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Trump supporters at a rally during the election. Photo: Mindy Schauer / The Orange County Register via AP

David Brooks' N.Y. Times column on "The Coming War on Business" touches on a theme we've been telling you about since August:

  • "Trump is not a one-time phenomenon; the populist tide has been rising for years. His base sticks with him through scandal because it's not just about him; it's a movement defined against the so-called ruling class."
  • "Congressional Republicans get all tangled on health care and other issues because they don't understand their voters. ... Trump may not be the culmination, but merely a way station toward an even purer populism."
  • "Trump is nominally pro-business. The next populism will probably take his ethnic nationalism and add an anti-corporate, anti-tech layer."
  • "As the tech behemoths intrude more deeply into daily life and our very minds, they will become a defining issue in American politics."

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The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

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The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.