Democrats’ Spending Fight Carries High Stakes for Their Candidates

Failure of moderates and progressives to reach a deal would fuel Republican attacks on their competence — with consequences as soon as November in Virginia, and in the midterms next year.

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How Democrats Could Shrink Their $3.5 Trillion Budget Bill

Here are three options to shrink down the Democrats’ climate change and social welfare bill as moderates demand less spending and smaller tax hikes to pay for it.

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Dear Joe Manchin: Coal Isn’t Your State’s Future

Coal’s glory days ended during the Reagan era, and they aren’t coming back.

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Biden Administration Seeks to Expand Telehealth in Rural America

New funding will allow more medical appointments to take place via video in rural communities, where some of the nation’s oldest and sickest patients live.

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Rescue the System That Rescues Our Workers

The structure of unemployment insurance is broken and does little to help those who pay into it.

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Why $46 Billion Couldn’t Prevent an Eviction Crisis

As national eviction protections lapse, much of the rental assistance sits unspent. Aid was slowed by red tape, resistance from landlords and the difficulty of navigating an informal market. Does a lease on a napkin qualify?

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Vast Expansion in Aid Kept Food Insecurity From Growing Last Year

Despite the economic downturn, government figures for 2020 show no overall rise in hunger of the sort typical in past recessions. But some groups still suffered.

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800,000 New Yorkers Just Lost Federal Unemployment Benefits

Many pandemic-era federal programs expired on Sunday, leaving jobless New Yorkers with more modest state unemployment benefits, or no aid at all.

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Unemployment Benefits Expire for Millions Without Pushback From Biden

The president has encouraged some states to continue helping the long-term unemployed, but administration officials say it was time for enhanced federal aid to end.

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From Cradle to Grave, Democrats Move to Expand Social Safety Net

The $3.5 trillion social policy bill that lawmakers begin drafting this week would touch virtually every American, at every point in life, from conception to old age.

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Democrats Hit the Road to Sell Big Spending Bills as Republicans Attack

Lawmakers seek to win the backing of voters by emphasizing the tangible benefits of sweeping legislation that Congress will consider in the coming weeks.

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Unemployment Benefits to Millions Are About to End

The abrupt loss of pandemic unemployment benefits on a broad scale could have long-term effects not only for the recipients but also for the economy.

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N.Y. Legislature Expected to Extend Freeze on Evictions in Rare Special Session

The moratorium, which was to expire on Aug. 31, is part of the state’s effort to help tenants struggling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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N.Y. Legislature Expected to Extend Freeze on Evictions

The moratorium, which was to expire on Aug. 31, is part of the state’s effort to help tenants struggling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Economy Is Booming but Far From Normal, Posing a Challenge for Biden

High inflation, ghostly downtowns and a resurgent virus have rattled consumers and created new obstacles as the president tries to push his broader economic agenda.

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Hurricane Ida Offers a Glimpse of the Dystopia That’s Coming for All of Us

Louisiana is no longer an outlier. 

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Many Republicans Are Anti-Vax. Are They Also Pro-Covid?

It sure feels that way sometimes.

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From Kabul Airport to a Houston Walmart: ‘Desperate to Get to America’

Members of an Afghan family endured kidnappings, threats and car bombs over the decade they waited for U.S. visas. Now they’re starting a new life in Texas.

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Biden Falls Short on Pledge for U.S. to Be the World’s Vaccine ‘Arsenal,’ Experts Say

Congress appropriated $16 billion to ramp up Covid-19 countermeasures, but a new report found that the Biden administration had spent very little of it on expanding vaccine manufacturing capacity.

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Biden, Needing a Win, Enters a Sprint for his Economic Agenda

As his poll numbers slide, the president and his aides have mounted an aggressive pitch in Congress and around the country for his spending plans on infrastructure and more.

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Biden Enters a Sprint for his Economic Agenda

As his poll numbers slide, the president and his aides have mounted an aggressive pitch in Congress and around the country for his spending plans on infrastructure and more

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Most Rental Assistant Funds Not Yet Distributed, Figures Show

Just $1.7 billion in funds intended to prevent eviction were disbursed in July as the White House braces for a Supreme Court decision that could strike down its eviction moratorium.

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Scoring Biden’s ‘Care Economy’ Plan

If human capital is an asset, how should Congress measure the payoff?

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Cutting off jobless benefits early may have hurt state economies.

