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From replacing non-qwerty keyboards to killing production of the Hummer, Mary Barra, head of vehicle development for GM, is looking to send a “shock” through that company’s “famously plodding corporate culture.” At a recent meeting with employees in Milford, MI, Barra listened to complaints that GM was “too slow to adopt new technologies” and “wasn’t focused enough on quality,” and assured the people in attendance that that was about to change. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz praised Barra, saying “she’s got good judgement, great common sense and she doesn’t put up with any BS.” This self-proclaimed shake-up could help restart the production of new vehicles for the automaker.

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President Joe Biden

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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: first, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control: such as the worldwide price of oil, and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic gee-gaws on store shelves to pacify American teenagers this Christmas, it will be Joe Biden’s fault.

Second, everybody gives you advice, whether you ask for it or not. Everywhere you look, Democrats and Democratically-inclined pundits are tempted to panic. “The cold reality for Biden,” writes New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait “is that his presidency is on the brink of failure.” A return to Trumpism, and essentially the end of American democracy, strikes Chait as altogether likely.

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