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Although a second stimulus plan is still up in the air, the Federal Reserve is determined to push consumer borrowing costs even lower as the economic recovery takes hold — giving everyday Americans a reason to be optimistic. In addition to holding interest rates near zero, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday the central bank will continue
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Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images The Covid relief bill released Monday by a bipartisan group of senators has many helpful — if temporary — provisions for unemployed workers, according to experts. The relief package — which, if passed, would be the first since the CARES Act in early spring — extends
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Erin Scott | Reuters Capitol Hill lawmakers are wrestling with a big question that’s plagued them for months: How to put together another coronavirus relief package that will garner enough support from both parties. On Monday, a new $908 billion bipartisan proposal aims to do just that, except it lacks one key area of aid
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Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. While the economic recovery has brought back jobs since the lowest point of the Covid-19 crisis, millions of Americans remain unemployed. John Sommers II The U.S. is weeks
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A person wearing a protective mask walks past a store for lease in San Francisco, Calif., on Dec. 8, 2020. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Worsening outlook Together, initial claims are at their highest point since mid-September. “[The] rebound signals things aren’t just stagnating, they’re worsening,” Daniel Zhao, an economist at Glassdoor, a job
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Charday Penn | E+ | Getty Images Small business owners with battered finances might be in line for additional funding from the Paycheck Protection Program. On Wednesday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle circulated a summary of their $908 billion emergency Covid relief package. The proposal sets aside $300 billion for the Small Business
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Scott Heins | Getty Images News | Getty Images The next stimulus package may include relief for renters struggling in the pandemic. In a summary of the bipartisan legislation circulated on Wednesday, lawmakers included a national eviction moratorium until February, 2021, and $25 billion in rental assistance for tenants who’ve fallen behind. Those funds would
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Twitter CEO and Co Founder, Jack Dorsey addresses students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on November 12, 2018 in New Delhi, India. Amal KS | Hindustan Times | Getty Images The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted some advocates to call for providing Americans with guaranteed monthly income to help them get back on their
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Halfpoint Images | Moment | Getty Images Millions of people who were eligible for $1,200 stimulus checks still may not have received their money. Now, the Government Accountability Office and a few Democratic members of Congress are calling for the IRS and Treasury Department to step up their efforts to get the relief to those
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US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attends the “Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School” event in the State Room of the white House in Washington, DC, on August 12, 2020. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Friday that the payment pause and interest waiver for student
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A significant percentage of corporate chief financial officers are making 2021 spending and hiring plans around vaccine optimism, but the current case surge in the U.S. and Europe is making a dent in confidence. Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images Millions of Americans are still hoping for a second round of stimulus checks to
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Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos.com Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, who died last week from injuries sustained in a house fire, did not leave behind a will, according to published reports. Hsieh, who retired in August from the shoe and clothing online retailer, succumbed to complications from smoke
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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, talks with reporters following the weekly Republican Senate conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol Dec. 1. The Senate GOP leaders were asked about the chances of Congress passing another coronavirus relief bill along with must-pass government funding legislation.
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A display is seen as bipartisan members of the Senate and House gather to announce a framework for fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief legislation at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2020. Kevin Lemarque | Reuters Washington lawmakers introduced a new $908 billion coronavirus stimulus package on Tuesday that aims
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Many charities have seen a surge in donations since the coronavirus crisis began. Now, on Giving Tuesday, pandemic-related nonprofits could get an unprecedented extra bump. Charitable donations generally get a big boost on “Giving Tuesday,” a single day specifically focused on charity in the shopping-heavy week after Thanksgiving. Last year, the #GivingTuesday effort raised nearly $2
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