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Republicans in the House blocked a bill put forward by Democrats on Thursday that would have sent $2,000 checks to individuals as part of a coronavirus financial aid package, up from the $600 agreed to in the measure approved by Congress earlier this week that President Donald Trump criticized as too meager. See full story.

Virus. Vaccine. Volatility. This strategist says 2021 will be the year of the ‘V,’ and here’s how to play it.

Start “accumulating dirt-cheap inflation sensitive assets now,” says our call of the day from Vincent Deluard, who sees a lot of v’s coming our way in 2021. See full story.

Trump pardons corrupt lawmakers, but the real scandal is that the capital is still a swamp

There has always been something particularly egregious about pardons for representatives of the people who have abused the public trust. See full story.

U.K. and European Union agree on historic post-Brexit trade deal

Four years and six months on from the referendum that defined an era of British politics, the U.K. and European Union have agreed on a historic new trade deal to define their relationship after Brexit. See full story.

More U.K. lockdowns as second more contagious new strain of COVID-19 detected from South Africa

Another, even more contagious strain of coronavirus has been detected in two cases in the U.K, the British health secretary said in a news briefing on Wednesday. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

‘With a second round of stimulus checks of $600 announced by Congress on Sunday, will the Internal Revenue Service give me a check based on my 2019 return?’ See full story.

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