Tag: government bodies

Texas abortion law: Women will have to travel 496 miles on average round trip to get an abortion out-of-state

On Tuesday, Texas’ law which prevents abortions from occurring  after cardiac activity is detectable — around six weeks after conception — went into effect. In...

Student-loan borrowers have had $37 million in wages unfairly garnished, despite COVID-related pause on collections

Borrowers were still having their wages seized over defaulted student debt, months after the government instructed the student-loan industry to pause this activity during the...

Opinion: After spending trillions of dollars on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, the U.S. has nothing to show for its efforts but blood in the sand

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate)—The magnitude of the United States’ failure in Afghanistan is breathtaking. It is not a failure of Democrats or Republicans, but an...

How college closures affect taxpayers and students: ‘You stole my money and I’m $188,000 in debt and for what?’

Hello and welcome back to MarketWatch’s Extra Credit column, a weekly look at the news through the lens of debt. This week, I wrote about the collapse...

Opinion: A pathway to citizenship could create 400,000 new jobs, but only if Congress acts

Even before the coronavirus crisis, the United States suffered from decades of sluggish economic growth, fueled in part by mounting inequality.  But our past doesn’t...

SNAP benefits will increase to an all-time high — here’s how much more the average family will receive each month

The 42 million Americans who rely on government help to pay for food will see the biggest-ever increase in their benefits starting in October, but...

Opinion: Afghanistan will not define Joe Biden’s presidency

Last month, a Gallup survey asked Americans to name the “most important problem” facing the nation. There was a long list of matters, all of...

What the Afghan government’s collapse might mean for the U.S. stock market

After 20 years in the shadows, the Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan, raising questions about stability in the Middle East and stoking some...

Apple’s hot antitrust autumn: Storm clouds are forming from multiple directions

A decision in a landmark antitrust legal case could come by the end of the month, but that is far from the only concern bearing...

Biden’s latest eviction moratorium aims to protect renters, but also brings ‘new level of uncertainty’

The White House threw another life preserver to renters this week. But many could find themselves still drowning in a sea of legal trouble, despite...

National Flood Insurance Program leaves out communities of color, lower-income Americans, report finds

This story has been updated to reflect that households in National Flood Insurance Program-participating communities do have access to the insurance. Less than 10% of...

Retirement security ‘is shakier than ever’ and ‘Americans are not saving enough’ for old age

Americans’ retirement security is unstable, and legislation focused on pensions, Social Security and other savings or healthcare concerns must be a priority for government officials,...

U.S. Expands Refugee Program for Afghans Amid Rise in Violence

The U.S. will make it easier for more Afghans to apply to come to the country as refugees, the State Department said Monday, following a...

‘You’ve got to do the right thing’: 50 healthcare groups ask employers to mandate worker COVID vaccines — but one big obstacle remains

In the face of rising COVID-19 case counts fueled by the delta variant and ongoing reluctance to get vaccinated among many Americans, more than 50...

China’s New Ambassador to the U.S. Adopts Placating Tone

NEW YORK—China’s new envoy to the U.S. struck a conciliatory note upon his arrival in Washington on Wednesday, pledging to repair the increasingly testy relationship...

After Navalny, Challenging Russia’s Putin Is Getting Even Harder

MOSCOW—Challenging Vladimir Putin has always been difficult. Now his opponents say it is almost impossible, as the Kremlin launches a full-court press against anyone daring...

Israel Begins Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine for At-Risk Children Under 12 as Delta Cases Surge

TEL AVIV—Israel authorized the use of Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine for vulnerable children between five and 11 years old, as cases of the highly contagious...

U.S. Combat Role in Iraq to End This Year, Biden Says

WASHINGTON—President Biden said the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would conclude by the end of 2021, but the U.S. military would continue to work with...

France Passes New Bill to Tighten Control of Mosques

PARIS—The French Parliament passed a bill on Friday that aims to strengthen government oversight of mosques and other religious organizations and counter the influence of...

U.S. Expands Efforts to Relocate Afghans at Risk of Taliban Vengeance

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to house as many as 35,000 Afghan interpreters and family members at two American bases, in Kuwait and in Qatar,...

Uber and Lyft drivers strike, seek passage of PRO Act

Ride-hailing drivers across the country executed a strike Wednesday, calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the PRO Act, a bill that would allow them...

Haiti Inaugurates New Leader Two Weeks After President’s Assassination

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti— Ariel Henry, a prominent neurosurgeon backed by the U.S., became Haiti’s new prime minister Tuesday, as it began official ceremonies to mourn assassinated...

Biden Administration Blames Hackers Tied to China for Microsoft Cyberattack Spree

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration Monday publicly blamed hackers affiliated with China’s main intelligence service for a far-reaching cyberattack on Microsoft Corp. email software this year, part...

Canada Eyes Reopening Border to U.S. Tourists in Mid-August

OTTAWA—Canada could start allowing Americans into the country for recreational or tourist activities starting in mid-August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said late Thursday. The...

Enhanced Child Tax Credits of up to $3,600 per child will begin this week: ‘I’m going to be able to do a lot’

Margarita Rodriguez is an early riser, waking at 3 a.m. to prepare for her 4:30 a.m. shift at a Passaic, N.J. delicatessen. But on Thursday,...