Lydia DePillis

Temp companies got cheap government money — then got paid by clients for the same workers

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Inside one huge company’s successful campaign to escape Trump’s tariff

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This Treasury official is running the government bailout. His family’s investment firm is a major beneficiary

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State competition for medical supplies sends prices soaring — as the federal government offers little help

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The FDA is forcing the CDC to waste time double testing some coronavirus cases

A federal directive that’s supposed to speed up the response to a pandemic is actually slowing down the government’s rollout of coronavirus tests.

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How Trump’s trade war is making lobbyists rich — and devastating small businesses

Mike Elrod voted for Donald Trump in 2016, hoping for a break from tight government oversight that his business had endured for years, which he often found unreasonable.

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Companies are using this Depression-era law to escape Trump’s tariffs — and it’s costing them

A few weeks ago, signs went up in the parking lots and loading docks at Fluid Equipment Development Co., a small manufacturer in Monroe, Michigan, a lakeside town a bit south of Detroit.

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Everything you need to play baseball is made in China — and getting hit by Trump’s tariffs

Since 1983, Kim Karsh has helped baseball teams deal with an inconvenient fact of the modern economy: Almost everything you need to play America’s homegrown sport is now made in China, from cleats to batting helmets.

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Bibles but not textbooks: Trump’s tariff exemptions pick winners and losers

President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade brinksmanship has split the American economy into new castes of winners and losers, with few consistent criteria defining who ends up in which group — as illustrated by the $2 billion in products that won exemptions last week from a new round of China tariffs.

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