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    Political polarization is seeping into every aspect of U.S. life, dictating how Americans choose their friends, jobs and product brands, and making life worse in the process, a new study finds. 'Political polarization is having far-reaching impacts on American life, harming consumer welfare and creating challenges for people,' the recent study from the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing said. The partisan rancor is making Americans poorer by limiting their job choices, lonelier and more isolated by cutting off friendships, and even less physically healthy, the authors found. And as consumers increasingly demand that the products they buy reflect their political ideology, companies are under more pressure than ever to issue pronouncements on social issues, potentially deepening the infiltration of politics into daily life, the study argues. Two men argue alongside the 'Black Lives Matter' mural in front of Trump Tower in New York last July. A new study...
    STRUGGLING families could get up to $3,600 in a Covid stimulus check for every child under a new bill proposed by the Democrats. The bill, which will be proposed today, is spearheaded by Richard Neal, the chairman of the House's Ways and Means Committee, which is seeking to bring millions of kids out of poverty. 5If it passes the new bill could mean that families could get up to $3,600 for every childCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5The new bill has been proposed by Richard Neal, the chairman of the House's Ways and Means CommitteeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5The legislation comes as Biden (pictured) has called for increasing the child tax credit as part of the coronavirus relief packageCredit: AP:Associated Press "The pandemic is driving families deeper and deeper into poverty, and it's devastating," Neal said in a statement provided to CNN. "We are making the Child Tax Credit...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – While millions of Americans have received a second federal stimulus check, many of those who could likely use the money the most are still waiting for their first payment. “It’s very frustrating,” said Ralph Arthur of Burleson. “We could really use a little help. It would be a lifeline for us right now.” Despite being eligible for the federal payments, Arthur has still not received a $1,200 stimulus payment from the CARES Act or the latest $600 payment recently approved by lawmakers. Arthur works as waiter at a diner in Burleson but his income is low enough where he’s not required to file a tax return. In order for him to get a stimulus check as a non-filler, the IRS required him this past summer to go onto its website and provide his information. Arthur said he tried but he doesn’t have a computer or reliable...
    New charges were issued against a former Libyan intelligence operative bomb maker for his role in the attack that killed 270 people on Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Department of Justice announced Monday. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed terrorism-related criminal charges against Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, also known as Hasan Abu Ojalya Ibrahim or Masud, for building the bomb that destroyed Pan Am flight 1o3, according to the DOJ. Masud was arrested and interviewed by a Libyan law enforcement official in September 2012, and he remains in Libyan custody, the DOJ said. “Let there be no mistake: No amount of time or distance will stop the United States, and its partners in Scotland, from pursuing justice in this case,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. “At long last, this man responsible for killing Americans and many others will be subject to justice for...
    BERNIE Sanders has insisted his left-wing policies are backed by the majority of Americans - as he makes his pitch to join Joe Biden's cabinet. The veteran senator, who wants to be Labor Secretary, is pushing the President-elect to stick to his "progressive" policy agenda when he enters the Oval Office. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 4Bernie Sanders said most Americans back his 'far left agenda'Credit: CNN 4Sanders is pitching for a role in Joe Biden's cabinetCredit: AP:Associated Press Sanders, runner-up in the Democrat primary race, said he and Biden had agreed shared priorities on healthcare, the economy and climate change. He told CNN: "I fully expect the Biden administration will be advocating the proposals that they agreed to." And he claimed most voters would back his "far left" policies. He said: "I sometimes find it amusing when our opponents...
    Should capitalism generate broad-based prosperity? Should it support a healthy democracy to achieve its ideals of equal opportunity? If so, then capitalism as practiced in the U.S. is not living up to its potential or its intent. Consider that prior to the coronavirus pandemic, about 60% of Americans had less than $500 in the savings. The top 10% of Americans own 70% of the nation’s wealth while the bottom 50% own less than 2%.  Clearly, capitalism is not working for a majority of Americans. The question is what do we do about it? Narrow programs are too incremental to ever shift outcomes for the broad population. Worse, they distract from fundamental shifts that are required.  The solution is to combine structural changes with major policy initiatives to create a more equal playing field with true opportunity for all Americans to prosper. Systemic changes Two major systemic changes would move the...
    Some Alaska voters are getting quite a surprise when they take their absentee ballots to the post office to get them certified and mailed in a timely fashion. Even though U.S. Postal Service employees had previously been allowed to certify ballots as witnesses, a nationwide rule change now renders them unable to do so, according to the Anchorage Daily News. "I went to the post office to mail my absentee ballot and even tho it says very clearly on the instructions that postal officials can sign your witness affidavit, the folks working the counter downtown said they were not allowed," tweeted Sheli DeLaney. "Why?" Good question. Alaska along with several other states require absentee ballots to be signed by a witness who verifies the ballot was completed by that voter. The rule change is yet more evidence of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s efforts to sabotage mail balloting heading into the final months...
