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Earmarks make a comeback in a closely divided Congress

Mar 12, 2021
Opponents argue earmarks opened the door to corruption and waste. Supporters argue they'll help make Congress more effective.
Sandy Washington, executive director of LifeStyles in La Plata, Maryland. Her group received a $60,000 earmark before the ban.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren on her new wealth tax bill and how to enforce it

Mar 12, 2021
Economists say the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act could raise $3 trillion in 10 years.
"This going to be good for our economy," Warren, D-Mass., said of the wealth tax legislation she introduced last week.
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What lawmakers can do to protect transgender workers

Mar 8, 2021
Last summer, the Supreme Court ruled it's illegal under federal law to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
Non-discrimination laws alone are not enough to stop discrimination across the board.
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Will Congress consider giving marijuana companies access to big banks?

Feb 26, 2021
Pot's illegal at the federal level, so major banks won't provide services. Therefore, vendors can't accept credit or debit cards.
Being shut out by major banks prevents cannabis stores from accepting credit cards and makes leasing space difficult.
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Will the next round of relief checks be based on 2020 income?

Feb 8, 2021
That may depend on how early you file your taxes.
Filing your taxes electronically and early could raise the odds of getting a relief check based on your 2020 income, according to Janet Holtzblatt of the Tax Policy Center.
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How the Biden administration can undo some Trump policies

Jan 21, 2021
Sometimes all it takes is a signature. Other cases require allies in Congress or the courts.
President Joe Biden signs executive orders on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
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A Democratic Senate could mean big economic policy changes

Jan 7, 2021
A unified Democratic government might approve more stimulus, aid to states and tax hikes to fund health, education and green energy.
Jon Ossoff, left, and Raphael Warnock campaign with President-elect Joe Biden in Atlanta. With the victories of Ossoff and Warnock, Democrats will control the Senate.
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What the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol means for economic recovery

Jan 6, 2021
"The highest priority that Congress has is restoring stability and creating certainty," said Wendy Edelberg of Brookings.
Supporters of President Donald Trump protest after breaking into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
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The business world hasn't quite grappled with protesters storming the U.S. Capitol

Jan 6, 2021
Sudeep Reddy, managing editor at Politico, joined Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal to discuss the events in Washington and how business leaders are reacting.
Tear gas is deployed against pro-Trump protesters attempting to enter the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The disruption of government unnerved some business leaders, who value stability.
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Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, clash with police

Jan 6, 2021
Dozens breached security perimeters and lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda.
Rioters supporting President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
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