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    Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), wrote on Thursday that the Democrat agenda proves they are against “American families” and blue-collar workers. Scott released a statement in reaction to a New York Times report that claimed, despite blue-collar workers’ support for former President Donald Trump and Republicans, blue-collar workers allegedly do not receive much in return. Scott said that Democrat policies do not aid the average American. The NRSC noted in a press release that: Democrats want open borders and closed schools. The NRSC contended that President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) immigration policies created a new migrant crisis on the southern border. They added that Democrats opened schools for migrant children while refusing to stand up to teachers’ unions that would not open the country’s schools. Biden killed roughly 11,000 jobs by canceling the Keystone XL...
    Asian American families around the country are disproportionately opting to keep their children home to participate in virtual learning as schools begin to reopen. Schools across the country have recently began to open after transitioning to online learning when the pandemic hit the U.S. hard in March of 2020 and continued spiking in different areas of the country in the past year. Many schools are giving families the option to have their children continue virtual learning or take part in in-person classes.  But according to the newspaper, Asian American families are opting not to send their children back to school for in-person lessons.  In New York City, for example, Asian American students make up 18 percent of the classroom, but only 12 percent went back to in-person learning, The Washington Post reported. Less than half of Asian families in Nashville, Tenn., opted to learn in the classroom, compared to two-thirds of their...
    Millions of Americans are facing a housing crisis. More than 11 million families are behind on rent and mortgage payments due to financial hardships stemming from the pandemic, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed. Evictions and foreclosures are looming, the CFPB urged in its report, putting 10% of American families at risk for losing housing. The CFPB analyzed the housing market during the COVID-19 crisis and found nearly 2.1 million families are at least three months behind on mortgage payments while 8.8 million Americans are late on paying rent. What’s more, homeowners are slated to owe nearly $90 billion in missed payments collectively – a historic record since the Great Recession, the last time this staggering number of families were behind on mortgage payments, according to the report.  “We have very little time to prevent millions of families from losing their homes to eviction and foreclosure,” CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio said of the...
    New York : Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Win McNamee / . This week, the Senate will discuss the approval of the third economic stimulus package that includes the $ 1,400 check. It will be from March 3 when senators will focus on the controversial project that faces criticism from some Democrats and several Republicans. “Tomorrow (March 3), the Senate will begin work on the United States Rescue Plan”, said the majority leader, Chuck schumer (New York). “As the country faces a series of historic challenges, we must meet the moment with a historic response.” Schumer made his comments in the full Senate, where he highlighted the need to approve the American Rescue Plan “To boost the economy and keep companies, families and workers in difficulty afloat.” He stressed that the increase in jobs in the country continues, due to the economic crisis due...
    Millions of Americans are facing a housing crisis. More than 11 million families are behind on rent and mortgage payments due to financial hardships stemming from the pandemic, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed. Evictions and foreclosures are looming, the CFPB urged in its report, putting 10% of American families at risk for losing housing. More than 11 million families are behind on rent and mortgage payments, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggets. (iStock) The CFPB analyzed the housing market during the COVID-19 crisis and found nearly 2.1 million families are at least three months behind on mortgage payments while 8.8 million Americans are late on paying rent. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS What’s more, homeowners are slated to owe nearly $90 billion in missed payments collectively – a historic record since the Great Recession, the last...
    [Ed. note: This article contains some spoilers for American Gods and Trickster.] Fiction is filled with heroes whose journey begins when they learn that they’ve inherited power from parents they never knew. From Arthur Curry learning he’s the heir to Atlantis to Harry Potter going to study wizardry at his parents’ alma mater, “child of powerful parents” stories usually put their central characters on the path to great adventures that might be dangerous, but mostly let them improve their lives and the world. Those narratives create a sort of magical eugenics, making power and the right to wield it a gift of certain groups or families. While the idea that your boring life could be shaken up by learning you have a secret lineage is an appealing escapist fantasy, it also pushes agency off the protagonists’ decisions and onto the choices their parents made, possibly even before the protagonists were...
    In the human experience, the family is the first form of government, health care, community and early education an individual will encounter.   This basic social building block is not a recent product of the Western mind nor is it an insignificant concept to be casually discarded. On the contrary it is mankind’s oldest institution, established at the beginning of time and charged with the essential task or raising progeny with the love and discipline needed to responsibly contribute to the betterment of society.   From creation through the millennia this unit of man, woman and child would always be the holistic way that social capital, moral order and ingenuity would be passed to the next generation. It remains the most impactful mechanism by which language, faith and self-concept are imparted to the young and demonstrated by the old.   PATRICE ONWUKA: BLACK HISTORY MONTH – HERE'S HOW CHURCHES, CIVIL SOCIETY UPLIFT THE COMMUNITY This truth is not up for...
    (CNN)Rocio Flores was only a few days into her new job at a daycare center last March when Covid-19 caused businesses and schools to shut down. Soon enough, the center where she worked reopened. But, as she told NPR in September, her kids' school did not. So, like so many working parents during the pandemic, Flores had to decide whether to earn a paycheck to support her family or quit her job so she could be with her 7- and 12-year-old at home. She decided she had to earn money, but every day, she said she went to work scared that something could happen to her kids while she couldn't be there with them. Debra L. NessThis month, America marks the 28th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -- the law that guaranteed many workers the ability to take unpaid time off work to take care...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden has unveiled his American Rescue Plan, a program that will fund families and communities who are struggling with the Covid-19 crisis. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with labor leaders on Wednesday, February 17 at 3:30pm, to discuss the American Rescue Plan. 3President Joe BidenCredit: AP:Associated Press What is Biden's American Rescue Plan? Biden's emergency legislative package will fund vaccinations, provide immediate and direct relief to families suffering from the Covid-19 crisis, and support struggling communities. The president's plan will mount a national vaccination program, contain Covid-19 and safely reopen schools. The program will set up community vaccination sites nationwide, scale up testing and tracing, and providing paid sick leave to contain spread of the virus among other issues. The legislation will also tackle the necessary investments to meet Biden's goal of safely reopening a majority of the K-8 schools during his first 100 days...
    Democrats have used the twin specters of former President Donald Trump and the coronavirus pandemic as "as shields to cover their ongoing destruction to our economy, our borders and our foreign policy," Fox News host Laura Ingraham told viewers Monday.  On the first edition of "The Ingraham Angle" since Trump was acquitted by the Senate for a second time, the host told viewers that the 45th president's populism and "America First" worldview is now the "undeniable core" of the GOP. "We ain’t ever going back to the Bush-Cheney style of Republicanism," Ingraham declared, "No more support for open borders. No more blank checks for endless wars. No more putting China and multinational corporations first. Never again. That version of the GOP is finished." The Republican Party, Ingraham said, has the chance now to truly represent its voters, and advance a "pro-growth, anti-lockdown agenda that puts American families first." VideoThe host...
