A 14-Year-Old Bride, Wed to Her Rapist, Playing on a Jungle Gym

The United States has fought against child marriage around the world. Let’s do the same at home.

#child-marriages, #domestic-violence, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #states-us, #united-states

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How Republican States Are Expanding Their Power Over Elections

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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She Was a Black Election Official in Georgia. Then Came New G.O.P. Rules.

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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With Vaccination Goal in Doubt, Biden Warns of Variant’s Threat

Speaking at the White House, the president did not mention his goal of getting 70 percent of adults partly vaccinated by July 4 but trumpeted a different milestone: 300 million shots in his first 150 days in office.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harris-kamala-d, #independence-day-us-july-4, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zients-jeffrey-d

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Why G.O.P.-Led States Are Banning the Police From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws

Missouri is the latest state to throw down a challenge to the enforcement of federal firearms laws as Republicans seek to thwart President Biden’s gun control proposals.

#everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #missouri, #nixon-jay, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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High Hopes for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid Vaccine Have Fizzled in the U.S.

Production problems and a brief pause on its use kept the one-dose vaccine from becoming the game changer that health officials across the country believed it would be.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gorsky-alex, #johnsonjohnson, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Scholarly Groups Condemn Laws Limiting Teaching on Race

More than 20 states have introduced legislation restricting lessons on racism and other so-called “divisive concepts.”

#colleges-and-universities, #critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #history-academic-subject, #law-and-legislation, #pen-american-center, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says

Using a Supreme Court ruling as its guide, the department will issue guidance that says discrimination against gay and transgender students is prohibited under the 1972 law.

#athletics-and-sports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #education-department-us, #federal-aid-us, #gender, #states-us, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Why More American Women are Delaying Motherhood in their 20s

The birthrate is falling for American women in their 20s, especially in places where the local economy is booming.

#birth-rates, #careers-and-professions, #families-and-family-life, #hispanic-americans, #population, #states-us, #women-and-girls

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Federal Judge Says Biden Cannot Pause New Leases for Drilling on Public Lands

President Biden suspended new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands. A judge in Louisiana ruled those leases could not be temporarily halted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Scientists Report Earliest Known Coronavirus Cases in Five US States

Blood drawn from nine people in the earliest days of the pandemic tested positive for the infection. But some experts questioned the results.

#antibodies, #blood-donation, #china, #clinical-infectious-diseases-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #illinois, #massachusetts, #mississippi, #national-institutes-of-health, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #united-states, #wisconsin, #your-feed-science

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Scientists Report Earliest Known Coronavirus Infections in Five U.S. States

Blood drawn from nine people in the earliest days of the pandemic tested positive for the infection. But some experts questioned the results.

#antibodies, #blood-donation, #china, #clinical-infectious-diseases-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #illinois, #massachusetts, #mississippi, #national-institutes-of-health, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #united-states, #wisconsin, #your-feed-science

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What Are The Roadblocks to a Covid Vaccine Passport?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What’s keeping it from happening, and why are some people opposed?

#airlines-and-airplanes, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electronic-health-records, #european-commission, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

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Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Back Election Claims

The former president began pressuring his acting attorney general even before announcing that his predecessor was stepping down, emails show.

#attorneys-general, #dominion-voting-systems-corp, #e-mail, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rosen-jeffrey-adam-1958, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Demonizing Critical Race Theory

These initiatives that Republicans whipped up to rail against are usually not a problem, but rather a wandering outrage in search of a problem.

#race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #shariah-islamic-law, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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Garland Pledges Renewed Efforts to Protect Voting Rights

The attorney general’s commitment served notice to Republican-led states imposing new voting restrictions, and included a vow to protect the voting rights of people of color.

#absentee-voting, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Republicans Are Turning America Into a ‘Democracy With Asterisks’

Forget Trump for a minute. The real action is taking place across the country in state capitols, mostly out of view.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Federal Unemployment Aid Is Now a Political Lightning Rod

Republican-led states are cutting off relief months ahead of schedule, citing openings aplenty. Some jobless workers face hardships and tough choices.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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State Election Officials Are Under Attack. We Will Defend Them.

