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The economy is still not back to normal. The Delta variant won’t make it easier

The economy is still not back to normal. The Delta variant won’t make it easier

America’s economy isn’t back to normal yet, and much of the recovery depends on consumers: how much they’re spending, how much they decide to participate in public life and even whether they work remotely. And while economists don’t believe a full shutdown is looming, the Delta variant is posing a threat to that view. The…MORE

Biden proposes strengthening Buy American rules to boost American manufacturing
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Biden proposes strengthening Buy American rules to boost American manufacturing

President Joe Biden on Wednesday proposed strengthening the federal government’s Buy American rules in an attempt to boost American manufacturing. The new proposal would require that goods purchased with taxpayer money contain 75% of US-made content, up from the current 55%, according to a fact sheet provided by the White House. The President is expected…MORE

Pfizer data suggest third dose of Covid-19 vaccine ‘strongly’ boosts protection against Delta variant
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Pfizer data suggest third dose of Covid-19 vaccine ‘strongly’ boosts protection against Delta variant

A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can “strongly” boost protection against the Delta variant — beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, suggests new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday. The data posted online, which are expected to be discussed in a company earnings call on Wednesday morning, suggest that antibody…MORE

House physician reinstates mask mandate amid Delta variant spread in the US
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House physician reinstates mask mandate amid Delta variant spread in the US

The US House is reinstating its mask mandate as the Delta variant emerges as the dominant strain of Covid across the country and in light of the new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the House attending physician announced Tuesday. The House’s reinstatement of the mask mandate follows the CDC’s new recommendation Tuesday…MORE

US lawmakers turn up heat on American sponsors over Beijing Olympics
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US lawmakers turn up heat on American sponsors over Beijing Olympics

US lawmakers are piling pressure on major American corporate sponsors of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as tensions between the United States and China over human rights and other issues remain high. A bipartisan committee of US politicians questioned representatives from Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Intel, Visa and Procter & Gamble about the Games during a…MORE

Covid relief programs are starting to expire for millions of Americans
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Covid relief programs are starting to expire for millions of Americans

Sixteen months after the coronavirus pandemic upended the economy and left millions of Americans out of work, the historic relief programs Congress put in place are set to start expiring. Lawmakers rushed in March 2020 to cushion the financial blow wrought by the virus by approving a wide array of financial relief measures. Congress, as…MORE

Republicans’ Jan. 6 counterprogramming filled with falsehoods
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Republicans’ Jan. 6 counterprogramming filled with falsehoods

On the day a House select committee held its first public hearing to glean facts about the January 6 attack at the US Capitol, some Republican lawmakers continued to deceive the public about both the attack and its aftermath. Republican members of Congress made false or misleading claims at press conferences and in TV appearances…MORE

Apple, Google and Microsoft made $57 billion last quarter
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Apple, Google and Microsoft made $57 billion last quarter

A rapid shift to digitization due to Covid-19 has handsomely benefited the world’s biggest tech companies. Yet even as the pandemic eased, they still minted record sums of money. What’s happening: Yesterday’s “Before the Bell” focused on how Tesla celebrated earning more than $1 billion last quarter. Amazon, Google parent Alphabet and Microsoft just announced…MORE

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