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    VIDEO6:3606:36Is this the end of the big city?CNBC Reports As the country went under lockdown, Americans were on the move. Over the last year, 1 in 20 adults moved from where they were living either permanently or temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center. Most cited financial reasons for relocating, followed by a job loss and wanting to be closer to family. Some said they needed more space or were able to work remotely during the pandemic. For the most part, Covid has encouraged potential buyers to move from city apartments to suburban homes, driving up home prices nearly across the board. More from Personal Finance:Americans are struggling, but you’d never know it from their credit scores Americans increased their credit card debt because of CovidA financial snapshot of America one year after Covid The pandemic-induced run on housing has fueled...
    Millions of Americans remain under business restrictions, mask mandates, and quarantine requirements as foreign nationals testing positive for the Chinese coronavirus are traveling freely into the United States interior. This week, as President Joe Biden’s administration continues releasing thousands of border crossers into the U.S. interior after restarting the Catch and Release program, a report by NBC News confirmed that at over 100 border crossers released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have tested positive for the coronavirus. Most notably, towns along the U.S.-Mexico border are being forced to test border crossers after they are released by DHS because the agency has no testing requirements. Even after border crossers test positive, they are not required to quarantine and continue traveling into the U.S. interior as many are doing. “On the way, we were wearing a mask all the time, gel, washing our hands. Really, I don’t feel anything,” a...
    MILLIONS of Americans could be sent $400 a week in unemployment benefits under the new relief bill. The Senate could begin discussing the president's $1.9trillion Covid stimulus package as soon as today, meaning the fate of the relief bill could be determined in the coming weeks. 4Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan includes enhanced unemployment benefits of up to $400 a weekCredit: Getty Images - Getty Joe Biden's $1.9trillion Covid relief package, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks, made it through the lower chamber last week by 219-212 with every Republican and two Democrats voting against the measures. As the bill currently stands, eligible Americans will receive an extra $100 in unemployment benefits. Congress wants to move quickly before the current $300 unemployment assistance - which was extended under former President Donald Trump's $900billion relief package - expires on March 14. Biden's $1.9trillion relief bill seeks to extend enhanced unemployment benefits until the end of August, as...
    Images of the protests that originated in 2013 in Mexico City due to the increase in fares on the local metro (photo . / Edgard Garrido). About a million users a day do not pay their ticket to enter the Mexico City metro, the director of that transport company, Florencia Serranía, revealed in December 2019 to the Publimetro portal. Translated into economic terms, the official indicated that they were something like five million Mexican pesos each day (about $ 240,000 at the current exchange rate). In Bogotá, evasion in the payment of the trip in Transmilenio, the public bus transport system, leaves losses of close to 65 million dollars per year. 15% of the income to its stations does not register payment, wrote Ana María Rojas in the text How to use behavioral science to combat fare evasion on public transport, published in February 2021 by the Inter-American Development Bank....
    Staving off another housing crisis is a top priority for the nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Rohit Chopra, President Joe Biden's pick for the job, told the Senate Banking Committee during confirmation hearings Tuesday the agency charged with making sure financial institutions treat customers fairly needs to be ready for housing fallout due to the coronavirus pandemic. "My intuition is we have to be ready for potentially looming problems when it comes to forbearances that might flip to foreclosures," said Chopra. "I don't want to see another foreclosure crisis in this country. And we need to do everything we can to make sure the laws are being followed and homeowners can navigate their options."  The agency on Monday released a report warning that more than 11 million families are at risk of losing their housing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The report says 8.8 million families are behind...
    Up to 2.1 million households are delinquent in mortgage payments of more than 90 days and 8.8 million have rental debts, according to the CFPB MiamiMundo / Diario las Americas The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) warned on Monday that more than 11 million families could lose their homes if the veto on evictions is finally lifted. Up to 2.1 million households are late in their mortgage payments of more than 90 days and 8.8 million have rental debt, according to the CFPB, but they remain in their homes thanks to waiver measures approved at the federal and state levels. on the occasion of the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, President Joe Biden extended the prohibition on evictions for non-payment of rent until the end of March and the prohibition of evictions for non-payment of federally-backed mortgages expires at the end of June. “To put it bluntly: we...
    New York CityDrew Angerer | Getty Images In the latest stimulus package making its way through Congress, there's no extension of the national ban on evictions that is set to expire this month, meaning millions of Americans could be at risk of losing their homes as the Covid-19 pandemic still rages. President Joe Biden had called on Congress to keep the eviction moratorium in effect through September. However, because Democrats have decided to pass the legislation through a process called budget reconciliation, they can't include the eviction ban in the relief bill. More from Personal Finance:The $15 minimum wage is in trouble. Here's what to knowTexas judge finds national eviction ban unconstitutionalSome families could get more than $14,000 in new Covid relief Democrats are pursuing the reconciliation route so that they can push through a massive $1.9 trillion stimulus bill without Republican support. Procedural rules in the Senate typically require...
    Up to 2.1 million households are delinquent in mortgage payments of more than 90 days and 8.8 million have rental debts, according to the CFPB MiamiMundo / Diario las Americas The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) warned on Monday that more than 11 million families could lose their homes if the veto on evictions is finally lifted. Up to 2.1 million households are late in their mortgage payments of more than 90 days and 8.8 million have rental debt, according to the CFPB, but they remain in their homes thanks to waiver measures approved at the federal and state levels. on the occasion of the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, President Joe Biden extended the prohibition on evictions for non-payment of rent until the end of March and the prohibition of evictions for non-payment of federally-backed mortgages expires at the end of June. “To put it bluntly: we...
    The Capitol insurrection was less than two months ago, and in that time, Jacob Chansley—who calls himself the “Q Shaman” and helped lead a violent takeover of the Capitol in a furry Viking hat and face paint—has come around to repudiating Donald Trump, even as Sen. Mitch McConnell has come around to embracing Trump. It’s time to stop saying “I never thought I’d see this,” because everything is possible now ... … including Republicans erecting literal golden idols of their slovenly god-king. xGolden Idol spotted at #CPAC. Don’t ever try to tell me it’s not a cult.#Trump pic.twitter.com/yIgPegEsSt— ProperGander Stephen Simpson (@BamaStephen) February 26, 2021 If God doesn’t flush Orlando down a fucking sinkhole this weekend, then Sodom and Gomorrah deserve a huge apology. Of course, we’re not here to praise Donald Trump, but to bury Taco Bell sporks in our rheumy eyeballs if he somehow becomes a viable political force again.  Back to...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — House Democrats have handed President Biden his first major victory of his presidency. The COVID-19 relief bill worth nearly $2 trillion passed in the House overnight along party lines. But don’t start counting that stimulus money yet. Millions of Americans and businesses are one step closer to another round of financial relief. The package includes: $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals earning less than $75,000 per year Boosts federal unemployment payments to $400 per week An increase to the child tax credit Additional funding for small businesses $130 billion for schools It also includes assistance for rent and food, money for vaccine distribution, and aid for state and local governments. Republicans have slammed the plan as too costly and too wasteful. “Our job today is to move quickly to address the physical, emotional, and financial health of all Americans and we can accomplish all three...
    The QAnon Shaman who became infamous as one of the faces of the US Capitol riots has accused former President Donald Trump of 'grooming' Americans as he attempts to gain his release from prison. Jake Angeli, also known as Jacob Chansley, was one of the most recognizable members of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 that left five dead, as he was shirtless with a painted face and a furry horned hat. He was part of a new motion filed by his attorney Albert Watkins on Thursday. In the motion, Watkins points blame at Trump for the conspiratorial fever that has swept the United States. 'For years during the Trump administration, the President honed and routinely utilized his mass communication means to effectively groom millions of Americans with respect to his policies, protocols, beliefs and overwhelming fixation on all matters conspiratorial,' the motion states, according to Newsweek. The...
