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    Undocumented youth and their allies rally for the Dream Act in 2018. Senators this week unveiled the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would finally put nearly 2 million Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and DACA-eligible young immigrants on a path to legalization and citizenship. During a floor speech Thursday, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who introduced the bill with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, praised the Biden administration for taking steps to fortify DACA, but said it must be only the beginning when it comes to protecting young immigrants. “Only legislation by Congress can provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers,” Durbin said. “To all of the Dreamers out there, let me tell you this: passing the Dream Act is still my highest legislative priority.”  The fight for this legislation has been a long and oftentimes grueling one. While polling has previously found that the overwhelming majority of American voters want DACA recipients to...
    Phillies reportedly offered J.T. Realmuto a five-year deal worth more than $100M Things to do if you want to retire early These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/9 SLIDES © Depositphotos What is a tax deduction, and how does it work? You may not realize there are several tax benefits of buying a home, if homeownership is on your goal list. Two major incentives are the mortgage interest and property tax deductions — both may help you save on the thousands of dollars you pay annually to your lender and local government. A tax deduction is a benefit that helps taxpayers reduce their taxable income. A reduction in taxable income also shrinks your tax bill. When filing your taxes, you have...
    In a year when the whole world felt out of tune, these tracks hit all the wrong notes. 1. Iggy Pop, “Dirty Little Virus” In the ultimate Scrooge move, the punk-rock icon dropped a COVID-19 dirge right before Christmas. “COVID-19 is on the scene/The boys and the girls have stopped their world/Grandpa is dead/Got Trump instead,” he growls, later adding, “She’s only 19, but she can kill you.” Too soon, Iggy. Too soon. 2. BTS, “Dis-ease” Despite the pandemic, the South Korean septet had plenty of reason to celebrate in 2020, notching three No. 1 singles (including Grammy-nominated “Dynamite”), breaking YouTube records and generally running the world. But when Time magazine’s Entertainer of the Year decided to chime in on the coronavirus crisis with the cheesiest of puns , it was a major dis-service.  BTSAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images 3. Blackpink featuring Cardi B, “Bet You Wanna” Representing for the ladies...
    Mayuri Saxena first knew something was off when she began tripping at work and struggling to get out of her seat during her NYC subway commute. In just three months the 32-year-old became wheelchair-bound, but eventually she learned what was wrong: She had ALS. Facing a two- to five-year life expectancy from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a degenerative neuro-muscular disease that largely impacts voluntary muscles including vocal cords, Saxena and her family looked to experimental drug trials as their only chance at treating the disease. One by one she was rejected either because of her wheelchair use, or being too far along in her disease. “That's honestly when our hope started going down the drain,” said Mayak Saxena, Mayuri’s brother. “To know that a treatment like that exists on this planet and on the other hand to see my sister suffering and dying and in pain. It's such a huge injustice...
    Bill Nye shared some advice with his 3 million Instagram followers in his latest social media post on Wednesday afternoon, in which he held up a piece of paper printed with the names Biden and Harris spelled out using squares that looked similar to those from a periodic table, with the hashtag “Vote For Science” printed below. The science communicator and television host reminded fans in the caption that climate concerns are an important issue in the upcoming U.S. Presidential election, which occurs on November 3, 2020 — at the time of this writing, six days away. Nye has publicly criticized current president Donald Trump in the past. Last year, The Inquisitr reported that he “blasted” the controversial leader for his role in the international fight against climate change, saying that the administration’s refusal to even acknowledge the problem has destroyed the ability of professionals in the discipline to function...
    Among the many municipal items on the Denver ballot this November is a measure that would effectively end the Mile High City's three-decade-old prohibition of pit bulls. But while proponents of the concept typically focus their arguments on the general ineffectiveness of breed-specific legislation and how the proposal will not only allow pit-bull owners to emerge from the shadows but give authorities better ways to enhance safety, Teresa Browning has another reason why the ban should go. She says a former domestic partner reported that she was illegally sheltering a pit bull that was actually registered as an approved breed — but because of the Denver law's vague language, she was terrified that the dog would be taken away from her, anyway. "It's something I still worry about," Browning says. "I'm praying that November will end my fear of that happening."Related Stories Here's What Denver Residents Will Be Voting On...
