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Why Congress may yet pass pandemic help for Americans

Encouraging noises are coming from Washington about a pandemic relief deal before Christmas – which means that political reality is sinking in. 

Amid a nationwide surge – with a record 4 million new cases in November alone – important measures to help Americans cope have already expired or will be expiring at the end of the year. The economic recovery has stalled, with November reporting the lowest number of new jobs since the spring and the country still 9 million jobs short since March. Meanwhile, states are

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