Tag: States (US)

How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Carolyn Zain had heard horror stories about the nation’s coronavirus vaccine rollout: long waits, clunky websites, people being turned away. So when her health department announced it was expanding appointments, she armed herself with two phones — cellphone in one hand, landline in the other — and held her breath. Within 20 […]

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New Pandemic Plight: Hospitals Are Running Out of Vaccines

Houston, the fourth-largest city in the country, is now struggling with a similar problem as the hospitals serving some of its poorest residents run out of the vaccine, prompting some public health experts to question why doses are not being made more available to vulnerable communities. Covid-19 Vaccines › Answers to Your Vaccine Questions If […]

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How Our Unemployment Benefits System Failed

The nation’s unemployment insurance program, conceived during the Great Depression, was meant to keep jobless workers and their families from suffering drops in income that could tip them into poverty or force them to liquidate their assets to afford food, rent and other necessities. Its goals included allowing the unemployed to wait for a productive […]

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How Gerrymandering Will Protect Republicans Who Challenged the Election

WASHINGTON — Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio comes from a duck-shaped district that stretches across parts of 14 counties and five media markets and would take nearly three hours to drive end to end. Designed after the 2010 census by Ohio Republicans intent on keeping Mr. Jordan, then a three-term congressman, safely in office, the […]

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One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure

The incoming president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., has said he will reassert a federal strategy to bring the virus under control, including a call for everyone to wear masks over the next 100 days and a coordinated plan to widen the delivery of vaccines. “We will manage the hell out of this operation,” Mr. Biden […]

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In New Jersey, Smokers Can Get Covid Vaccine

“The more people we can get with shots in arms, the more lives we are going to save,” Dr. Reboli said. “It becomes dangerous when you know that something is a major risk factor and to then cherry pick off that list.” Other states, however, appear to have done just that. New Mexico and Texas […]

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More Than Half of States Widen Access to Covid-19 Vaccine

Still, for those who succeeded in getting a shot, the shifting vaccination plans were thrilling — a first step, some said, toward getting back to normal life. Maureen Kelly, 73, of Lawrenceville, Ga., walked into her local public health department on Monday and received her first dose within 30 minutes. “It was like clockwork,” she […]

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Unemployment Claims Rise Sharply, Showing New Economic Pain

Ten months after the coronavirus crisis decimated the labor market, the resurgent pandemic keeps sending shock waves through the American economy. Though more than half of the 22 million jobs lost last spring have been regained, a new surge of infections has prompted shutdowns and layoffs that have hit the leisure and hospitality industries especially […]

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Overwhelmed, More States Turn to National Guard for Vaccine Help

LANDOVER, Md. — As tens of thousands of his National Guard colleagues descended on the nation’s capital to ensure the peaceful transfer of presidential power, 10 miles up the road, Emmanuel Alfaro was doing what he viewed as the pinnacle of his career in the Guard: administering Covid-19 vaccines to his fellow citizens. “It’s a […]

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State Capitals ‘on High Alert,’ Fearing More Violence

It was opening day of the 2021 legislative session, and the perimeter of the Georgia State Capitol on Monday was bristling with state police officers in full camouflage gear, most of them carrying tactical rifles. On the other side of the country, in Olympia, Wash., dozens of National Guard troops in riot gear and shields […]

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A Long, Lonesome Look at America

I was only a few days into a meandering trip across America, and already I was easing into something of a nighttime routine. Earlier in the day I’d pinpointed a promising campsite in Ozark National Forest. Now, I found myself ascending an isolated forestry road to get to it, my tires crackling over its rough, […]

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Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People

Just weeks into the country’s coronavirus vaccination effort, states have begun broadening access to the shots faster than planned, amid tremendous public demand and intense criticism about the pace of the rollout. Some public health officials worry that doing so could bring even more chaos to the complex operation and increase the likelihood that some […]

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We Came All This Way to Let Vaccines Go Bad in the Freezer?

It’s been two weeks since U.S. officials launched what ought to be the largest vaccination campaign in the nation’s history. So far, things are going poorly. How poorly? Untold numbers of vaccine doses will expire before they can be injected into American arms, while communities around the country are reporting more corpses than their mortuaries […]

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Here’s Why Distribution of the Vaccine Is Taking Longer Than Expected

In Florida, less than one-quarter of delivered coronavirus vaccines have been used, even as older people sat in lawn chairs all night waiting for their shots. In Puerto Rico, last week’s vaccine shipments did not arrive until the workers who would have administered them had left for the Christmas holiday. In California, doctors are worried […]

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Here’s Why the ‘Last Mile’ of Vaccine Distribution Is Going So Slowly

In Florida, less than one-quarter of delivered coronavirus vaccines have been used, even as older people sat in lawn chairs all night waiting for their shots. In Puerto Rico, last week’s vaccine shipments did not arrive until the workers who would have administered them had left for the Christmas holiday. In California, doctors are worried […]

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U.S. Officials Say Covid-19 Vaccination Effort Has Lagged