Republican state laws will be used as a weapon of intimidation against the people who run our elections at the local and state levels.

#democratic-party, #elections, #georgia, #iowa, #presidential-commission-on-election-administration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Sport leagues and corporations rally against bias and voter suppression. But they are quiet about abortion. 

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #american-airlines, #appeals-courts-us, #apple-inc, #arkansas, #atlanta-ga, #austin-ind, #brewer-jan, #corporate-social-responsibility, #dell-inc, #dell-michael-s, #discrimination, #fort-worth-tex, #fuqua-antoine, #georgia, #hewlett-packard-company, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #houston-tex, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #mississippi, #national-basketball-assn, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #pence-mike, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #women-and-girls

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Want to Win $5 Million? Get Vaccinated, New Mexico Says.

As states scramble to persuade people to get coronavirus vaccines, New Mexico announces one of the biggest cash awards as an incentive.

#contests-and-prizes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #new-mexico, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Voting Rights Bill Falters in Congress as States Race Ahead

Opposition from Republicans and some of their own senators has left Democrats struggling to determine whether they should try to nix the filibuster to save a top priority.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #democratic-party, #elections, #federal-election-commission, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #political-action-committees, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Supreme Court May Revisit Oklahoma Ruling on Tribal Land

After the court ruled last year that much of eastern Oklahoma is an Indian reservation, a state court threw out a conviction of a death row inmate.

#bosse-shaun-m, #capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #states-us, #supreme-court-us

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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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-budget-us, #income-tax, #states-us, #taxation, #united-states-economy

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529 Plans for College: Shop Around and Save Fees

There was big growth in account balances during the pandemic, but some states are offering promotions to attract even more savers.

#529-savings-plans, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-service, #education, #education-k-12, #morningstar-inc, #personal-finances, #savings, #states-us, #tuition, #vanguard-group-inc

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Their Own Private Idaho: Five Oregon Counties Back a Plan to Secede

In nonbinding elections, parts of eastern Oregon said they wanted to join Idaho. The conservative region has long felt alienated from the liberal politics of Oregon’s population centers.

#idaho, #oregon, #rural-areas, #secession-and-independence-movements, #states-us

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The Free Ride May Soon Be Over for Anti-Abortion Politicians

Until now, the courts have saved them from their efforts to restrict the procedure.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #arizona, #arkansas, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #jackson-miss, #kennedy-anthony-m, #law-and-legislation, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #polls-and-public-opinion, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roman-catholic-church, #scalia-antonin, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #women-and-girls

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Supreme Court Case Throws Abortion Into 2022 Election Picture

Supporters and opponents of abortion rights say a major ruling just before the midterm elections could upend political calculations for the two parties.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #elections, #law-and-legislation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Before the Civil War, America Was a ‘House Divided’ in More Ways Than One

Alan Taylor’s “American Republics” describes a nation that was less a united country than a congeries of feuding geographical entities.

#american-republics-book, #books-and-literature, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #mexican-american-war-1846-48, #slavery-historical, #states-us, #taylor-alan

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Unemployment Job Search Requirements Return. Is It Too Soon?

The requirement, eased because of the pandemic, is being reimposed. Some say it presents an undue hardship.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Why the C.D.C. Changed Its Advice on Masks

Two scientific findings altered the calculus: Vaccinated people don’t transmit the virus, and the shots are effective against variants.

#biontech-se, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #infections, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #research, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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As Congress Dithers, States Step In to Set Rules for the Internet

Virginia, Florida, Arkansas and Maryland are among dozens of states that have introduced bills to curtail the power of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter.

#computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #corporate-taxes, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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White House Is Said to Quietly Push Change to D.C. Statehood Bill

The deliberations over the long-shot bill center on three Electoral College votes the Constitution gives to the seat of government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #law-and-legislation, #norton-eleanor-holmes, #senate, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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To Vaccinate Younger Teens, States and Cities Look to Schools, Camps, Even Beaches

The F.D.A.’s authorization of Pfizer’s Covid shot for 12- to 15-year-olds is a milestone in battling the coronavirus, but actually getting them vaccinated involves new challenges.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #infertility, #medicine-and-health, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #parenting, #pfizer-inc, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science, #youth

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Biden Defends Unemployment Benefits, Provided Workers Accept Job Offers

The president’s comments and a raft of policy announcements were a pushback to Republican criticism of his economic plan after a disappointing jobs report on Friday.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #taxation, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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N.C.A.A. Chief, Pressured by State Laws, Pushes to Let Athletes Cash In

Five states are poised to allow college athletes to profit from their fame starting on July 1, and the N.C.A.A.’s leader says the association is preparing to respond.

#athletics-and-sports, #atlantic-coast-conference, #basketball-college, #big-ten-conference, #coaches-and-managers, #college-athletics, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football-college, #law-and-legislation, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #politics-and-government, #southeastern-conference, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #student-athlete-compensation, #university-of-miami, #university-of-south-florida

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Florida and Texas Join the March to Restrict Voting Access

The efforts in two critical battleground states with booming populations and 70 Electoral College votes between them represent the apex of the Republican effort to roll back access to voting.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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‘Turning the Corner’: U.S. Covid Outlook Reaches Most Hopeful Point Yet

Cases and deaths have dipped, and vaccinations make scientists hopeful, even as variants mean the coronavirus is here to stay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #states-us, #summer-season, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Why Democratic Departures From the House Have Republicans Salivating

A growing number of Democrats in battleground districts are retiring or leaving to seek higher office, imperiling the party’s slim House majority and President Biden’s expansive agenda.

#bustos-cheri, #census, #crist-charlie, #demings-val, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Shifts Vaccination Strategy in Drive to Reopen by July 4

President Biden, facing a slowing rate of vaccinations and a hope for near normalcy by Independence Day, said the government would shift from mass vaccination sites to local settings.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugstores, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Trump’s Big Lie Devoured the G.O.P. and Now Eyes Our Democracy

Respect for election integrity is now a disqualifier for membership in the Republican Party.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Why New York State’s Population Growth Surprised Experts

The details of how and where the census counts can make a big difference.

#census, #census-bureau, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #new-york-state, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #states-us

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Why the Right Loves Public School Culture Wars

Biden doesn’t rile up the grassroots. Critical race theory does.

#conservatism-us-politics, #education, #education-k-12, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #states-us, #tea-party-movement, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

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Thunderous Plunges and Mossy Trickles: A Spring Guide to Waterfalls

Across the United States, a glorious array of waterfalls awaits nature lovers. And what better time to admire them than now, when snowmelt and spring rains add to the drama?

#spring-season, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #waterfalls

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Did the 2020 Census Undercount the Hispanic Population?

Officials from both parties say the census numbers released this week raise questions about the totals, with Democrats contending that the Hispanic population was undercounted.

#census, #census-bureau, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Biden Plan for Free Community College Has a Big Challenge

A federal solution has to account for states that vary widely in how much they charge for tuition.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #community-colleges, #federal-state-relations-us, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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C.D.C. Eases Outdoor Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Americans

“Go get the shot,” President Biden declared Tuesday, hailing an easing of federal guidance on outdoor mask wearing as a step toward post-pandemic normalcy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Mask Guidelines Have Evolved in a Pandemic Year

Officials offered mixed messages about masks in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic before embracing them as a simple but effective tool for slowing the spread of Covid-19.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fauci-anthony-s, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Census, India, Apple-Facebook: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #population, #states-us

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Federal Aid to Renters Moves Slowly, Leaving Many at Risk

Congress allocated $25 billion in December and another $21 billion in March to help people who fell behind on rent during the pandemic. Little has reached landlords or tenants.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #charleston-sc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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