For Long-Term Investors, Small Things Like Presidential Elections Don’t Matter

There is heartbreak almost everywhere you look, our columnist says, but the stock market usually rises anyway.

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Mitch McConnell’s Mission of Misery

Why Senate Republicans won’t help Americans in need.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-taxes-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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At Hunter’s Point South, a Popular Park Paves the Way for Housing

Two new towers rising on industrial land in Queens will be filled predominantly with affordable housing.

#affordable-housing, #hunters-point-south, #infrastructure-public-works, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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New Jersey Gas Tax Spikes Because of Coronavirus Impact

Taxes on gasoline and diesel increased by 9.3 cents a gallon on Thursday in a state once known for bargain fuel. The increase came a month after tolls on major roadways also went up.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #budgets-and-budgeting, #gasoline-tax-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-jersey, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

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Trump’s Messy Divorce From New York

Have any president and his hometown ever had such mutual animosity?

#cuomo-andrew-m, #infrastructure-public-works, #james-letitia, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Genoa Bridge Inauguration Is Bittersweet

Built in less than two years to replace the collapsed Morandi bridge, the new span is already a point of pride for Italy. But residents fear it will not be enough to revive their aging port city.

#accidents-and-safety, #architecture, #autostrade-spa, #bridges-and-tunnels, #buildings-structures, #genoa-italy, #infrastructure-public-works, #piano-renzo, #politics-and-government, #restoration-and-renovation, #roads-and-traffic, #viaducts

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Italy Draws a Line Under Genoa Tragedy, Shunting Aside the Benettons

The government has leveraged anger over the collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge to take back control of the nation’s highways. But critics say the deal sends a troubling message to investors.

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China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

Strong sales at China’s biggest construction equipment maker show Beijing’s strategy for recovery after the virus. But while the company, XCMG, is prospering, the rest of the economy is struggling.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-trade-and-world-market, #local-government, #machinery-and-equipment, #railroads, #xi-jinping, #xuzhou-china, #xuzhou-construction-machinery-group

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Trump and Biden Square Off Over Environment

Over two days, President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. laid out wildly divergent views on environmental regulations and climate change, helping to define the stakes of the presidential race.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump to Weaken Environmental Rules to Speed Infrastructure Permits

President Trump has used a regulatory reinterpretation to limit one of the country’s bedrock environmental laws and speed permitting of infrastructure projects.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden to Release $2 Trillion Climate Plan

Mr. Biden’s plan links tackling climate change with economic recovery from the coronavirus and addressing racism, drawing praise from onetime critics.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020

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New York as a Biking City? It Could Happen. And It Should.

A new report proposes 425 miles of interconnected bike lanes across the five boroughs. Another sees new car-free bridges into Manhattan from Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #bridges-and-tunnels, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #regional-plan-assn, #schwartz-samuel-i

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Stop Building More Roads

There’s a right way to do infrastructure. Why does America get it wrong?

#bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #roads-and-traffic, #united-states-economy

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Legal and Environmental Setbacks Stymie Pipelines Nationwide

Defeats at three projects reflect increasingly sophisticated legal challenges, shifting economics and growing demands by states to fight climate change.

#american-petroleum-institute, #appalachian-region, #center-for-biological-diversity, #earthjustice, #energy-and-power, #energy-transfer-partners-lp, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #keystone-pipeline-system, #natural-gas, #pipelines, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #shale, #supreme-court-us, #texas

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‘Time Is Always Money’: Pandemic Lockdowns Hasten Infrastructure Work

Improvement of roads and rails has accelerated, but the crisis has strained budgets, muddling prospects for the projects and the real estate developments that count on them.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #real-estate-commercial

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Could New York Finally Become a Bike City?

A 102-year-old bicycle shop in Queens did big business during the Spanish flu, the Depression and the oil crisis of the 1970s. But the pandemic poses a new challenge for a new age.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #bike-new-york, #infrastructure-public-works, #shutdowns-institutional, #transit-systems, #transportation-alternatives, #transportation-department-nyc

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The Coronavirus Could Destroy Mass Transit. Federal Aid Can Help.

Reviving subway and bus services helped bring back cities before. It can do so again.

#buses, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #subways, #transit-systems, #united-states-economy

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A Bridge From Queens to Manhattan, but No Cars Allowed

A group of transportation experts wants to build a new bridge in New York City to accommodate a surge in cycling.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #bridges-and-tunnels, #citizens-budget-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-river-nyc, #infrastructure-public-works, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #queens-nyc, #regional-plan-assn, #schwartz-samuel-i, #trottenberg-polly, #walking

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A Deal to Save Medicaid, the Unemployed and State Budgets

The tradeoff: full federal funding for expanded Medicaid and unemployment aid, while states fund early childhood programs and infrastructure.

