Why you’re not hearing about Biden’s economic plan

Joe Biden has a slew of proposals for new economic programs, and the tax hikes to pay for them. But the Democratic presidential candidate doesn’t have much to say about his economic plan, even though the nation’s in a deep recession and some fresh ideas might be welcome.

Yahoo Finance has asked the Biden campaign several times for an interview with a Biden economic adviser able to comment on the candidate’s plans. The campaign hasn’t responded. The New York Times wrote on June 11 that “few aspects of Joseph R. Biden’s  presidential campaign are shrouded in as much secrecy as the counsel he receives on the economy.” Biden has reportedly formed an advisory committee with more than 100 economists, who are sworn to silence regarding their participation.

Why so sketchy? Part of it probably involves a strategy to let voters focus on President Trump’s negative marks for handling the coronavirus

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Here’s every pro sports league’s current plan to return from coronavirus lockdown

Three months after the NBA, NHL, and MLS suspended their in-progress seasons due to coronavirus, none of those leagues have yet returned and the MLB season never started. But sports are slowly starting to come back: UFC, Nascar, boxing, and PGA Tour have all started up again.

The rest of the big team sports all have their own specific plans for returning—barring a sudden nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases.

Here’s every U.S. pro league’s current return plan

(This post was last updated on June 15 at 8:05am EST.)

National Women’s Soccer League (target return date: June 27)

Samantha Mewis #5 of the North Carolina Courage celebrates scoring with teammates during a game between Chicago Red Stars and North Carolina Courage at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on October 27, 2019 in Cary, North Carolina. (Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images).

The NWSL season usually starts in mid-April, so

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A Democrat’s plan for changing the relationship with China after Trump

Representative Tom Malinowski represents New Jersey’s 7th District in Congress, but before that he served as an assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration and in the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.

He’s emerged as a leading voice on how Washington might shift its relationship with China in the coming years with a possible Democratic administration.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked former Vice President Joe Biden as someone who would give in to China. Malinowski told Yahoo Finance he aims to flip the perception that Democrats wouldn’t stand up to China.

“I actually would be tougher, and hope that Joe Biden would be tougher,” he said during an appearance Wednesday on Yahoo Finance’s “On the Move.”

Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., during a hearing in 2019. (Tom William/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

On trade, Malinowski says he agrees with Trump. “We needed to take on

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Money ‘is not what’s driving’ return plan

The NHL on Tuesday unveiled a detailed plan to return in mid-July or later for a 24-team NHL Playoffs, after the league halted its season on March 12 due to coronavirus concerns.

The multi-phase plan would allow players to start practicing in small groups at their team facilities in the first week of June (that’s Phase 2); in Phase 3, no sooner than mid-July, formal training camps would begin, depending on local safety guidelines. In Phase 4, all 24 teams in the Playoffs (the top 12 teams in each NHL conference on March 12, when the season paused) would head to two “hub cities,” yet to be named, to play the postseason with no fans present.

Games with no fans means no game day revenue—no ticket sales, concessions, merchandise, or parking fees. The NHL, like Major League Soccer, gets the vast majority of its overall revenue from game days.


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How pollsters plan to get the 2020 election right

Will the 2020 presidential polls be as mistaken as they were in 2016? Pollsters certainly hope not, and they’re changing a few things to assure more credible insights this time around.

Most polls predicted a Hillary Clinton victory in the 2016 presidential election, with a popular-vote margin of 1 to 7 percentage points over Donald Trump. The polls were generally correct about the popular vote, which Clinton won by two points. But they got several swing states wrong, failing to predict surprise Trump victories that put him over the top in the electoral college and helped him win the presidency.

“Most of the national polls were fine,” Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, explains in the latest episode of the Yahoo Finance Electionomics podcast. “A lot of the problem with the state polls was that they were not in the right states. There was a

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