    Elizabeth Stauffer, The Western Journal February 24, 2021 0 Comments Although President Joe Biden has not presented a formal proposal for changes in gun laws, remarks delivered on the Feb. 14 anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, as well as comments made during his campaign, have provided us with a pretty good idea of his plans. And Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, thinks Americans should know about them. On Tuesday, Schmidt wrote to Biden to say he was “deeply troubled” that the president would use such a “solemn anniversary” to advocate for new gun laws, especially because, even if the proposed gun laws had been in effect three years ago, they “would have done nothing to stop those heinous murders.” Biden “pointedly failed to mention that the murderer purchased his firearm legally and passed a background check,” Schmidt...
    The Biden administration has announced a plan which would shine a beacon of hope for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would allow an eight-year path to citizenship, expanding worker visas and eliminating family-based immigration restrictions. This would mean an eventual reunion of spouses, parents and children, and other immediate family members. Various regions in the U.S. could apply for additional immigrant visas if there are jobs available and no workers to fill them.  Source: CBS 8 San Diego/YouTube “We’re here today because last November 80 million Americans voted against Donald Trump and against everything he stood for,” New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez said at a virtual news conference. “They voted to restore common sense, compassion, and competence in our government. And part of that mandate is fixing our immigration system, which is a cornerstone of Trump’s hateful horror...
    President Joe Biden previewed a plan Tuesday to send millions of masks to people across the country to encourage mask-wearing during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re probably going to be sending out an awful lot of masks around the country,” Biden said. “Millions of them.” The White House confirmed discussions about the idea of sending out masks to Americans, but this is the first time that President Biden confirmed the idea. Biden spoke about his proposal during a roundtable with black essential workers on Tuesday afternoon. He used the opportunity to promote his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, in order to help first responders and provide relief for those suffering the economic fallout from the virus. Biden promised he was working to push for a $1,400 check to eligible individuals as part of his package as well as additional funds for parents, daycares, and firefighters. “We’re gonna make sure you get...
    The energy companies have chained the partial cuts since this weekend, in order to avoid the overheating of the whole system due to peaks in demand. DMillions of Americans remained without power on Wednesday following an intense cold spell that swept across large portions of the United States and is expected to last until the weekend. The US National Weather Service (NWS) said Wednesday that more than 100 million Americans in the Midwest were affected by warnings of winter storms of varying severity. The mass of cold air from the Arctic is starting, according to the NWS, to clear, but freezing temperatures are expected to maintain and “remain between 11 and 19.5 ° C below seasonal norms” in the central part of the United States, write meteorologists. More than thirty deaths linked to bad winter weather have been recorded across the country according to US media, and authorities...
    Millions of Americans were without electricity on Wednesday, following a severe and sometimes dangerous cold snap that swept across large parts of the United States and into Mexico. The polar weather event, thermometers showed record levels similar to Amarillo in northern Texas, with mercury not exceeding -12 C on Wednesday morning. The temperature drop in this southern state of the United States, little or no prepared to face such a cold, has pushed power suppliers to chain part cuts since this weekend, in order to avoid overheating the entire system due to increased demand. “I ‘ve been spending the second night without electricity in cold weather in southeastern Texas for more than 30 years,” Wes Wolf, a reporter who lives on Jackson Lake near Houston’s largest city, tweeted Tuesday night. “I eat half a falafel wrap for dinner in the light of my computer screen, before I get under...
    Republican Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville questioned Democrats’ spending of millions on impeachment “when Americans are out of work” in a Wednesday video. The Alabama senator said Trump’s first impeachment amounted to more than “$3 million dollars over three months” from American taxpayers, according to the video. “Not only does this trial set a dangerous precedent by impeaching a private citizen, but it is also costing the American taxpayers money when we all know what the result will be in the end,” Tuberville said in the video. The House voted 232-197 on Jan. 13 to impeach Trump a second time, charging him with a single article of “incitement of insurrection.” A mob breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6 after a protest supporting Trump turned into a riot against the Electoral College certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory. The trial is scheduled to continue through the weekend and may conclude at...
    CNN  host Chris Cuomo hosted the lawyer for the so-called QAnon Shaman on the eve of Donald Trump’s Senate trial and the attorney ripped the former president for his “propaganda” efforts in inciting his client to riot at the Capitol. Cuomo kicked off the segment by reading a statement from the “Shaman” — real name, Jacob Chansley — in which the horns-and-pelt-bedecked, self-proclaimed leader of QAnon expressed his “disappointment” with Trump. Chansley, who now faces charges of trespassing and violent entry, has since had a change of heart and now says he wants to testify at the Senate impeachment trial because “he was betrayed” by Trump. After that statement, attorney Albert Watkins stepped in to aggressively attack Trump. “One of the things that you missed out and others have missed out on is the propaganda,” Watkins said of Trump. “Trump’s tweets, his social media exploitation, what he said day in, day out, that we all permitted, included untruths,...
    Millions of Americans are projected to remain jobless for the next three to four years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), though President Joe Biden is looking to fill American jobs with foreign workers. In a report released this month, CBO analysts said the number of jobless Americans — all of whom want full-time jobs — will not return to pre-coronavirus levels until around 2024. “As the economy expands, many people rejoin the civilian labor force who had left it during the pandemic, restoring it to its pre-pandemic size in 2022,” the CBO report states. “The unemployment rate gradually declines throughout the period, and the number of people employed returns to its pre-pandemic level in 2024.” The CBO analysis projects that while the unemployment rate, which hides the number of total Americans out of the workforce, will return to an average of about four percent between 2024 and 2025....
    Before the pandemic, volunteers for Creighton University's VITA program worked closely with clients to file their tax returns for free.Tom Purcell Creighton University's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program has a new look this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of in-person meetings, where people sit face-to-face with students volunteering to help them prepare and file their taxes, they'll conduct the program entirely online — through video and phone calls.   "It's an important service and I'm hoping that we're able to make this work in spite of all the challenges that we're going to face," said Tom Purcell, an accounting professor and chair of the accounting department at Omaha, Nebraska-based Creighton. The VITA program helps Americans that make $57,000 or less, or are disabled or limited English-speakers — many of whom were hard hit by the pandemic — file a tax return for free. More from Invest in...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal Finance‘I was discarded after 40 years of marriage’: Can my ex-husband file a joint tax return without my consent? He tried to take both my stimulus checks 'He told me straight out that he does not intend to give me any of our joint tax return, because he said that I am no longer working.'My ex-husband signed a contract with our son saying he would only pay for his education if he gets Cs or better. That contradicts our divorce agreement 'We included in our settlement an agreement to each pay $10,000 per year for our son's college education. Our son is in college and is 20 years old now.' Millions of Americans who were unemployed last year face another shock: A 2020 tax bill they can’t afford A new bill wants to block federal income taxes on the first $10,200 a...
    President Joe Biden’s coronavirus response team is considering mailing millions of masks to Americans to encourage mask-wearing as the coronavirus pandemic continues. A White House official told NBC News Biden’s coronavirus response team is evaluating the idea but no decision has been made or proposed to the president. Biden and top health officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci remain vexed that Americans are not universally wearing masks. “Right now, we don’t have complete, full compliance throughout the country of the fundamental public health measures that are necessary to prevent the spread,” Fauci said during a virtual press conference Wednesday. Biden repeatedly reminds Americans that it is a “patriotic duty” to wear a mask and scolds Republicans for defying his call for all Americans to “mask up” for at least 100 days. In January, Biden lectured a Texas congressman who told him to “kiss [his] ass” in response to his call...
