National budgets

Resplendent in orange suit, tie and shoes and a black hat with gold bow and protected by a homemade "corona bumper" decorated with a model carriage, Johan Vlemmix, center, stands in front of Royal Palace Noordeinde, in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Vlemmix drove three hours to get to The Hague, as he has done every budget day for more than 20 years, to watch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima appear on the palace balcony, rear. The balcony appearance of the king and queen has been cancelled due to COVID-19 related measures. "It's surreal," he said. "You see the red carpet has been rolled out, the king has arrived and there's nobody here. I've never experienced this. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
September 15, 2020 - 8:29 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government plans to invest in protecting jobs during the coronavirus crisis but warned Tuesday in a speech delivered by King Willem-Alexander ahead of the unveiling of the national budget that the country must brace for the harsh economic impact of the...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a man wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus, waits to cross the street as a digital sign displays groups of people walking above another sign displaying the size of the national debt along an empty K Street in Washington. The U.S. budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said Friday, Sept. 11. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 11, 2020 - 10:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said Friday. The ocean of red ink is a product of the government's massive spending to try to cushion the impact of a coronavirus-fueled recession that...
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A beam of light is seen over the Pentagon, as part of the Towers of Light Tribute marking the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
September 10, 2020 - 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is rescinding its order to shut down the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, in the wake of a tweet late last week by President Donald Trump vowing to continue funding the paper. In an email to Stripes’ publisher Max Lederer, Army Col. Paul...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 04, 2020 - 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he won't allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the military's independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, effectively halting Defense leaders' plan to shut the paper down this month. “The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to...
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September 02, 2020 - 2:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is projected to hit a record $3.3 trillion due to COVID-19 costs and the recession, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. That’s more than triple the 2019 shortfall. The deficit projection was attributed to the coronavirus disruption of the...
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September 02, 2020 - 2:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is projected to hit a record $3.3 trillion due to COVID-19 costs and the recession, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. That’s more than triple the 2019 shortfall. The deficit projection was attributed to the coronavirus disruption of the...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 13, 2020 - 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s push to cut Social Security payroll taxes for the rest of the year — and even arguing for a permanent cut — would do little to bolster the coronavirus-battered economy in the short term and could destabilize long-term funding for benefits that millions of...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo an American flag flies on the Capitol Dome in Washington. The U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year, exceeding any on record, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 12, 2020 - 5:24 pm
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year, exceeding any on record, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. The nation's budgetary shortfall is expected to eventually reach levels for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30 more...
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FILE - California Secretary of State Alex Padilla talks during a news conference Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. “It is appalling that Congress has not provided the needed resources for state and local elections officials during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Padilla. “Elections officials’ ability to fill the gap is nearly impossible given the already strained state and local government budgets.”(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 11, 2020 - 12:21 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Congress’ failure so far to pass another round of coronavirus aid leaves state and local officials on their own to deal with the soaring costs of holding a presidential election amid a deadly pandemic. That could leave them scrambling to solve problems that surfaced during the...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, a customer puts gold bars on basket for sell to a gold shop in Bangkok, Thailand. The price of gold surged more than $30 on Monday, July 27, 2020 to over $1,926 per ounce as investors step up buying of the precious metal often sought in times of uncertainty. Gold was trading at $1,926.20 by early afternoon in Asia, up 1.5%, after surging over the weekend. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
July 27, 2020 - 5:16 pm
Wall Street is in the throes of a gold rush, as investors drive the price of the precious metal to new heights. Gold has been the best investment of the year so far. The price of the precious metal has climbed nearly 27% this year, more than triple the return of the largest U.S. bond funds and...
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