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2020 Cong. Endorsements; March-May Primary Winners

Update 441– 2020 Cong. Endorsements:March-May Nominees in CA, IL, NC, OH, TX This is the first of regular updates covering our endorsements for the coming congressional elections. We begin with congressional candidates in states that held their primaries in March, April, and May. Most of our candidates are in margin-of-error-tight races and face incumbent Republicans. …

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HEROES Welcome in the House

Update 439: HEROES Welcome in the House But Path to COVID Relief in Congress Unclear Despite the unrelenting bad economic news — 36 million unemployed in under two months, trillions of dollars of savings and other assets gone, forty percent of all households earning under $40,000 lost jobs in March — and the conspicuous inadequacy of …

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Liberties, Livelihoods, and Lives

Update 438: Liberties, Livelihoods, and Lives:McConnell’s Curious COVID Immunity Bid The administration and GOP members of Congress have urged policies to accelerate the reopening of the economy. Relief and rules providing incentives for a return to work are the order of the day. Then why advocate, let alone insist on, a policy that makes it much riskier, …

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Democracy in the Era of Corona

Update 435 – Democracy in the Era of Corona:U.S. to Have a Legitimate Election in November? Canceled primary elections, depressed turnout in elections held, the prospect of virtual conventions, massive small donor withdrawals, physical risks of in-person voting, and skewed outcomes make ballot access and democratic participation urgent matters this year. To enact even temporary …

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Federal Bailout Policy 2020

Update 434 — Federal Bailout Policy 2020: Picking Winners/Losers vs. Sacrificing Jobs The political toxicity of bailouts was perhaps best conveyed by former Republican South Carolina Governor, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N, and Boeing Director Nikki Haley, who quit her Board seat last month, saying “I cannot support a … federal bailout that prioritizes our …

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Fed’s Flurry of Credit Facilities

Update 432 — Fed’s Flurry of Credit Facilities: $6 Trillion Balance Sheet Arsenal Explained The Fed unveiled a panoply of programs this month and last designed to alleviate deteriorating credit access nationwide. The programs range from a backstop for the $4 trillion money-market industry to direct bridge loans for businesses.  Which of these is tried and …

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Policy Prescriptions for COVID

Update 431— Policy Prescriptions for COVID:After Pain Relief, a Plan to Help Get to Recovery Twenty-two million Americans have filed for unemployment compensation in the last month — the misery index that is 5 million higher than last week. Meanwhile, the House and Senate do not reconvene until May 4, in a virtual but voteless …

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