    Getty Images When the state-mandated shutdowns started last March, Skyler Fort, a painting contractor in northern Michigan, turned to his local credit union, 4Front Credit Union, for a PPP loan.  Many Americans sought out loans in the past year, and Fort said he chose the credit union over a bank "based on the more personal feeling relationship." Though he previously had bank relationships, he moved his accounts to the credit union, and in the end, the $55,000 PPP loan helped his business, Fortified Coatings, retain its five full-time employees and keep 14 additional contract workers as business revved up in the summer.   It's not surprising that many Americans have received loans in the past year given record low interest rates, but research shows that credit unions tend to lend more than commercial banks during times of crisis. That's because their mission is to support Main Street, unions and the...
    Pending the vote in Congress of the gigantic emergency aid plan for the economy of 1.9 trillion dollars, unveiled last week, the Democrat will take two decrees: the first to increase food aid in the country to face the worst crisis of modern times, the second to strengthen the social rights of federal agents. Two days after his inauguration, the new American president thus continues to list his priorities with presidential decisions. In three days, he will have taken nearly thirty. Biden, who wants to go fast, is expected to see key members of his government confirmed by the Senate on Friday: Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, Foreign Affairs Minister Antony Blinken and Economy and Finance Minister Janet Yellen. “Nearly 30 million Americans are suffering from not having enough to eat,” said Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council of the White House at a conference with reporters. “This...
    Wild beat regulation buzzer, then win in OT to stun Kings Protest live updates: State capitols tighten security, DC locks down; heavily armed man arrested with unauthorized inauguration ID Biden’s $1.9-trillion COVID-19 rescue plan is a ‘lifeline’ for millions of Americans KEY WORDS ‘President-elect Biden’s relief and recovery proposal would be a lifeline to workers and their families.’ — Josh Bivens, director of research at the EPI President-elect Joe Biden said he will call for $1,400 stimulus checks and more vaccine funds in a $1.9-trillion coronavirus economic relief package when he takes office this month. Load Error Analysts say that after the proposal, which was released this week, is debated in Congress, the final COVID-19 rescue package is unlikely to be as generous as currently proposed, but analysts say it couldn’t have a come a moment too soon for millions of Americans. The government’s unemployment rate hovered...
    MILLIONS of Americans will have to wait months to claim a $600 stimulus check on their tax refund as the IRS deadline passes on Friday. The IRS was given until January 15 to send Americans the $600 payment – but after today, people will have to file for the payment on their taxes. 5Millions of Americans may have to wait months to get their coronavirus stimulus checksCredit: Getty Images - Getty As the $900billion emergency coronavirus package was passed in late December, the IRS had just around three weeks to send out payments. While millions of Americans received $600 checks within days of the package being signed, others who had different bank accounts on file than on their 2019 tax return may have yet to get a check. This gave people a limited window to correct the bank account info that's on file with the IRS. A glitch that caused...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON (KDKA) – If you’re looking to get a jump start on your 2020 tax returns, the IRS is stepping up with a free program for you to file your taxes. The “Free File Alliance” will provide free tax preparation to millions of Americans who made less than $72,000 last year. Tax season will likely begin at the end of the month, though no date has been set yet. For more information on the Free File Alliance – head to the IRS website.
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – While millions of Americans have received a second federal stimulus check, many of those who could likely use the money the most are still waiting for their first payment. “It’s very frustrating,” said Ralph Arthur of Burleson. “We could really use a little help. It would be a lifeline for us right now.” Despite being eligible for the federal payments, Arthur has still not received a $1,200 stimulus payment from the CARES Act or the latest $600 payment recently approved by lawmakers. Arthur works as waiter at a diner in Burleson but his income is low enough where he’s not required to file a tax return. In order for him to get a stimulus check as a non-filler, the IRS required him this past summer to go onto its website and provide his information. Arthur said he tried but he doesn’t have a computer or reliable...
    The Trump administration says it will release millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it was holding back for use as second doses in order to vaccinate Americans older than 65, as well as Americans with underlying health conditions.   "Every vaccine dose that is sitting in a warehouse instead of going into an arm could mean one more life lost or one more hospital bed occupied," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a press briefing Tuesday of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's COVID-19 vaccine program.  The vaccine rollout has been widely criticized as too slow. Of more than 25 million doses distributed, fewer than 9 million Americans had received the first shot of the vaccine as of Monday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that his administration would release nearly all vaccine doses once he took office...
    The Trump administration is releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it was holding back for use as second doses in order to vaccinate Americans older than 65, as well as Americans with underlying health conditions.   Appearing on a morning news show, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, "The administration in the states has been too narrowly focused."   "We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production," Azar told ABC's "Good Morning America." "So, everything is now available to our states and our health care providers."   He said the new strategy would not interfere with Americans waiting for a first dose.   While the federal government provides the two-shot vaccine to the states, each state distributes them according to its own plan. Most states had prioritized health care workers and nursing home residents....
    The Trump administration is releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it was holding back for use as second doses in order to vaccinate Americans older than 65, as well as Americans with underlying health conditions.   Appearing on a morning news show, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, "The administration in the states has been too narrowly focused."   "We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production," Azar told ABC's "Good Morning America." "So, everything is now available to our states and our health care providers."   He said the new strategy would not interfere with Americans waiting for a first dose.   While the federal government provides the two-shot vaccine to the states, each state distributes them according to its own plan. Most states had prioritized health care workers and nursing home residents....
    There were long lines of people waiting, sometimes for hours, to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. While 21 million doses have been delivered so far through Operation Warp Speed, it's been slow getting into the arms of Americans."We've seen good protection from all the vaccines after one dose at least about 50%. Not as good as two doses but the thought it get the vaccine out to as many people as possible," said Dr. John Brownstein and epidemiologist and ABC News Medical Contributor.A debate is growing over how and when to roll out more vaccines.President-elect Joe Biden says he plans on releasing a majority of the vaccine to the public instead of holding back production for a second dose."The rollout has been a travesty. This will be the greatest operational challenge we will ever face as a nation."While more people would have access to the first dose, it risks delaying getting...
    MILLIONS more $600 stimulus checks are set to start going out in the next few days after an IRS account error halted payments. TurboTax, one of the companies whose customers were dealing with stimulus check delays, confirmed on Friday that the issue that delayed payments had been resolved. 2Millions of Americans dealt with delays in stimulus check paymentsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Many Americans who use companies like TurboTax, H&R Block and others did not receive stimulus checks when they began going out at the beginning of January. Some even noticed that when checking the status of their money with the IRS Get My Payment tool, the website said that their money had been deposited into an account they did not recognize. Earlier this week, companies that provide these online tax services confirmed that the mix-up was due to temporary accounts set up in the past to get tax...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Millions are still asking the same question: Where’s my money? Many have still not received stimulus checks — a story CBS 2’s Lauren victory has been covering all week, receiving an unprecedented outcry from CBS 2 viewers. To simplify things, people can be broken down into three categories: those who used TurboTax, those who used H&R Block, and everyone else. “I’m mad. I’m frustrated. I’m ticked,” said Bridget Steininger, who used TurboTax. “I’ve had my phone next to me, trying to contact somebody at the IRS. I’ve probably spent a good four or five hours just letting my phone play waiting music.” She is a special education teacher, a mother of three, and going through a divorce. “Just claim the credit, well, that doesn’t help me now,” she said. “We need it now. It makes me feel like they don’t care.” CBS 2 has heard from dozens of...
    Vice President Mike Pence has said he will support the bid by a dozen Republican Senators to overturn Joe Biden's election win in Congress next week.   Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, issued a statement Saturday saying the VP 'shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.'  '(Pence) welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on Jan. 6th', the statement continued.  Pence gave the plot his backing just hours after Ted Cruz has said he would be among the 12 GOP Senators trying to block the certification.  Vice President Mike Pence has said he will support the bid by a dozen Republican Senators to overturn Joe Biden's election win in Congress next week Twelve Republicans have now...
