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FILE - In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a sign displaying the size of the national debt is displayed along an empty K Street in Washington.  The Congressional Budget Office has warned that the government this year will run the largest budget deficit, as a share of the economy, since 1945, the year World War II ended. Next year, the federal debt — made up of the year-after-year gush of annual deficits — is forecast to exceed the size of the entire American economy for the first time since 1946.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

AP Explains: US debt will soon exceed size of entire economy

Sep. 5, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's war against the coronavirus is imposing the heaviest strain on the Treasury since America's drive to defeat Nazi Germany and imperial Japan three-quarters of a century ago. The Congressional Budget Office has warned that the government this year will run the largest...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo dark clouds and heavy rain sweep over the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The federal budget deficit is projected to hit a record $3.3 trillion as huge government expenditures to fight the coronavirus and to prop up the economy have added more than $2 trillion to the federal ledger, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday, Sept. 2. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Budget deficit to hit record $3.3T due to virus, recession

Sep. 3, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is projected to hit a record $3.3 trillion as huge government expenditures to fight the coronavirus and to prop up the economy have added more than $2 trillion to the federal ledger, the Congressional Budget Office said. The spike in the deficit means that...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo students walks in front of Fraser Hall on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan. Student loan borrowers with federal debt won’t see a bill until January 2021. That means three extra months of paused payments tacked onto the original six months made possible by the coronavirus relief package. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

What No Student Loan Payments Until 2021 Means for You

Aug. 13, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

You don’t have to make another federal student loan payment in 2020. Now is the time, though, to decide what to do before your bill arrives in January 2021. Federal student loan borrowers were already in an automatic interest-free pause on payments as part of the original coronavirus relief bill, known as...

FILE - In this July 20, 2020 file photo, people exercise during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the city government authorized people to exercise outdoors as part of a roadmap for rolling back on Covid-19 curbing quarantine restrictions. Argentina’s government said Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure billions of dollars in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession even before the pandemic hit. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina reports debt restructuring deal with creditors

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure $65 billion in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession long before the pandemic. The agreement will allow creditor groups “to support...