For the third straight week, unemployment claims soared to unprecedented heights, with nearly 17 million Americans newly out of work. It's posing a serious challenge to a federal bureaucracy many experts say is incapable of moving massive amounts of cash fast enough to douse the financial fire. That's fueling a debate both inside the White House and far beyond over when it's safe enough to restart the economy.
What are other countries doing? While U.S. lawmakers battle over new stimulus measures for small businesses, hard-hit countries like France and Germany are directly paying furloughed workers to limit long-term layoffs.