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2020 presidential election: a tale of two economies

Nov 12, 2020
A new report from the Brookings Institution says counties where the majority of voters supported President-elect Joe Biden are responsible for a much larger share of economic activity than those that supported President Trump.
A Trump-Pence campaign sign is seen in Westby, Wisconsin, in October.
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Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided U.S.

Nov 7, 2020
Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and the first person of color vice president-elect.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, at a rally in August, are headed to the White House after the Associated Press called the presidential race Saturday.
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And the winner is ... Yep, economists have models for every outcome

Nov 4, 2020
When variables include who will be president and who controls Congress, GDP and unemployment forecasts look very different.
A Democratic sweep would likely mean more and larger coronavirus relief packages, driving economic growth.
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A president and his Fed chair clash. Sound familiar?

Oct 27, 2020
Trump has pressured the head of the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates. But he wasn't the first American leader to do so.
President Lyndon B. Johnson wanted to fire Fed Chair William McChesney Martin Jr. for hiking interest rates. But presidents can't do that, so Johnson gave him a tongue lashing instead and shoved him against a wall.
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Awash in red ink: U.S. posts record $3.1T 2020 budget deficit

Oct 16, 2020
The federal deficit for 2020 was three times the size of last year’s deficit. It was the government’s largest annual shortfall in dollar terms.
President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a daily coronavirus press briefing in March.
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Stocks rise as Trump tweets on stimulus keep market spinning

Oct 7, 2020
The president appeared to backtrack on his earlier decision to halt talks with Democrats over a new stimulus package.
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Small-dollar donors are playing a much bigger role in this year's campaigns

Oct 6, 2020
They now account for nearly a quarter of all donations. This year, they are giving more than PACs and super PACs combined
People watch the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at The Abbey on Sept. 29 in West Hollywood, California.
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What Trump, Biden had to say about economic issues in the first debate

The Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act, climate change and the reopening of the pandemic economy all came up.
Trump continued to say he wants the economy opened more quickly and continued to dispute his own scientists on whether it was safe to do so. Biden wants to take a more cautious and slow approach, basically arguing the risks aren’t worth it.
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Comparing Biden’s and Trump’s economic policies

Sep 18, 2020
The 2020 election coincides with an economic downturn.
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How lucrative are political tell-alls?

Sep 10, 2020
Several political exposés have been written about President Donald Trump since he’s taken office.
President Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Thursday.
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