Room for Plenty of Pork in Stimulus Bill

A $500 billion federal aid package for companies and governments hurt by the coronavirus includes rules aimed at ensuring that the taxpayer money is used in ways that would help sustain the economy. But questions are being raised about whether those guardrails will prevent the kinds of abuses that have marked corporate bailouts of the past.

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NRA Wins Again: US Calls Gun Stores ‘Essential’

The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Gun-control groups are balking, calling it a policy that puts profits over public health after intense lobbying by the gun industry.

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Coronavirus Is Killing Democracies

Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade’s graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if people ignore his government’s lockdown orders.

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