    People wait in line at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on Dec. 15, 2020 in New York City.Robert Nickelsberg | Getty Images Finally, there's some good news for the millions of people on two key unemployment programs that expired before President Donald Trump signed the latest Covid relief bill — they likely will not miss out on a week's worth of benefits. The programs, formally known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, technically lapsed Saturday, a day before Trump signed the $900 billion package extending them. It was thought that because of this, millions on the programs would lose one week of benefits. But according to the U.S. Labor Department, the timing of the bill should not lead to such a gap. More from Invest in You:7 money moves to make now to start the new year strongTrump signs off on $600 checks; vote on $2,000 payments...
    He golfed and complained — and millions of Americans lost much-needed benefits. Donald Trump delayed signing the pandemic relief bill for days, claiming he thought the bill was too stingy. Then, on Sunday, he signed it anyway — costing millions of unemployed Americans at least a week of benefits. Last week, Trump's administration agreed to a bipartisan agreement to keep the federal government funded and to provide $908 billion in emergency funds to combat the pandemic and the economic problems it has created. Congress passed the deal by overwhelming supermajorities and expected Trump to quickly sign it into law. His staff reportedly planned for him to sign the bill on Thursday. But experts warned that if Trump didn't approve the relief bill quickly, Americans in need of assistance would lose out. Had Trump signed the bill by Saturday, unemployed Americans...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's refusal to sign a Covid-19 stimulus and government spending package has left small business support, jobless benefits and relief checks for millions of Americans in limbo -- all while raising the prospect of a government shutdown if Trump doesn't sign the legislation before Monday evening.Trump upended weeks of careful negotiations last week when he blindsided lawmakers -- and many of his own aides -- by posting a video in which he railed against the package and demanded Congress raise the amount going to individuals from $600 to $2,000. His opposition came despite his own administration's involvement in proposing the current amount, which was agreed upon by both sides because congressional leaders knew a higher sum would not have enough support in the GOP Senate.Unemployment benefits lapse for jobless Americans as Trump holds out on signing relief billComplicating matters further, lawmakers hammered out the spending bill, known as...
    Federal unemployment benefits expired Saturday night for millions of Americans after President Donald Trump refused to sign the coronavirus relief bill into law. Trump objected to the bill last week after it passed through Congress with bipartisan majorities. The president demanded that it include $2,000 direct cash payments instead of the $600 payments that it provides. The lapse in benefits could force 12 million Americans into a financial crisis, according to an estimate from The Century Foundation. Trump’s refusal to sign the bill has left its status in limbo. While Democrats have supported his call for $2,000 payments, congressional Republican leaders blocked their attempt to pass it Thursday. Additionally, since Trump has not actually vetoed the bill, Congress is unable to vote to override it. Trump reaffirmed his opposition to any bill omitting $2,000 payments just hours before the benefits expired, tweeting “$2,000 + $2,000 plus other family members.” “Remember,...
    More On: congress Trump gets Graham on board with $2K COVID-19 stimulus checks Trump takes meetings on Christmas to urge Congress to pass $2K stimulus checks ‘Squad’ introduces measure to provide $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks GOP senator says $2,000 COVID checks won’t pass Jobless benefits for millions expired as President Trump refused to sign a coronavirus relief bill after the House and Senate – following months of negotiations – passed the massive package that includes $600 direct payments to financially devastated Americans.​ Trump has called for Congress to increase the checks to $2,000, but House Republicans torpedoed that proposal when they voted against the provision on Christmas Eve. ​​ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a vote on Monday to approve the $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks. Also, without a signature from the president, protections against eviction in the bill will expire on Thursday.​ And, complicating the ​situation even more, the relief...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet have now lost their unemployment benefits. They expired at midnight as President Donald Trump refused to sign the COVID-19 relief bill. A new stimulus package has been sitting at Mar-A-Largo for the president to sign but President Trump has refused to do so. So while the unemployment benefits of $300 per week now hang in the balance, those protections for 12 million laid-off workers is up. The president is also asking for $1,300 more in a second stimulus bill for every qualifying American. He wants $2,000 to be given out as opposed to $600. Republicans have shot that idea down, while Democrats have been unable to persuade them. Locally, Democratic Congressman Dwight Evans says President Trump should pass the bill and then double back to get the people more. “It’s our responsibility collectively now to do something about it,”...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden urged outgoing President Donald Trump to sign the Covid relief bill passed earlier this week in a Saturday statement. Biden noted that “millions of families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet” due to Trump’s “abdication of responsibility” which will lead to “devastating consequences.” After weeks of negotiations between a Republican-led Senate and a Democratic-led House of Representatives, a bipartisan measure was agreed to early last week. On Tuesday night, however, President Trump sowed deep chaos in the legislative effort when he released a four-minute video that mocked the bill’s paltry $600 per citizen relief check, asking for $2,000 per citizen and $4,000 per couple. Democratic Congressional leadership immediately rallied for that level of support as that was what they were asking for all along. The Covid Relief bill was wrapped with an omnibus spending bill designed to keep the government...
    President-elect Joe Biden demanded on Saturday that President Donald Trump sign the COVID-19 bill immediately, according to a statement. Biden said millions of Americans’ unemployment benefits will expire Saturday and military members may lose aid when government funding ends soon, according to the statement. Biden said millions may be evicted due to the moratorium expiring “in less than a week.” “It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority. This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences,” Biden said in the statement. Trump announced in a Twitter video Tuesday that he wouldn’t sign the coronavirus bill Congress passed Monday as it was written. Trump said the stimulus had several “wasteful items,” among them funds for environmental projects and foreign...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has called on President Donald Trump to sign the bipartisan Covid-19 relief bill, warning that any further delay has "devastating consequences" for Americans.Trump has not yet signed the joint $900 billion relief package and government spending bill that Congress passed this week, saying that the bill doesn't provide enough money in direct payments and includes "wasteful and unnecessary items," despite it largely meeting his administration's budget proposal.Biden argued Saturday -- the day unemployment benefits for more than 12 million Americans who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic are set to expire -- that the bill is "critical" and "needs to be signed into law now.""It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don't know if they'll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump's refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority," he...
    Millions of Americans stand to lose their federal unemployment benefits Saturday if President Donald Trump does not sign the bipartisan coronavirus relief bill. The bill, which Congress passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities earlier this week, extends federal unemployment benefits, established in March by the CARES Act, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. If the package is not signed by Saturday at midnight, when the benefits expire, as many as 12 million Americans could face a financial crisis, according to an estimate by The Century Foundation. After the bill’s passage, Trump came out against the bill, saying that the $600 direct cash payments it authorized were insufficient and calling for $2,000 payments instead, contradicting congressional Republicans who had advocated for the smaller number. (RELATED: Congress Finally Agreed On A Massive Stimulus Package. Here’s What’s In It) Rep. Dean Phillips holds up images of people in food bank lines, standing with members...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Expanded unemployment benefits are set to run out Saturday for as many as 12 million Americans. Meanwhile the country waits for another COVID-19 relief bill, which is still held up in Washington. The one passed by Congress was flown to Florida for President Donald Trump’s signature, but it is still not clear if he will sign it. President Trump is demanding $2,000 payments to Americans, and so are Democrats. “Six hundred is certainly not enough for individuals who have been struggling these past seven months,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. the House majority leader. Congressional Republicans blocked an amended package to increase the stimulus from the $600 in the current bill to up to $2,000. President Trump has threatened to veto any measure with the lower amount. If he does not sign the current bill, it could spark a federal shutdown at midnight Monday. If that COVID-19 stimulus...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As COVID relief hangs in the balance, millions of Americans out of work will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday.President Donald Trump spent the Christmas holiday on the golf course with the bipartisan stimulus package awaiting his signature.The president took to Twitter saying he had "many calls and meetings," demanding Congress increase the amount of the stimulus checks from $600 to $2000, writing "give our people the money!"But this is a bill his own team helped negotiate. Trump's secretary of treasury Steven Mnuchin days ago promised those stimulus checks would go out next week."People are going to see this money the beginning of next week," Mnuchin said.Leaders from both parties are urging the president to sign the bill to get immediate relief to the American people."I beg the president to know how many people in this country are scared," Rep. Debbie Dignell, D-Michigan, said."I hope the president looks...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As COVID relief hangs in the balance, millions of Americans out of work will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday.President Donald Trump spent the Christmas holiday on the golf course with the bipartisan stimulus package awaiting his signature.The president took to Twitter saying he had "many calls and meetings," demanding Congress increase the amount of the stimulus checks from $600 to $2000, writing "give our people the money!"But this is a bill his own team helped negotiate. Trump's secretary of treasury Steven Mnuchin days ago promised those stimulus checks would go out next week."People are going to see this money the beginning of next week," Mnuchin said.Leaders from both parties are urging the president to sign the bill to get immediate relief to the American people."I beg the president to know how many people in this country are scared," Rep. Debbie Dignell, D-Michigan, said."I hope the president looks...
