Republicans prepare to unveil long-awaited $1 trillion coronavirus relief package

With time running out to pass another coronavirus stimulus package, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday that Republicans are now prepared to unveil their long-awaited coronavirus relief plan — and that it would include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks as well as a smaller version of the enhanced unemployment insurance that has been credited with helping to keep the US economy afloat.

Democrats put forward their stimulus plan earlier in the year, with the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passing the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but Republicans have struggled to answer it with legislation of …

Covid-19 conspiracy theories are being fed by institutions meant to inform the public

Conspiracy theories about the origins of coronavirus have swirled around discussion of the pandemic since it began. These theories tend to proliferate during times of crisis, as people search for elusive explanations at a time of tremendous uncertainty. But there’s also something else that’s keeping them alive: Institutions in American life entrusted to inform the public have been amplifying them.

The latest example of this phenomenon was a controversial decision by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns one of the US’ largest local television networks. The company planned to air a new interview with discredited researcher and conspiracy theorist Judy Mikovits …