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‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?
Economy
‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?

LOS ANGELES — If you had posed the scenario to him as a hypothetical a few months ago — “Your company will be hemorrhaging cash, and you’ll turn to Uncle Sam for emergency funds” — Jim Brady would’ve confidently dismissed... Read More

Critics Question CARES Act Spending in Some States
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Critics Question CARES Act Spending in Some States

WASHINGTON — Even as governors ask Congress for more pandemic relief money and more leeway to spend it, critics say some states are pushing the legal limits of how previous emergency federal aid can be spent. South Dakota auditors are... Read More

US Economic Hole Remains Deep Despite Jobless Claims Milestone
Economy
US Economic Hole Remains Deep Despite Jobless Claims Milestone

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic began in March, a milestone that underscores both the depth of economic damage and long road to recovery from the sharpest... Read More

Standoff on US Virus Relief Package Leaves Damage All Around
Economy
Standoff on US Virus Relief Package Leaves Damage All Around

There were plenty of casualties left in the rubble of failed negotiations on another trillion-dollar-plus rescue package for a U.S. economy mired in a historic, pandemic-induced recession. Worst hit are the families, businesses, and state and local governments that have... Read More

Nearly Half The World’s Movie Theaters Are Back in Operation, New Data Finds
Arts
Nearly Half The World’s Movie Theaters Are Back in Operation, New Data Finds
2020-08-10 20:09:06
by Sara Wilkerson

Despite renewed concerns over a summer resurgence of the coronavirus, nearly half of the world’s movie theaters are back in operation, according to new data from the United Kingdom’s Gower Street Analytics. Gower Street, a film tech company that provides... Read More

States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid
Economy
States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid

A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back. The leaders of states including New York... Read More

Trump Aides Struggle to Defend His Pandemic Relief Orders as US Cases Reach 5 million
Economy
Trump Aides Struggle to Defend His Pandemic Relief Orders as US Cases Reach 5 million

WASHINGTON — As the United States surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, President Trump’s senior aides on Sunday defended his handling of intertwined economic and public health crises, declaring that Democrats would bear the blame for millions of Americans’ financial... Read More

Court Ruling Denies Insurance For Restaurants Hit by Pandemic
Law
Court Ruling Denies Insurance For Restaurants Hit by Pandemic
2020-08-10 14:35:28
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A District of Columbia judge’s ruling this week is the latest court judgment that absolves insurers from obligations to cover the losses of businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. A group of restaurants sued their insurer after the company... Read More

City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
Cities
City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
2020-08-07 19:32:19
by Sara Wilkerson

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance and to learn about local resources. The street fair, called Playstreets, was started last month and its next fair will... Read More

Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
Business
Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
2020-08-07 19:26:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As if a global health crisis wasn't enough to have on their plate, wine sellers are bracing for the imposition of another round of tariffs that could raise the price of imported European wines and other products by... Read More

Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter
Economy
Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter

WASHINGTON — Prospects for a quick deal to extend supplemental unemployment benefits and other stimulus for an economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic have taken a sharp turn for the worse, leaving millions of Americans in the lurch a... Read More

Davis Maintains Opposition to Proxy Voting After Positive COVID-19 Test
Congress
Davis Maintains Opposition to Proxy Voting After Positive COVID-19 Test

WASHINGTON — Three months ago, the Committee on House Administration’s ranking member, Rodney Davis, led the GOP opposition to Democrats’ proxy voting rule that allows members to cast votes from their districts during the pandemic. Now the Illinois Republican, stuck... Read More

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