Amazon’s scorched-earth PR strategy

Amazon has launched a sharp-elbowed PR offensive on social media in response to a sea of pressure from workers, politicians and regulators.Why it matters: It’s a risky move that could help fight short-term battles but also risks establishing a pattern of antagonism against people and groups that could be thorns in the company’s side for…

Google alum launches new progressive tech coalition

A Google policy alum Monday launched Chamber of Progress, a new center-left tech coalition that will advocate policies the industry supports as regulatory scrutiny intensifies.The big picture: Tech’s cozy relationship with Washington during the Obama years is long over. At the same time, the tech industry generally supports progressive policies embraced by Democrats currently in…

Moderate Democrats buck Biden tax hikes

President Biden’s plan to pay for his coming infrastructure package with big tax hikes already is meeting some resistance from moderate Democrats, a stumbling block for his progressive ambitions.Why it matters: If this discomfort turns to outright opposition in the House and Senate, Biden will face a complicated path to cover more than $3 trillion…