    WASHINGTON -- The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday is expected to lay out a proposal to send $3,600 per child to millions of American families, as House Democrats work to assemble the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package proposed by President Biden.The 22-page proposal, first obtained by the Washington Post and confirmed by ABC News, would send $3,600 per child under 6 years old to American families, and $3,000 per child between the ages of 6 and 17. The benefit would decrease for Americans making more than $75,000 annually, or couples earning more than $150,000 a year.The program would be administered by the Internal Revenue Service. The payments, which would start going out in July, would follow through on the Biden administration's call to expand the Child Tax Credit.MORE: Why you shouldn't expect another stimulus check for weeks -- if at allEMBED More News Videos The Senate approved a...
    Imagine you have some neighbors in a mansion down the road who pamper one child with a credit card, the best private school and a Tesla. The parents treat most of their other kids decently but not lavishly — and then you discover that the family consigns one child to an unheated, vermin-infested room in the basement, denying her dental care and often leaving her without food. You’d call 911 to report child abuse. You’d say those responsible should be locked up. But that’s us. That household, writ large, is America and our moral stain of child poverty. Some American children attend $70,000-a-year nursery schools, but 12 million kids live in households that lack food. The United States has long had one of the highest rates of child poverty in the advanced world — and then the coronavirus pandemic aggravated the suffering. Now we could have a thrilling breakthrough: President...
    Sen. Mitt Romney announced on Thursday a proposal to provide families with children monthly payments. The Republican from Utah unveiled his Family Security Act, which he said aims to streamline child benefits and help cut the child poverty rate. The act "offers a path to provide greater financial security for American families by streamlining existing family policies to create one universal child benefit," Romney's office said in a news release. It would "create a new national commitment to American families by modernizing antiquated federal policies" into monthly payments of $350 for each child aged 5 and under and $250 for each child aged 6 to 17. Cartoons on the Republican PartyView All 372 ImagesAll children with social security numbers would be eligible and parents can apply for their child four months before the child's due date. Families would be capped at $1,250 each month. "American families are facing...
    A week into his new job, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with family members of hostages or those wrongfully detained abroad and told them that their loved ones "are a top priority in our diplomatic engagements with both allies and adversaries."  Such a meeting in these early days is an acknowledgement that the Biden administration does not want its foreign policy goals to overshadow the plight of detained Americans, and does not plan to repeat the missteps of the Obama administration. However, it is not yet clear what immediate action the new administration will take to secure the release of dozens of Americans held overseas. Hostage policy became a flashpoint for the Obama administration after the brutal 2014 on-camera beheadings by ISIS of Americans, including journalist James Foley. A failed U.S. rescue attempt and the executions of Foley and three other Americans were then used by the terrorists as...
    Washington (CNN)Paul Whelan, a US citizen who has been detained in Russia for more than two years, is sick and has struggled to reach the US Embassy, his brother said Wednesday."Paul has been able to speak to our parents by phone," David Whelan said in a statement. "Paul is sick - he's indicated he has a 102F temperature and that prisoners are sharing around any over-the-counter medications they can spare. Paul also said he was receiving antibiotics, although if he has the cold virus he thinks he has, it's not clear why the prison medical staff would prescribe them.""He continues to struggle to call the US Embassy, as the prison warden will not approve the phone number he has been attempting to call. The goal appears to make consular support for Paul as difficult as possible," he said. Blinken speaks with families of US hostages and wrongful detaineesThe Federal Penitentiary...
    There have been few other times in American history when the need for economic growth through strategic, responsible, pro-business policies has been as great as it is today. As our nation fights to overcome the horrendous health and economic consequences of COVID-19, we must balance our approach. We have to protect American families and individuals that have been hurt by this crisis while also keeping businesses open, incentivizing future growth of businesses large and small, and standing up to our economic adversaries, like Communist China, by reshoring our supply chain back home. The urgency with which we must act to correct course cannot be overstated. The United States government owes $27 trillion in debt, maintains a patchwork of federal regulations and policies that continue to make it more difficult for families and small businesses to chase their dreams, and is full of people who seem hell-bent on maintaining the wasteful and...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to relatives of Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained overseas on Tuesday, as the Biden administration promised to do everything it could to secure their return. The Washington Examiner also learned that White House officials have spoken to the family of Austin Tice, a journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012, as the new administration takes on responsibility for a string of Americans held overseas. The Trump White House made the release of hostages and detainees a top priority. However, former President Donald Trump’s willingness to take personal responsibility for successful returns raised fears that he may be inflating the value of American hostages around the world. A State Department source said Blinken used a conference call with the families of Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained to reassure them that the United States remains committed to seeking their release. Tice, 39, is...
    President Biden's climate-change-related policies are hurtful to the United States and particularly southern Louisiana, House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., told "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday. In his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order to halt the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which was meant to transport Canadian crude oil to the U.S., citing the climate-change crisis as the reason. The move swiftly eliminated the estimated 11,000 U.S. jobs – including 8,000 union jobs – the project would have sustained in 2021. LAID-OFF KEYSTONE XL WORKER SAYS DECISION TO CANCEL PIPELINE ‘IS GOING TO HURT A LOT OF PEOPLE’ SCALISE: "Bill, it’s devastating for the hard-working families in south Louisiana. You go down to a Port Fourchon where they serve a lot of the deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. These are really good jobs, these are careers for people who have been working in...
    The White House is concerned that data released Thursday “suggests a significant slowing” of the economic recovery following 2020’s coronavirus pandemic. “Today’s data suggests a significant slowing of our economic recovery,” Brian Deese, the Director of President Joe Biden’s National Economic Council, wrote in a statement. “In the fourth quarter, we experienced the second largest contraction in a calendar year on record. This is second only to the contraction in 2008.” (RELATED: Economy Shrank More In 2020 Than Any Year Since The End Of WWII Despite Fourth Quarter Growth) Deese additionally cited the new statistics from the Department of Labor which showed 847,000 new unemployment claims being filed over the past week. The same report found that more than 19 million Americans are currently collecting unemployment benefits. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 22: National Economic Council Director Brian Deese speaks as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki listens during a White...
