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Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials

Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareThis article is free to access.Why?The Washington Post is providing this news free to all readers as a public service.Follow this story and more by President Trump on Monday said he is considering scaling back steps to constrain the spread of the coronavirus in the next week or two because of concerns that the impact on the economy has become too severe.But loosening restrictions on social distancing and similar measures soon probably would require him to override the internal warnings of senior U.S. health officials,...

March 23, 2020
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Bernie Sanders to announce plan to guarantee every American a job

Bernie Sanders to announce plan to guarantee every American a job

This article was published more than 4 years agoGift ShareSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will announce a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker “who wants or needs one,” embracing the kind of large-scale government works project that Democrats have shied away from in recent decades.Sanders's jobs guarantee would fund hundreds of projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education...

April 30, 2018
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The radical plan for taming capitalism: Give everyone a share of Wall Street

The radical plan for taming capitalism: Give everyone a share of Wall Street

This article was published more than 3 years agoCommentGift ShareThe economist Giacomo Corneo is a self-proclaimed socialist. A professor at the Free University of Berlin, Corneo is steeped in the writings of Karl Marx and, in conversation, rattles off the beliefs of the founder of communism. The professor works with Germany’s Greens party.But on perhaps one of the most important economic policy debates of the day — higher taxes on the rich and corporations — Corneo voices the types of concerns not typically raised by economists on the left.“We have to recognize that the traditional...

August 30, 2019
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Barack Obama just blasted the Senate health bill as a "massive transfer of wealth" to the rich

Barack Obama just blasted the Senate health bill as a "massive transfer of wealth" to the rich

Former President Barack Obama came to the defense of his health care legacy, the Affordable Care Act, on Thursday a few hours after Senate Republicans released their bill to repeal it., he criticized Senate Republicans’ health care bill as “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”“It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else,” Obama said.He added that it would cost millions their health insurance: “Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions...

June 22, 2017
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg pushes back against Bernie Sanders’s call to abolish billionaires

Facebook’s Zuckerberg pushes back against Bernie Sanders’s call to abolish billionaires

This article was published more than 3 years agoCommentGift ShareFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to defend the existence of billionaires on Friday, pushing back against Sen. Bernie Sanders’s assertion that nobody in America deserves to be a billionaire.Zuckerberg, who is worth , seemed to express concern in an interview on Fox News that eliminating billionaires in America would stifle competition between private and public actors in funding scientific research and philanthropy.Zuckerberg did express uneasiness about levels of wealth inequality in the U.S. and said he doubted...

October 25, 2019
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U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs

U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareU.S. manufacturers shipped millions of dollars’ worth of face masks and other protective medical equipment to China in January and February with encouragement from the federal government, a Washington Post review of economic data and internal government documents has found. The move underscores the Trump administration’s failure to recognize and prepare for the growing pandemic threat.In those two months, the value of protective masks and related items exported from the United States to China grew more than 1,000“Instead...

April 18, 2020
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Trump administration pushing to block new money for testing, tracing and CDC in upcoming coronavirus relief bill

Trump administration pushing to block new money for testing, tracing and CDC in upcoming coronavirus relief bill

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareThe Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Saturday.The administration is also trying to block billions of dollars that GOP senators want to allocate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and billions more for the Pentagon and State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad, the people said.The administration’s posture has angered some GOP senators, the...

July 18, 2020
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In unusual deal, U.S. Treasury to acquire 30 percent of trucking company in exchange for $700 million loan

In unusual deal, U.S. Treasury to acquire 30 percent of trucking company in exchange for $700 million loan

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareThe Treasury Department announced Wednesday that it will loan $700 million to a trucking firm that ships military equipment, in exchange for having U.S. taxpayers acquire an almost 30 percent stake in the company.Under the unusual arrangement, the Treasury Department will provide the emergency loan to YRC Worldwide, while taking a 29.6 percent equity stake in the company. The U.S. government does not typically take ownership stakes in companies but was given permission to do so by Congress as a way to ensure taxpayer...

July 1, 2020
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White House aides, outside groups launch effort to reopen economy, but Mnuchin says decision poses risks

White House aides, outside groups launch effort to reopen economy, but Mnuchin says decision poses risks

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareSenior White House officials briefed President Trump on Monday about his looming decision regarding how to eventually jump-start the economy, presenting him with a list of 100 business executives that could serve in an advisory panel.In a sign of how fluid things remain, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said these executives have not yet been formally notified that they could serve in an advisory role.The comments, made at a White House briefing, came as multiple leading conservative advocacy groups plan to announce a...

April 13, 2020
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McConnell says stimulus deal could take ‘a few weeks,’ putting millions with expiring jobless aid in limbo

McConnell says stimulus deal could take ‘a few weeks,’ putting millions with expiring jobless aid in limbo

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareWith days to go before enhanced jobless benefits expire, the White House and Senate Republicans are struggling to design a way to scale back the program without overwhelming state unemployment agencies and imperiling aid to more than 20 million Americans.The hang-up has led to an abrupt in the introduction of the GOP’s $1 trillion stimulus package. The White House and Democrats have said they want a deal by the end of the month, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested Friday that reaching an agreement...

July 24, 2020
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