Prematurely ending federal programs had little effect on pushing people back to work, researchers find, but sharply cut their spending.

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In New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan May Face a High-Profile Fight

Senator Maggie Hassan, a former governor of her state, is working to burnish her centrist image without making political waves.

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States and Cities Scramble to Spend $350 Billion Stimulus

The Biden administration is betting on the funds to keep the recovery humming, but Republicans say the money is being wasted.

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It’s Morning in Joe Biden’s America

And the president deserves a lot of the credit.

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America Is Undergoing Seismic Changes. Its Politics? Hardly.

The country is recovering from a pandemic and an economic crisis, and its former president is in legal and financial peril. But no political realignment appears to be at hand.

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June Jobs Report Delivers Good News and Big Questions for Washington

Payrolls surged and wages climbed, both positives for President Biden and the Federal Reserve. But stagnant labor market participation highlights a key risk.

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The S.B.A.’s Relief Effort For Restaurants Ends in Confusion

More than 100,000 business owners got help from the relief effort, but 265,000 were turned away — some after awards were rescinded.

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Fed Unity Cracks as Inflation Rises and Officials Debate Future

Federal Reserve officials are debating what to do as price risks loom, even as its leaders and the White House say today’s surge will most likely cool.

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Biden’s Push for Equity in Government Hits Legal and Political Roadblocks

No part of President Biden’s agenda has been as ambitious as his attempt to place concerns about equity squarely at the center of the federal government’s decision-making

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Judge Blocks $4 Billion U.S. Debt Relief Program for Minority Farmers

The aid program, part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that Congress passed in March, is intended to help farmers who have endured generations of racial discrimination.

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Staving Off G.O.P. Attacks, Democrats Show New Urgency on Crime

A strong showing by Eric Adams in the New York mayoral race and President Biden’s announcement of a new crime-fighting agenda signal a shift by Democrats toward themes of public safety.

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The Pandemic Stimulus Was Front-Loaded. That Could Mean a Bumpy Year.

There’s a risk that the affluent, who saved money by limiting things like traveling and dining out, will sit on their cash rather than spend it.

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The Week Inflation Panic Died

Don’t worry: Lumber is falling and the Fed is on the case.

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Biden’s Approval Takes a Hit, Driven by Sagging Hopes Among Democrats

The standstill in Washington has left many Democrats feeling impatient, a new poll suggests.

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New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

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Rising Housing Costs Leave Homebuyers Struggling

A moratorium on evictions did little to address the bigger problem: The country is running out of affordable places for people to live.

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How to Keep the Economy Booming — And Meet the Demand for Workers

Rising demand must be met by rising supply.

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Biden Administration Moves to Unkink Supply Chain Bottlenecks

A swath of recommendations calls for more investments, new supply chains and less reliance on other countries for crucial goods.

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Yellen Won a Global Tax Deal. Now She Must Sell It to Congress.

The Treasury secretary worked with finance ministers from the G7 to win support for a global minimum tax. But selling the idea to Republican lawmakers will not be easy.

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Biden Meets With Capito as Deadline for Infrastructure Deal Looms

President Biden and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the top Republican negotiator, had no breakthroughs. But they agreed to speak again on Friday.

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Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget Aims for Path to Middle Class, Financed by the Rich

The president’s budget envisions a redistribution of wealth that will allow more Americans to enjoy prosperity, and it invests in climate change, education and infrastructure.

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The Economy’s Post-Covid Recovery Is Just Getting Started

The bad news is a byproduct of extraordinary good news.

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Republicans Present $928 Billion Counteroffer to Biden on Infrastructure

The plan’s total price tag came close to what the president has said he would consider, but it included only a fraction of the new spending he has requested. A compromise faces long odds.

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Biden’s Budget Sees Low Inflation, Rising Debt and Slow Economic Growth

The proposal sheds new light on President Biden’s economic agenda and underscores the administration’s belief that the country’s fiscal situation is manageable.

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Republicans Promise Counteroffer as Infrastructure Talks Falter

President Biden and Democrats are facing difficult decisions about how to move their infrastructure plan through Congress as bipartisan momentum flags.

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Republicans Push Biden to Divert Federal Aid for Infrastructure

Unexpected receipts, driven in part by taxes on high earners riding a hot stock market, have prompted Republicans to push the president to spend on infrastructure instead.

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Biden Tried to Keep It Boring. This Week Intervened.

His team has projected the image of a calmer White House, but recent days showed that it can’t outrun chaos.

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