    HOUSE Democrats are looking to introduce a bill that would offer at least $3,000 a month for each child a family - but President Biden would only support the bill for one year. Democratic Representatives Suzan Delbene of Washington and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut want to introduce the American Family Act (AFA), which would be a large increase from the federal aid that families receive under the child tax credit. 4Washington Representative Suzan Delbene is looking to introduce legislation that would give families $3,000 a year per childCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Delbene is joined by Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauroCredit: Getty Images - Getty The AFA would give families $3,000 per child per year and $3,600 per year for children under six-years-old. The credit would be paid monthly, with families receiving $250 per month for children six to 17 and $300 per month with those who have children under...
    Nick Loris, an economist with the Heritage Foundation, spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Samantha Renck about President Joe Biden’s executive orders on energy and the environment, what impact they might have, and more. “The Paris Climate Accord was kind of doomed from the start” Loris, who published the report “Assessing Themes in the Biden Energy and Environment Platform,” said. “It would impose huge costs on American families and consumers and businesses in terms of higher energy prices and really be devoid of any meaningful climate benefit.” (RELATED: Biden Signs Executive Orders That Rejoin Paris Climate Accords, Require Masks On Federal Property And Support ‘Underserved Communities’) Loris also discussed how rejoining the Paris Climate Accord could impact fracking in the United States. “So what’s going to happen next is the administration will set what are known as ‘nationally-determined contributions’ and that’s effectively what the administration is going to do to get...
    President Joe Biden will sign another round of executive orders on Friday, these aimed at providing assistance for those facing food insecurity, protecting American workers and providing economic relief to struggling families.  Biden kicked off his presidency with a series of orders aimed at undoing much of President Donald Trump's legacy and helping those devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday he will sign executive orders aimed at speeding up delivery of stimulus checks to families who haven't received them and increasing food aid for children who normally rely on school meals as a main source of food.  He will also direct his administration to start the work that would allow him to issue an executive order to require federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to their employees. The federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 an hour since 2009. President Joe Biden will sign executive orders aimed...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — It was an emotional day for Lizbeth Ablen after watching the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The DACA recipient came to California at the age of two from Mexico. “I was very young, I don’t remember anything from Mexico, I don’t even remember the journey here,” she said. “I came with my aunts.” Now the Dreamer is a UC Irvine grad and works for an immigrants’ rights nonprofit. She hopes under the Biden administration she’ll be granted a path to citizenship. “The United States is my home – specifically California. California has a high population of Latinos and this is where we call home. I think we created our own culture here, my roots are here,” she said. In a historic move, President Biden signed an executive order to take actions to safeguard the DACA program – a program President Trump tried to suspend. His attempts...
    Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., told "Fox & Friends" on Monday that if Democrats want to do something good for the country, then they should focus on what they are going to do for American families as opposed to impeachment.  The Florida senator also urged members of Congress to focus on the future as opposed to the past and "do good things for Americans." Scott, who was elected chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, made the comments one day after House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said that the article of impeachment against President Trump that was drafted will go to a vote this week, while Trump's former acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said that unlike last year's impeachment, Republicans may be on board this time. Mulvaney resigned from his position as special envoy to Northern Ireland following Wednesday's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said on Sunday that the...
    American Airlines resumed use of Boeing 737 Max planes on Tuesday after temporarily removing the aircraft from the skies. The flight, American Flight 718, departed from Miami International Airport at 10:32 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at LaGuardia Airport in New York City at 1:30 p.m. The aircraft will then complete its round trip voyage by returning to Florida. The company's president, Robert Isom, is scheduled to be on board both flights, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 737 Max was pulled from service after the aircraft was involved in two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The crashes, which occurred in October 2018 and March 2019, resulted in the deaths of 346 passengers. For American, the reinstatement of the Max will bring an important financial windfall. The aircraft accounts for 80% of the company's backlog of 5,121 orders, according to Bloomberg. Returning the plane to regular...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Christmas started in fear for more than 24 families forced out of the Palos Hills apartments by fire. It was heartache and panic for the families. They were awakened Christmas morning by smoke-filled hallways and the sounds of fire alarms. “The entire building, every unit had smoke filled in it,” said Jennifer Huffine. Huffine stepped outside to find firefighters working to get things under control. She also spotted her neighbors freezing, forced outside on the coldest day of the season. “I ran into a couple about my age,” she said. “They had a turtle in their hands with a little wheel. They had a dog in the other. They grabbed what they could. They didn’t have much. They were going to their car. They had tears in their eyes. I just started crying for them because I felt so bad.” According to the Red Cross, 56 people, including...
    The 2021 omnibus bill sends coronavirus aid checks to “mixed-status” families that include illegal migrant spouses and Americans. The expansion was pushed by Democrats and some GOP legislators, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). CBS reported: Under the agreement, U.S. citizens and green card holders will be able to receive $600 in direct aid, even if they filed a joint tax return with an undocumented spouse, as well as additional $600 checks per dependent child, according to congressional aides and the text of the legislation. The new compromise would also retroactively make mixed-status families eligible for the $1,200 per household and $500 per child checks allocated by the CARES Act, which was enacted in late March. “No American should have been blocked from receiving federal assistance during a global pandemic because of who they married,” Rubio said in a statement. “I thank Senator Tillis and my other Senate...
    By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's pick for defense secretary made his first foray into the world of Twitter on Monday, an uncharacteristic move for a retired general who studiously avoided the public spotlight for much of his four decades in the Army. Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin's social media debut reflected a recognition within the Biden transition team that the nomination faces hurdles on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who balk at putting a career military officer in what is typically a civilian post. And it suggests they believe Austin will have to sell himself to lawmakers. His first posting gave a nod to his private nature. “They say you learn something new every day. Well, today I’m learning about Twitter,” Austin, 67, tweeted mid-morning. He followed it up quickly with a video and a shoutout to service members and their families. “If confirmed, it...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Monday morning claimed credit for new, $600 stimulus checks - but many Americans said the funds won’t cut it.  Trump boasted on Twitter after lawmakers finalized a $900billion economic relief package on Sunday that includes $600 stimulus payments to most Americans.  5A second round of stimulus checks could be sent out to Americans shortly after the new year 5President Donald Trump quoted a Fox News host saying, 'The President was responsible for those direct payments to Americans in the Covid-19 Relief Bill.'Credit: AFP or licensors “The President was responsible for those direct payments to Americans in the Covid-19 Relief Bill,” Trump tweeted, quoting Brian Kilmeade, a co-host of Fox News’ Fox & Friends show that morning.  Under the new package, the direct $600 stimulus payment will go out to individual taxpayers earning up to $75,000, and decrease for people earning more than that.  It is half...
