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Several voters said values like individual responsibility and providing for one’s family, and a desire for lower taxes and financial stability, led them to reject a party embraced by their parents

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Jose Aguilar said he related to Republican messages about personal responsibility. “There’s really no secret to success,” he said. “It’s really that if you apply yourself, then things will work out.” Photo: Go Nakamura for The New York Times

By Jennifer Medina

Erik Ortiz, a 41-year-old hip-hop music producer in Florida, grew up poor in the South Bronx and spent much of his time as a young adult trying to establish himself financially. Now he considers himself rich. And he believes shaking off the politics of his youth had something to do with it.

“Everybody was a liberal Democrat — in my neighborhood, in the Bronx, in the local government,” said Ortiz, whose family is Black and from Puerto Rico. “The welfare state was bad for our people; the state became the father in the Black and brown household…

Not by buying airplanes. Instead, the newest start-up millionaires are proceeding cautiously.

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Illustration: Jan Buchczik/The New York Times

By Erin Griffith

SAN FRANCISCO — Things are so hot in Silicon Valley that it’s freaking people out.

As tech startups have rushed to go public and valuations have soared, Aaron Rubin, a partner at Werba Rubin Papier Wealth Management, said his clients were in shock over their newfound wealth.

When the pandemic hit a year ago, tech workers worried that their startup stock might never pay off. The whiplash, plus general unease about the economy, has now discouraged them from making the kinds of splurges that often accompany overnight fortunes, Rubin said. …

The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package moving through Congress advances an idea that Democrats have been nurturing for decades: establishing a guaranteed income for families with children

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Anique Houpe, a single mother in Georgia, is among the parents whom Democrats are seeking to help with a plan to provide most families with a monthly check of up to $300 per child. Photo: Audra Melton for The New York Times

By Jason DeParle

WASHINGTON — A year ago, Anique Houpe, a single mother in suburban Atlanta, was working as a letter carrier, running a side business catering picnics and settling into a rent-to-own home in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she thought her boys would flourish in class and excel on the football field.

Then the pandemic closed the schools, the boys’ grades collapsed with distance learning, and she quit work to stay home in hopes of breaking their fall. …

A downtown New York crowd is pushing back against the homogenization of big social media

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The Drunken Canal “wouldn’t be what it is if we weren’t two girls who want to have fun,” one of its editors said. Photo: Brian Finke for The New York Times

By Ben Smith

Honor Levy, 23, with a piece of fiction published on The New Yorker’s website and a short story collection coming out next year, was regretting her decision to pull her piece from The Drunken Canal as we walked last Thursday past the publication’s unmarked white newspaper box in Lower Manhattan. But her friend and editor, Claire Banse, also 23, had told her the paper had already hit its quota on the word “retarded” and she’d objected. (What else rhymes with “departed?”) …

Despite the danger, women have been at the forefront of the movement, rebuking the generals who ousted a female civilian leader

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A protester offered roses to the police in Yangon, Myanmar, last month. Photo: The New York Times

By Hannah Beech

Ma Kyal Sin loved taekwondo, spicy food and a good red lipstick. She adopted the English name Angel, and her father hugged her goodbye when she went out on the streets of Mandalay, in central Myanmar, to join the crowds peacefully protesting the recent seizure of power by the military.

The black T-shirt that Kyal Sin wore to the protest Wednesday carried a simple message: “Everything will be OK.”

In the afternoon, Kyal Sin, 18, was shot in the head by the security forces, who killed at least 30 people nationwide in the single bloodiest day since…

People with disabilities are disproportionately employed in industries that have suffered in the pandemic

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Gisella Chambers, who has an intellectual disability, has been staying with relatives near Atlanta after losing her job at a hotel at Kennedy Airport in New York. Photo: Audra Melton for The New York Times

By Andy Newman

NEW YORK — Gisella Chambers had finally landed a job as a banquet cook at the retro-chic TWA Hotel at Kennedy Airport and made such an impression that she was named employee of the month. But last March, Chambers, who has a learning disability, was laid off with the rest of the catering staff.

Rocio Morel, who has a rare genetic disorder, lost her job at a Uniqlo in midtown Manhattan.

E.V., 39, had been unemployed for eight years, struggling with schizophrenia, before finding work in 2019 processing MetroCard customer claims. “Just to be productive again, it…

A new company called Audio Collective has launched to help build businesses on Clubhouse as brands rush to leverage the platform

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Photo: Jonathan Farber

By Taylor Lorenz

Audio creators are a new kind of influencer, born of the meteoric rise of the audio-only chat app Clubhouse. Together, they are pulling in millions of weekly listeners and building online followings. Now, with Clubhouse booming and other social apps, like Twitter, taking cues from its success, they are banding together and working with big brands.

Audio Collective is one outgrowth of the audio boom. The company, which announced its formation Thursday, will offer event planning, brand consulting, and support and community for creators working in the field. …

The intervention was the earliest action yet known in an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that concealed how many nursing home residents died in the pandemic

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his a press briefing about the coronavirus crisis on April 17, 2020 in Albany, New York. Photo: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images

By J. David Goodman and Danny Hakim

Top aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo were alarmed: A report written by state health officials had just landed, and it included a count of how many nursing home residents in New York had died in the pandemic.

The number — more than 9,000 by that point in June — was not public, and the governor’s most senior aides wanted to keep it that way. They rewrote the report to take it out, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The extraordinary intervention, which came just as Cuomo was starting…

The e-commerce giant added at least nine new warehouses in the city over the past year as 2.4 million packages a day strained the nation’s largest urban delivery system

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Photo: Andrew Seng for The New York Times

By Matthew Haag and Winnie Hu

NEW YORK — When the pandemic gripped New York City, it propelled an enormous surge in online shopping that has not waned, even in a metropolis where stores are rarely far away. People who regularly bought online are now buying more, while those who started ordering to avoid exposure to the virus have been won over by the advantages.

The abrupt shift in shopping patterns has made New York a high-stakes testing ground for urban deliveries, with its sheer density both a draw and a logistical nightmare.

It has also highlighted the need for…

A new service is designed to help formalize relationships that are typically forged through personal connections or cold DMs

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Photo: Mateus Campos Felipe

By Taylor Lorenz

The business of influence is professionalizing. Content creators are signing to major talent agencies. In February, SAG-AFTRA, the largest union in the entertainment industry, expanded coverage to people who make sponsored content. And now, a new service wants to make it easier for creators to apply to work with brands, and for companies to hire them.

“We’ve created a simple way for brands to create what is essentially a careers page for influencers,” said 36-year-old James Nord, founder and CEO of Fohr. …

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