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    Election Results Signal Less Stimulus, More Gridlock

    By Michael Rainey

    Although the final numbers aren’t in yet, it looks like the 2020 election will deliver a divided Congress to whichever party claims the White House. Democratic hopes for a “blue wave” fell by the...

  • Views of Deficit Depend on Framing: Analysis

    By Michael Rainey

    A progressive group aligned with the Democratic Party released a report this week that explores Americans’ attitudes toward the budget deficit and the national debt. Analysts at Data for Progress...

  • Restaurants and retail stores in Des Moines' East Village have been forced to close their doors because of the coronavirus on

    Post-Election Gridlock Could Scar the Economy

    Even after the election, the nation could face a prolonged stretch of political gridlock that further delays another coronavirus relief package even as the economy faces additional pain. The...

  • FILE PHOTO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduces legislation in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in October 2020

    Pelosi’s Plan to Pass a Coronavirus Relief Bill — and More

    By Michael Rainey

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Monday that Democrats may seek to use budget reconciliation to provide more funds for coronavirus relief and economic stimulus, as well as to enhance Obamacare...

  • Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell leaves the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center on Thursday, October 15, 2020, as he voted in

    When to Expect the Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

    By Michael Rainey

    When can Americans expect to see the next coronavirus relief bill, which is expected to include as much as $2 trillion in aid for the unemployed, state and local governments, small businesses and...