    By Holly Yan | CNN Every day, the number of families mourning the death of a loved one to Covid-19 keeps growing at a devastating rate. More than 300,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus since the first known death on February 6. That’s an average of more than 961 deaths a day. But this holiday season has been especially brutal, with more than 50,000 deaths in just the past month, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, an average of 2,403 people in the US have died from Covid-19 every day. That’s an average of one Covid-19 death every 40 seconds. “Any death from Covid is a terrible tragedy,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN on Monday. And the effects go beyond families directly impacted by coronavirus. “I lost my father in April. I wasn’t able to see him for the month-and-a-half...
    Unlawfully appointed Chad Wolf We already knew that unlawfully appointed acting Department of Homeland Sec. Chad Wolf was getting trotted across the country at taxpayer expense to be a perfectly coiffed Trump campaign prop leading into the election, but now we also know how much we paid for that. Independent federal watchdog American Oversight said records show that taxpayers may have shelled out over $90,000 for Unlawful Chad to travel to Portland, Oregon, back in July. Nearly all of that was for airfare, the watchdog said. “On July 16, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf visited Portland, decrying the protesters as a ‘violent mob,’” the watchdog said. “Not only was his visit fiercely criticized by state and local leaders, but new records obtained by American Oversight in response to a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that Wolf’s controversial trip may have cost taxpayers a pretty penny.” American Oversight calls Unlawful Chad’s visit...
    (CNN)To keep the nation running during the coronavirus pandemic, a certain segment of the population has continued to go to work despite the health risks -- both to perform essential functions and to staff businesses that allow the rest of society to retain a sense of normalcy.That segment of the population is at greater risk of being exposed to Covid-19. And, in another example of the racial disparities highlighted by the Covid-19 crisis, it consists disproportionately of people of color.It's among the findings in a new report published Wednesday by the Urban Institute, an economic and social policy research think tank.Black, Hispanic and Native American workers are more likely than their White counterparts to have jobs that require them to work outside their homes and in proximity of others, putting them at greater risk of contracting and transmitting the virus, according to the report. These variables affect whether you live,...
    A Venezuela judge convicted and immediately sentenced six U.S. oil executives who had been charged with corruption and have been detained for more than three years. The judge sentenced each of the six executives to eight years imprisonment on Thursday evening, The Associated Press reported. The executives, who work for Houston-based and Venezuela state-owned oil company Citgo, had been lured to the South American country in November 2017 for a business meeting, but were jailed instead. “During the trial, the truth has proven undeniable,” one of the executives, Tomeu Vadell wrote prior to the verdict in a letter provided to The AP. “It proves that I am innocent.” (RELATED: Venezuela Captured Two Americans Running A Coup, Maduro’s Government Claims) However, Venezuela’s chief prosecutor told The AP before Thursday’s verdict that investigators had discovered “serious evidence” of wrongdoing. “The Citgo case has developed normally during all the stages established by the...
    To improve relations with communities and police, NYPD leaders and Black activists joined together in New York City to hand out turkeys for Thanksgiving to a community in Brooklyn on Monday according to reports. Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, was there after making peace with cops after the death of her son. “I think it’s beautiful to give to the families so they can have Thanksgiving with their loved ones and have a meal together,” Carr said. “It’s time to give back to the community and that’s what today is all about.” Garner died after being put in an apparent chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in 2014. A state grand jury at the time declined to indict Pantaleo, but the department fired Pantaleo in 2019 following a disciplinary hearing. The event took place in Brownsville, which has endured some of the highest crime rates and gun violence in the city. AMERICA TOGETHER: UPLIFTING IMAGES...
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos Sarmiento says back-to-back hurricanes that hit with devastating fury this month have overturned her life. Her home in what was once a pretty neighborhood in nearby La Lima was destroyed by flooding. The 29-year-old woman who never finished middle school had managed to build a life for herself, most recently cleaning COVID-19 wards at a local hospital. Now, having lost everything, she says she sees no future in Honduras at her age and with her level of education. “I think that in Honduras it is very difficult to do again what it took me 10 years to do,” Santos said. So her plan is to leave for the United States. “If there’s a caravan, I’m going,” she said, referring to the large groups of migrants who make the arduous journey together, often on...
    By CLAUDIO ESCALON and MARÍA VERZA, Associated Press SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos Sarmiento says back-to-back hurricanes that hit with devastating fury this month have overturned her life. Her home in what was once a pretty neighborhood in nearby La Lima was destroyed by flooding. The 29-year-old woman who never finished middle school had managed to build a life for herself, most recently cleaning COVID-19 wards at a local hospital. Now, having lost everything, she says she sees no future in Honduras at her age and with her level of education. “I think that in Honduras it is very difficult to do again what it took me 10 years to do,” Santos said. So her plan is to leave for the United States. “If there’s a caravan, I’m going," she said, referring to the large groups of migrants...
    In 2014, three months into her four-year tenure chairing the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen was trying to draw an important link for investors, policy makers and community development leaders. “Although we work through financial markets, our goal is to help Main Street, not Wall Street. By keeping interest rates low, we are trying to make homes more affordable and revive the housing market. We are trying to make it cheaper for businesses to build, expand, and hire,” Yellen said in remarks at a conference in Chicago. Six years later, Yellen, 74, is reportedly President-Elect Joe Biden’s pick for Treasury Secretary, first reported by the Wall Street Journal Monday. If she’s selected and confirmed — becoming the first woman to hold the job — many families will be counting on Yellen to stay focused on the connection between decisions on Capitol Hill and their own financial situation. The coronavirus has...
    Loading the player... The coronavirus pandemic has had a detrimental economic impact on families of color in the United States. 86% of Latino households and 66% of Black households with children are experiencing financial hardships. Problems include the depletion of savings, trouble paying off debt, and affording proper medical care, according to an NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll conducted in September. Read More: Black religious leaders launch anti-coronavirus initiative A separate poll released in the same month also noted the impact of coronavirus on Native American households with 55% facing financial issues as well. One in four Native American households reported issues buying food during the outbreak. In October, CNBC highlighted the core financial obligation worries of Black and Latino households as conducted in a survey from the American Staffing Association. 65% of Latino households worried about paying...
    PALMDALE (CBSLA) — Palmdale’s Healing and Honor Field was covered with patriotism and pride on Veterans Day, both on the ground and in the air. Since November 1, 2,020 American flags have been on display. The flags were purchased by people who wanted to recognize a hero – a veteran, current military member, first responder or medical professional. Each flag bears their name and service. Following Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony, many of the flags were taken home by the people they honor or their families. City officials say an estimated 1,000 people safely gathered to honor and to heal. “I live in Kern County and we drove down here to partake in this,” said World War II veteran Bob Slade. “We got a flag for a good friend of ours who passed away a little bit ago, it’s great, really enjoy it.” Henry Hearns, another World War II veteran, said this...
