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Treasury will try to start sending stimulus checks by end of week

A worker sorts through newly-printed stimulus checks at the San Francisco Regional Financial Center in Emeryville, Calif., Thursday, May 8, 2008. The first batch of rebate payments started hitting bank accounts last week through direct deposits.  Bush administration officials are visiting government check printing centers around the country on Thursday for events highlighting the fact that millions of rebate checks are in the mail.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is scrambling to send one-time stimulus payments to millions of Americans starting as soon as this week, as the U.S. government races to implement a $900 billion coronavirus aid package that President Donald Trump signed ...

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Md. firm uses AI, algorithms to match manufacturers with hard-to-find parts

Randy Altschuler stands on the floor of a 3-D printer assembly station at Xometry in Gaithersburg, Md. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez.

When NASA needed $59,000 in custom components so its International Space Station would have clean air, an engineer went online, punched in the specifications and hit send. On the receiving end, a Maryland company put its patented software to work ...

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This immigration policy needs attention

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With the end of President Donald Trump’s administration in sight, immigration advocates and activists are looking to the Biden transition team to see what actions the new president will take to protect immigrant rights. He might start with a policy ...

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US hiring slowed in November as COVID-19 cases surged, ADP report says

A now hiring sign hangs in the window of a Dollar General store as a customer leaves Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006,  in Houston. The government reported Thursday that new requests for unemployment insurance benefits last week were at their lowest level in nearly three months. Initial jobless claims dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted level of 299,000 in the week ended Oct. 14, the Labor Department said Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

U.S. businesses slowed hiring in November, adding only 307,000 workers to their private payrolls – missing the benchmark that analysts had expected and probably heightening concerns that companies and households will continue to struggle without further action from Congress to ...

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Business turkeys of the year

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Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday, even this year when my wife and I decided to have a two-person celebration rather than our traditional gathering because we, our kids and grandkids don’t want to put each other at risk for ...

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Biden searches for attorney general to refocus Justice Department’s policies

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, shown during a 2017 speech at Harvard Law School Class Day is among those under consideration to be attorney general in a Biden administration, insiders say. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON — After years seemingly at the center of every major political fight in Washington, the Justice Department is about to get new leadership, and President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for attorney general will have to balance competing demands within his ...

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Giuliani’s efforts to overturn election spark ethics complaints, grievances

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In the three weeks since Election Day, Rudy Giuliani has waged a prodigiously unsuccessful legal fight on behalf of President Donald Trump’s campaign to overturn the election results. His bizarre news conferences and literal meltdown became fodder for late-night talk ...

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As time is running out, Supreme Court goes idle on Trump-related issues

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is shown after a swearing-in ceremony at the White House in 2019. While Alito directed Pennsylvania elections officials to segregate mail-in votes received in the three-day  window following Election Day, no further action has come. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — Has the Supreme Court hit the pause button on all things Trump? The justices for more than three weeks have been holding on to President Donald Trump’s last-ditch plea to shield his private financial records from Manhattan’s district ...

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As coronavirus cases spike, Affordable Care Act returns to high court

President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010. The Supreme Court Tuesday will hear arguments in a case that could strike down the health care law. (AP File Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court hears a case Tuesday that could abolish the Affordable Care Act, the stakes will be higher than ever, coming amid a historic health and economic crisis that has deprived millions of Americans of insurance ...

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For 12th time this year, mortgage rate falls to record low

The 2.78% average rate is well below the 3.69% level a year ago and was the lowest point since Freddie Mac began conducting the survey in 1971. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

For the 12th time this year, the average rate on the popular 30-year mortgage dropped to a new record low, according to a Freddie Mac survey released Thursday, amid long-term intervention by the Federal Reserve to boost the housing market ...

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