    Washington (CNN)A day before unemployment benefits for millions of Americans were set to expire, President Donald Trump had a different insult in mind: his former-model wife has yet to appear on the cover of a fashion magazine as first lady. "Fake news!" he complained on Twitter from Palm Beach, concerned for Melania's social station on Christmas as Americans hunkered at home, enduring a holiday diminished by pandemic, darkened by the prospect of an imminent government shutdown and shaken by an eerie explosion in Nashville that authorities said was intentional.That Trump has little penchant for reflecting the struggles and concerns of most Americans is hardly new. But his electoral loss has only seemed to harden the callousness that separates his own experience from the country's, even as he insists the country deserves more. Heres what happens if Trump doesnt sign the $900 billion relief packageThe fashion cover gripe came as the...
    The recently passed coronavirus stimulus package was hijacked by House Democrats to pave a "pathway to socialism," Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Wednesday.  "I think it is fair to say that President Trump fully understands the best economic stimulus is a job, and there is a lot in this bill that gets in the way of economic recovery," Blackburn told "America’s Newsroom." Trump blasted the bill on Tuesday night and called for Congress to remove pork from the stimulus and increase direct payments to $2,000 for Americans. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who also voted against it, called for Trump to veto it, although he opposed Trump's call for higher direct payments. "The bill is an insult to injury for millions of Americans who are still out of work and still need relief," Blackburn said. "And the president is right about this. The priorities are wrong, and the Democrats' priority is power and control. It...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Financial help is coming to millions of Americans struggling during the pandemic as congress passed a nearly trillion dollar coronavirus stimulus bill overnight Tuesday. The stimulus bill is nearly 6,000 pages long. The Associated Press is reporting its the longest piece of federal legislation in history. The $900 billion COVID-19 relief package is part of a larger bill to fund the federal government through September of 2021. “The American people have waited long enough,” Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. Under the legislation, $600 stimulus checks will be sent to people who make less than $75,000 a year. It also includes $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits for the next 10 weeks. “We’ve come together,” Rep. Tom Cole said. “We’ve done something important. I think we’ve set the stage for perhaps something later in the next congress.” Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin says the checks could start going...
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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Moderna‘s coronavirus vaccine is now on the way to health care providers in all 50 states. It comes as cases across the nation, including in the Tri-State Area, continue to rise, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported Sunday. Cheers rang out as the second coronavirus vaccine left the warehouse en route to health care providers across the nation. MORE: FDA Authorizes Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use The Food and Drug Administration authorized Moderna’s vaccine to join Pfizer‘s shot in the fight against the virus, offering a glimmer of hope amid a surge in cases and hospitalizations, and after more than 316,000 people have died in the U.S. Still, millions are defying the guidance of health officials and traveling for the holidays. For many, it’s worth it to make it home for Christmas. “So we’re coming back to Jersey for Christmas, my brother,” traveler Phil Procaccio said. “Family. That’s...
    STIMULUS checks failed to pass the Senate floor once again after being objected by the same senator who objected to the stimulus package earlier that day when it was originally brought to vote. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, once again objected to pleas from Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to send a bipartisan-supported stimulus aid to Americans. 3The same Republican senator blocked stimulus checks for a second time 3Bernie Sanders was part of a bipartisan effort to pass the stimulus checksCredit: AP:Associated Press "We cannot turn our backs on this suffering," Sanders said on the Senate floor Friday. "Not in any state in this country where people are hurting in an unprecedented way." "It means we cannot leave Washington as senators for the holidays to go back to our families unless we address the pain and anxiety of other families throughout this country,"...
    President Donald Trump is cutting California’s federal funding by $200 million over the state’s requirement for healthcare plans to cover abortions, his administration announced Wednesday. The administration argues California is in violation of the Weldon Act, with mandates that insurers not be punished for declining to offer abortion coverage. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar says despite the Trump administration’s efforts to bring the state into compliance, California “refused” to take any corrective action. “Under President Trump, HHS has worked like never before to enforce laws Congress has passed to protect Americans’ religious freedom and conscience rights,” Azar said in a Wednesday statement. “California…violated federal conscience laws and refused to work with us to take corrective action, so we are now taking action to hold them to account.” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra flouted the Trump administration’s January warning that the state was not in compliance, according to...
    There’s yet more data suggesting that millions of Americans gathered for Thanksgiving despite public health pleas to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic — including Californians who were told to shelter in place. More than four million people in the U.S. journeyed away from home for Thanksgiving, according to data shared with CNN by The Center for New Data, including more than 1.6 million who traveled out of state. The Center for New Data is a nonprofit agency that works with reporting partners like ProPublica and the Washington Post, and tech partners like Snowflake SNOW, -3.23% and Okta OKTA, +3.02%, to study public issues such as the pandemic and election integrity. For its Thanksgiving travel research, it used geolocation data to anonymously track the movements of more than 30 million devices across the country, comparing each phone or tablet’s established home base with its location on Thanksgiving to...
    More than 42 million Americans live below the federal poverty line, a figure that is virtually equal to the number of people living in poverty a decade ago even as the economy has boomed, according to new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The figures also show that the median income of Black households has increased only slightly in the same timeframe, while households headed by Native Americans and Alaska Natives remain virtually unchanged. Across the nation, the median household income from 2015 to 2019 stood at $62,843, an increase of 2.3 percentage points from the decade prior. Non-Hispanic whites saw their median income increase to $68,785, up about three percentage points, while households headed by Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans notched larger gains of about 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. But Black households saw their income increase just 1.9 percentage points, to $41,935. The median income...
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters Few signs of progress toward a coronavirus relief deal emerged Thursday as Congress inches closer to letting millions of Americans fall deeper into financial peril. They will have to wait longer for Washington to figure out how to help them. After votes Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told representatives the chamber would adjourn until at least Tuesday pending an agreement on pandemic aid and full-year government funding. Congressional leaders continue to stress the importance of crafting a rescue package in the coming days to prevent about 12 million Americans from losing unemployment benefits and stop families across the country from getting tossed out of their homes. Despite a flurry of activity to try to reach a deal, lawmakers still have not resolved disputes that...
    WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden, separated by 160 kilometers and a much wider political distance, held simultaneous events Tuesday focused on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.   Trump, in the White House South Auditorium, signed an executive order to ensure Americans get “first priority” access to a coronavirus vaccine, although it is unclear how that would be enforced.  “Under this order, the secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to provide priority access to COVID-19 vaccines to Americans,” according to the White House, which did not provide further details.   President Donald Trump speaks during an "Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit" on the White House complex, Dec. 8, 2020.Before signing the document, the president addressed members of the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine distribution team and his coronavirus task force about plans for mass immunization.  “Over the next few months, the numbers...