#community-colleges, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-state-relations-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #states-us, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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A Canal That Opened the Montana Prairie May Soon Dry Up

An early 20th-century federal water project irrigated the prairie to create farms and towns in eastern Montana. But it needs a $200 million overhaul.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bureau-of-reclamation, #canals, #glacier-national-park-mont, #havre-mont, #infrastructure-public-works, #irrigation, #montana, #rivers, #roosevelt-theodore, #water

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With Fewer People in the Way, Transportation Projects Speed Ahead

The pandemic has provided an unexpected window for agencies in New York and around the country to make long-planned repairs and upgrades.

#american-public-transportation-assn, #city-college-of-new-york, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #riders-alliance, #roads-and-traffic, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #transit-systems

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Trump, Citing Pandemic, Moves to Weaken Two Key Environmental Protections

Twin environmental actions set for Thursday underscored the president’s push to roll back regulations as the coronavirus crisis continues.

#clean-air-act, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump, Citing Pandemic, Plans Two Moves to Weaken Key Environmental Protections

Twin environmental actions set for Thursday underscored the president’s push to roll back regulations as the coronavirus crisis continues.

#clean-air-act, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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States Need Coronavirus Disaster Relief, Not Bailouts

Providing a critical lifeline while the economy gets back on its feet is essential.

#governors-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #maryland, #states-us, #united-states-economy

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Can 8 Million Daily Riders Be Lured Back to N.Y. Mass Transit?

Officials fear disastrous gridlock if people turn to cars because they remain concerned about getting the coronavirus on the subway and other public transit.

#automobiles, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #citi-bike, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #foye-patrick-j, #infrastructure-public-works, #inrix-inc, #lamont-ned, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #revel-transit-inc, #roads-and-traffic, #schwartz-samuel-i, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation-alternatives, #trottenberg-polly

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States Warn That Virus May Doom Climate Projects

A billion-dollar program to protect cities from climate change is at risk of failing because the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #infrastructure-public-works

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Trump’s Economic Advisers Are Wrong

The economy can’t fully recover without longer-term help from Washington.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #mnuchin-steven-t, #powell-jerome-h, #united-states-economy

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The Michigan Dam Failures Are a Warning

Many need repairs. Let’s fix them before climate-related flooding gets worse.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #great-lakes, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #rain, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen

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New York City Doesn’t Have to Suffer This Summer

Officials shouldn’t let the coronavirus end a long history of helping people stay cool.

#beaches, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drownings, #east-river-nyc, #great-depression-1930s, #infrastructure-public-works, #jones-beach-ny, #moses-robert, #orchard-beach-bronx-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #playgrounds, #smith-alfred-emanuel, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools

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A Senate Recess Can Wait. Americans Need Help Now.

Facing a calamity on par with the Great Depression, the Senate decides to take a vacation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘Expect More’: Climate Change Raises Risk of Dam Failures

Engineers say most dams in the United States, designed decades ago, are unsuited to a warmer world and stronger storms.

#global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #tittabawassee-river-mich

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As Virus Threat Lingers in Michigan, a New Crisis Arrives: Flooding

Thousands of residents of Midland, Mich., fled their homes as waters rose, trying to keep safe social distances even in shelters.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #hydroelectric-power, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #tittabawassee-river-mich

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Helping the Environment, One Small Sensor at a Time

New York City nonprofits are using a cloud-based service from the start-up Temboo that helps monitor storm-water runoff and other environmental factors.

#ai-may-2020, #clean-water-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #infrastructure-public-works, #nonprofit-organizations, #sensors, #temboo-inc, #trees-and-shrubs, #water-pollution

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How Do You Fight the Coronavirus Without Running Water?

Entire communities around the country face this terrifying virus without being even able to wash their hands.

#alaska, #arizona, #army-corps-of-engineers, #central-valley-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #infrastructure-public-works, #navajo-indians, #plumbing, #united-states, #water, #water-pollution

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Genoa’s New Bridge Nears Completion, Turning Tragedy Into Hope

Nearly two years after 43 people died when a bridge collapsed, its replacement, built in record time, has become a symbol of Italian can-do.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #conte-giuseppe, #fincantieri, #infrastructure-public-works, #morandi-bridge-genoa-italy, #piano-renzo, #roads-and-traffic

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Coronavirus Forces Cities to Pause Climate Projects, Raising Future Risks

Faced with falling revenue and virus-related burdens, local officials are delaying sea walls and other projects to protect cities from climate change.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #federal-budget-us, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #local-government

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Post-Pandemic, Here’s How America Rises Again

Congress needs to invest with an eye on the nation’s future.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #computers-and-the-internet, #energy-and-power, #infrastructure-public-works, #innovation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #rural-areas, #united-states-economy

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Transit Has Been Battered by Coronavirus. What’s Ahead May Be Worse.

“The number of scenarios that we have to plan for is staggering.”

#buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #recession-and-depression, #subways, #transit-systems

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What the Economy Needs From President Trump

The economic impact of the coronavirus requires a stronger federal response. Congress needs to be careful about the timing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #paid-time-off, #recession-and-depression, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy

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