economic damage

COVID-19

Republicans test history in vote against pandemic relief

With the nation’s financial system on the brink of collapse, all but three Republicans voted against the massive stimulus package designed to protect millions of Americans from financial ruin. It was early 2009, just weeks after Joe Biden was sworn in as vice president, and the vote marked the beginning of a new era of

Opinion

Opinion: Amid Potential COVID-19 Spikes, Lawmakers Must Resist Broad Shutdowns

The initial outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year brought just about every aspect of our daily lives to a grinding halt. Unsure of how to keep the virus from spreading, local and state governments across the U.S. enacted broad, strict shutdown orders while health experts worked out a way for us all to ease back

Wildfires

Wildfires during pandemic intensify economic pain in West

The fires consuming the forests of California and Oregon and darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland are also damaging a regional economy already singed by the coronavirus outbreak. Wildfires are destroying property, running up huge losses for property insurers and putting a strain on economic activity along the West Coast that could linger

National

US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year. A huge plunge in consumer spending as people stayed home and avoided shopping, traveling or gathering in crowds as the virus raged is

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