Economic policy

In this March 31, 2020 photo, workers in protective suits stand near a COSCO container ship docked at a port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province. China's government reported Tuesday, April 14, 2020 that exports fell further in March compared with February amid a global economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Chinatopix via AP)
April 14, 2020 - 12:29 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade improved in March but was below last year’s levels, and forecasters warned Chinese exporters face another slump as the coronavirus pandemic depresses global demand. Exports sank 6.6% from a year earlier to $185.1 billion, an improvement over the 17.2% contraction in...
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In this image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service, the website for HealthCare.gov is seen. The Trump administration’s opposition to “Obamacare” could become an obstacle to helping millions of uninsured people in the coronavirus outbreak, as well as many workers who are losing coverage because of the economic shutdown. Experts say the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets provide an infrastructure for extending subsidized private coverage in every state. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP)
April 13, 2020 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s unrelenting opposition to “Obamacare” could become an obstacle for millions of uninsured people in the coronavirus outbreak, as well as many who are losing coverage in the economic shutdown. Experts say the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets provide...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
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April 13, 2020 - 12:18 pm
Texas' small businesses will be able to access a new set of loans under the government's Paycheck Protection Program, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday.
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In this April 6, 2020 photo, a bus drives past a roadwork construction project in Seattle where ramps off of the Highway 520 floating bridge meet Montlake Blvd. that has been shut down due to concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The $2 trillion federal stimulus package enacted in March included billions of dollars for public transit systems, publicly owned commercial airports and Amtrak passenger train service, but earmarked nothing for state highways and bridges. Many of those projects across the country have been put on hold because of a sharp drop in fuel taxes, tolls and user fees since the coronarvirus-related shutdowns suspended much of the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 12, 2020 - 10:22 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — America’s roads are a lot less congested, due to coronavirus shutdowns that have kept millions of commuters, shoppers and vacationers parked at their homes. While that makes it easier to patch potholes, it also could spell trouble for road and bridge projects. The longer...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, members of the House of Representatives walk down the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, after passing a coronavirus rescue package. For libertarians the very thought of massive government aid or the enforced closings of businesses is usually indefensible. But those beliefs can change in a time of crisis, like now. The spread of the coronavirus has renewed a long-running debate among libertarians over such core beliefs as private enterprise and individual autonomy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 11, 2020 - 5:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Baker, one of the British parliament's leading libertarians, was nearly in tears as he addressed the House of Commons in support of a bill that once seemed unthinkable: a massive economic aid package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Libertarian though I may be, this...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, a flock of geese fly over vines at the Trump Vineyard in Charlottesville, Va. President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
April 10, 2020 - 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month, despite provisions in the bill that Democrats said were intended to prevent him and his family from personally benefiting...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol are seen in Washington, at sunrise. Congress is considering ways to govern from afar during the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers are talking this week about whether it's possible to conduct virtual committee meetings, particularly to oversee how the $2.2 trillion stimulus money is being spent. And they're considering ways to pass virus-related legislation without requiring every lawmaker to be present. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 10, 2020 - 1:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's budget deficit for the first half of this budget year totaled $743.6 billion, up 7.6% from last year, and well on its way to topping $1 trillion even before the impacts of the coronavirus were felt. The Treasury Department reported Friday that the deficit...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, takes part in a video conference of Russian space industry development at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 10, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
April 10, 2020 - 10:42 am
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Good Friday observed at home ahead of Easter weekend...
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Plastic gloves lays on the ground in Paris, Friday, April 10, 2020, during a nationwide confinement to counter the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
April 10, 2020 - 10:20 am
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ CONSUMER DURESS: The consumer drives about 70% of all economic...
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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia listen. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 09, 2020 - 8:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals taking money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill will have to agree not to send “surprise” medical bills to patients treated for COVID-19, the White House said Thursday. Surprise bills typically happen when a patient with health insurance gets treated at an out-of-network...
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