Economy

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
In The News
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

Governors of 5 States Call for $1 Trillion in Federal Relief
State News
Governors of 5 States Call for $1 Trillion in Federal Relief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his counterparts in four Western states on Monday asked Congress for $1 trillion in COVID-19 pandemic relief for all states and local governments. Newsom joined with the governors of Oregon, Washington, Nevada... Read More

Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
Spotlight
Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
2020-05-08 14:12:00
by Dan McCue

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at... Read More

White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive
In The News
White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive

WASHINGTON — The White House blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from issuing specific guidance for U.S. day cares, restaurants, churches, theaters and other businesses to reopen from the coronavirus outbreak out of concern the recommendations were too... Read More

Jobless Rate Spikes to 14.7%, Highest Since Great Depression
Employment
Jobless Rate Spikes to 14.7%, Highest Since Great Depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus... Read More

Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening
State News
Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states did not meet a... Read More

Employers Eliminated More Than 20 Million Jobs in April, Report Says
Economy
Employers Eliminated More Than 20 Million Jobs in April, Report Says
2020-05-06 20:35:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. private sector employers cut 20.2 million jobs from their payrolls in April, a stunning sign of just what the coronavirus outbreak has done to the economy in a relatively short time. In a report released Wednesday, ADP,... Read More

Federal Courts Seek More Money and Judges in Next COVID-19 Bill
Economy
Federal Courts Seek More Money and Judges in Next COVID-19 Bill

WASHINGTON — The federal courts asked Congress for an additional $36.6 million and more judge positions in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, for safety and to handle the backlog of cases that will be delayed until after it is... Read More

Trump Officials Ignored Coronavirus Warnings, Ousted Scientist Says in Complaint
Health
Trump Officials Ignored Coronavirus Warnings, Ousted Scientist Says in Complaint

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration health officials repeatedly ignored warnings in January and February about the need for masks and other protective equipment to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak, according to a detailed whistleblower complaint from a senior scientist ousted... Read More

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