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A Christmas Compromise on Covid Relief?

As the 116th Congress enters its final weeks, I have a suggestion for House and Senate leaders: Take a break from nonstop politics and focus on the needs of the country. On Tuesday a bipartisan and bicameral group of legislators proposed a $908 billion emergency Covid relief package to get the American people through a […]

Multiple volcanoes in Indonesia see increased activity, thousands evacuated – National

Indonesian authorities are closely monitoring several volcanoes after sensors picked up increased activity in recent weeks, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Hot ash tumbled as far as 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) down the slopes of Mount Semeru early Tuesday, triggering panic among villagers, said Raditya Jati, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman. Falling […]

Return of the Obama Economists

If Joe Biden is trying to distinguish his emerging Administration from Barack Obama’s, he hasn’t succeeded in the choice of economic advisers he rolled out Monday. They’re Obama veterans who believe in more spending, more regulation, higher taxes, and easier money. Let’s hope the result is better than what became known as “secular stagnation” during […]

Coronavirus live news: Turkey imposes strict new curfews as cases surge; Italy’s death toll rises by 672 | World news

Italians are expected to spend almost a fifth less on Christmas gifts this year than in 2019 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has closed shops, restricted social gatherings and hit incomes, business association Confcommercio said. A survey of 1,438 shoppers it conducted found spending on Christmas presents would fall to €7.3bn ($8.7bn) from €8.9bn […]