A reminder that no stimulus deal at all means:

-- Tens of thousands of airline workers get laid off

-- No federal supplement unemployment benefits for +20 million ppl

-- Severe cuts/layoffs for restaurant, hotel workers

-- Checks 2.0 don't go out to millions facing pay cuts
Pelosi insisted today to Wolf Blitzer that a deal would get done, but my sources and the sources of most reporters tracking talks are very bearish on anything happening before Nov. 3. What is Dems' leverage after the election?

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