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US Homelessness Could Increase 45% Because of Coronavirus Unemployment
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US Homelessness Could Increase 45% Because of Coronavirus Unemployment

LOS ANGELES — With the coronavirus-induced shock to the economy crippling businesses of all sizes and leaving millions of Americans out of work, homelessness in the United States could grow as much as 45% in a year, according to a... Read More

Airlines, Government at Odds Over Passenger ‘Contact Tracing’
Health
Airlines, Government at Odds Over Passenger ‘Contact Tracing’

WASHINGTON — Two months after lawmakers lamented public health officials’ inability to contact air travelers arriving in the U.S. who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, the federal government and airlines are still at odds over who should take... Read More

House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions
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House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are plowing ahead with a Friday vote on a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief measure, arguing the urgency to act outweighs concerns among rank-and-file lawmakers that the “bold” package described by party leaders isn’t bold enough. Several... Read More

Fed’s Powell to Congress: Economy Needs More Fiscal Relief
Economy
Fed’s Powell to Congress: Economy Needs More Fiscal Relief

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has a clear message for Congress: Spend more money, right now. In an interview Wednesday with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Powell called the COVID-19 pandemic an unprecedented economic challenge that needs... Read More

National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
Economy
National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
2020-05-13 13:24:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus relief bill introduced in the House on Tuesday that allocates $375 billion for the nation's smaller cities, towns, counties and... Read More

House Lawmakers Urge Relief For Auto Industry in Next Coronavirus Bills
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House Lawmakers Urge Relief For Auto Industry in Next Coronavirus Bills
2020-05-13 13:17:12
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Tuesday urged Congress to provide funding for the U.S. automobile industry in future coronavirus stimulus packages. “America’s motor vehicle industry must remain the heart of our nation’s manufacturing capability,” wrote the... Read More

House Spending Bill Would Boost Transit, Amtrak, Highways
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House Spending Bill Would Boost Transit, Amtrak, Highways

WASHINGTON — House Democrats’ newest proposal for coronavirus recovery spending would use federal law to compel passengers and workers on Amtrak, transit and airplanes to wear face masks, and would give an additional $15.75 billion to transit, allocate $15 billion... Read More

Analysis: We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests
Health
Analysis: We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests

The arrival of COVID-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system, and our grade isn’t pretty: at least 80,000 dead, 1.3 million infected and 30 million unemployed; nursing homes, prisons and meatpacking plants that have... Read More

An Economic Tsunami Could Thrust Half a Billion People Into Extreme Poverty
Economy
An Economic Tsunami Could Thrust Half a Billion People Into Extreme Poverty

RIO DE JANEIRO — It seemed like Silvanah Lima was finally getting ahead. Born and raised in Brazil’s drought-ridden northeast, she moved with her partner to Rio de Janeiro in 2018, in search of work. He was hired as a... Read More

Residents of Low-Wage Red States Collect Biggest Stimulus Checks
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Residents of Low-Wage Red States Collect Biggest Stimulus Checks

WASHINGTON — Residents of lower-income states that voted for President Donald Trump got bigger stimulus checks in general than those in wealthier coastal enclaves that tend to back Democrats, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service. The demographics of... Read More

Fauci Warns Senate Panel of
Health
Fauci Warns Senate Panel of "Really Serious" Consequences to Fast Reopening
2020-05-12 19:11:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be "really serious" consequences to states and cities across the United States reopening their economies too quickly. He told the Senate... Read More

Economic Blow of the Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers
Agriculture
Economic Blow of the Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers

Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater. It’s probably good, he said, to not have too much... Read More

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