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Paul Brandus: A terrible 2020 is ending with reasons for optimism

One of the worst years in American history is winding down — and good riddance. More than a quarter-million Americans dead in a pandemic. Large swaths of the economy crushed. Lives shattered, dreams destroyed. Our politics has left us more divided, I think, than at any time since the Civil War. Gun violence has soared this year, while poverty and hunger are increasing. Seventy-one percent of Americans, says a Gallup survey, are “dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time.” There’s no sugar coating the fact that we have big problems.

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The Fed: Fed’s Evans says he’s disappointed by Treasury decision to end emergency loan programs

Charles Evans, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, speaks during a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on June 04, 2019 Scott Olson/Getty Images Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said Friday he was disappointed that the Treasury Department decided not to extend some Fed emergency loan programs to small businesses and municipalities, which have been a buffer during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

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