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    MILLIONS of Americans are slated to receive stimulus checks before Christmas. State and local governments are providing assistance. 1See if your state or city is offering aid before Christmas In light of the ongoing Covid pandemic, states are providing additional stimulus checks ahead of the holiday season. Currently, four states and six cities have confirmed plans to send aid to eligible residents. Below we explain the states and cities that have released information about the aid they're providing ahead of the holidays. California Millions of Americans are slated to receive Golden State Stimulus II checks before the end of the year. The checks, worth up to $1,100, are a follow-up to the state's first round of aid earlier this year. To qualify, residents must have filed a 2020 tax return, been a California resident for more than half of the tax year, and have an adjusted gross income of $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year. Most read in MoneyXMAS TOP-UP ‘Surprise’ stimulus check updates – States offer up to $1.1k ‘holiday cash’CASHING IN Payments issued next week with 'surprise'...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The 32nd annual Festival of Trees is underway. It’s online again this year because of the pandemic. The event raises money for the Kennedy Krieger Institute but also is a way for families all over the area to get into the holiday spirit. READ MORE: High Winds Cause Delays For Eastbound Traffic At Bay Bridge“It’s kind of the kick-off to Christmas for us,” Laurie Lovaas of Catonsville said. “It’s always the first Christmas event we do.” The pandemic can’t stop the Festival of Trees. All of the events and fun can be accessed for free through an online portal. That’s also where you can view the festival’s trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses designed and donated by members of the community. “It’s really a part of the fabric of ushering the holiday season for the Baltimore, central Maryland area,” Kennedy Krieger Institute President and CEO Brad Schlaggar said. READ MORE: Maryland Heads To Rutgers With A Bowl Berth On The LineWJZ got an up-close, sneak peek at the hundreds of items. They can be purchased online and picked...
    VIDEO1:4901:49Child tax credit: How much your children will get if you invest it every yearInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow. Time is running out for families with kids to make any changes to information the IRS has on file for their last child tax credit payment of the year. Families have until Monday, Nov. 29, to reach out to the agency and have it reflected in the final monthly payment, set to go out on Dec. 15. There are a few reasons why families may want to send the IRS any new information, which they can do through the agency's child tax credit portal. They can change the address where checks are mailed or shift the bank account to which their payment is deposited. They can also opt out of receiving the final monthly installment. More from Invest in You:The 'Great Resignation' is burning out those who staySuze Orman: Can you afford to join the Great Resignation?Is a 4-day workweek the answer to employee burnout? In addition, families who have had a significant change in income from 2020 may want...
    Diane Jacobs goes shopping every other Tuesday. She heads to the parking lot at the Moreland School District offices in San Jose and gets in line near the bright aqua Park-It Market, a mobile grocery staffed by West Valley Community Services, where she can stock up on meat, fish, produce, eggs and bread — and never have to stop to pay at a checkout stand. This has been her routine for a couple of years now, since soon after her husband died of a heart attack one Christmas Eve. “They make you feel so welcome, like you’re going to the store,” Jacobs said. “It really helps make ends meet. Most of my money goes to rent and bills.” She and her son, Gregory, are among the 3,500 residents assisted annually by West Valley, a 49-year-old nonprofit whose services have never been more in demand than they are now. “During the pandemic, we saw increases in requests that we had never seen in past years,” said Sujatha Venkatraman, the associate executive director. First were the individuals who lost their livelihoods, she...
    skynesher After last year's pandemic-related restrictions, many Americans are ready to embrace the holidays. But people should also invest a little time to get a jump-start on the upcoming tax season. There are still opportunities to lower tax bills, such as 401(k) contributions, tax-loss harvesting, charitable giving or Roth individual retirement account conversions. However, filers should also take steps to prevent headaches amid the recent flurry of tax law changes, according to advisors from CNBC's 2021 FA 100 list. More from FA 100:How to maximize year-end tax planning after a layoff or early retirementFinancial advisors struggle with putting their clients into cryptocurrenciesHow to pick the best year-end charitable giving strategy To begin, filers may explore their Online Account with the IRS to see tax balances, payments, copies of select notices and more. Some taxpayers may opt for an Identity Protection PIN to prevent someone from filing a fraudulent return by Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. "It's another way of protecting yourself from identity theft," said John Dahlin, director of tax at IFA Taxes, a division of Index...
