Fiscal policy

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, a firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif. This year's fires have taxed the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation's wildfire fighting forces to a degree that few past blazes did. And half of the fire season is yet to come. (AP Photo/Noah Berger,File)
September 17, 2020 - 11:19 am
Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire,...
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FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past." Speaking video link from Los Angeles to the Austrian World Summit in Vienna, Schwarzenegger said that “forward-looking decisions” are needed now as trillions are being poured into rebuilding economies around the globe.A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week's global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
September 17, 2020 - 8:55 am
VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have “a choice...
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Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
September 16, 2020 - 11:27 pm
Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated. Wall Street's benchmark S...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media as he arrives at the Parliament in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept.14, 2020. Indian lawmakers have returned to Parliament after more than five months even as coronavirus cases continue to surge at the fastest pace than anywhere else in the world. (AP Photo)
September 14, 2020 - 2:56 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — After a five-month absence, Indian lawmakers returned to Parliament on Monday with the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, the nosediving economy and simmering tensions with China setting the stage for a turbulent session. The 18-day session comes as coronavirus...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a man wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus, waits to cross the street as a digital sign displays groups of people walking above another sign displaying the size of the national debt along an empty K Street in Washington. The U.S. budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said Friday, Sept. 11. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 11, 2020 - 10:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said Friday. The ocean of red ink is a product of the government's massive spending to try to cushion the impact of a coronavirus-fueled recession that...
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The European Central Bank is seen in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The governing council of the ECB will meet on Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 10, 2020 - 2:32 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde said the bank would “likely” use all of the 1.35 trillion euros ($1.6 trillion) in planned stimulus to support the economy through the pandemic, which has caused a massive recession and is seeing a new rise in contagions. After...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., puts his face mask back on after speaking during a news conference of Senate Republican leadership, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 09, 2020 - 8:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republican senators made pessimistic predictions Wednesday about securing a bipartisan coronavirus relief package before the November election, signaling instead they will just try to pass legislation that would avoid a federal shutdown as lawmakers head home to campaign...
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File - In this Thursday, Sept. 3 2020 file picture the moon shines over the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Low inflation, in negative territory for the first time since 2016, is leading analysts to think the ECB will have to add more stimulus to support what could be a drawn-out, difficult recovery from the virus outbreak in the 19 countries that use the euro. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
September 08, 2020 - 7:09 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A startling fall in consumer prices and a stronger euro have increased pressure on the European Central Bank to provide another blast of monetary stimulus in support of a drawn-out economic rebound from the pandemic recession. A 0.2% annual drop in prices in August in the...
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Photo credit File - In this Thursday, Sept. 3 2020 file picture the moon shines over the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Low inflation, in negative territory for the first time since 2016, is leading analysts to think the ECB will have to add more stimulus to support what could be a drawn-out, difficult recovery from the virus outbreak in the 19 countries that use the euro. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
September 08, 2020 - 7:09 am
Falling prices flash warning light for Europe’s economy…
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People take elevators at a shopping building in Tokyo on Aug. 24, 2020. Japan’s economy shrank at a record, even worse rate in the April-June quarter than initially estimated. The Cabinet Office said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, Japan’s seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product contracted at an annualized rate of 28.1%, worse than the 27.8% figure given last month. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 07, 2020 - 10:27 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy shrank at a record, even worse rate in the April-June quarter than initially estimated. The Cabinet Office said Tuesday Japan’s seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product contracted at an annualized rate of 28.1%, worse than the 27.8% figure given last month. The...
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