Virus Cases Spike in New Jersey, Threatening ‘Lurch Backward’

Gov. Philip D. Murphy said that residents should refrain from all but necessary out-of-state travel.

#connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #lamont-ned, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #states-us, #travel-warnings

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Marching Orders for the Next Investment Chief of CalPERS: More Private Equity

The nation’s biggest public pension fund is consistently short of the billions of dollars it needs to pay all retirees their pensions. It seeks higher returns.

#california, #california-public-employees-retirement-system, #interest-rates, #meng-ben, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #private-equity, #states-us, #stocks-and-bonds

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As the Virus Surges, Stark Differences Over What Is Around the Corner

President Trump’s health secretary voiced optimism on Sunday that vaccines and treatments would soon save the day, but governors and experts issued bleak warnings about the public letting down its guard.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #burgum-douglas, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #governors-us, #pritzker-j-b, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Unemployment Claims Rise Anew in Latest Sign of Economic Distress

Hopes for a rebound of the American economy have been clouded by layoffs, a surge in virus cases and a lack of fresh federal aid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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In Fights Over Face Masks, Echoes of the American Seatbelt Wars

Seatbelt laws were a hard sell in state capitals as opponents argued they were uncomfortable or an imposition on personal liberty. Sound familiar?

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #law-and-legislation, #massachusetts, #michigan, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #new-hampshire, #politics-and-government, #seatbelts, #states-us

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For 200 Years Courts Upheld Rules to Protect Americans’ Health. Until Now.

A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epidemics, #federal-courts-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j

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The Fight Over Absentee Ballots Intensifies Around Drop Boxes

Democrats are pushing to expand their use, while Republicans insist, without evidence, that they make fraud easier — even as they deploy their own in California.

#absentee-voting, #california, #colorado, #content-type-service, #ohio, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Sizing Up the Rural-Urban Travel Divide: Who’s Up and Who’s Down

Remote U.S. destinations, where social distancing is easier, are generally faring better than cities, which are trying hard to get a bigger share of the leisure crowd.

#business-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denver-colo, #florida-panhandle, #las-vegas-nev, #new-york-city, #rural-areas, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #urban-areas

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Why These Millionaires Are Staying Put Despite a New Tax on Them

The reason has little to do with money. Family and community ties keep them from leaving their state.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income, #personal-finances, #sanders-bernard, #states-us, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #tepper-david-a, #warren-elizabeth

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Unemployment Claims Fraud Exploits Weak Spots in System

Pandemic programs have lowered the barriers to collecting benefits, and the usual security methods haven’t kept up.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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When Your Job Is to Make Sure Nov. 3 Isn’t a Disaster

As the top elections officials in many states, secretaries of state are managing a level of chaos they never expected.

#absentee-voting, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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D.C. Statehood Is Good for the Democrats, Good for Democracy

It has to be a priority.

#democratic-party, #elections-senate, #electoral-college, #law-and-legislation, #norton-eleanor-holmes, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-dc

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Cuomo and De Blasio Need a United Front on Coronavirus Hot Spots

Working together, the governor and mayor can help keep the virus at bay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #states-us

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A bonanza of polls, but winding up at the same place.

#polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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Unemployment Claims Rise as Job Rebound Loses Momentum

New filings for unemployment benefits rose last week, signaling continued layoffs even before autumn chills outdoor business.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean

The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it.

#content-type-service, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #medicare, #medicine-and-health, #opioids-and-opiates, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

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For Trump, It’s Not the United States, It’s Red and Blue States

A statement by the president this week was an insight into how he views the country as composed of parts that either are for him or against him.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #immigration-and-emigration, #republican-party, #states-us, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms

The finger-pointing appears to be a pre-emptive effort to assign blame in the event of election chaos as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Unemployment Claims May Be Overcounted by Millions

Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #statistics, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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In Visiting a Charred California, Trump Confronts a Scientific Reality He Denies

A president who has mocked climate change and pushed policies that accelerate it is set to be briefed on the scorched earth and ash-filled skies that experts say are the predictable result.

#air-pollution, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Conflicting Virus Data in Texas Raises Distrust of the Government

Delays, discrepancies and abrupt leaps in coronavirus case and death counts in Texas have baffled residents and frustrated local officials. Here is what has gone awry.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #harris-county-tex, #hidalgo-county-tex, #local-government, #nueces-county-tex, #states-us, #statistics, #texas

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What if Trump Fought the Virus as Hard as He Fought for His Wall?

Many thousands of American lives would have been saved.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #masks, #rage-book, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #shortages, #states-us, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Trump Onslaught Against Biden Falls Short of a Breakthrough

President Trump has leveled scathing law-and-order attacks on Joseph Biden for weeks. But a new poll shows Mr. Biden ahead in three states Mr. Trump hopes to pick up, and maintaining a lead in Wisconsin.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #minnesota, #nevada, #new-hampshire, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #wisconsin

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Unemployment Benefits Program Has Issues With Fraud and Math

An emergency federal program faces growing issues with spurious claims, and the flood of applicants may have led to overcounting the unemployed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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I’ve Never Seen the American West in Such Deep Distress

We’re choking on smoke and staring out at Martian-red skies in a world becoming uninhabitable.