    During the holiday season, a lot of well-intentioned people encourage us to focus, more than anything, on our families. The message is loud and clear: Cherish the time you have with your loved ones, prioritize seeing family above all else, and be present in the moment. All of that is good and reasonable. But what happens when you can’t—or don't want to—go home? That’s where the concept of “chosen” family can come in, if companionship is something you’re looking for. Anyone can develop a chosen family (or families) for any reason, though it’s something that’s long been held as sacred among queer communities. Even today (and especially in generations past), many openly LGBTQ+ people have been kicked out or otherwise disowned by our families, which can manifest in a number of ways—perhaps it’s temporary, perhaps there’s partial communication with certain people, or it could be a total estrangement. But what does it mean to have a chosen family, and what does it look like in practice? Like so many things about relationships: It depends. As a gay person that’s been...
    THANKSGIVING 2021 celebrations are getting the meme treatment as Americans across the nation are joking about gathering with their families for the holiday. Many people have started celebrating the annual holiday— which is usually commemorated with large plates of traditional food, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and spending time with loved ones — by sharing hilarious memes. 8Hilarious memes are being shared across the internetCredit: Twitter 8Many people are celebrating Thanksgiving with funny meme's like thisCredit: Twitter 8This meme features Spiderman's Tobey Maguire and a crying Kirsten DunstCredit: Twitter For people who may not be celebrating the holiday with family or friends, one Twitter user tweeted: "Alone for #Thanksgiving this year? "Stop by Fort Cattis tomorrow for a virtual visit! I have polls, trivia, memes, etc. cooking up in the oven right now. (That may be why the smoke alarm is going off…) #Thanksgiving2021#CatsOfTwitter." Alongside the tweet is a drawing of a cat appearing to lick its lips as it stands over a cooked turkey at a dinner table. One funny meme, shared by Twitter user OnlyinIdaho, shows a...
    Former First Lady Melania Trump spent two hours Wednesday meeting with foster children and families at the Palm Beach, Florida location of 4KIDS, a group that provides services to that community.  Trump made crafts with the young kids and provided them with gifts for the Thanksgiving holiday. She also led a discussion with young adults, who have aged out of foster care but live in homes provided by the group.  Finally, she toured 4KIDS' therapeutic center where foster kids and families can seek additional support for trauma.  Former first lady Melania Trump tweeted Wednesday that she had visited 4Kids in Palm Beach, Florida, a group that provides services to foster children and families  The former first lady points to the 4KIDS sign as she's surrounded by a group of foster kids who are blowing bubbles  Melania Trump assists a young boy who is playing with Play-Doh during a two-hour visit she made Wednesday to 4KIDS in Palm Beach, Florida  Melania Trump assists another child with a craft activity Wednesday at 4KIDS in Florida. The pictures offer a rare glipse of...
    NEW YORK -- Two experienced designers and millions of lights make for the most wonderful time of year on ABC."The Great Christmas Light Fight" is back for its 9th season with cohosts Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak.In each merry and bright episode, the Christmas classic takes viewers across the country to the most elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday displays in the nation as viewers will once again see four fantastic families face off in each one-hour episode and compete to win $50,000."People want to get out, they want to see their neighbors, they want to see each other's faces in their communities, for that, I feel like the people who were putting up the displays, they were just out there for a bigger reason and their hearts were all in the right place," Oosterhouse said.This year, the battles are statewide and each episode features four families from the same state! Sometimes that means, the crews had to wait out some weather issues."Sometimes we're in cities that have major rainstorms or snowstorms so things are of course going to happen, but we...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Housing agencies and food banks say demand for their services is growing. More Sacramento-area families say they need help, and some for the first time ever. Outside the River City Food Bank, the line to pick up turkeys and all the trimmings took up one and a half city blocks. READ MORE: Arrest Made In 'Erotic Exotic Halloween Ball' Deadly ShootingIt’s the busiest time of year, and hundreds were first-timers. They’ve never needed help, until now. “Families are making the impossible choices: Do I buy food or do I pay my utilities or childcare?” said Amanda McCarthy, the executive director at River City Food Bank. She says there’s been a 30% annual increase in people experiencing food insecurity and hunger in Sacramento County. That means at River City Food Bank’s two locations, it serves about five thousand people every week. And almost every food bank across the region is seeing an increase in need. “Food insecurity and hunger among our neighbors in Sacramento County has never been higher,” McCarthy said. READ MORE: Eligio Nunez, Convicted In Vacaville...
