(Nathan Laine/Bloomberg)
(Nathan Laine/Bloomberg)

Pandemic aftershocks overwhelm global supply lines

One year after the coronavirus pandemic first disrupted global supply chains by closing Chinese factories, fresh shipping headaches are delaying U.S. farm exports, crimping domestic manufacturing and threatening higher prices for American consumers.

Biden wants to squeeze an extra shot of vaccine out of every Pfizer vial. It won’t be easy.

The Department of Health and Human Services is scrambling for supply of special syringes. It said it advised the FDA that the move authorizing six doses of the Pfizer vaccine per vial posed hurdles.

Union participation rose last year, even as pandemic wreaked havoc on the jobs market

Labor advocates found reasons for hope in the data, a deviation from decades of decline for union participation.

Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon and other corporate giants moving to speed up coronavirus vaccine rollout

Some of the nation’s best-known brands are harnessing their logistical and technological expertise to inoculate their communities against covid-19.

Another urgent item for Biden’s to-do list: The looming Social Security funding crisis

The reserves of the trust fund that pays retirement and survivor benefits will be unable to pay full benefits in 2034.

The Trump economy left Black Americans behind. Here’s how they want Biden to narrow the gaps.

Black Americans propelled Biden to the presidency. Now they’re counting on him to deliver on his promise to end systemic racism.

Coup attempts usually usher in long stretches of democratic decline, data shows

This shift is especially true in democracies that had been relatively healthy before the coup attempt.

Biden fires Trump-appointed labor board general counsel and deputy who refused to resign

The fracas began Wednesday when the Biden administration asked now-former general counsel Peter Robb to resign, a White House official said, a precedent-breaking move.

Biden order seeks stronger workplace safety rules, signaling a more worker friendly approach

The Executive Order could lead to an emergency standard for businesses — a set of a regulations they would have to comply with, like mask-wearing, that advocates say is necessary to combat the pandemic.

Jobless claims remained at historic highs last week, as Biden inherits the worst job market of any modern president

Weekly unemployment claims remain near 1 million, far above previous recessions, because of the surging pandemic.

Mortgage rates dip as investors await actions of new administration

The 30-year fixed-rate average moved slightly lower to 2.77 percent. Traders are watching to see what actions President Biden takes to address the pandemic.

When free speech clashes with keeping your job

Sometimes the decision to avoid political engagement off-the-clock is an easy one. But what about when it isn't so easy?

An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

A movie could be an example of the very trend it seeks to expose — the Saudi crushing of dissent.

Biden rejoins Paris climate accord, works to overturn Trump’s climate policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a slew of executive orders Wednesday afternoon aimed at unwinding President Trump’s environmental legacy, from restoring boundaries to national monuments to rejoining the Paris climate accord to reviving the government's role in protecting the air, water and endangered species.

Biden links prosperity to civic virtues in inauguration speech

Unlike his predecessor, who inherited a booming economy and a world at peace but could only see “carnage,” Biden looked out from a ransacked Capitol to a country reeling from pandemic and riven with injustice and saw the possibility for renewal and rebuilding.
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