    Visitors play video games at the Xbox stand during 2020 China International Cartoon and Game Expo (CCG Expo) at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center on July 16, 2020 in Shanghai, China.Zhou You | Visual China Group | Getty Images A wave of major companies are suddenly letting people finance everything from video game consoles to hair products in smaller, monthly payments.  These so-called installment loans have been around for decades, and historically used for big-ticket purchases such as furniture. But online payment players and fintechs are rushing to launch their own version of a "pay later" product for online items in the hundreds of dollars. "There's no question this is on the rise," said JMP Securities analyst David Scharf. "The application of pay later in a digital environment has definitely gained traction." This week, Microsoft announced it would let consumers finance the new $499 XBox in monthly payments, through...
    From top down, Chiefs pushing for social justice initiatives 20 Genius Products That Make Cleaning So Much Easier Today is officially the last day to reverse this retirement account withdrawal and save on your tax bill The CARES Act, which went into effect in the spring, allows retirement savers to skip this year’s required minimum distribution from their individual retirement accounts and 401(k) plans. If you already took your RMD, today is the last day to put the money back. Make sure you add back any taxes withheld. Skipping the RMD can result in lower taxes for 2020, as well as lower Medicare premiums in 2022. © Provided by CNBC It's officially the last day to return that mandatory distribution out of your retirement account and trim your tax bill. The CARES Act, the coronavirus relief act that went into effect this spring, allowed retirement account holders...
    HOUSTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 04: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans reacts in the first half of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) The team has won four of the past five AFC South titles under Bill O’Brien. They have won the AFC South four of the past five seasons under head coach Bill O’Brien. Of course, it’s hard to get to a Super Bowl when you can’t even reach the AFC Championship Game. And that something the Houston Texans have yet to do in 18 years of existence. This past year, the club rallied to defeat the Buffalo Bills in overtime in the wild card round and then owned a quick 24-0 lead at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional playoffs. But it all came apart as the club went...
    In the following interview, veteran journalist Bill Moyers talks with Rev. James Forbes, a passionate advocate of celebrating Friday, June 19 as Juneteenth—the day in 1865 when the last of America’s slaves learned they were free. Because many states had refused to end slavery when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, it took that long before Union troops landed in Texas with news that the Civil War was over and the quarter-million slaves in Texas were slaves no more. Since then, descendants of those former slaves have celebrated Juneteenth as their Independence Day. For the last five years Rev. Dr. James Forbes—senior minister emeritus of the city’s historic Riverside Church—has organized an acclaimed Juneteenth celebration in New York City, twice now at Carnegie Hall, this year online. Listen: Moyers on Democracy · Bill Moyers talks with Rev. Dr. James Forbes About Juneteenth &...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators have voted to keep a school voucher program alive for another four years, sending a bill to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves. Senate Bill 2954 would reauthorize a program for educational scholarship accounts, with some changes. The accounts allow special-needs students to receive $6,500 a year in public money to attend private schools. The current program was established in 2015 and is set to expire at the end of June. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Evangelical pastors pander to radical Black Lives Matter D.C. mayor sued over Black Lives Matter on street to White House The Senate voted earlier this year to keep the program alive, and the House agreed to the bill Friday. Reeves supported the program as lieutenant governor last term, and he steered an extra $2 million into it last year as...
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer promised that a bill granting statehood to Washington, DC, would be brought to the House floor this year. “DC must be granted statehood,” the longtime Maryland congressman said in a statement this week. “The residents of the District must be granted the same protections as their fellow citizens in neighboring states.” Hoyer also used his statement to blast President Trump’s handling of protests which have convulsed the capitol in recent days, saying the push for statehood was now more urgent than ever. The bill, H.R. 51, was introduced by the district’s non-voting delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton last January. “With Leader Hoyer’s support and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s continuing leadership, we are now assured that the House will make history this year with passage of the DC statehood bill for the first time in either chamber in the District’s 219-year history,” she said Friday. Statehood has been...
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