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    Congress Grasps for Stimulus Deal as Fed Dispute Poses Final Hurdle

    Leaders struggled to clear away the last sticking points in the $900 billion compromise plan, including a stubborn disagreement over the central bank’s lending powers.

    Sidestepping Congress, Trump Signs Executive Measures for Pandemic Relief

    President Trump signed the directives after two weeks of stalemate with Democrats over a recovery package, using legally dubious measures to try to restore lapsed benefits.
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    2,252,164
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    After some visitors went sledding on graves at the former Nazi concentration camp, the foundation running the memorial stepped up security this week.

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    President-elect Joe Biden’s vaccination push is colliding with the reality of limited supplies, a scarcity that has dashed hopes for a federal stockpile.