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Xi Jinping to be the new champion of globalization

The Chinese president will be the first in history to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month. He is set to discuss the Chinese plan for "inclusive globalization," despite his government's continued reliance on protectionist policies that protect its export sector. With western governments under the spell of nationalism, Jinping has emerged as one of the few leaders eager promote further global integration—rhetorically at least.

Analyst: Americans could get a big tax rebate this year

Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Economics suggest in a research note that the Trump Administration could copy the George W. Bush model of retroactive tax cuts in the form of direct checks to taxpayers, which could result in rebates as early as this spring. Bush did this three times—in 2001, 2003, and 2008—and would be the most attention-grabbing strategy for delivering tax relief.

Toy makers could be hit hard by tax reform

Toymakers such as Hasbro could see their earnings slashed by as much as 30% if a border-adjusted tax reform being considered in Congress passes, according to the The Wall Street Journal. The reform would penalize companies that import their products, while giving tax relief to those that produce at home.

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Coronavirus squeezes the "sandwich generation"

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As the coronavirus poses risks and concerns for the youngest and oldest Americans, the generations in the middle are buckling under the increasing strain of having to take care of both.

Why it matters: People that make up the so-called sandwich generations are typically in their 30s, 40s and 50s, and in their prime working years. The increasing family and financial pressures on these workers means complications for employers, too.

Why Scranton matters again in 2020

Biden and Clinton visit Biden's childhood home in Scranton in 2016. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The hometown of Joe Biden and "The Office" is polishing its perennial status as a guidepost for the nation's political mood.

Driving the news: Biden returns to Scranton, Pa., today with a campaign stop just outside the city limits at a metalworking plant, where he'll deliver remarks on a plan to create jobs and "help America build back better."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 12,051,561 — Total deaths: 549,735 — Total recoveries — 6,598,230Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 3,055,144 — Total deaths: 132,309 — Total recoveries: 953,420 — Total tested: 37,532,612Map.
  3. 2020: Houston mayor cancels Texas Republican convention.
  4. Public health: Deaths are rising in hotspots — Déjà vu sets in as testing issues rise and PPE dwindles.
  5. Travel: United warns employees it may furlough 45% of U.S. workforce How the pandemic changed mobility habits, by state.
  6. Education: New York City schools will not fully reopen in fallHarvard and MIT sue Trump administration over rule barring foreign students from online classes.