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Deviceless distance learning

Education | Laptop shortages leave many students high and dry during the pandemic
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/21/20, 02:19 pm

U.S. suppliers have mostly caught up to the demand for masks and toilet paper since the start of the pandemic, but now tens of thousands of schoolchildren are suffering from the shortage of another item: laptop computers.

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Politicians continue careful dance on stimulus

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/20/20, 06:23 pm

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met again on Tuesday over the phone to try to reach a deal on a COVID-19 relief package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would bring any bill arising from those talks to a vote.

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Pressing pause on pandemic powers

Religious Liberty | Churches push back against prolonged worship restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 10/20/20, 11:08 am

The Supreme Court has another chance to reckon with how much states can infringe on First Amendment rights during the pandemic. Two Chicago-area churches on Wednesday asked the justices to review a federal appeals court decision that upheld Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders restricting the size of worship services. It could make a difference for rulings in lower courts across the country.

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