    Deputy Secretary of the Interior Katharine MacGregor joined SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight on Tuesday, where she discussed the Trump administration’s work to allow veterans and Gold Star families into national parks for free. “We already thought our parks pass was one of the best deals on the face of the planet and what we did under Secretary [David] Bernhardt and President Trump’s leadership is basically put out an order saying they will have, all our nation’s veterans and Gold Star families, will have free lifetime passes,” MacGregor said. “It’s all free for Interior managed land,” MacGregor added, noting that veterans will also receive free parking when they visit. She also noted that the fee removal will be valid for veterans in all “National parks, all our wildlife refugees, as well as our public land out in the West.” MacGregor went on to note the Trump administration’s admiration for American veterans and...
    Loading the player... President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris brought their entire families on-stage with them to close out their victory party on Saturday night. .@Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars playing over the fireworks following @KamalaHarris and @JoeBiden’s victory speeches! pic.twitter.com/P36HMAnsoQ— CPing Media (@CPingMedia) November 8, 2020 After delivering speeches outside of the Chase Center in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, the two were joined by their families to watch as red white and blue fireworks exploded in the sky. A collection of drones spelling out “USA” and outlining Biden’s logo flashed in the sky, prompting the Democrat to gaze at the sky with his mouth wide in delight. Biden’s wife Jill, seven grandkids, his son Hunter and daughter Ashley all gathered around him as the family enjoyed the display. President-elect Joe Biden hugs his grandchild on stage after Biden’s address to the nation from the Chase Center...
    Halfpoint Images | Moment | Getty Images Families across America are facing repercussions from the coronavirus pandemic. From unemployment to career shifts to a loss or reduction in income, they are dealing with a new dynamic that may affect their relationships and their financial well-being. Millions of Americans have also moved in with family members because of the Covid-19 crisis. In July, 52% of young adults lived with one or both of their parents, up from 47% in February, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of Census data. That surpasses the peak hit during the Great Depression, Pew said. "Families have been happily coming together and looking at it as a way of survival that we haven't seen for generations," said Winnie Sun, co-founder and managing director of Irvine, California-based Sun Group Wealth Partners. More from Invest in You:How to negotiate your medical bills and lower your costsDeepak...
    President Trump made a presidential proclamation this week to honor American citizens who have been killed by illegal aliens. In a proclamation, Trump announced that November 1 will now be known as the “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens,” honoring Americans whose lives were taken by foreign nationals illegally in the United States. Trump’s proclamation reads: On this National Day of Remembrance, we pause to honor the memory of every American life so egregiously taken from us by criminal illegal aliens. As sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and as American citizens, these precious lives are an irreplaceable piece of our national community. We solemnly stand with their families — our Angel Families — who have endured what no American family should ever have to suffer. Today, we recommit to ensuring that those responsible for these tragedies face justice, while taking every action...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO’s Christiane Cordero on Monday had a chance to talk with Democratic Vice President candidate Senator Kamala Harris, who says Minnesota has “much at stake in the outcome of this election.” WEB EXTRA: Click here to explore WCCO’s 2020 Election Guide. Below is a transcript of their conversation: CC: I want to start off by going down memory lane a little bit. The last time Minnesota voted for a republican presidential candidate, you were all of eight years old. Does it feel like this state is up for grabs right now? KH: Absolutely. And I think it’s because Minnesota has so much at stake in the outcome of this election. When you look at it in terms of how Minnesota has been struck by this virus, you know, one in 17 families is describing their household as being hungry. One in 11 families are struggling to pay rent or...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO’s Christiane Cordero on Monday had a chance to talk with Democratic Vice President candidate Senator Kamala Harris, who says Minnesota has “much at stake in the outcome of this election.” WEB EXTRA: Click here to explore WCCO’s 2020 Election Guide. Below is a transcript of their conversation: CC: I want to start off by going down memory lane a little bit. The last time Minnesota voted for a republican presidential candidate, you were you were all of eight years old. Does it feel like this state is up for grabs right now? KH: Absolutely. And I think it’s because Minnesota has so much at stake in the outcome of this election. When you look at it in terms of how Minnesota has been struck by this virus, you know, one in 17 families is describing their household as being hungry. One in 11 families are struggling to pay...
    In the Bible, we read that humankind was created in the image of God, and from that creation story follows the human impulse to create and to labor – whether as a welder or a teacher, whether to write poetry or to cook dinner for our families. We all are trying to be productive for our families and our communities and our country. Work unites all of us.  The fundamental dignity of work is something all people of faiths understand, and it has been woven throughout the teachings of many faiths for centuries.  Writing in the Rerum Novarum in 1891, Leo XIII – known to many as the Labor Pope – exhorted employers “not to look upon their work people as their bondsmen, but to respect in every man his dignity as a person ennobled by Christian character.” More than a century later, Pope Francis told union workers in Italy that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO’s Christiane Cordero on Monday had a chance to talk with Democratic Vice President candidate Senator Kamala Harris. Below is a transcript of their conversation: CC: I want to start off by going down memory lane a little bit. The last time Minnesota voted for a republican presidential candidate, you were you were all of eight years old. Does it feel like this state is up for grabs right now? KH: Absolutely. And I think it’s because Minnesota has so much at stake in the outcome of this election. When you look at it in terms of how Minnesota has been struck by this virus, you know, one in 17 families is describing their household as being hungry. One in 11 families are struggling to pay rent or unable to pay rent, and one in five small businesses have closed. And we have witnessed the greatest administrative...
    DONALD Trump cast his ballot in Florida today after hammering "corrupt" Joe Biden for "betraying millions of American families." On Saturday, the president was filmed at the polling station with just over a week until the US presidential election on November 3. 1Donald Trump laid into Biden on TwitterCredit: EPA Before casting his vote, Trump had laid into his Democratic rival Biden on Twitter, describing him as a "compromised" and "corrupt politician." "China is desperate for Biden to win because if Biden Wins, CHINA WINS – and China will OWN AMERICA," Potus wrote. "This corruption is EXACTLY why I decided to run for President in the first place. "For years, I watched one betrayal after another, as politicians like Joe Biden sold out American Workers at every turn—shattering the lives of millions of American families while THEIR families raked in millions of dollars. "I could not sit by...
    A coronavirus relief package must be approved before the election, because a lame duck Congress is not going to pass one, former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Tuesday while urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take action.  "Millions of American families are struggling right now to make basic ends meet, to keep a roof over their heads," Yang said on CNNs "New Day." "If we dont get a relief package out the door before the election, a lame duck Congress is not going to pass it. Well have to wait until a new administration in February. So youre talking November, December, January, February, four months of increased deprivation and desperation among American families." Senate Republicans are to present legislation Tuesday to replenish money for small businesses affected by coronavirus shutdowns, but talks are continuing between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to discuss a larger stimulus package. Pelosi has...
