COVID-19 (page 30)

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    General Assembly pegs first $1.6 billion of $3.5 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund

    The General Assembly was in session Wednesday through Saturday to begin appropriating money from the CARES Act. They’ll be back May 18 to possibly distribute more of the $3.5 billion slated for state government from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Another $500 million will go directly to Wake County, Mecklenburg County and…
    Joseph Coletti, May 4, 2020
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    COVID-19 could produce social benefits

    Amid the bad news associated with the coronavirus pandemic, Yuval Levin explains in a Commentary cover story how society might benefit from disruption of our daily lives. When we defeat this virus … it is unlikely that the problems we confronted before the pandemic will have magically evaporated.
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2020
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    COVID-19 and the meat supply: JLF alum Daren Bakst offers expert analysis

    Former JLF regulatory expert Daren Bakst looks into COVID-19’s impact on American supplies of meat. He publishes his findings with the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal. Many Americans are rightfully concerned about the status of the country’s meat supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, there are no simple answers…
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2020
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    China’s COVID-19 actions generate new level of distrust

    Michael Auslin writes at Spectator USA that the pandemic prompting the rest of the world to take a new, more critical look at communist China. When President Trump publicly called into question China’s COVID-19 death rate claims at a recent White House press conference, the chart he pointed…
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2020
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    Debt issues will linger long after COVID-19

    James Capretta writes at Real Clear Policy about the need to turn attention to the federal government’s growing debt problem. Congress and the Trump administration are rightly focused on the immediate task of limiting the harm from the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic contraction it has precipitated. The…
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2020
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    Natural gas fares well in tanking energy market

    Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner highlights one bright spot in the flailing energy sector. Natural gas is withstanding the coronavirus-fueled economic crash in a way that its closely associated relative, oil, isn’t. Oil prices have reached record lows, with the U.S. benchmark oil price briefly dropping below…
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. General Assembly’s COVID-19 relief package. John Hood’s Daily Journal warns that federal spending linked to the COVID-19 pandemic makes an existing debt problem worse.
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2020
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    Why are COVID-19 death rates so much higher in states with Democratic governors?

    That’s the provocative question raised by James R. Rogers in a recent peice at the Law & Liberty blog: When controlling for the differences in population across states, the number of deaths from coronavirus is over three times higher in states with Democratic governors than in states…
    Jon Guze, May 2, 2020