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    AS CONGRESS tightens eligibility for the third round of Covid stimulus checks, some Americans might want to consider the timing of their next tax return to get the full $1,400. President Joe Biden has approved a lower income cap - $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for married couples - for the next round of stimulus checks. 4Americans should consider strategically timing their tax returns to get the maximum cashCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4The stimulus bill could be passed by the Senate today, meaning a vote on final passage could come over the weekendCredit: The Mega Agency An analysis from the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy estimated that more than 16 million Americans will now not be eligible for the next round of checks. Still, the amended Senate bill would benefit 86 percent of adults and 85 percent of children, according to the analysis. The stimulus bill could be passed by the Senate...
    THE Senate is set to vote on the coronavirus relief package and taxpayers in the meantime can take steps to ensure they get the full $1,400 payments.  Third stimulus checks are included in the massive relief bill that the House approved on Saturday and is now going before the Senate.  3The third stimulus checks could be weeks away from being sent to taxpayersCredit: Getty Images - Getty Under the proposal, the third checks would amount to $1,400 for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of up to $75,000 and the thresholds are $112,500 for heads of households and $150,000 for married couples filing together.  President Joe Biden urged the Senate to act quickly on the legislation, and Democrats want to get it to his desk to sign into law by mid-March. That means that the stimulus checks could be only a few weeks away from being sent to taxpayers. Filing taxes...
    Taylor Swift has said that she has « her fingers crossed » that an important bill in favor of the rights of the LGBTQ + collective is approved in the United States Senate. The singer celebrated on Thursday night (February 25), after the House of Representatives voted 224-206 to pass HR 5 and S. 788, also known as the Equality Act. The proposed legislation will create federal protections for LGBTQ Americans against discrimination on the basis of « sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, » in a wide selection of areas including housing, employment, and access to public accommodations (such as restaurants and toilets). While the bill has passed the first chamber, it must now be approved by the Senate to become law. « YES !!! Fingers crossed and praying that the Senate sees trans and lgbtq rights as basic human rights, » Swift tweeted after the news was confirmed. Swift has been...
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    The new Prime Minister obtained Thursday evening, by a very large majority, the full confidence of Parliament. Lhe new Italian head of government Mario Draghi obtained overwhelming support from deputies on Thursday, as the day before by senators, thus having a broad consensus to “rebuild” his country hit by the health and economic crisis. In the evening, 535 members of the lower house voted to trust the former boss of the European Central Bank (ECB) and his team, with only 56 speaking out against and five abstaining. It was the final step in conferring full legitimacy on his government “without adjective: neither technical nor political”, as the daily La Stampa defines it. On Wednesday in the Senate, Mr. Draghi, who leads a motley coalition ranging from left to far right, had 262 votes in favor, 40 against and two abstentions. “There has never been in my long professional...
    Lawyers representing former President Donald Trump demolished the Charlottesville “very fine people” hoax on Friday in his Senate impeachment trial, playing the full video in which Trump said neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally.” House impeachment managers played a selectively-edited video of Trump’s 2017 remark on Thursday, repeating a false claim that Trump had referred to murderous neo-Nazi rioters as “very fine people.” Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) tried to argue that Trump had encouraged or condoned violence by his supporters. But Trump defense lawyer David Schoen destroyed that claim: There’s that famous quote, like one of the house managers said, “A lie will travel halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its shoes on.” Well, this lie traveled around the world a few times, and made its way into the Biden campaign talking points, and ended up on the Senate floor. The...
    New York : Republican Sen. Susan Collins leads Republicans in talks with the White House for a new stimulus package. Photo: Susan Walsh / . On a 99-1 vote, members of the Federal Senate voted yesterday to limit wealthy or higher-income Americans from receiving the third stimulus check of $ 1,400 proposed by the Administration of Joe biden as part of a new economic rescue package by coronavirus. The amendment is one of those approved as part of the process known as “reconciliation” of the budget that began on Thursday in the upper house and ended at dawn this Friday. The amendment, which is non-binding, meaning it does not have the force of law, was introduced by the West Virginia Conservative Democrat, Joe manchin, in conjunction with the Republican of Maine, Susan collins. However, while the appeal is rather symbolic, it sends a strong message...