    President Joe Biden sought to reassure Americans about rising gas prices, supply chain issues, and the availability of holiday presents – but didn't take questions from White House reporters as he prepared to leave Washington for Thanksgiving Tuesday. Biden once again sought to speak to reassure Americans who are focused on inflation or worried about the state of the economy – referencing mothers and fathers who are 'asking will there be enough food we can afford to buy for the holidays. Will we be able to get Christmas presents to the kids on time and if so, will they cost me an arm and a leg?' He made sure to show he is in tune to concerns about gas prices – including on the West Coast where they face high taxes. 'Right now, I will do what needs to be done to reduce the price you pay at the pump,' he said, touting a new action to release 50 million gallons from a strategic petroleum reserve. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the South Court Auditorium on...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s hard to believe we are about to spend another holiday in a pandemic. And for some, this Thanksgiving could be the first time families gather in almost two years. It’s the reason experts say watching your mental health, is more important than ever. READ MORE: President Biden To Announce Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum Reserve“If we are walking into a community of people that we love, we have a preconception about how we hope it goes, and often time it just doesn’t unfold that way,” said Dr. Sylvia Gearing, the Director of GearingUp Counseling in Plano. She says for some, the expectations of the holidays this year may be extra anxiety inducing. “The pandemic has really divided our families, we haven’t been able to see people for months, if not years. Some families that I know are reuniting for the first time after a year and a half of quarantine. It’s been really upsetting for people.” Dr. Gearing said. Not only has the pandemic made the idea of gathering a little more nerve-racking, but...
    Share this: Over the past year, we have experienced one pandemic after another,  bringing both national and global attention to many of the issues the nation needs to address.  Before COVID-19, America’s atmosphere was permeated with gun violence, police misconduct, unemployment, civil unrest, political leadership failures, and more. So much is happening in our world, and the coronavirus and the lives it took have left people living in fear, uncertainty, and anxiety.   The world has changed forever, and the church has changed forever, whether you want to believe it or not. Our health and social realities forced small businesses and even churches to close, and those not closed are struggling to survive. Schools are in a quandary – to open or not to open, further increasing the educational divide between poorer communities and those which are more affluent.  So many areas of our economy and way of life are no more. There is now a new normal. Despite all these challenging realities, 2020 was the best year of my ministry, service to humanity, and transformational leadership. The greater the...
    By Darlene Superville and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House on Monday by breaking off a sprig from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — and a big smooch — to her toddler grandson. “Look how beautiful this is,” the first lady said of the 18 1/2-foot Fraser fir that was delivered by wagon to her Pennsylvania Avenue doorstep by Clydesdale horses named Ben and Winston. “It is beautiful. It’s magnificent, really,” she said. The first lady later joined President Joe Biden for a visit to the Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina to celebrate “friendsgiving” with service members and military families. The two events set off a White House holiday season that is expected to be much more festive this year, as public health officials encourage those vaccinated against COVID-19 to get together in person, instead of begging Americans to stay home, as they’ve done for holidays past. The holiday tree was presented by the father-and-son team of Rusty and Beau Estes of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For 29 years, CBS4’s community outreach program, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, has connected those in need with those who can help, not just during the holidays, but all year long. This support extends all over South Florida in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties. Your support has been critical to helping families and individuals during times of crisis and this year is no different. Because of you, last year’s Adopt A Family 4 the Holidays Program served thousands of members of our community. A total of $452,427 was raised in goods and services to help families in need. Now, Neighbors 4 Neighbors is busy again working with their non-profit partners to screen the families which are submitted by social workers from each agency. Together, Neighbors and more than 30 local non-profit community-based organizations hope to give these families the holiday they deserve. As a registered adopter you can browse family profiles and select a family based on location, non-profit provider, or number of family members. Best of all, you get to meet the family you are helping and help...
