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Mexican officials, unlike their counterparts in the United States, were able to cut through the red tape of their immigration system to quickly provide documents that, in turn, allowed the Afghans to fly from Kabul’s embattled airport to Doha, Qatar. twitter.com/mccanner/statu…
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More good news today from the @uscensusbureau Pulse data. Hunger in the last week continued to decline. Hunger overall & those with children now at their lowest rates during the pandemic.
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Wow. Ford CEO says up to 20% of it factory workers aren't coming in some days -- a reminder that worker retention is as big of a problem as hiring. Ford's mask mandate has contributed to higher absentees, the CEO said cnn.com/2021/08/25/car…
Treasury Secretary Yellen has called cryptocurrency an "extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions" Now one of her greatest legacies is likely 2 be how she implements new reporting requirements to crack down on crypto tax evasion washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021… by @JStein_WaPo
DETROIT – Ford Motor is delaying its hybrid return-to-work program for employees who have not already returned to offices from October until no earlier than January due to the rapidly spreading delta variant of the coronavirus $F (via @MikeWayland) cnbc.com/2021/08/25/for…
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NEWS: Rental relief barely picked up in July, even as eviction crisis loomed Congress approved $46.5 billion in rent relief. So far, $5.2 billion -- 11% -- has been spent. US Treasury says: $1.7 billion went out in July $1.5 billion in June washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021… via @rachsieg
After George Floyd's death, big business pledged nearly $50 billion for racial justice. Where did the money go? @jenamcgregor @MeghanHoyer & I spent months analyzing data. We found: * 90 percent are loans & investments to address the racial wealth gap washingtonpost.com/business/inter…
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My latest: In Florida, the struggles of jobless residents cut off from extra federal aid offers a troubling preview of what’s to come for the rest of the country as pandemic aid expires for millions next month washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
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Congrats to the amazing @PoppyHarlowCNN who will pursue a Master of Laws degree at Yale this year. "It's okay to take a risk at 40," Harlow said. Amen to that!!! twitter.com/brianstelter/s…
The U.S. could be on the verge of a productivity boom, a game-changer for the economy “The pandemic forced us all to learn to use technologies at a rapid pace. It was tech adaptation on steroids.” washingtonpost.com/business/2021/… via @washingtonpost @byHeatherLong
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Biden administration freezes billions of dollars in Afghan reserves, depriving Taliban of cash, by @JStein_WaPo washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021…
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Shortages — of bus drivers, substitute teachers, computers, even ketchup packets — are complicating a smooth return to school washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
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Amazing thread from the head of Afghanistan’s central bank. twitter.com/aahmady/status…
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NEW: Nearly a third of US workers under 40 want to change their career after the pandemic, WaPo poll finds. (22% of workers overall want a change). **This is key to understanding the dynamics in the current labor market. A “Great Reassessment” of work** washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
Honestly, there is something so awesome about America’s pastime without million dollars skyboxes. Corn and baseball. Simple and pure.
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What a post from friend who teaches in NJ: “Last year I taught Kindergarten and not a single student ever complained about wearing their mask.” But friend in Indiana (where masks aren’t a req.) has already had to quarantine. “They shut down 4th grade. All but 4 kids r positive”
Impactful PostReports podcast tonight: -California becoming 1st state to require teachers get vaccinated. More to follow? -How moms are being impacted (again!) as daycares close from covid outbreaks -The town lost to the Dixie Fire washingtonpost.com/podcasts/post-… #PostReports
📽️🍿📺I have some newwwwws. T@SecretServiceice -- and my book about the scandals and challenges of this beleaguered law enforcement team - is getting the Hollywood TV treatment. So excited to work with Thomas Tull and Bobby Cohhollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/tho…DoL
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Great story by @mdc and @Chris_ArnoldNPR about how Fannie and Freddie back cheap loans to investors who buy mobile home parks and then jack up the rent on people who can't leave, but won't lend to groups of residents who want to buy the land they live on: npr.org/2021/08/06/102…
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From the head of the San Francisco Fed: twitter.com/MaryDalyEcon/s…
The White House wants OPEC+ to do more to fight rising oil and gasoline prices & is calling on the FTC to "address any illegal conduct" that might be lifting prices at the pump. More from @betsy_klein cnn.com/2021/08/11/pol… #OOTT
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Do you eat at Chipotle? Do you have questions for the CEO? @PostLive is interviewing Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol today at 11:30am. Post your questions below and register here: washingtonpost.com/washington-pos…
THIS is what I keep worrying about. Rent (the biggest part of many family budgets) is rising at a pretty fast pace. I warned about it in early July. We continue to see red flags, esp. in parts of country washingtonpost.com/business/2021/… twitter.com/Neil_Irwin/sta…
Inflation remains high at 5.4% (y/y), but the encouraging sign is monthly gains cooled in several areas Used car prices had lowest gain since Feb. Airfare and laundry machines fell a bit in July vs June (though prices remain high) Overall CPI July gain: 0.5% June 0.9% May 0.6%
Inflation moderated from its super-hot pace but it remained relatively high--if we had core CPI readings like this every month (+0.33%) for a yr that would be 4.1% inflation. Still some aberrant transitory increases (new cars) but also some shoes that have not dropped (shelter).