    Mitch McConnell has accused Joe Biden of being headed in 'the wrong direction' on his first full day in office. McConnell, who until the Senate switched hands on Wednesday was the Majority Leader, said that he had been unimpressed with the initial actions of Biden, who he has known for decades, and accused him of being beholden to a Left-wing fringe of his party. Biden was in the Senate from 1973 to 2009. McConnell, who like Biden is 78, has been in the Senate since 1985. The Kentucky Republican, now Senate Minority Leader, was unimpressed by Biden's actions on immigration, climate change, civil rights and COVID. Mitch McConnell on Thursday expressed concern at Joe Biden's initial moves as president Biden, who has known McConnell for almost 40 years, spent his day undoing Trump policies Biden signed 17 Executive Orders or actions on Wednesday afternoon, getting to work immediately...
    Joe Trohman, from left, Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy performs at the Bunbury Music Festival on Friday, May 31, 2019, in Cincinnati. Amy Harris/Invision/AP Fall Out Boy will perform at the virtual "We The People" concert series during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20. Pete Wentz has spoken consistently since 2008, when the band endorsed Obama's presidential run, about how if it wasn't for Biden's first Senate term in 1973, Fall Out Boy wouldn't exist. On November 7, 2020, the day Biden's election win was widely called, Wentz shared a baby photo on his Instagram, with the caption, "My parents met working for Joe Biden in the Senate in the 70s."  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Wednesday, alongside the release of a comprehensive 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, the Biden-Harris transition team released the line-up of their "We The People"...
    With Tuesday's Georgia Senate runoff race appearing to deliver a victory for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Democrats on the hard Left are ready for an all-Democratic, if narrow, government control of Congress and the White House to deliver on some of their top priorities. The measures, though, require support not only from all 50 Democratic senators, but also require either ending the Senate filibuster (a measure that centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is opposed to) or additional support from at least 10 Senate Republicans. Still, those on the Left see a rare opening. The last time that there was a Democratic trifecta was more than a decade ago in 2009 and 2010 during the first two years of President Barack Obama's presidency. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her wish list on Wednesday. "Who's ready to PUSH?" she asked, mentioning student loan...
    GEORGIA -- Georgia's secretary of state has announced a full hand recount of the 2020 presidential race. At last count, Joe Biden led President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes.Electoral research conducted by the AP found there have been at least 31 statewide recounts since 2000. Three of those changed the outcome of the election. The initial margins in those races were 137 votes, 215 votes and 261 votes.Among all 31 recounts, the largest shift in results was 0.1%, in the 2006 race for Vermont's Auditor of Accounts. This was a low-turnout election in which the initial results had one candidate winning by 137 votes. The candidate eventually lost by 102 votes, for a swing of 239 votes.The average shift in the margin between the top two candidates was 0.019 percentage points.GA presidential race*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This...
    After a hearing marked by polarization between Republicans and Democrats, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, with a confirmation vote scheduled for Monday. The committee sent the nomination to the Senate floor with a 12-0 vote. The 10 Democratic members boycotted the vote because they did not want to grant the rushed process “any further legitimacy” less than two weeks before the election, noting that Republicans refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee to the high court in 2016 even though the seat he sought to fill became vacant far earlier in an election year. They also said Barrett will try to undo much of what her liberal predecessor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for. "Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing election, Republicans are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to take...
    Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States, poses for a photo with junior United States Senator James Lankford (R-OK) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. October 21, 2020.Leigh Vogel | Reuters Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court over a boycott from the committee's Democrats. The vote paves the way for the full Senate to confirm Barrett to the high court on Monday, ahead of the Nov. 3 election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump has repeatedly pressed for Barrett to be placed on the high court in time to resolve any election-related litigation, a request that Democrats see as a plain call for the court's conservative majority to declare him the winner if the outcome is contested. The swift...
