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Everyone needs to change their mental model of the scope of the coronavirus rescue package, Hamilton Place Strategies partner Matt McDonald tells Axios.

The state of play: Federal spending as a share of GDP this year is already closer to World War II levels than it is to the financial crisis, and that is only going to increase.

Sources: JPMorgan, CBO. Graphic: Hamilton Place Strategies

Why it matters: This event will result in big societal changes, big policy changes, and big political changes, Matt says.

  • We're going to see reflection, investigation, accountability and reform. 
  • The changes to come will be commensurate with the size of the event. For example, WWII resulted in the establishment of the Defense Department.
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Driving the news: The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system.

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Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.