    Even the certainty of paying taxes every year isn't immune from the economy-rattling impact of the coronavirus. That could be the rude surprise awaiting millions of Americans who are working from home in one city or state rather than from their employer's offices in another state. "Many Americans will soon find out that they have tax liability in a state where they didn't expect," said Jared Walczak, a fellow at the Tax Foundation, estimating that tens of millions of people could be affected. "It has the potential to discourage Americans from working from home in the future." Generally, Americans pay state income tax based on where they work, not where they live. For many who live and work in the same state, that's a non-issue. But for workers whose pre-pandemic commute took them across a state line, the fact that they spent most of 2020 working from home could mean they...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceThe top housing market in the country heading into 2021 is in Northern California but not the Bay Area While San Francisco may not have the nation’s hottest housing market these days, its influence over the country’s top markets remains.Shaun White took a rare loss on an $8 million sale of his Malibu beach house The Olympic gold medalist Shaun White didn't really reach the podium with his latest sale. The legendary snowboarder recently sold his Malibu beach Craftsman for $8 million. The perils of transporting millions of COVID-19 vaccines with dry ice across the U.S. Transporting large quantities of dry ice, which can emit carbon dioxide, could pose a danger on airplanes, experts say.‘It was hell!’ I stayed in an Airbnb on my parents’ street for Thanksgiving. My mom pleaded with me NOT to write a bad review. What do I...
    More On: hunger Storms, coronavirus and drought spread hunger to millions in Central America UN: Food has run out for nearly 100,000 refugees in Ethiopia Warning of famine, UN releases $100M to seven countries UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020 The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation’s heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck. The Crawfords had no savings, mounting bills and a growing dread: What if they ran out of food? The couple had two boys, 5 and 10 and boxes of macaroni and cheese from the dollar store could go only so far. A 37-year-old Navy vet, Crawford saw himself as self-reliant. Asking for food made him uncomfortable. “I felt like I was a failure,”...
    The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation’s heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck. The Crawfords had no savings, mounting bills and a growing dread: What if they ran out of food? The couple had two boys, 5 and 10, and boxes of macaroni and cheese from the dollar store could go only so far. A 37-year-old Navy vet, Crawford saw himself as self-reliant. Asking for food made him uncomfortable. “I felt like I was a failure,” he says. “It’s this whole stigma … this mindset that you’re this guy who can’t provide for his family, that you’re a deadbeat.” Hunger is a harsh reality in the richest country in the world. Even during times of prosperity, schools hand out millions of...
    New York (CNN Business)Richard Smith wishes he could buy his groceries online and get them delivered right to his door in the pandemic. It's not so easy.Smith, 74, is retired and has COPD, a chronic lung disease. He has trouble breathing from his years of smoking cigarettes. In September, he was hospitalized for his condition.Twice a month, Smith, who doesn't have a car, goes with an aide in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Market Basket, a local supermarket chain, to pick up food and essentials. The $194 a month he receives through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, helps him afford his groceries.But Smith is frustrated he can't order for delivery instead of risking exposure to coronavirus when he visits the store. "It's more convenient, and I don't have to depend on anybody," he said.However, Market Basket does not offer customers the option of using their SNAP benefits...
    By SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation’s heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck. The Crawfords had no savings, mounting bills and a growing dread: What if they ran out of food? The couple had two boys, 5 and 10, and boxes of macaroni and cheese from the dollar store could go only so far. A 37-year-old Navy vet, Crawford saw himself as self-reliant. Asking for food made him uncomfortable. “I felt like I was a failure,” he says. “It’s this whole stigma... this mindset that you’re this guy who can’t provide for his family, that you’re a deadbeat." Hunger is a harsh reality in the richest country in the world. Even during times of prosperity,...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's incoming economic team will shoulder the desperate hopes of millions of Americans who have lost jobs, face eviction from their homes or who are going hungry in a monstrous Covid-19-induced slump.But reviving growth and unemployment after the pandemic may not even be the toughest challenge facing the group, headlined by ex-Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, whom the President-elect will formally nominate Tuesday as treasury secretary.Biden has made clear in his comments on the campaign trail, since he was elected, and in the make-up of his team, that he intends to take a swing at fundamentally reordering the economy in favor of working men and women -- a goal that shows huge ambition but comes with dubious chances of success."This team is comprised of respected and tested groundbreaking public servants who will help the communities hardest hit by Covid-19 and address the structural inequities in our economy," Biden said,...
    A new study from studyfinds.org shows more than half of Americans between 18 and 35-years-old have strongly considered a career change due to coronavirus lockdowns. A majority of those wanting to change career paths are from states like California, Arizona, Illinois and Texas. Experts say it’s because the current situation has made people want to pursue a career that is more fulfilling. The study shows 53% of Americans are looking for a full-time job that is completely remote. Other findings from the study show that three in five people don’t think office jobs will ever go back to normal, even after the pandemic. Experts say 49% are looking for a career in which they feel valued. Researchers say seeking a new career is a huge decision for many people, and with the record high unemployment numbers, there is more at risk. Experts say one of the most successful career...
    Millions of people in the U.S. are traveling ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, despite a surging COVID-19 death toll and record hospitalizations. Travelers’ dismissal of increasingly dire warnings to stay home and limit their holiday gatherings fueled concerns of another wave of coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths during the December holiday season. Sharp rises in cases usually result in a rising death toll weeks later. Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline. Download File 360p | 9 MB 480p | 13 MB 540p | 17 MB 720p | 33 MB 1080p | 66 MB Original | 202 MB Embed Copy Download Audio As more people traveled on Tuesday, the daily U.S. COVID-19 death toll exceeded 2,000 for the first time since May. A record 87,000 hospitalizations were reported on Tuesday as the country recorded 2.3 million new...
    Almost 5 million Americans have already traveled by plane ahead of Thanksgiving — a pandemic-era high, according to the latest data. Airport security screened 4.8 million people from Friday to Tuesday, the TSA said. That’s still 59 percent less than the same period in 2020, when nearly 12 million people passed through American airports. But it’s an uptick compared to earlier in the year, when some days saw as little as 90,000 or fewer trips, according to TSA figures. Amtrak, meanwhile, has seen ridership drop 80 percent compared to last Thanksgiving, spokesman Jason Abrams said. Only 27 percent of Americans plan to have a mixed-household Thanksgiving dinner amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a study by the New York Times reported Wednesday.Travelers walk through the terminal at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport before boarding a plane Wednesday.APFifty million Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, according to a forecast from...
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention pleaded with Americans to stay home and avoid large gatherings during the Thanksgiving holiday in efforts to curb rising cases of the COVID-19 virus. And Alex Rodriguez asked his fans about their plans for the big day as he traveled home to Miami on a luxurious private jet with fiancee Jennifer Lopez. The 45-year-old former baseball player missed the mark, though, as fans had to remind him that 'we're in the middle of a pandemic' and millions of people around the world won't be able to spend time with their loved ones due to the coronavirus. Out of touch? Alex Rodriguez asked his fans about their plans for the big day as he traveled home to Miami on a luxurious private jet with fiancee Jennifer Lopez  Fresh from an appearance in New York at the Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window display unveiling, the...
    The CDC has urged Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday this week as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, but millions are ignoring recommendations.  Roughly 1 million Americans passed through airport security nationwide Sunday, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which cited similar numbers throughout the weekend.  The United States continues to record the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 as well as resulting deaths, having surpassed a quarter of a million fatalities last week. According to a Reuters tally, the seven-day average number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths rose for a 12th straight day, reaching 1,500 as of Monday.  Healthcare workers across the country have reported overflowing hospitals and staffing shortages, urging the public to avoid large gatherings indoors.  "I'm asking Americans, I'm begging you: hold on a little bit longer," Surgeon General Jerome Adams told the ABC News show Good Morning America on Monday. "We want everyone to understand...
