10 challenges Biden faces in righting the economy

Chicago Tribune | The New York Times Staff

All presidents come into office vowing to rapidly put into effect an ambitious agenda. But for Joe Biden, the raging coronavirus pandemic and the economic pain it is causing means many things must get done quickly if he wants to get the economy going. In a speech Thursday on his $1.9 trillion spending proposal, Biden repeatedly stressed the need to act “now.”

In Great Falls, Va., a close-knit community surrounded by nature

Washington Post | By Connie Dufner

WHERE WE LIVE | Along with parks, the area along the Potomac offers plenty of history.

UnitedHealth overcomes pandemic hit and tops fourth-quarter expectations

Chicago Tribune | Tom Murphy

UnitedHealth’s fourth-quarter earnings tumbled as costs from COVID-19 hit the health insurance provider, but results still easily beat expectations.

Suriname Could Be Latest Big Oil Find as Industry Cuts Costs

NY Times | Clifford Krauss

The small South American country has become a hot prospect for oil companies looking to produce fossil fuels while spending less.

Departing CEO paid $5.2 million ‘retention’ bonus by chain where 2,800 residents died

Washington Post | By Will Englund

Nearly 3,000 residents of Genesis Healthcare nursing homes have died from covid-19. The company's CEO got a $5.2 million "retention" payment in October, then announced he was retiring in January.

Biden links prosperity to civic virtues in inauguration speech

Washington Post | By Steven Pearlstein

Unlike his predecessor, who inherited a booming economy and a world at peace but could only see “carnage,” Biden looked out from a ransacked Capitol to a country reeling from pandemic and riven with injustice and saw the possibility for renewal and rebuilding.

Wall Street hits records as Biden takes office amid strong earnings reports, hopes for more aid

Chicago Tribune | Stan Choe, Damian J. Troise, Alex Veiga

U.S. stocks are rallying to records Wednesday on encouraging earnings reports and continued optimism that new leadership in Washington will mean more support for the struggling economy.