The distribution of vaccines in the United States has gotten off to a slower-than-expected start, federal health officials acknowledged in a news conference on Wednesday, though they also voiced confidence that the pace would accelerate in the coming weeks. As of Wednesday, more than 14 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been […]

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Barry Lopez, Lyrical Writer Who Was Likened to Thoreau, Dies at 75

“I can tell you in two words,” he said when asked about his motives for writing. “To help. I am a traditional storyteller. This activity is not about yourself. It’s about culture, and your job is to help.” The Guardian put it this way in 2005: “Throughout his writings, Lopez returns to the idea that […]

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The U.K.’s New Coronavirus Strain and How to Stop It

A new and potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Britain and elsewhere. With the Trump administration continuing to do little to address the pandemic, state and local leaders have, again, been left to deal with this problem on their own. To that end, on Monday Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New […]

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The Auto I.R.A. Is Gaining Traction as a Retirement Savings Option

Illinois is seeing steady growth in worker participation despite the economic mess brought on by the coronavirus. In March, Illinois Secure Choice had 60,000 funded accounts, with $17.2 million in assets. In November, those numbers had climbed to 77,000 and $42.8 million. “To me, that underscores the value of these programs and the importance of […]

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Why Some States Are Predicting Higher Revenue Amid Job Losses

As Congress has spent the last few weeks debating aid to state and local governments, a number of states have announced surprising news: Their finances no longer look quite as bad as they had feared in the uncertain early days of the pandemic. States are still broadly hurting from the economic crisis. But California now […]

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Congress Drops State Aid to Secure Stimulus, A Challenge for Biden

But the political argument has been muddled by the diverging experience of state revenues in the crisis, which does not hew neatly to party lines. States that depend heavily on tourism, like Florida, or on energy taxes, like Wyoming, face large shortfalls, along with liberal bastions like California and New York. “There are many states […]

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Thank the Supreme Court, for Now

A new original case on the court’s docket is not likely to remain obscure for long. It promises, if the court accepts it, to bring the justices into culture-war territory. Last February, Texas sued California directly in the Supreme Court over a law California passed in 2016 that prohibits state-paid travel to states with laws […]

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Use It or Lose It: Tenant Aid Effort Nears a Federal Cutoff

Looking to expand aid, Mayor Jim Kenney announced in early March that the city would budget $50 million for a five-year program to assist low-income households. It would also run an experiment, giving one group of households rental vouchers while another group of families got unrestricted cash assistance. The coronavirus ended that by blowing a […]

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Electoral College Vote Officially Affirms Biden’s Victory

In Albany, New York, Bill and Hillary Clinton cast their paper votes in mahogany boxes in a mostly empty statehouse chamber alongside 27 other electors including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo; at the Capitol building in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers presided over the vote as the state’s 10 delegates, in business attire, sat several feet apart […]

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4 Takeaways From Biden’s Electoral College Victory

Some electors received police escorts. Some cast their votes in an undisclosed location. Some drew a nationwide audience for what is usually a procedural and obscure constitutional undertaking. Most wore masks and adhered to social distancing rules in deference to the coronavirus pandemic that has defined this long campaign. And in the end, President-elect Joseph […]

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Trump Has Never Believed in Democracy

All the while, Trump has continued to use the division and deception he has created to raise money. He has now collected more than $200 million in donations in support of his bogus election recounts. But, as The New York Times reported earlier this month: “Mr. Trump’s campaign apparatus has continued to aggressively solicit donations […]

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Meet the Electoral College’s Biggest Critics: Some of the Electors Themselves

“They were randomly asking people if they would be an elector,” said Justin Sheldon, a lawyer who sued on Mr. Wright’s behalf. (Mr. West was blocked from appearing on the Virginia ballot because of the scheme.) Those looking to reform the system have seen hope recently in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a deal […]

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The Coronavirus Vaccine Won’t Solve Everything

There is one graph that has to do with the coronavirus that blows my mind. It looks like this. This graph shows coronavirus cases in the United States versus the European Union. Do you see what happens here? Everyone has a surge around the same time, but while the European Union dramatically drops, the United […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Challenging Biden’s Victory

Legal experts almost universally dismissed Texas’ suit as an unbecoming stunt. In invoking the Supreme Court’s “original jurisdiction,” Texas asked the justices to act as a trial court to settle a dispute between states, a procedure theoretically possible under the Constitution but employed sparingly, typically in cases concerning water rights or boundary disputes. In a […]

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States Try to Rescue Small Businesses as U.S. Aid Is Snarled

Kirk Meurer was on track to have one of his best years ever in his business installing office furniture in the Cleveland area. But when companies began sending their workers home last spring, his business dried up practically overnight. “Even though we didn’t have to shut down like the restaurants and bars and the travel […]

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‘It’s Hard to Prove’: Why Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Face Hurdles

One challenge the F.T.C. will face is explaining why it decided not to block Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. Those deals, which took place during the Obama administration, were vetted with market analysis at the time for how they might affect competition. The acquisitions ultimately proceeded. “It should be assumed […]

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