    As mortgage rates continue to decline to new record lows, prospective home buyers are facing a frustrating situation: Cheap financing is everywhere, but there’s seldom a home to buy. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.88% for the week ending August 6, dropping 11 basis points from the week prior, Freddie Mac FMCC, -0.49% reported Thursday. It was the eighth time this year the benchmark mortgage rate slipped to a record low. In comparison, these loans had an average rate of 3.6% a year ago. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped seven basis points to an average of 2.44%, while the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage fell by only four basis points to 2.9%. Concerns about the state of unemployment nationwide and lawmakers’ delays in approving a new stimulus package pushed rates lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note flirted with record lows this week. Because mortgage rates are long term...
    Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that Democrats are not serious about negotiating a deal on the next coronavirus stimulus bill as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows arrive on Capitol Hill for more talks on the sweeping package. 'Democrats are fundamentally unserious and they're making a mockery of the process,' the White House press secretary told reporters Tuesday afternoon. 'Right now we have Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, once again, asking Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to come to the table,' McEnany said of the two senior administration officials engaging in another round of negotiations. 'The ball is in their court here,' she said of Democratic leaders. 'We've made at least four offers, they've made zero offers. It's unacceptable for hard-working Americans.' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have raised their previous COVID-19 relief package price tag up by $400...
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has heaped praise on China's 'smart, hardworking' people when it comes to manufacturing electric vehicles and says 'entitled' and 'complacent' Americans are now taking things for granted.  In an interview with the Automotive News podcast, the 49-year-old billionaire specifically criticized New York and Silicon Valley, which are two states that have given his businesses tax breaks and other government help.  When asked his thoughts on China being a global electric vehicle strategy leader, Musk said: 'China rocks in my opinion'. 'The energy in China is great. People there, there's like a lot of smart, hard working people. And they're really, they're not entitled, they're not complacent. 'Whereas I see in the United States increasingly much more complacency and entitlement especially in places like the Bay Area, and LA and New York.'  Musk said the United States was now taking things for granted after 'winning...
    Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks to media outside the Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida.Joe Raedle | Getty Images For months, lawmakers have been paying attention to and pushing for some form of a universal basic income as the coronavirus pandemic roiled the economy and forced millions of Americans out of a job.  It's the main pillar that former presidential candidate Andrew Yang took up in his campaign, centered around the premise that a UBI could alleviate or resolve many American issues.  The gravity with which a UBI is now regarded is a complete reversal of the reaction Yang first got when unveiling his platform. Pundits and Democratic strategists didn't take his campaign seriously, but suddenly the push for a UBI does not seem so far-fetched.  Just as the pandemic was taking full shape...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang joined ABC7 News' Kristen Sze to discuss discuss data compensation and how the novel coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement impacts universal basic income.Yang campaigned for the idea that the government would send monthly checks to every American adult, no strings attached. Most Americans received stimulus checks amid the pandemic and Yang believes more relief payments are the "direction we need to go.""74% of Americans think we need emergency cash relief, because the pandemic, unfortunately, is not fading," Yang said. "And Kamala Harris is championing a bill in the Senate that would have $2,000 a month in everyone's hands for the next number of months. And that is the direction we need to go. We have to face facts that we're losing tens of millions of jobs, many of which will not return."RELATED: California lawmaker, former Andrew Yang campaign...
    June 30 in sports history: A brief glimpse at Magic kingdom 6 popular US traditions that are actually Canadian Amid pandemic, Americans making a $320 million retirement mistake The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly costly for millions of people across the country. More than 45 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the start of the pandemic, and although some states have started slowly reopening businesses, many people are still struggling to make ends meet. © Getty   The CARES Act aimed to help those who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, and it includes a provision that allows Americans to withdraw up to $100,000 from their retirement accounts without facing an early withdrawal penalty. Load Error While some people may have no choice but to tap their retirement savings to get through tough financial times, there's one mistake that could be incredibly costly.Withdrawing too much...
    This might be the year Juneteenth gets the respect it deserves. It’s about time. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when people held as slaves in Texas finally learned that the abhorrent practice had ended two years previously, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation freed “all persons held as slaves” in the states that had rebelled against the Union, and Texas was one of them. To understand how it took more than two years for slaves in Texas to learn they were free, you have to know a little bit of history about the Lone Star State. ALVEDA KING: AS RIOTS SPREAD ACROSS US, HEED WORDS OF MY UNCLE MARTIN LUTHER KING TO END VIOLENCE AND RACISM Before Texas was a state, it was ruled by Spain and later, Mexico. Both governments encouraged the freeing of slaves but in the 1820s, when slave owners from the Southern states began migrating to...
    A diversity committee launched by a Kansas mayor has been derailed after a member was revealed to have shared several offensive Facebook posts about slavery and racism. Allen Stoker of Wichita, Kansas, has refused to resign from his position on the Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights - despite Mayor Brandon Whipple reportedly pushing for his removal due to the revelations.  The Wichita Eagle reports that Stoker has shared dozens of Facebook posts that undermine the Black Lives Matter movement, dismiss the impact of slavery on African-Americans, defend the Confederate flag, highlighted instances of crimes committed by African-Americans and made an argument for 'white pride.' '400 + years of hurt... Ya might want to get out your calculator on that one.. 2020 - 1776= not 400,' he wrote in reference to slavery. 'So, if people are so p****d off about being brought here against their will, why aren’t they buying...
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