    SOUTH DADE(CBSMiami) — Thanksgiving came a few days early for hundreds of South Florida families and they are thankful they can now celebrate the holiday with family, and friends the way so many of us take for granted. Miami-Dade Commissioner Kionne McGhee, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Police Department and Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, gave away hundreds of turkeys and other non-perishables in time for the Thanksgiving holiday at Homestead Air Reserve Park on Monday. READ MORE: Disney World Suspends COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Following Change In State Law“The objective is simply bring government to the people,” said Commissioner McGhee. Hundreds of people, many of whom were hit hard by the pandemic, lined up early for the drive-thru food giveaway. “My husband and I lost our jobs in the pandemic and we are trying to look for a new job,” said Ingrid Carbajal. Carbajal waited in line for over two hours, and she left with a smile on her face knowing she’ll be able to make Thanksgiving dinner for her family. “Maybe without this help we wouldn’t have something good...
    ENSURING your family has enough food on the table every day can be a tricky and pricey venture. But spare a thought for these busy women who are mums to some of the worlds biggest families. 8Parents-of-21 Shelly and Jared Wallace have a total of four fridges, one freezer and an enormous pantry to hold their stash and often need five trolleys for their shop 8The Radfords met Australia's biggest family The Bonells who spend as much as £560 (AU$995.42) on groceries each time Feeding eight, 10 or 20 kids means hours spent roaming the supermarket aisles - and even more time spent putting it all away at home. And while takeaway treats are a rarity in these households, they still do indulge from time to time. But the cost of ice cream or McDonald's will send shivers down your spine. The biggest and most recognised supersized family in the UK is the Radfords, with Sue and Noel famously parenting 22 kids. The busy parents don't shy away from revealing exactly how much they...
    STRUGGLING Americans could receive a $1,800 boost by the end of this year as part of the expanded child tax credit payments. It comes as 36 million families received the cash earlier this week as households recover from the economic damage wreaked by the covid pandemic.  1The payments have helped lift 3million kids out of poverty.Credit: Alamy So far the covid era expanded Child Credit scheme has been a success.  After just the first month of receiving the payments, it helped lift three million children out of poverty, according to a Columbia University study.  But not every family is taking advantage of the monthly payments. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Michigan shows that one in every 10 eligible families have not received their child tax credit payments. Eligible families can receive $300 for each child under the age of six and kids above that age, up to 17, can get $250 per child.  The payments have been happening between July and December of 2021 which means a family with one child under six will have received...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Now 300 families will have a turkey on the table this Thanksgiving thanks to a winning collaboration. The Dovetail Project teamed up with teh Chicago Bears to give turkeys and Christmas trees to young parents who might not have been able to afford them this holiday season. The Dovetail Project gives young Black and Latino men the skills and support they need to be great fathers and role models for their children.
    Karin Johnson’s mother Dorothy, 86, often comes home singing from Martin Luther Adult Day Center in Bloomington. Dorothy, who has dementia, spends weekdays at the center in a program for seniors with memory problems or physical disabilities. It provides food, interaction, medication management and entertainment — all while giving participants’ caregivers a much-needed break. “She gets things there that she doesn’t get when she is just sitting around at my house,” Johnson said of the Martin Luther program. “My mom’s physically healthy but she lives in her own little world. She often doesn’t even know me most of the time — but she’ll come home and she’ll be singing songs like, ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart.’ It makes her happy. She’ll even sing to the dog.” Modeled after a system designed to help elderly people stay out of residential care, the Martin Luther Adult Day Center provides as many services as possible so that participants and their families can limit the number of places they have to travel.  Johnson said that even though caring for her mother can be hard work,...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.- Staff at The Priority Center are excited to partner up with Spark Of Love to help bring children in Orange County joy this holiday.The Executive Director and CEO of The Priority Center, Lisa Fujimoto, said staff there are no strangers to making a difference in Orange County."We serve about 5,700 clients a year. They're typically low to middle-income, but mostly low-income and they don't have the opportunity to participate in holiday experiences," Fujimoto said.This video is from the nonprofit's annual event to change this-the Families Helping Families campaign.During the holidays, other OC families adopt families participating with the nonprofit, providing basic needs from a wish list, but the pandemic has made the season more challenging."In past years, our need for the holiday season was on average 150 families. Last year, we served 300. The need has intensified because for most families, they're choosing, 'Do I pay my rent? Do I have enough money for groceries,'" Fujimoto said.This year, The Priority Center is teaming up with Spark of Love to take things a step further and give children...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday warned that rising prices for housing and food were affecting the readiness of U.S. armed forces. Inflation has emerged as one of the biggest issues facing the Biden administration, as ordinary Americans complain about the price of everyday items - from gas to bread.  During a Pentagon briefing, Austin said he was temporarily increasing payments to help troops pay for off-base housing in places where rents had increased by 10 percent or more.  'This is a readiness issue, and that’s why I’m focused on making sure that our service members and our families have what they need to thrive,' he said. Last week the Labor Department revealed that prices were rising at their fastest pace in more than 30 years. It said prices had increased 6.2 percent year-on-year.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said inflation was a 'readiness issue' on Wednesday as he announced help for troops struggling with the rising cost of rent Inflation has seen prices of ordinary goods rocketing during the past 12 months Feeding America, which coordinates the work of food...
