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What having no income tax gets a state during a pandemic

What happens to your state's budget — and everything it pays for — when it depends on the ups and downs of sales? And how does that apply to Kentucky?
President Trump talks to the press as Senator McConnell looks on after the Republican luncheon at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by: Olivier Douliery/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

End to stimulus talks is a full-spectrum — and foreseeable —...

The important thing to understand is that this was McConnell’s plug to pull. He’s in charge now. And he's not thinking about 2020; he's working on 2022 and beyond.

Biden may not be woke, but he’s certainly not sleepy

He touched all the bases: the economic fairness guy; the Black Lives Matter backer; one who will take on the pandemic, climate change, and jobs. And by the evidence of his acceptance speech, he’s not sleepy at all when everything’s on the line.
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A few weeks to stop a depression. Are you listening, Senator...

The Senate is out of session, having left without acting on more economic aid. Repubs say it’s time to see how previous efforts work before considering more. This is a dangerously wrong attitude. Decisions will be made in the next few weeks that will put the nation on a direct path to depression without Congressional intervention.
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Your coronavirus check is coming. Your bank can grab it.

Regulators have given banks the green light to use stimulus funds to pay off debts that individuals owe them. Here's the scoop.

Gunfight at the Supply Chain Corral

The medical supply chain has become like something out of an improbable science fiction film, with renegade brokers and dead-of-night thievery. Here's why.

Financial engineers ravage American newspapers — McClatchy’s turn

Friday’s news reports played the story as McClatchy, parent of the Herald-Leader, filing for bankruptcy. But that’s not the deeper story.
Elizabeth Warren at the 2019 Iowa Democrats Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sunday, June 9 (photo by Lorie Shaull [

Biden’s and Buttigieg’s sexist attacks on Warren

Looking for ways to bring Warren down, both Biden and Buttigieg have initiated new lines of attack that attentive listeners should recognize as not so new.

Walmart, guns, and unions

After the recent shooting, Walmart has announced they will still sell guns, and will still allow guns in their stores. Employees are nervous, but can't do anything about it, because what does Walmart still NOT allow? Unions.
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