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Standoff on Virus Relief Package Leaves Damage All Around (2)

Aug. 10, 2020, 2:04 PM

There were plenty of casualties left in the rubble of failed negotiations on another trillion-dollar-plus rescue package for a U.S. economy mired in a historic, pandemic-induced recession.

Worst hit are the families, businesses, and state and local governments that have had a safety net pulled out from under them at a time some data suggest that recent gains in employment may be transitory as the continuing spread of Covid-19 infections forces a retrenchment.

In Washington, the political damage is widespread. But the biggest impact may be on President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 9.
Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

The president on Saturday took some modest steps ...

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