    This content is provided by the Air Force Aid Society. The Air Force Aid Society is expanding emergency assistance to Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members, regardless of duty status and establishing new categories of need such as: Pet Transportation Assistance for Permanent Change of Station orders (PCS), Special Needs Assistance for Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) families and Dorm Relocation Assistance to name a few. As part of AFAS’s commitment to enhance the quality of life to the Total Force, effective May 6, 2021, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members are now eligible to apply for emergency assistance. Previously, Reserve and Guard members were required to be on a Title 10 order for 16 consecutive days or longer or a Title 32 order, Full-Time Active Guard/Reserve (AGR). This requirement has been removed. We also listened to our Air Force and Space Force families and introduced new categories of need that include: Pet PCS Transportation Assistance for Airmen and Guardians who receive PCS orders. Members may apply for up to $1,000 in grant assistance should...
    (CNN)With inflation at a 30-year high, Americans are about to face a holiday season marked by surging food prices.Thanksgiving is predicted to be the most expensive in history, as pandemic-induced supply chain issues and labor shortages help drive the cost of many foods -- turkeys included -- higher and higher. Priya Fielding-Singh Ilana Raskind These surges impact grocery expenses for everyone, but they disproportionately harm low-income, Black and brown families. If left unaddressed, escalating food costs will not only make it difficult for these families to put holiday meals on the table; such costs will significantly exacerbate longstanding inequities in hunger and nutrition. Read MoreThe pandemic didn't create these inequities. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, 1 in every 10 US households experienced food insecurity, or unreliable access to enough nutritious food. This was already a striking and shamefully high rate among wealthy, developed nations. But food insecurity rates have long been even higher for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous American households, single parents (especially mothers) and families with children. Over the past two years, we've only seen these gaps widen....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As inflation prices soar, food pantries are running low. And some people who planned to have a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving are questioning if they can actually afford it.  To help those in need, food distribution sites are popping up throughout the county. Coffee, rice, spaghetti – these are just some of the grocery items Miami-Dade County Commissioner Manolo Reyes handed out Tuesday.  He surprised low-income seniors, giving out 400 turkeys and more than 700 bags of groceries. READ MORE: Supply Chain Woes Cause Auto Parts Shortage, Wreaking Havoc On Auto Industry“Oh! I’m too happy. A little bit too happy,” said Isabel Tay when she received her turkey. Because of inflation, many people didn’t know if they were going to have Thanksgiving dinner. “People don’t realize the need we have in this city,” said Reyes. Margarita Machado lives on a fixed income and said she probably wouldn’t have been able to afford a turkey. READ MORE: ‘Crying For Freedom’: South Florida Political Leaders Call On Biden Administration To Step Up For Cuban People“A lot of the people...
    "We're disappointed to see him selling his soul and selling out South Texans, but we're excited to clear the field for a real Democrat to run — one we can count on to show up for our families and put Texans first," Hinojosa said, according to the outlet. "Texas Democrats will keep standing up for our values and fighting to fix the biggest problems facing Texas families — whether it's fixing our disaster-prone power grid, getting more people healthcare, or making sure working Texans have a real chance to get ahead." "That's clearly not a priority for Rep. Guillen," Hinojosa claimed. "Don't let the door hit you on the way out."