    THE average American kid has crashed 25 of their parents' work meetings each week since the beginning of the school year, according to new research. With many parents working from home and attempting to help with remote learning simultaneously, a new study pinpointed the frequency of these potentially embarrassing disruptions. 6With many parents working from home and attempting to help with remote learning simultaneously, a new study pinpointed the frequency of these potentially embarrassing disruptionsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6 6 Results showed kids come stumbling into digital boardrooms, client calls and other work videos or calls as many as five times a day. But parents are also far from perfect, as the challenges of families living, working and studying shoulder to shoulder become increasingly apparent. In fact, the average parent has disturbed their child's lesson an average of six times since the beginning of the school year. Conducted by...
    During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) stated that President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have “refused to compromise” on coronavirus relief and that the White House’s latest proposal “is not only insufficient; in many cases it would make matters worse.” Transcript as Follows: “Hello, I’m Congresswoman Barbara Lee. I’m privileged to represent California’s thirteenth Congressional District, which includes Oakland and the East Bay area. I serve on the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives, Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and I serve as the Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. Today, I’d like to talk to you about what House Democrats are fighting for in order to crush the COVID pandemic and provide Americans with much needed economic help. Over 215,000 people have lost their lives to this pandemic, and unemployment rates are reaching record...
    Audience members listen as Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall event on Sept. 17, 2020 in Moosic, Pennsylvania.Drew Angerer | Getty Images An overhaul of tax incentives for American families could be in the cards if Democratic candidate Joe Biden wins the White House. In his tax plan, the former vice president called for an expansion of the tax credits families currently receive to help offset the cost of raising children. Indeed, families can expect to spend an average of $233,610 raising a child from birth through age 17, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More from Smart Tax Planning:These 7 states let you write off work-from-home expensesWhat being your own boss can mean for your taxesThese tax issues arise if you'll work from home permanently That tab includes housing, food and childcare costs — consider that families...
    Wash your hands as soon as you walk in the door (59 percent), clean doorknobs and other high-contact surfaces regularly (49 percent), shower when returning home from a highly-populated area (48 percent) and wipe packages down before opening (43 percent) are among new house rules families have adopted since the beginning of the pandemic. According to a new survey of 2,000 American parents of school-aged children, being more lax about existing house rules since the beginning of quarantine has proved common as well. Seventy-five percent of respondents confirmed having everyone home more often has caused them to relax some of the house rules. SWNS No eating in front of the TV (37 percent), no staying up past bedtime (27 percent), don’t leave wet towels or dirty clothes on the floor (24 percent) and no using your phone at the dinner table (23 percent) topped the list of house rules about...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Sharon Washington-Barnes and Charles Johnson don't know each other, but they know each other's pain. Both had loved ones die in medical centers.Sharon's brother Shawn was 29 years old, an artist, youth counselor and working his way up the Amazon career ladder when he showed up at an emergency room."My brother said multiple times: I can't breathe," she said. "This is a direct quote from him: 'I can't breathe. I feel the blood coming up on inhale and exhale now.'"Sharon says despite pleas for help, Shawn Washington, died.Charles Johnson's wife, Kira, spoke five languages and had a pilot's license.After the cesarean birth of their second son, there were problems. Johnson says he and his wife begged, too."The entire time Kira is suffering, and her condition is deteriorating, she kept saying: 'Baby, stay calm. Stay calm,'" he said. "And what Kira knew, even in her most vulnerable...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Sharon Washington-Barnes and Charles Johnson don't know each other, but they know each other's pain. Both had loved ones die in medical centers.Sharon's brother Shawn was 29 years old, an artist, youth counselor and working his way up the Amazon career ladder when he showed up at an emergency room."My brother said multiple times: I can't breathe," she said. "This is a direct quote from him: 'I can't breathe. I feel the blood coming up on inhale and exhale now.'"Sharon says despite pleas for help, Shawn Washington, died.Charles Johnson's wife, Kira, spoke five languages and had a pilot's license.After the cesarean birth of their second son, there were problems. Johnson says he and his wife begged, too."The entire time Kira is suffering, and her condition is deteriorating, she kept saying: 'Baby, stay calm. Stay calm,'" he said. "And what Kira knew, even in her most vulnerable...
    The U.S. government will change its deportation policy to help keep foreign families together, Democratic candidate Joe Biden promised the Spanish-language Telemundo TV network. “There are still thousands of people who are being separated from their families,” Biden told Telemundo viewers September 15: There are going to be no deportations in the first hundred days of my [presidency]. Freeze deportations for the first hundred days and the only people [who] will be deported are people who committed a felony while here [in the United States]. Biden repeatedly emphasized that his presidency would focus on the needs of foreign families, saying: I can only imagine what it’s like to see someone in your family deported. I can only imagine it. To me, it’s all about family — beginning, middle, and end. It’s about family. It’s not going to happen in my administration, simply not going to happen. We’re gonna abide by the...
    Cryobanks have a diversity problem: Many of their donors are white, which creates a dilemma for people of color seeking egg or sperm donors. Non-white parents-to-be have few options if they want children who look like themselves. The problem comes from both supply and demand: Black women are less likely to seek advice about fertility issues, and cryobanks struggle to reach potential donors. There’s also a longstanding communal wariness toward medical institutions because of some of their racist histories, experts told Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2017, I started buying sperm over the internet. I was 38 years old and in the very early stages of becoming a single mother by choice. The best way to start a family, I figured, was to use an anonymous sperm donor. My fertility specialist provided me a list of FDA-regulated cryobanks and wished me luck. Buying sperm online...
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    The devastating wildfires ravaging the West have burned millions of acres, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Join ABC7 News and the Red Cross to help families in need with a Day of Giving for Western Wildfires.From 4am to 7pm on Thursday, we will be taking calls and donations. The Red Cross has mobilized a massive relief effort to ensure that our neighbors have food, shelter and comfort. ABC stations up and down the West Coast are rallying together to help those families in need by hosting the Day of Giving for Western Wildfires.Watch ABC7 News to find out how you can help. To donate online, visit redcross.org/abc.The American Red Cross name, emblem and copyrighted materials are being used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. The American Red Cross logo...
