Latest from Yeganeh Torbati

Millions in U.S. lose jobless benefits as federal aid expires, thrusting families and economy onto uncertain path

Federal funds meant to ease the economic shock of the pandemic are coming to an end. “It just feels like being discarded,” one worker said.
  • Sep 5, 2021

In Florida, DeSantis cut jobless aid just as virus began terrifying new wave

Unemployed residents struggling to survive on low state benefits are a preview of what could come nationwide as federal pandemic aid programs expire.
  • Aug 22, 2021

Prospect of massive economic packages unleashes lobbying bonanza in Washington

Nearly 2,000 companies and other groups have already engaged with Washington officials about infrastructure this year, according to filings, and the intensity is expected to pick up.
  • Aug 4, 2021

Conservative groups mount opposition to increase in IRS budget, threatening White House infrastructure plan

The new funding is supposed to be a cornerstone of the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
  • Jul 8, 2021

Bipartisan infrastructure deal could make it harder for tax cheats to elude IRS

$40 billion in new funding would be directed at stepping up enforcement, something supporters believe would lead to big boost in tax collection.
  • Jun 28, 2021

GOP governors are cutting unemployment aid. Some have ties to businesses that may benefit.

In West Virginia, the governor announced he was ending extra federal pandemic jobless benefits. Soon after, the resort he owns saw an uptick in job applications.
  • Jun 7, 2021

Federal officials look to crack down on deceptive subscription marketing practices at broad range of firms

Use of automatic subscriptions has exploded in recent years. Some companies make it easy to sign up but very difficult to cancel, and consumer complaints have piled up.
  • Jun 2, 2021

Biden’s aid programs help buttress McCarthy’s district despite GOP leader’s complaints about ‘socialist’ spending

The California district McCarthy has represented since 2007 is among the poorest in the state.
  • May 18, 2021

Ransomware attack leads to shutdown of major U.S. pipeline system

Colonial’s 5,500 miles of pipelines carry fuel from refineries on the Gulf Coast to customers in the southern and eastern United States. The company says it shut down its pipelines temporarily after a cyber attack.
  • May 8, 2021

How the pandemic led to a rental car crisis just as Americans are ready to bust loose

Consumers are fuming as prices have spiked after firms shed hundreds of thousands of cars, with fleets depleted until 2022.
  • May 1, 2021