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Coronavirus: Paid Sick Leave Requirement Will End

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WASHINGTON — Employers will no longer have to provide paid sick leave to workers who get infected with COVID-19 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked that extension from being included in Congress’s latest coronavirus aid package. In March, Congress passed a law mandating that workers are able to draw two weeks of paid sick leave if they contract COVID, two weeks of paid leave to care for a quarantining relative, and up to 10 weeks of paid family leave to care for a child whose school or daycare is closed for COVID-related reasons. BuzzFeed News previously reported that McConnell […]

Why these 6 GOP senators voted against coronavirus relief package

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Reaction and analysis from Bret Baier on ‘Fox & Friends.’ After months of stalled negotiations, Congress finally passed a new $900 billion coronavirus relief package late Monday night with overwhelming support in the Senate, but six Republicans stood firmly against it. Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., all stood firmly against the bill, which had been bundled with a $1.4 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Their criticisms largely focused on the size of the legislation, both in terms of the dollar amount and […]

‘It’s unconscionable’: Outrage over the ‘three-martini lunch’ tax deduction in the new coronavirus aid deal – MarketWatch

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This piece of the long-awaited fourth emergency coronavirus-relief bill has plenty of people shaken and stirred — and it’s not the second round of stimulus checks being half as much as the first. No, it is what’s being called the “three-martini lunch” tax deduction, which President Trump has pushed for since the spring as a means to boost a restaurant industry that has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Businesses have only been able to take 50% of their meal expenses off of their federal taxes since the 1980s, but a proposal backed by the White House and Sen. […]

Coronavirus stimulus update: Congress agrees to $900 billion relief bill

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The relief plan includes direct payments of $600 to most adults and $600 per child, Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. The Democrats said it would put $284 billion into Paycheck Protection Program small business loans. It would direct another $20 billion to small business grants and $15 billion to live event venues. It would also add a $300 federal unemployment supplement and temporarily keep in place pandemic-era programs that expanded unemployment insurance eligibility. It was not immediately clear how long each of those measures would last. If the jobless benefits expansion expires the day after Christmas, 12 million […]

Omar says her father died of coronavirus because of Trump’s ‘criminal neglect’

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com. Rep. Ilhan Omar, said Friday that her father died of Covid-19 in June because of “criminal neglect” by the Trump administration.  “My father and over 300,000 people have lost their lives because of dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration,” she told MSNBC. “I agree with Clyburn that it is not enough for us just to issue subpoenas, we have to investigate and prosecute these people who are responsible for these reckless deaths.” Omar, D-Minn., said her father and others who have passed away from COVID-19 are […]

Millions forced to cancel Christmas as ‘new variant’ of coronavirus spreads in U.K.

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LONDON — Millions of people in London and the U.K.’s southeast will be forced to cancel their Christmas plans after scientists said Saturday that a new coronavirus variant was spreading more quickly. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a news conference that the toughest set of coronavirus restrictions — known as “Tier 4” — will be put in place from Sunday, putting regions under the strictest lockdown rules. As a result, nonessential shops, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and bowling alleys will be forced to close for two weeks, while people will be restricted to meeting one other person from another household in […]

Biden urges Americans to sit out inauguration to stop spread of coronavirus

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Inauguration planners for President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday the festivities will be heavily pared down and urged supporters not to come to the White House to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  “The pandemic is continuing to have a significant public health impact across the nation,” Dr. David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, and newly appointed chief medical adviser for the inauguration, said in a statement. “We are asking Americans to participate in inaugural events from home to protect themselves, their families, friends, and communities.” The auspicious occasion for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, where they will take their […]

Federal Reserve Revises Predictions After Underestimating Trump Coronavirus Economic Recovery | Dan Bongino

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The Federal Reserve raised economic expectations for the rest of the year and into 2021, projecting better growth and lower unemployment than previously expected as many industries continue to recover from pandemic restrictions. From CNBC: The central bank now expects real gross domestic product to fall just 2.4% in 2020, compared to a decline of 3.7% predicted in September. The Fed also upped its 2021 real GDP forecast to 4.2% from 4.0% expected previously. The Jerome Powell-led Fed estimates the unemployment rate to fall to 6.7% this year, further below the 7.6% previously predicted. The unemployment rate should fall to […]

Fauci says Biden, Harris should receive coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible

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26m ago / 1:24 PM UTC Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises NEW DELHI — With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many months. But for poorer countries, the road will be far longer and rougher. The ambitious initiative known as COVAX created to ensure the entire world has access to COVID-19 vaccines has secured only a fraction of the 2 billion doses it hopes to buy over the next year, […]

Moderna vaccine appears to protect against coronavirus infection

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Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is 94 percent effective at preventing illness and appears to protect against infection as well, according to documents released Tuesday morning ahead of a meeting of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration, scheduled for Thursday. The findings set the Moderna vaccine up for FDA authorization by the end of this week, meaning Americans could soon have two highly effective Covid-19 vaccines. The high efficacy was noted after two doses of the vaccine, given 28 days apart. This is about the same level of effectiveness as the Pfizer vaccine, the first shots of which were given to […]