    MILLIONS of Americans are still planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday – despite warnings from the CDC and government officials to stay home as coronavirus cases continue to surge. Covid-19 cases in the US on Saturday neared 12million, with more than 250,000 deaths. 12It's estimated that roughly 50million people will still travel for Thanksgiving amid a spike in coronavirus casesCredit: AP:Associated Press 12Travelers are seen at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City on November 7, 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty According to travel agency AAA, although less people are expected to be leaving home for the holiday, it was estimated that up to 50.6million people will still travel for Thanksgiving. That number will likely be lower amid a crackdown on coronavirus restrictions and urges from the CDC to avoid travel, AAA said – but millions are still expected to be on the go. Pictures and videos in...
    Millions of Americans who are working full-time jobs still rely on federal health care and food assistance programs because of low wages, a bipartisan congressional watchdog says. A report from the Government Accountability Office found that about 70% of adult workers participating in Medicaid, which provides health care to low-income Americans, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are working full time. Most worked for private sector employers in places like restaurants, department stores and grocery stores, according to the report.  The report was requested by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who said its findings show an urgent need to raise the federal minimum wage well above the $7.25 rate it has been since the last hike in July 2009. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "At a time when huge corporations like Walmart and McDonald's are making billions in profits and giving their...
    (CNN)The Trump administration will officially expire when the clock strikes noon on January 20. But weeks before that, millions of Americans will face a humanitarian catastrophe that rivals any earthquake, hurricane, flood or forest fire -- unless Congress quits dithering and approves a relief bill. There has been news that Democrats and Republicans have decided to resume talks after stalled negotiations. More than ever, many Americans are in desperate need for those talks to lead to meaningful action.Even as the stock market edges toward new highs, we still have 10 million fewer people working than in February, when the virus hit America. In every corner of the country, mandatory shutdowns, limits on capacity and social distancing measures caused by the coronavirus pandemic have forced the closure of businesses and triggered high unemployment and mass hunger.In Massachusetts, authorities estimate that 1 million people are going hungry. Texas saw thousands of cars...
    A first-of-its-kind indictment was unsealed today against Indian-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider, E Sampark, and its Director, Gaurav Gupta, who pushed out tens of millions of scam calls to American consumers on behalf of India-based phone scammers.  Pursuant to a consent permanent injunction, a federal court has also ordered a Florida-based server farm to stop providing E Sampark and Gupta with servers used to help perpetuate the fraud scheme. The consent permanent injunction seeks to prevent E Sampark and Gupta from further victimizing U.S. consumers through the use of the servers located in Florida. “The defendants bombarded American consumers with scam calls, causing emotional and financial devastation, including to vulnerable and elderly individuals,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Those who facilitate fraudulent calls into the United States will be investigated and brought to justice.” “The Treasury...
    BARACK Obama ripped Donald Trump for "refusing to concede" and "convincing millions of Americans that he was CHEATED by Joe Biden." The former president's comments came in a clip from an interview with CBS' Gayle King, set to air in full on Sunday. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7Former President Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump for 'refusing to concede'Credit: CBS 7Donald Trump has insisted he won the election – despite projections showing Joe Biden won by a landslideCredit: AFP or licensors 7Obama shakes Trump's hand at his inauguration on January 20, 2017Credit: AFP - Getty "When Donald Trump won, I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning and I then called Donald Trump to congratulate him," Obama said of the 2016 election. "His margin of victory over Hillary Clinton wasn't greater than Joe Biden's margin over him." Obama then slammed Trump over how he...
    Washington (CNN)Time is running out for millions of Americans who still haven't gotten stimulus checks -- and they're likely the people most in need. The Internal Revenue Service is racing to reach these last recipients before a November 21 deadline, sending out nine million letters in September to people that may have potentially missed out on the $1,200 payments authorized by Congress earlier this year. While most eligible Americans received the money automatically during the spring and summer, very low-income people who don't normally file tax returns have to register online so the Internal Revenue Service knows how to reach them.Roughly 12 million people fell into this category and it's unclear how many of them still haven't received their money. More than eight million people had registered online through October, but the Internal Revenue Service declined to say how many payments have gone out to non-filers or how many more...
    BARACK Obama claims Donald Trump exploited the “millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House" in his explosive new book. Obama ripped into his predecessor in an excerpt of his new book, "A Promised Land," which emerged after Trump was beaten by former Vice President Joe Biden. ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 11Obama claims Donald Trump exploited the “millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White HouseCredit: Reuters 11His comments come after Trump said he would beat Biden in Arizona and Georgia after losing to Joe Biden Credit: AFP or licensors The 44th president claimed his historic election in 2008 led to a wave of bitterness, contributing to Republican obstructionism and irrevocably changing the GOP. In the touted tome set for publication on November 17, Obama wrote: “It was as if my very presence...
    Scott Olson/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama ripped President Donald Trump in his new book A Promised Land, accusing Trump of exploiting race to appeal to “millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House.” The book was obtained  and excerpted in advance by CNN, with reporting and analysis by Dan Merica, Kevin Liptak, Jeff Zeleny, David Wright, and Rebecca Buck. Their report opens with President Obama’s assessment of Trump’s use of race in his rise to political prominence: Barack Obama directly confronts the racist politics of President Donald Trump in the first volume of his post-presidency memoir, bluntly suggesting how he believes his historic election in 2008 opened a wave of bitter and divisive turmoil that fueled Republicans’ obstructionism and ultimately changed the party, according to a copy of the book obtained by CNN. “It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered...
    New York (CNN Business)Eva Gryczon had never been out of work for more than a couple of weeks until this year. Even after she lost her job at a physical therapist staffing firm during the Great Recession, the Las Vegas resident landed an office position at a gaming company within a month or so.But when the coronavirus pandemic forced the city to shut down this spring, she lost both her job as an executive assistant at a slot machine manufacturer and a gig as a guitarist at local performances. Though she scans the job postings daily and has applied for dozens of roles, she has not been hired. The closest she got was the final stage for a position at another slot machine company last month, but she wasn't selected. Gryczon is also trying to leverage a real estate license she got nearly two decades ago into a full-time career....
    A group of college students drove more than 1,500 miles to help their friend cast her ballot Olive Garden Is Opening Its First Location in This State Millions of Americans line up on historic day to cast their vote for Trump or Biden On a day that was at turns both inspiring and unnerving, millions of people queued up to vote in a US presidential election that threatens to test the long-held ideals of democracy like none before it. © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Related: US election 2020 live: California 'undeniably' on track for record number of votes From New York to Phoenix, from Detroit to Los Angeles, even as the coronavirus surged, citizens waited patiently to determine whether Republican Donald Trump will serve a second term in the White House or make way for his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. A record of...
    Mother Jones illustration; Ken Cedeno/CNP/ZUMA, Brian Cahn/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.It always sounded hokey, but it was an accurate description of the 2020 election: a fight for the nation’s soul. Joe Biden adopted this as his catchphrase when he entered the campaign. But whether he were in the race or not, this shorthand would have aptly framed the contest. Since moving into the White House, Donald Trump, the first reality-show president, has debased the country with his bigotry, divisiveness, and demagoguery. And to make literally everything worse, his brazen incompetence, willful ignorance, and pathological narcissism shaped an inept response to a national disaster that has resulted in over 230,000 American deaths and widespread economic calamity affecting millions. The driving question of 2020 had to be: would the voters of the United States accept this? What would...
    House Ways and Means Committee ChairmanRep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., (left) and ranking member Kevin Brady, R-Texas.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images News | Getty Images Bipartisanship is not what most of us would expect in a divisive election year. Yet that is what we saw when Democratic and Republican House members came together and introduced legislation to enhance American workers' retirement security. The newly introduced House bill, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020, includes several proposals from the Insured Retirement Institute and others we support to help workers meet their retirement needs. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Ranking Member Kevin Brady, R-Texas, spearheaded the bipartisan negotiations that produced this bill. Action was needed quickly, so we applaud their leadership for acting on this critical issue. The pandemic has added obstacles to workers' ability to plan and save for retirement, particularly those close to...