    The devastating wildfires ravaging the West have burned millions of acres, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Join ABC7 and the Red Cross to help families in need with a Day of Giving for Western Wildfires.From 4am to 7pm, we will be taking calls and donations. The Red Cross has mobilized a massive relief effort to ensure that our neighbors have food, shelter and comfort. ABC stations up and down the West Coast are rallying together to help those families in need by hosting the Day of Giving for Western Wildfires.Watch ABC7 to find out how you can help. To donate online, visit redcross.org/abc.The American Red Cross name, emblem and copyrighted materials are being used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark...
    A group of 19 African American families bought a 97-acre tract of land in rural Georgia which they plan to use to create a city that will serve as a ‘safe space’ for black families. The planned black cooperative town, which will be known as Freedom, is slated to be built on land that sits just east of Macon, Georgia in Wilkinson County. ‘I'm hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for black families in particular,’ real estate agent Ashley Scott told CNN. ‘Being able to create a community that is thriving, that is safe, that has agriculture and commercial businesses that are supporting one another and that dollars circulating in our community, that is our vision.’ The idea of creating a black cooperative on an unincorporated piece of land about 120 miles southeast of Atlanta was the brainchild of Scott and her friend,...
    Ziba Murat, the daughter of a retired doctor detained by the Chinese Communist Party, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about her mom’s situation, her thoughts on Disney’s “Mulan” and more. “She’s the just most caring, gentle and compassionate, uplifting person,” Murat said about her mom, Dr. Gulshan Abbas. “To her, helping others is an obligation rather than a choice. She would just go out of her way to help others” and “to make their day better.” Murat, who is a Uighur American, recalled the last conversation she had with her mom. “Last time I talked to her was September 10, 2018. I sent her a picture of my daughter when she was three months then, ” she said. “I said, ‘you know, she always likes to sleep on her stomach.’ She responded back to me and she said, ‘well, when your baby is sleeping you should get some...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY GABRIELLA BORTER Meredith Kablick sat next to her five-year-old son Peter at home in Cheverly, Maryland, as he logged on to a Zoom video call for his first week of kindergarten at a French immersion school. Like thousands of parents in the United States this week, the registrar assistant was supervising her child’s virtual schooling while working full-time. As with many schools from coast to coast, classes in the Washington, D.C., suburb reopened online to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection. Chaos marked the first days, said Kablick, a mother of two. Her son and 17 classmates, many unaware of how to mute themselves on the video call, fought to concentrate on their teacher speaking a foreign language with the sound of barking dogs and bickering parents in the background....
    By Gabriella Borter (Reuters) - Meredith Kablick sat next to her five-year-old son Peter at home in Cheverly, Maryland, as he logged on to a Zoom video call for his first week of kindergarten at a French immersion school. Like thousands of parents in the United States this week, the registrar assistant was supervising her child's virtual schooling while working full-time. As with many schools from coast to coast, classes in the Washington, D.C., suburb reopened online to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection. Chaos marked the first days, said Kablick, a mother of two. Her son and 17 classmates, many unaware of how to mute themselves on the video call, fought to concentrate on their teacher speaking a foreign language with the sound of barking dogs and bickering parents in the background. "Sometimes it's funny, but sometimes you're just like, how is this going to go on? How can...
    Reuters September 12, 2020 0 Comments Meredith Kablick sat next to her five-year-old son Peter at home in Cheverly, Maryland, as he logged on to a Zoom video call for his first week of kindergarten at a French immersion school. Like thousands of parents in the United States this week, the registrar assistant was supervising her child’s virtual schooling while working full-time. As with many schools from coast to coast, classes in the Washington, D.C., suburb reopened online to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection. Chaos marked the first days, said Kablick, a mother of two. Her son and 17 classmates, many unaware of how to mute themselves on the video call, fought to concentrate on their teacher speaking a foreign language with the sound of barking dogs and bickering parents in the background. “Sometimes it’s funny, but sometimes you’re just like, how is this going to go on?...
    More political advertisements will be on Georgia televisions, whether you have traditional cable or streaming services. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both released new ads this week, with Perdue’s highlighting his support for the military and Loeffler’s touting support from Governor Brian Kemp, who appointed her in January. Both Loeffler and Perdue will appear on the ballot in November, though Perdue faces only two opponents – Libertarian Shane Hazel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Loeffler, on the other hand, has 20 opponents in the jungle primary to fill the unexpired term of former Senator Johnny Isakson. Perdue’s new TV ad highlighting his support for military families focuses on what his campaign calls ‘successful efforts to secure the largest pay raise in a decade for the women and men of the United States Armed Forces.’ “When military families needed a pay...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blasted Senate Democrats on Thursday after they blocked COVID-19 relief funds, saying that their goal was to withhold help for American families until after the election. “Every Senate Democrat just voted against hundreds of billions of dollars of COVID-19 relief,” McConnell wrote on Twitter. “They blocked money for schools, testing, vaccines, unemployment insurance, and the Paycheck Protection Program. Their goal is clear: No help for American families before the election.” Every Senate Democrat just voted against hundreds of billions of dollars of COVID-19 relief. They blocked money for schools, testing, vaccines, unemployment insurance, and the Paycheck Protection Program. Their goal is clear: No help for American families before the election. — Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 10, 2020 McConnell later appeared on Fox News with host Dana Perino where he said that Democrats will not pass things that they themselves are in favor of...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) charged in a statement on Tuesday that Democrat leaders such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) believe that the American people’s “pain” will help their electoral chances in November. McConnell released a statement on Tuesday as the Senate plans to vote on a targeted Republican-sponsored coronavirus plan. The coronavirus aid bill would reportedly cost at or around $500 to $700 billion, which is far less than Pelosi’s $3 trillion HEROES Act. McConnell suggested that Pelosi and Schumer do not want to pass another coronavirus package because they believe it will help their chances in the November elections. He explained: Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer said a targeted deal on jobless benefits and the Paycheck Protection Program would be ‘piecemeal,’ but then Speaker Pelosi came rushing back to pass the most piecemeal bill imaginable: Postal Service legislation that completely ignored the...
    Getty What's the status on a second stimulus check? While there is still no clear indication of when Americans could receive a second stimulus check, many are wondering if the second stimulus check would be taxed by the IRS. While the details of a second stimulus check have not yet been settled, the stimulus checks were not considered taxable income when they were issued in the first round and there have been no discussions about changing that to make them taxable for the second round. Therefore, it’s unlikely that the second stimulus checks will be taxed. When the first round of payments was issued, the IRS clarified that they would not be taxed. The revenue service’s page with frequently asked questions about stimulus checks (referred to as Economic Impact Payments) states: The payment is not income and taxpayers will not owe tax on it. The payment will not reduce...
