December 30, 2020

Opinion

Opinion: Why Have Federal Unemployment Benefits Cost So Much More Than Expected?

The March 2020 CARES Act expanded unemployment benefits for millions of laid off workers, many of whom will benefit from program extensions into 2021 included in Congress’ new relief bill. Unofficial estimates suggest the latest extensions will cost $120 billion. That begs the question — how well did Congress’ scorekeepers do in projecting the cost of the opening

Politics

A divided nation asks: What’s holding our country together?

Elections are meant to resolve arguments. This one inflamed them. Weeks after the votes have been counted and the winners declared, many Americans remain angry, defiant and despairing. Millions now harbor new grievances borne of President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. Many Democrats are saddened by results that revealed the opposition to be

National

Trump lashes out at GOP after override vote on defense bill

President Donald Trump lashed out at congressional Republicans on Tuesday after the House easily voted to override his veto of a defense policy bill. A total of 109 Republicans, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of GOP leadership, joined with Democrats on Monday to approve the override, which would be the first of Trump’s

COVID-19

Trump’s $2,000 checks stall in Senate as GOP blocks vote

President Donald Trump’s push for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks stalled out Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans blocked a swift vote proposed by Democrats and split within their own ranks over whether to boost spending or defy the White House. The roadblock mounted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not be sustainable as

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