    Facebook says it is planning for the possibility of election-related conflicts with tools developed to stop the spread of misinformation, which would limit the reach of popular posts as they go viral. “We’ve spent years building for safer, more secure elections,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said. “We’ve applied lessons from previous elections, hired experts, and built new teams with experience across different areas to prepare for various scenarios.” The tools Facebook plans to use have been tested in countries such as Sri Lanka and Myanmar, which the tech giant labeled as “at-risk.” The company will be able to slow the spread of viral content and lower the threshold for what it considers inflammatory or dangerous posts. The tech giant will also be able to adjust news feeds to change the content users see. Altogether, the company says it could alter what tens of millions of Americans see when they...
    During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) stated that Senate Democrats have tried to focus on the real-world impact that Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s rulings would have and “That’s what Justice Ginsburg called on the Court to do — to consider the real-world impact of its decisions.” Transcript as Follows:  “Aloha, I’m Senator Mazie Hirono, and I have the privilege of serving the people of Hawaii in the United States Senate. These are not normal times. All across the country, millions of our fellow Americans are sitting around their kitchen tables worried about the future. Some of them have lost their jobs and are unable to purchase food for their families; Others are struggling to make rent or pay their mortgage; And too many are mourning a loved one – whose empty seat at the table is a painful reminder of...
    This combination of pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020.Jim Watson and Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images President Donald Trump isn't the only one who's "prepaid" his taxes. Millions of other Americans have, as well. At least that's the case if he meant paying quarterly estimated taxes, according tax experts. Talk of the president's income tax returns — and the $750 he reportedly paid in 2016 and 2017, per The New York Times — made its way onto the stage Thursday night during his final debate against Democratic candidate Joe Biden. "I asked them a week ago," Trump said, referring to his accountants. "I said, 'What did I pay?' They said, 'Sir, you prepaid tens of millions of...
    Carson Noel, right, has been unemployed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Carson Noel Carson Noel is running out of options. When the coronavirus pandemic hit in early March, two full months of work he'd lined up as a freelance journeyman in live events disappeared. "For the past seven months, I've been living off of savings and what I've gotten from PUA," said Noel, 51, referring to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that expanded benefits for those not previously eligible. At first, he was getting about $840 per week with PUA plus the additional $600 established by the CARES Act. But that expired in July, and the additional $300 per week from President Trump's executive action has also run out for Noel, who lives in Phoenix. Now he receives about $240 per week, not enough to cover his insurance, rent and car payment. He's put out hundreds of job applications...
    Loading the player... After reports that talks of a second stimulus payment to Americans for COVID-19 relief have been put on hold by the White House, the nation continues to struggle with rent and mortgage payments. USA Today reported that in the month of September, over six million people paid housing payments late, partially, or not at all, as per a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America. Read More: Trump halts COVID-19 relief talks until after election Last month, 7.1 percent of homeowners either missed or partially paid their mortgages, which accounts for 3.37 million people. 2.82 million renters, which is 8.5 percent of renters in the country, either didn’t pay their rent at all or paid it late. The Department of Labor stated in August that unemployment in America had gone from 7.9 percent to 8.4 percent. There was...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) proclaimed on Tuesday that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, if confirmed, will “vote to strip millions of Americans of their health care.” Verdict: Unlikely. Barrett has refused to offer her personal views on hot button political issues presented by Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and stated, unequivocally, that she is “not hostile to the ACA [Affordable Care Act].” Moreover, the case slated to come before the Supreme Court on November 10th does not directly concern pre-existing protections, but instead the individual mandate. “In a 2015 interview, Judge Amy Coney Barrett said she disagrees with the Supreme Court’s second decision to uphold the ACA. Let’s be clear: if confirmed, she will vote to strip millions of Americans of their health care,” Feinstein said on Tuesday: In a 2015 interview, Judge Amy Coney Barrett said she disagrees with the Supreme Court’s second decision to...
    The white supremacy movement has resumed after a brief pause for drugs. Donald Trump returned to the superspreader circuit on Monday evening. The theme for the evening: Stop looking at all the people that Trump killed through his purposeful mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis and check out all the people he hasn’t killed … yet. Throughout the evening, Trump claimed repeatedly to have “saved” two million people. Presumably, that’s a reference to models that were circulated in February showing how many Americans would die if the White House attempted to reach “herd immunity” by simply allowing the disease to run its course. But it wasn’t Trump who decided not to follow that model. No matter how many times he says it at rallies and debates, Trump never “shut down” the nation, because there never was a national lockdown or stay-at-home order. It was individual state governors who chose to take action—from closing...
    Feeding America, the nation’s largest food-relief organization, is warning of a six billion to eight billion meal shortage over the next 12 months, which could leave millions of Americans hungry amid the pandemic. The dire shortage comes as tens of millions of Americans have turned to local food banks for help amid the pandemic-triggered surge in unemployment and food insecurity.  Feeding America, which has a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, said it faces a deficit of up to ten billion pounds of food between now and June 2021. The organization estimates that the total need for charitable food over the next year will reach 17billion pounds - more than three times last year’s distribution. Adding to the strain, not all food banks are seeing federal assistance and the number of donations and volunteers have dwindled. Feeding America, the nation’s largest food-relief organization, warns of a six...
    Coronavirus relief negotiations had already slowed due before Donald Trump tweeted a demand that they stop. In a Tuesday afternoon tweetstorm, Donald Trump urged the Senate to reject any effort by House Democrats to come to a coronavirus relief agreement this week. "Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19," Trump tweeted. "We made a very generous offer of 1.6 Trillion Dollars and as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith." "I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election," Trump said.
    Getty Images After roughly six months on unemployment and struggling to find a new job amid the coronavirus crisis, Aaron Heaps, a New York-based actor and waiter, finally thought he'd found something. Automattic, a publishing company that owns and operates WordPress.com, reached out to Heaps via a startup job site called AngelList and encouraged him to apply for a customer service position using a special application code. "It was a very long application," said Heaps, 28, adding that all communication was through an online app called Telegram. But the questions were typical for a job interview, so he thought "it seems legit, they're not asking anything too personal, I don't have much to lose," he said. He also kept researching Automattic during the process and learned that the company does communicate online and has many remote employees. So, he kept going forward until he was sent a new hire form...
    WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — For Ashley Johnson, a national housing group’s warning that millions of people faced risk of eviction from their homes by the end of the year – a direct result of the economic slowdown and massive job losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak – became reality.   Johnson, a young mother of three who lives in the Midwestern city of Kansas City, Missouri, was evicted in September.   “Mentally I'm an emotional wreck,” Johnson said quietly as her children watched television in a nearby room. “I recently had to reach out to getting some counseling … ’cause I can kind of feel myself slipping a little.”   In August, the National Low Income Housing Coalition announced that 30-40 million Americans would face eviction in the coming months. The NLIHC is a group that focuses on low-income housing policy and trends and analyzes data to create a forecast...
    Siraj Ahmad | iStock | Getty Images Jasmine Johnson is constantly afraid of being evicted from her house in St. Paul, Minnesota. The single mother of five children, all under the age of 13, hasn't been able to earn enough during the pandemic to stay caught up on her $1,350 rent.  First, the daycare where she worked slashed her hours. Recently, she was re-hired at a family shelter as a client advocate, but has now come down with symptoms of the coronavirus and needs to quarantine.  "I'd have to call shelters to be on the waiting list," Johnson, 31, said. "But you don't know when your name will come up. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards "It's really hard to be homeless with five kids," she added. "It's going to be cold out."  The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for many Americans to generate income and, as a result,...
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