After election, US faces “dark winter”:

— Enormous unemployment programs 4 millions to expire
— Protections 4 renters, student borrowers end
— ACA at Supreme Court
— Gov shutdown Dec 11
— 40% restaurants, 66% hotels face closure
— 1M travel jobs at risk…
These deadlines likely coincide with a spike in Covid cases *and* while Washington may be paralyzed

Some former senior WH officials predicted Trump will lose interest in a post-election stimulus — tho he has said he will seek one after GOP wins House…
Hunger already up dramatically. 30-40 million face eviction. 80K bus drivers furloughed. Retailers under siege. Huge layoffs in oil & gas. Public transit face major cuts.

*90%* of $2.7T in Covid aid has been disbursed or committed, per @MarcGoldwein…
I had not realized extent of UI cliff

Initial $600 expired; $300 largely gone

UI 4 gig workers/self-employed to also expire -- along w/, crucially, the base benefits of millions

(Thanks to @EvermoreMichele @hshierholz @NathanTankus)…
Casey Mulligan, former senior White House economic official, on Trump: "I don't think he's got much interest in stimulus ... He doesn’t like to give anything for free, and I don’t think he’s going to start now. That’s not his style.”…

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Extremely strange to come across this in between Eric Andre episodes
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5 Sep
Late Friday news w/ @jdawsey1: Trump moves to bar "un-American" sensitivity trainings at US agencies

Tells agencies to cancel sessions involving:

1/ "critical race theory"

2/ "white privilege"

3/ Propaganda that the US is "inherently racist or evil"… Image
White House memo: “The President has directed me to ensure that federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions"…
Just spoke w/ M.E. Hart, who has done racial sensitivity trainings in DC for +20 years.

Hart points out the body of research showing enormous discrimination against black Americans in awarding of federal contracts

These trainings try to help the US correct that, Hart says
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4 Sep
President Trump says the administration has found $300 billion in unspent money approved by Congress that they want to use for stimulus -- seems like he's saying it requires Congress' approval to use?
Trump says he's trying to use this money unilaterally but was told no: "I would like to use it without their permission but I guess I am not allowed to do that. I did ask that question."
The president says Congress just has to give "a very quick statement" (?) which would allow the White House to unilaterally put the $300 billion into the economy
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12 Aug
Joe Biden's campaign declined to comment when I asked if he supports @KamalaHarris' plan w/ Sens. Bernie Sanders & Ed Markey to provide $2,000 every month to millions of Americans during the pandemic…
Biden's campaign also did not respond to when I asked if they support Harris' bill to halt all evictions, foreclosures, rent increases and utility shutdowns during covid

Biden adviser @econjared, however, had positive things to say about the checks idea…
Conservatives such as @Brian_Riedl are begging media not to call Harris a "moderate" given size of her spending plans

@briebriejoy says she does not have a "great deal of confidence" Harris will pull Biden left, citing Harris' complex student debt plan…
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12 Aug
Post tonight from Georgia on r/unemployment
California. "toaster bath." Posts like these are increasing. If you are reading this and in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
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7 Aug
NEW: White House looking at using leftover/unspent FEMA funds to pay unemployment benefits unilaterally, 2 ppl familiar say

No final decision made/things are in flux

Experts question how WH can legally pay UI benefits w/o Congress

@ericawerner @karoun…
Believed to be tens of billions in hurricane relief money that has not been spent. Unclear if $ for Puerto Rico would be in the mix. White House has asked federal agencies to come up with lists of $ that could potentially be moved around for the executive orders
Have been informed that this is a House of Cards plot line but unsure what to do with that information
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