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Bringing Americans back to work

Politics | Washington debates how to roll out more relief without disincentivizing labor
by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/09/20, 04:38 pm

WASHINGTON—Nicole Puerta works as a branch manager at Meador Staffing Services in Houston. For three years, she’s helped people get jobs. But she said the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a severe blow to temp agencies and the industry is just starting to recover.

“It just shocked us with how much business we lost,” Puerta said. “Our temps, our employees got laid off. And they couldn’t find another job; they kept calling us.”

For three months, from March to May, Puerta’s agency hardly had any work to offer.

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Binding faithless electors

Politics | The Supreme Court rules states can force electors to follow the voters’ choice
by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/06/20, 12:41 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that presidential electors may not act as free agents and must vote for the candidate a state’s voters choose. The unanimous decision means states with laws forbidding so-called “faithless electors” are constitutionally allowed to remove or fine delegates who go rogue.

The two cases stem from 2016, when four “faithless electors” from Colorado and Washington sued their states. They argued that individual electors have agency and discretion in how they vote and that states only have the authority to decide how to choose delegates.

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Closing America’s gates

Politics | Pandemic and economic forces bring immigration nearly to a halt
by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/02/20, 04:54 pm

WASHINGTON—The name Elon Musk brings to mind the rocket ships and luxury electric cars his businesses developed. But fewer people know the entrepreneur behind the companies SpaceX and Tesla is an immigrant twice over and now a citizen of three countries: South Africa, Canada, and, most recently, the United States. He moved to California’s Silicon Valley at the age of 20 and founded his first company.

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