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Here’s where inflation is running high: Car rental 73.5% (y/y) Gas 41.8 Used cars 41.7 Hotels 24.1 Airfare 19 Utility gas 19 Dresses 18.8 Wash machines 17.9 Pork roast 13.7 Moving 13.3 Bacon 11.1 Steaks 10.7 TVs 9.9 Fish 8.5 Sports equip 7.2 New cars 6.4 Rent (OER) 2.4
JUST IN: Inflation was a whopping 5.4% in July (over last year). That’s the same as in June and the highest in 13 years. Yes, some of this is short-lived problems. Used car prices are up ~42%(!), but note that shelter costs and restaurant prices are also moving up.
With tenants who won’t pay or leave, small landlords face struggles of their own “You would never go into a restaurant and say, ‘Please feed me for the next 12 months and I’ll give an IOU.’ But that is what people are saying to me.” -Carol washingtonpost.com/business/2021/… via @jocwapo
What's in the infrastructure bill the Senate just passed? Roads/bridges: $110bn Rail: $66bn Power grid: $65bn Broadband: $65bn Water (inc. pipes): $55bn Public transit: $39bn Airports: $25bn Pollution cleanup: $21bn Ports: $17bn EV charge stations: $7.5bn washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
Important to remember: Gov. Cuomo's resignation is happening in large part because former aide @LindseyBoylan was brave enough to speak up first. Then other women told their stories. And the AG investigation followed. lindseyboylan4ny.medium.com/my-story-of-wo…
BREAKING: New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announces his resignation in effort to head off likely impeachment in wake of devastating report on his conduct By @michaelscherer @jdawsey1 washingtonpost.com/politics/andre…
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BREAKING: Senate overwhelmingly adopts $1 trillion infrastructure bill, on 69-30 vote, moving one of Biden's top economic priorities one step closer washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021…
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A nice sign for worker confidence: quits were 69% of all separations in June axios.com/workers-quit-a… via @SamRo
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The big $1.2 trillion infrastructure vote is happening at 11am Tuesday twitter.com/SenatePPG/stat…
This is the story of what followed—and what I learned about love, grief, and the stories we all need. 8/8 theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
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This has been the most read story on WaPo all day: "Covid killed her husband. Now it’s taking the only home her kids have ever known." Lisa Grim, a mom of 2, has faced devastating loss -- on so many fronts -- in this pandemic. washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/… via @thewanreport
June 2021 #JOLTS Report: 💥 10.1 million job openings 📈 Quits rate up to 2.7% 📉 Layoffs are still at all-time lowsbls.gov/news.release/p…6Yl
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Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan does not include an extension of pandemic unemployment benefits
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No $15/hour minimum wage hike in Dems’ budget plan, from what I can see Has just entirely disappeared from the Washington policy debate after the parliamentarian’s non-binding opinion Very, very hard to see how it would get done in Biden’s first 2 years … so, then: When?
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The infrastructure bill is in part stalled as negotiations proceed on how closely to regulate the crypto industry. wapo.st/3yBjctc
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$15 an hour is suddenly the rule, not the exception, for U.S. workers. It’s a major shift from pre-pandemic norms. washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
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NEW: For 1st time, average pay for grocery store and restaurant workers in the US has topped $15 an hour. Overall, 80% of US workers now earn above $15, up from 60% in 2014. Many job seekers refuse to consider jobs that pay less. washingtonpost.com/business/2021/… w/@andrewvandam
This is significant. Without Manchin, it is unlikely Congress will extend extra unemployment aid after Labor Day. There is a chance WH could try to do it via Executive Action (remember when Trump tried it last August?) but it is much more complex twitter.com/josephzeballos…
The pandemic exposed the cost of caregiving on a previously overlooked workforce, almost entirely women, who work for little pay — or in some cases no pay. Only eight state Medicaid programs allow married people to be paid caregivers to their partners. washingtonpost.com/business/inter…
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Very apocalyptic video of people in Greece being evacuated from the forest fires by boat:
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Great to be on MSNBC tonight talking jobs, inflation, working moms and more with the awesome (and tireless!) @CapehartJ twitter.com/TheLastWord/st…
Big news: The Biden Admin just extended the student loan repayment pause through January 31, 2022. This is the *final* extension, White House says. People will not have to pay their students loan principal, interest or collections on gov’t education loans until Feb. 2022.
When Allyson Felix decided to start a family in 2018, Nike offered a contract that was 70% less & had no guarantees if her performance declined due to pregnancy. So she left Nike, signed a deal with Athleta, has a 2-year-old daughter & just won her 10th Olympic medal. Legend 🙏R
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Key line from President Biden today: "We’ve got a lot of hard work left to be done, both to beat the delta variant and to continue our advance of economic recovery." washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
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