    Getty Will there be a second COVID-19 stimulus check, but what would it look like, and what is the HEALS Act? Millions of people are waiting for word on whether there will be a second round of COVID-19 stimulus checks. Republicans and Democrats remain at loggerheads over a second stimulus relief proposal, and second stimulus checks are caught up in that conflict. However, both sides have generally agreed for more than a month on the concept of getting a second stimulus check to the American people. Other issues – such as the overall cost of the plan – are keeping things stuck. CNET reported in September that the two sides were still $1 trillion apart. President Trump and his administration have repeatedly said they support a second round of checks. Vice President Mike Pence said on CNBC on September 4, “Nobody wants to give direct payments to American...
    Getty Will there be a second stimulus check? Here's the latest update. Democrats and Republicans have reached an impasse in negotiations surrounding the next economic relief package. As of Friday afternoon, however, a second stimulus check was still on the table, and in the words of CNBC, $1,200 stimulus payments “are still a priority for Washington lawmakers.” Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said, “Nobody wants to give direct payments to American families more than President Donald Trump. We sent those checks to American families. It helped people through this tough time.” The Senate returns from their recess on September 8, while the House of Representatives is slated to return on September 14. Negotiations between Treasury Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resumed on Tuesday, and fortunately, according to AS.com, progress has been made. Here’s what you need to know.‘There...
    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden responded on Thursday night to troubling allegations from The Atlantic, which reported that President Donald Trump had made several shockingly disrespectful comments about American veterans, including dismissing those killed in action in World War I as “losers” and “suckers,” and slamming Sen. John McCain, who was brutally tortured as a POW in Vietnam as “a f*cking loser.” In a press release, Biden stated that “[i]f the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States.” Biden continued, saying that America has “one truly sacred obligation — to prepare and equip those we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families, both while they are deployed and after they return home.” Biden’s statement spoke of volunteer work helping military...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, American Airlines has donated 1 million pounds of food to fight hunger in communities around the world. Through its partnership with Feeding America, and other charitable organizations, the airline contributed its surplus food to help provide meals to families in need throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. “The current situation has left us with a surplus of food, and we are humbled to know that we were able to help put hundreds of thousands of meals on tables worldwide,” said Ron DeFeo, Senior Vice President of Global Engagement for American. “The impacts of the pandemic are far reaching. We are a proud partner of Feeding America and will continue to work to reduce hunger in the communities we live and serve.” American began donating food and beverage product from its inflight service and Admirals Club...
    America’s reality TV president and his worshipful followers in the Republican Party he now commands painted a very unreal picture of America on the second day of the Republican National Convention. Trump was praised again and again Tuesday night for our booming economy, his brilliant response to the coronavirus pandemic, his foreign policy triumphs, his unparalleled accomplishments on behalf of Black Americans, and on and on. Too bad almost none of the boasting was true. History will look back at the Trump presidency — which hopefully will end in January — as the presidency that could have been great, but failed miserably. POMPEO BREAKS DIPLOMATIC TRADITION WITH CONVENTION SPEECH, TOUTS TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY AGENDA Trump could have been the president who stood up for everyday Americans. Faced with the coronavirus pandemic, he could have been the leader who worked with Congress to extend unemployment insurance. He could have worked across...
    First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpScalise touts Trump's compassion in convention address Overnight Defense: Pompeo criticized for GOP convention speech from Jerusalem | State Dept says UAE arms sales under review | California Guardsman becomes sixth military COVID-19 death The Hill's 12:30 Report: Republicans conduct in-person convention roll call MORE delivered a keynote address to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, describing her husband as a champion for families and imploring Americans to cast ballots for his reelection. In a rare public speech from the White House Rose Garden, the first lady offered condolences to those who have lost loved ones due to the novel coronavirus, expressed gratitude to first responders and sought to present a unifying message to the country gripped by the pandemic that has killed close to 180,000 Americans. “I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you are not alone,”...
    Just weeks after the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement went into effect, President Donald Trump fired a shot across Canada’s bow by reimposing 10% tariffs on certain primary aluminum imports. These tariffs mean that the price of goods made from aluminum (tables, chairs, lamps, etc.) will go up for American families. The action is also a signal to American businesses that the administration will still impose new taxes on them — currently in the form of tariffs — despite the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic. To understand why these new tariffs are being imposed, it helps to look back to when the Trump administration first began imposing tariffs on aluminum imports. In 2018, an investigation by the Department of Commerce found that aluminum imports threatened to impair U.S. national security. President Trump then chose to impose tariffs of 10% on aluminum from all countries, even imports from our allies. When tariffs...
    Trump has also tried to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors to remain in the country to attend school and work — though the Supreme Court recently blocked him from doing so temporarily. Estella highlighted the devastating impacts of Trump's policies in an open letter Wednesday night, telling him that his administration's practice of deporting undocumented immigrants with no criminal backgrounds, and separating children at the border from their parents, was hurting people. From Wednesday night's session of the 2020 Democratic convention: Dear Donald Trump,   My name is Estella. I am 11 years old.   My mom is my best friend. She came to America as a teenager over 20 years ago without papers in search of a better life. She married my dad, who served our country as a Marine in South America,...
    Americans fear of not getting enough to eat is rising, according to the Census Bureaus weekly surveys. One-fifth of families with kids say they could not afford enough food to feed them, a 3-point rise from 17% in June, according to the July Census, The Wall Street Journal reported. Also, 12.1% of adults lived in homes without enough food to eat at some point during the previous week of the Census. Since then, the $600 unemployment stimulus payment has expired and Congress has been unable to pass a new coronavirus stimulus bill to extend it. President Donald Trump has extended the payment of $400 per week by executive order, but put some of the cost burden on the states which Democrats vehemently oppose. The executive order has yet to deliver payments. Supply and demand is also driving food prices higher – up 4.1% year over year in July, including a 15% rise in meat....
    Getty Nany Pelosi President Donald Trump faced quick criticism following an executive order and memorandums announced Saturday, aimed at the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The executive order and three memorandums included a payroll tax holiday, a federal unemployment extension, deferring student loan repayment, and renters and homeowners assistance. The payroll tax holiday was particularly criticized, with politicians saying Trump aims only to kill Medicare and Social Security. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the orders “unconstitutional slop” and an “illusion” on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace on Sunday, August 9, 2020, the day after the White House announced the orders. You can watch her comments in full here or below. Here’s what you need to know:Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump’s Coronavirus Actions ‘Unconstitutional Slop’ & an ‘Illusion’ Pelosi goes on Fox News Sunday and calls Trump's executive orders unconstitutional slop. pic.twitter.com/z4hQzTajPm — PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 9, 2020 ...
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