    Former President Barack Obama will host a drive-in in support of Democrat Joe Biden Wednesday, marking his first, full return to the campaign trail. The Biden campaign announced Tuesday that Obama would headline a socially distant event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Keystone State continues to be a key state for the Democratic nominee if he hopes to beat President Donald Trump in the Electoral College count.  Obama has also cut a series of new ads to give a boost to Democratic Senate candidates, including Jaime Harrison, who is giving incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham a run for his money.  President Barack Obama will headline a drive-in event for Demcoratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Wednesday in Philadelphia. In advance of that, he appeared in several new ads promoting Democratic Senate candidates President Barack Obama cut a new ad for South Carolina Senate hopeful Jaime Harrison (left), a...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went viral by repeatedly laughing during a debate with Democratic opponent Amy McGrath as she lambasted McConnell’s failure to pass a second coronavirus relief bill. In the 33-second clip that took off on social media, McGrath notes that “The House passed a bill in May, and the Senate went on vacation,” as McConnell let out a low laugh that could fairly be described as Palpatinian. “I mean you just don’t do that,” McGrath continued. “You negotiate. Senator, it is a national crisis, you knew that the Coronavirus wasn’t going to end at the end of July. We knew this.” As McGrath spoke, McConnell tried to interrupt by addressing moderator Bill Bryant, then laughed again while McGrath was saying “If you want to call yourself a leader, you’ve got to get things done. And those of us that served in the Marines, we don’t just...
    CNN on Monday opted against airing most of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. The network cut away from the hearing after opening statements from Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), interrupting Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to hold a panel about the hearing, which was moderated by host Poppy Harlow. The network spent the balance of the morning covering topics that included the coronavirus pandemic, the state of the economy, and early voting in Georgia, among other topics. It did return to the hearing briefly in the 1:00 p.m. hour to hear an opening statement delivered by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president, and in the 2:00 p.m. hour to hear remarks from Barrett. That programming decision ran contrary to the network’s competitors, Fox News and...
    Amy McGrath, a Democrat who is running against Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell, visited the memorial. "I really believe that Attorney General Cameron should release the full grand jury investigative report because Louivillians, Kentuckians, and the family of Breonna and everyone should be able to see that to make that judgment. Part of what we are as a nation is making sure we have transparency and to me that's a really important piece of this. Let's have a transparent investigation, lets release it to everyone". "In the meantime, let's focus on making sure we elect leaders who will work for change." Daniel Shular/Insider People flocked to a Louisville memorial honoring Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot and killed after officers entered her home on a no-knock warrant. On Wednesday, three officers involved in the incident were not indicted in relation to Taylor's death. The decision sparked protests across...
    Jon Tester is the only senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senate. A third-generation farmer on his family farm outside of Big Sandy, Mont., Tester grew up on the farm and is acutely aware of its rhythms, its demands, even its dangers (he lost the middle three fingers on his left hand in a meat-grinder accident when he was 9.) In his new book, “Grounded: A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America” (Ecco, out now), the three-term Democrat reflects on what that farm has taught him. “I would say hard work, planning, and quite frankly, giving things time to take hold and grow. Farming and the Senate is like making tea — you have to let it steep for a bit,” says Tester. “In agriculture, there is a time to plant and one to harvest, and if you don’t hit those windows, it can cost you...
    Jon Tester is the only senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senate. A third-generation farmer on his family farm outside of Big Sandy, Mont., Tester grew up on the farm and is acutely aware of its rhythms, its demands, even its dangers (he lost the middle three fingers on his left hand in a meat-grinder accident when he was 9.) In his new book, “Grounded: A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America” (Ecco, out now), the three-term Democrat reflects on what that farm has taught him. “I would say hard work, planning, and quite frankly, giving things time to take hold and grow. Farming and the Senate is like making tea — you have to let it steep for a bit,” says Tester. “In agriculture, there is a time to plant and one to harvest, and if you don’t hit those windows, it can cost you...
    Opponents of Vice President Joe Biden have been circulating a 1985 clip of then-Senator Biden using the uncensored n-word at a hearing, absent crucial context. While the manipulation is obvious, the full story and video are worth taking a look at. One clip that has been circulating on social media features Biden saying “We already have a n****r mayor and we don’t need another n*****r bigshot,” in what is a fairly obvious omission of the context that he was quoting someone else. Well where was the dignity and respect of Black Americans or in your words @JoeBiden “Niggers” when you made this statement? Democrats this is YOUR nominee for President of the United States and @RepMaxineWaters endorsed this scoundrel! Explain this please! https://t.co/JY8XPqilOW pic.twitter.com/SX7hsB0e1F — Joe E. Collins III For Congress CA-43 (@joecollins43rd) June 29, 2020 Prominent Trump supporters Diamond and Silk have also repeatedly promoted the claim,...
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