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What does inflation look like?

Feb 23, 2021
Inflation’s been hard to find in this economy for years, but what if that changes?
At 2% inflation, the Federal Reserve's target rate, it takes about 35 years for prices to double.
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Inside the economy President Biden inherits

Jan 21, 2021
How will the Biden administration approach a sharply unequal recession amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
The 10 million job losses for the U.S. economy have been concentrated in the leisure and hospitality sectors. Elsewhere in the economy, there's actually been substantial business formation.
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Biden unveiling $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

Jan 14, 2021
Biden's "American Rescue Plan" would deliver another round of aid to stabilize the economy while public health officials try to get the upper hand on the pandemic.
President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on Jan. 8 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Will January bring more hiring?

Jan 8, 2021
The latest COVID relief package will have a positive effect on the economy as soon as this month.
A waiter at the outdoor dining area of a restaurant in New York last year.
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Trump criticizes COVID relief bill, demands changes

While Trump did not specifically threaten to veto the COVID bill, there's a chance this could delay relief checks.
Trump assailed the bipartisan $900 billion package in a video he tweeted Tuesday night.
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Will the latest stimulus last long enough?

Dec 22, 2020
The $900 billion in relief was a compromise that may not compensate for the prolonged economic hardship.
Empty tables stand outside of a restaurant in Manhattan on Dec. 11, 2020, in New York City.
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Fed pandemic lending programs a sticking point in COVID relief talks

Dec 18, 2020
Some Senate Republicans want a new COVID relief bill to prohibit the Fed from restarting pandemic lending programs.
The Fed programs include Main Street business loans and purchases of corporate and municipal bonds. Pictured: Fed Chair Jerome Powell at a House committee hearing on Dec. 2, 2020.
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GoFundMe CEO calls platform a "complement," not substitute, for government programs

Dec 15, 2020
From the coronavirus to racial justice, GoFundMe has seen an outpouring of support this year.
GoFundMe donations have an "emotional component," says CEO Tim Cadogan.
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Janet Yellen, Biden's pick for treasury secretary, says U.S. needs more pandemic relief spending

Yellen, a former Fed chair, has advocated for more spending to aid small businesses and the unemployed during COVID-19.
Yellen is seen as an authority on what happens if the government cuts back on stimulus spending too soon.
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