NFL Ratings Rose 10% in 2021 Season, Notching Best Results in Six Years

Television and digital ratings for the National Football League’s regular-season games jumped 10% compared with last season and were the league’s best numbers since 2015, according to Nielsen data. The average audience for regular-season games was 17.1 million viewers, compared with 15.6 million in the 2020 regular season. Last season was marred by the Covid-19 … Read more

U.S. Inflation Reaches Fastest Pace Since 1982

U.S. inflation closed out 2021 at its highest level since 1982 as robust consumer demand exacerbated pandemic-related supply shortages. The Labor Department said the consumer-price index—which measures what consumers pay for goods and services—rose 7% in December from the same month a year ago, up from 6.8% in November. That was the fastest pace since … Read more

Federal Judge Rejects Facebook’s Request to Dismiss FTC’s Latest Antitrust Lawsuit

Meta Platforms, previously known as Facebook, had sought to have an amended federal antitrust lawsuit dismissed. Photo: Constanza Hevia H. for The Wall Street Journal Updated Jan. 11, 2022 3:44 pm ET WASHINGTON—A federal judge on Tuesday ruled the Federal Trade Commission can move forward with its revised antitrust case alleging Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook … Read more

Powell Faces Senate Questions Over Fed Plans to Contain Inflation

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to win a second term leading the central bank but must first face a grilling Tuesday at his Senate confirmation hearing after pivoting recently to tighten policy to combat inflation. When annual inflation readings began to rise above 4% last summer, Mr. Powell told lawmakers that it would … Read more

Facebook’s Former Elections Boss Now Questions Social Media’s Impact on Politics

Katie Harbath joined Facebook FB -0.20% more than a decade ago as the first Republican employee in the company’s Washington, D.C., office, pushing skeptical members of Congress on the virtues of the young social network for healthy elections. Now she is pitching a different message. After rising to become Facebook’s public-policy director for global elections, … Read more

U.S. to Spend $10 Billion to Boost Small Businesses

The U.S. is planning to hand out $10 billion to help upstart companies gain access to capital in a bid to rev up business in disadvantaged communities and spur a broader economic recovery from the pandemic. The State Small Business Credit Initiative will direct money to states, territories and tribal governments for programs that provide … Read more

Restaurants Seek Federal Aid as Omicron Surge Threatens Another Hard Winter

Small restaurants are heading back to Congress for help, saying their challenges are worsening as the Omicron variant drives a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. Nearly two years into the pandemic, U.S. restaurants and bars are dealing with higher costs, accumulating debts and customers fearful of the latest virus variants, according to a … Read more

What Happens to Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits in 2021? Here’s What We Know.

Two pandemic unemployment programs used by 14 million people will end Dec. 26 and an extra $300-a-week in benefits won’t start unless President Trump signs into law a $900 billion aid package that extends the payments to workers—or Congress overrides a possible veto. Special pandemic-related programs and extra financial assistance have assisted workers who lost … Read more

Alleged Torture Victims Target U.S. Property Assets of Libyan Commander

Since the two decades he spent in the U.S. after leading a CIA-backed campaign against the regime of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in the 1980s, militia leader Khalifa Haftar amassed millions of dollars in properties and other assets, including a luxury home in Virginia. Now, as Mr. Haftar commands troops in eastern Libya and faces … Read more

World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

After a drawn-out vote count that transfixed not just the U.S. but most of the world, many global leaders on Saturday were quick to respond to former Vice President Joe Biden’s election victory, with most sending congratulations and vowing to work with him. In Europe, where many countries hope President-elect Biden will reverse some of … Read more