#global-warming, #states-us, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Why California, Oregon and Washington State Are Searching for Help to Battle Fires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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States Are in Desperate Search for Help Battling Record Wildfires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Trump Resumes the Rallies He Cherishes, but Covid Vexes His Plans

With hyperbole and falsehoods, the president has increased stops at airports that resemble campaign rallies, his favorite type of politicking. But Nevada said the events violated health restrictions and canceled two rallies there.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #masks, #michigan, #nevada, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Less Music, More Trash: Cities and States Line Up Billions in Cuts

With lawmakers in Washington at odds over sending more aid, local officials are slashing funding for everything from orchestra subsidies to composting to education.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #moodys-investors-service-inc, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Unemployment Claims Show Layoffs Continue to Batter Economy

Progress in restoring lost jobs has become more challenging. “It’s pretty bad at this stage in the crisis,” one economist said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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You Want Progressive Policies? You Need Progressive Taxes

Foolish federal dithering means states have to step in. Yes, even in the midst of a pandemic.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #federal-budget-us, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #roosevelt-franklin-and-eleanor-institute, #states-us, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy

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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #quarantines, #smartphones, #states-us

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1 Million Primary Ballots Were Mailed Late, Postal Service Watchdog Says

The findings underscore deep concerns about whether the agency will be able to process what is expected to be a significant increase in mail-in votes for the presidential election.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #inspectors-general, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Here’s How Moving to Work Remotely Could Affect Your Taxes

The rules are complicated and vary by state, so accountants are advising taxpayers to keep track of how many days they spend working in each state.

#accounting-and-accountants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-taxes-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #income, #income-tax, #new-york-state, #states-us, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #taxation, #united-states

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New York’s School Chaos Is Breaking Me

So this is how it feels to be abandoned by your government.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #education-department-us, #lander-brad, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Extra $300 Stimulus Unemployment Payment: Who Will Get It and When?

President Trump’s stopgap program to get more money to the jobless is off to a slow start. Here’s how it works.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #labor-and-jobs, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Claims Rise as Rollout of $300 Benefit Lags

With the labor market showing new fragility, most states have yet to seek funds under President Trump’s stopgap plan to supplement weekly jobless pay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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A Rhode Islander Reconciles Herself to Calamari

Sure, other states might have squid — but do they have this much of it?

#clams, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #rhode-island, #seafood, #squid, #states-us

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‘All In, All the Time’: Reopening Florida Schools Is Likened to Military Operation

Gov. Ron DeSantis, faced with reluctance by local schools to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, compared it to the campaign to get Osama bin Laden.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #states-us, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

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USPS Suspends Changes After Outcry Over Delivery Slowdown

Policy changes by the postmaster general prompted allegations that the Trump administration was trying to disenfranchise voters before the 2020 election.

#absentee-voting, #attorneys-general, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #delivery-services, #democratic-party, #government-employees, #house-of-representatives, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Novel Way to Combat Covid-19 in Nursing Homes: Strike Teams

Borrowing from a model used for natural disasters, states are sending teams of responders to help facilities with outbreaks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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New York Has Tamed the Virus. Can It Hold Off a Second Wave?

The sustained low rate of infection has surprised local health officials. But a resurgence may be inevitable, despite the state’s and city’s best efforts.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us

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The Recession Is About to Slam Cities. Not Just the Blue-State Ones.

Those with budgets that rely heavily on tourism, sales taxes or direct state assistance will face particular distress.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #local-government, #recession-and-depression, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #states-us, #taxation

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New Jersey Will Hold Mail-in Election in November, Over Trump’s Objections

Gov. Philip D. Murphy said all 6.3 million voters in the state would be sent ballots to return either by mail or deposit in secure drop boxes.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-house-of-representatives, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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State and Local Budget Pain Looms Over Economy’s Future

Providing more aid to struggling governments has become one of the biggest issues tangling up the debate over another pandemic rescue package.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-budget-us, #labor-and-jobs, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #states-us, #taxation, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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$400 Unemployment Supplement Is Really $300, and Won’t Arrive Soon

New state claims fell below one million for the first week since March. But jobless ranks remain vast, and a White House relief plan faces hurdles.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-aid-us, #law-and-legislation, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Politics We Don’t See Matter as Much as Those We Do

Party strategists pay a lot of attention to redrawing district maps — and hope you won’t bother to think about it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2018, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again. Everyone Has Paid the Price.

Governments and restaurant owners wanted to get back to business. But bars and restaurants have become a focal point for clusters of Covid infections.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #masks, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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