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Predatory debt collectors would be barred from government’s pandemic relief loans under new bill

Debt collectors already have gained more than $520 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill would bar debt collectors that have been sanctioned from participating any more in the program.
  • Apr 7, 2021

White House reiterates teacher vaccinations ‘not a prerequisite’ to reopening schools

Whether teachers must be vaccinated first has become another inflection point in heated debates about when and how schools should safely reopen.
  • Feb 21, 2021

White House says Biden is ‘eager’ to go to Texas, possibly as soon as this week

The Arctic outbreak has killed at least 57 people in at least eight states and knocked out power for millions across Texas.
  • Feb 21, 2021

McKinsey, adviser to businesses around the world, agrees to pay $573.9 million to settle charges for its role in opioid epidemic

The famed consulting company denies violated laws but agrees to settle charges from 47 states with a payment of $573.9 million. The money is supposed to be targeted at efforts to stem opioid abuse.
  • Feb 4, 2021

State capitol protests mostly small, but under heavy guard from troops and law enforcement

In a remarkable display of firepower, police and troops protected government buildings across the country amid fear security threats will continue.
  • Jan 17, 2021

State capitols tighten security and brace for the unknown as far-right groups plot shows of strength

National Guard troops deployed to protect statehouses from a repeat of U.S. Capitol assault.
  • Jan 16, 2021

Debt collectors, payday lenders collected over $500 million in federal pandemic relief

More than 170 of those recipients have been named in multiple consumer complaints, racking up at least 100 with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to The Washington Post’s analysis.
  • Jan 15, 2021

America’s biggest companies are flourishing during the pandemic and putting thousands of people out of work

Despite their success, at least 27 of the 50 largest firms held layoffs this year, collectively cutting more than 100,000 workers, The Post found.
  • Dec 16, 2020

Supreme Court weighs child-slavery case against Nestlé USA, Cargill

Human rights advocates are seeking to hold Nestlé USA and Cargill responsible for the mistreatment of six Malians who say they were trafficked as children to work on cocoa farms.
  • Dec 1, 2020

A dodgy deal helped make him a billionaire. It worked, until now.

Twenty years ago, Robert F. Smith, made a deal to set up his private equity firm. Smith has since become a billionaire and is often ranked as the wealthiest Black person in the U.S. But the old deal with businessman Robert Brockman also entailed offshore accounts that federal prosecutors now say were part of the largest tax fraud in U.S. history.
  • Nov 13, 2020