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The Back to Normal Barometer

  • Consumer confidence has plummeted, falling back to the levels seen at the onset of the pandemic in the United States. What's next? Get more from our partner Jon Last of The Sports and Leisure Research Group, as he talks with CNN about The Back To Normal Barometer....

  • America’s businesses increasingly feel that they are fighting against two hard-to-influence forces: individuals acting irresponsibly and a Trump administration that is reluctant to lay down the type of guidelines that would mandate individual behavior during the pandemic. ...

  • As cases of the coronavirus continue to rise across the country, officials on both sides of the aisle are calling on Americans to wear masks outdoors. Get the latest data on consumer perceptions around masks, from the Back To Normal Barometer and partner Ron Bonjean....

  • As Coronavirus numbers surge across the US, Americans are less optimistic than ever about the future. This top-line data review from late June 2020 tracks consumer perceptions as the pandemic continues to affect American daily life....

  • As states across the country are pausing reopening plans in response to rising COVID-19 rates, and national polls are showing growing dissatisfaction with President Trump, the Back to Normal Barometer shows that consumers' future expectations are at an all-time low.  Get more in this Washington Secrets article by Paul Bedard, now in the Washington Examiner....

  • Businesses are lobbying Congress for protections against coronavirus-related lawsuits, but unions and Democrats fear a liability shield would encourage reckless behavior....

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New York Times January 13, 2015 For now, each chamber will protect its own. Conservatives will have a voice in the House, and Senate Republicans up for re-election will have the protection of Mr. McConnell in the role of "Mr. No." "I think this is a short-term issue,"...

CNN January 11, 2016 While there is a laundry list of other bills the Senate could take up this year -- including a massive international trade deal and sweeping criminal justice reform -- McConnell might be reluctant to negotiate anything major with a lame duck Democratic president...

AP October 21, 2015 Vice President Joe Biden's decision not to run for president clears a wider path for Hillary Rodham Clinton by removing the last major unknown in the Democratic contest to succeed President Barack Obama. Clinton has remained the front-runner for the nomination since launching her...

Bangor Daily News October 21, 2015 His decision also ends a highly public, months-long “will he or won’t he?” political guessing game about Biden’s intentions which had shadowed Clinton’s campaign and frozen the support of Democratic activists and donors. “It solidifies and crystallizes the race. There will be...

Business Insider Australia October 17, 2015 Rodell Mollineau, a veteran Democratic strategist, told Business Insider that the idea Biden would now feel muscled out seemed ridiculous, considering the other obvious obstacles to a run. “If you’re the vice president of the United States, it’s hard for me to...

Reuters October 14, 2015 Rodell Mollineau, a veteran Democratic strategist, told Business Insider that the idea Biden would now feel muscled out seemed ridiculous, considering the other obvious obstacles to a run. “If you’re the vice president of the United States, it’s hard for me to think that...

Rodell Mollineau on PBS's Newshour on Vice President Joe Biden possibly entering the presidential race....

Roll Call September 2, 2015 “Putting the member of Congress and the office in a bad position with voters back home because of bad personal choices is definitely a fire-able offense,” said Ron Bonjean, a former chief of staff to the Senate Republican Conference and communications director...

CBS News August 14, 2015 "If part of what you're trying to do is influence members of Congress to vote against the deal - it's not the members of Congress who are going to see this, you're targeting it to their constituents - so I don't understand...