The Capital Letter: Week of October 12

The economics and politics of stimulus, taxes everywhere, the tech wars, the deficit, South Sudan, and more.

The Capital Letter: Week of October 5

The politics of stimulus, trade deficits, big government and big tech and more.

Uber and Lyft boost lobbying power as they threaten to pull out of California

(Mario Tama/Getty Images) A divisive California law that could upend the business models of apps that rely on gig workers

Senate Adjourns Through Labor Day Without Reaching Coronavirus Relief Deal

Mitch McConnell said that if an agreement is reached while the Senate is adjourned, they will come back to vote

The Capital Note: Kodak’s Slide & Adam Smith’s Kidnapping

Higher home ownership rates, unpacking Kodak’s mismanagement of government funds, and the (likely apocryphal) kidnapping of Adam Smith.

Schumer Pushes Tax Cut for High Earners as Part of COVID Relief Bill

Most Republicans oppose repealing the cap, saying that a repeal would primarily benefit high-income people in coastal states.

Political donors whose businesses got PPP loans injected $52 million into 2020 election

(Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Government rescue loans meant for struggling small businesses went to a number of well-connected

House Democrats’ relief package would give Washington lobbying giants access to small business aid

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) House Democrats’ newest coronavirus relief proposal would allow influential Washington lobbying groups — funded by deep-pocketed corporations

Congress invested in real estate, then it gave tax breaks to real estate investors

(FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) The story is part of a series about lawmakers’ personal financial disclosures. OpenSecrets recently