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  • Trump administration moves to speed up deportations. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Securi... July 23 White House looks to speed up deportations

    White House and Congress reach deal on spending and debt ceiling; New Trump administration rule to remove 3 million people from food stamps; Congress targets Chinese rail cars over security concerns; Trump administration moves to speed up deportations; House Democrats to unveil drug pricing bill in September; U.S. existing home sales fell 1.7% in June. 

  • Chinese investment falls as trade tensions rise. As relations between China and the U.S. deterior... July 22 Chinese investments in US plummet as trade tensions rise

    Chinese investment falls as trade tensions rise; House Republicans ask Trump to reject new spending levels; Markets preparing for dovish monetary policy convergence; National Activity Index shows some improvement. 

  • Image: Women discuss healthcare. Source: Obama White House Archives July 19 Economic Impact of Abortion Regulation

    It has been 46 years since the Supreme Court ruled that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right, but that was only the beginning of the conversation.[1] In the past few months, the appointment of more conservative judges has led to a reenergized effort to pass abortion restrictions and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade. So far, the debate has been emotional and heated, but it has rarely examined the economic impact of restricting abortions.

  • To Trump’s ire, budget deal poised to extend deficit. After Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Sec... July 19 Budget deal expected to exacerbate deficit

    EPA hands chemical industry a victory at the expense of children’s health; To Trump’s ire, budget deal poised to extend deficit; House passes $15 minimum wage bill; Market guessing how much Fed cuts rates this month.

  • White House and Pelosi make some progress on budget deal. During an interview on CNBC, Treasury S... July 18 Bi-partisan budget bill makes progress

    White House and Pelosi make some progress on budget deal; Battle over Huawei brings trade negotiations to a standstill; New policy lowers chronic illness costs; U.S. weekly jobless claims rise.

  • Politicians disagree on how to deal with tech industry. With Facebook on Capitol Hill this week, ... July 17 Regulation of Big Tech increasingly become partisan issue

    Tesla speeding self-driving cars to market, but are they ready?; House voting to repeal the ACA’s “Cadillac tax”; Lighthizer trying to move Democrats on USMCA; Politicians disagree on how to deal with tech industry; Housing starts down 0.9% in June.