

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