    A SOON-TO-BE mum-of-12 has told how she DOESN’T use contraception - and has been pregnant every year since 2008. Courtney Rogers, 37, was a virgin when she married pastor husband Chris, 33, in October 2008. 3The mom already has 11 kids.Credit: PA Real Life 3There is soon to be 12 kidsCredit: PA Real Life Now Courtney and Chris, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, are parents to Clint 11, Clay, 10, Cade, nine, Callie, nine, Cash, seven, Colt six, Case also six, Calena, four, Caydie, three, Coralee two, and Caris, almost one. Baby number 12 is due in March and the family saves money by using cloth nappies and skipping pre-packaged snacks in favour of fresh fruit they’ve grown. Courtney, who has a 29k-follower strong Instagram account, sadly experiences trolling - but doesn’t care. “People judge us at times,” she said. “They don't like large families or accuse us of not providing for them. It doesn't really bother me because I know they're strangers and don't know us at all.” FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT...
              moreby Nathan Mayo   A recent administrative action has permanently increased benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by 25 percent. Unfortunately, this historic boost fails to address the structural problems that plague this nearly 60-year-old program. The official Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) webpage proudly proclaims that, “SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food…” To that admirable end, the program formerly known as food stamps distributed $79 billion to 40 million people last year. Yet this desire to provide wholesome food to needy families conflicts with clear evidence that wholesome food is not what they think they need. Whether they play by the rules or not, people receiving SNAP benefits currently spend between 70-100 percent of that benefit on things other than healthy food. Government researchers determined that average SNAP recipients increase their food expenditure by only 30 percent of the value of their benefits. In other words, a person previously spending $300 on food a month who qualifies for $100 of food stamp benefits will start spending $330 on food and shift the $70 from...
    The CEO of McDonald's is to meet with the families of two children who were shot and killed in the city of Chicago over the past year, one of them by the police department. The meeting between Chris Kempczinski and the family of Adam Toledo is still to be arranged but has come as result of text messages he sent to Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot where Kempczinski seemed to blame the deaths of the two black and Latino children killed in gun violence, on their parents.  Kempczinski has been facing calls to resign after text messages, which were sent in April to Lightfoot, were made public.   Lanesha Walker (left), the mom of Jaslyn Adams, 7, who was shot and killed in Chicago in April, slammed McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski (right) over his recently revealed comments concerning child killings  Jaslyn was in her dad's car when she was shot dead at a McDonald's drive-thru Kempczinski sent the texts after meeting with her and referred to shootings that took the children's lives: seven-year-old Jaslyn Adams, a black girl who was shot in a McDonald's...
    But Manchin said that he did not back Califf's nomination in 2016 and he will not do so now. "Dr. Califf's nomination makes no sense as the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc on families across this country with no end in sight," Manchin said. "2020 was the deadliest year on record for drug related overdose deaths with 1,386 West Virginians and nearly 95,000 Americans dying from a drug related overdose. "I have made it abundantly clear that correcting the culture at the FDA is critical to changing the tide of the opioid epidemic. Instead, Dr. Califf's nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward. His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction. I could not support Dr. Califf's nomination in 2016 and I cannot support it now," the senator said in the statement. My statement on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner:pic.twitter.com/vuhcx3Kcs7 — Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe...
    SOME families eligible for child tax credits will get a lump sum of $1,800 per child next month - with another to come in 2022. The payments are for those who aren't required to file a tax return for 2019 or 2020, meaning they'll need to claim the child tax credits manually. 1Use the GetCTC online tool to claim your cash In fact, non-filers have until November 15 to avoid missing out on the advance payments for 2021. The GetCTC.org tool debuted as a collaboration between the White House, the US Treasury, and Code for America, a nonprofit tech organization. Using the tool, you'll need your Social Security number or an individual taxpayer ID number (ITIN). The portal was developed to make it easier for families to receive monthly child tax credit payments. Families who use the tool by the November 15 deadline will then receive all of the 2021 payments on December 15, totaling up to $1,800 per child. The remaining half will then be issued next year. Most read in MoneyMIXED BAG Shiba Inu coin skyrockets but Bitcoin slumps...
    Strict lockdowns pushed by White House advisers Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx failed to stop the vulnerable dying from COVID-19, while families suffered and children lost out on their education, according to a forthcoming book by Trump adviser Dr. Scott Atlas. His is the latest contribution to unpicking how the Trump administration responded to the pandemic. And the former Stanford radiologist offers an unsparing account of dysfunction and political paralysis that allowed Trump's two most high-profile scientific advisers to publicly contradict the president and hijack the response. 'A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America,' is published on November 23 by Bombardier. 'People were dying from the virus, and the lockdown policies were not preventing the deaths,' he writes in a copy obtained by DailyMail.com 'The simple logic of assuming you could stop the spread of, and some said eliminate, a highly contagious virus by shutting down society after millions had been infected was worse than nonsensical.  'The idea of stopping all businesses and closing schools while quarantining healthy...
    NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The average time for U.S. immigration cases to be resolved is nearly four years. But that’s not the mandate in one judge’s courtroom. New York Judge Francisco Prieto must attempt to rule within 300 days on dozens of cases he hears daily from families that just entered the country. The migrants are being sent to the front of the line with the idea that others will be less likely to migrate knowing a backlog of more than 1.4 million cases will no longer buy them a few years in the United States even if they lose. READ MORE: Sundance Square Friday 'Pop-Up' Clinic Gives Over 2,000 COVID-19 ShotsNearly six months ago, the Biden administration established a “dedicated docket” for families, many seeking asylum, in Prieto’s city and 10 others, including El Paso, Texas, Boston, San Francisco and Miami. It is a modest step aimed at bringing order to the southern border, where authorities this year have faced unusually high numbers of migrant arrivals, including nearly 15,000, mostly Haitians, who camped under a bridge in the small...
    President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan could raise taxes modestly for some middle-class households, despite his vow that anyone making less than $400,000 would not see an increase, according to a new analysis. 'Taking into account all major tax provisions, roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of middle-income households would pay more in taxes in 2022. However, their tax increases would be very small,' non-partisan Tax Policy Center wrote in a report.  'Among those with a tax increase, low- and middle-income households would pay an additional $100 or less on average. Those making $200,000-$500,000 would pay an average of about $230 more,' the report added. The analysis found that, even if some households saw a modest increase, the average lower- and middle-income household would see an overall decline in their taxes. Analysis found that the average middle class taxpayer would not pay additional taxes, but a minority could see a modest increase RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Manchin now says he opposes the $4,500 'not-American'... The richest Americans may get a tax cut...
    Affordable child care is one of the major ways the Democrats’ Build Back Better will help families with young children. So, naturally, Republicans are revving up the disinformation machine. The party that specializes in coming between a woman and her doctor is falsely accusing Democrats of trying to come between families and their churches, or, specifically, their church-based child care. “Democrats are ending decades-old, bipartisan protections for religious preschools and child care centers that will pressure facilities to choose between federal funding and their faith,” Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted. According to The Washington Examiner, “If you want to send your children to a church daycare or a pre-K program, again, the Democrats offer you nothing.” These are lies. In reality, the bill plainly reads: “Nothing in this section shall preclude the use of such [subsidies] for sectarian child care services if freely chosen by the parent.” And, as HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn points out, “this is one of those rare moments when you can glimpse a lie in its infancy, before it’s taken hold.” Top Republicans are starting to tell the lie, but memes...
    U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland this week issued a memorandum reaffirming the Justice Department’s commitment to guarding the rights of and improving access to justice for veterans, servicemembers and military families. The memorandum directs the Civil Rights Division’s Servicemember and Veterans Initiative to develop a plan to guide its expanded duties and outreach efforts. The Attorney General also directed the Office for Access to Justice to provide recommendations for actions that may be taken to better meet the legal needs of veterans and servicemembers, including through medical-legal partnerships, veterans treatment courts and reentry programs and services. “The Justice Department honors our nation’s veterans and servicemembers not just with words but also with action,” said Attorney General Garland. “To that end, I have directed the Civil Rights Division and the Office for Access to Justice to mobilize resources in order to protect the rights of those who serve and lead efforts across government to ensure access to justice for veterans, servicemembers and military families.” “Many veterans face unique legal challenges...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain argued that inflation concerns “make the strongest possible case” for the Build Back Better reconciliation bill that “doesn’t put any more money into the economy on net.” Klain said Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) concerns about inflation “make the strongest possible case for Build Back Better. One of the biggest expenses families face is child care. Our bill will cut the cost of child care for middle-class families in half. Another thing that people are really feeling the pinch of is prescription drugs. Our Build Back Better bill lowers the cost of prescription drugs, puts a cap on what seniors pay for their drugs. People are pinched by eldercare costs. It brings that down. By health insurance premiums, the bill brings that down. And of course, for families with children, the bill provides a tax cut of $250 per child per month. So, I think if your concern is the cost of living, it’s a concern we have here at the White House. It’s a concern Sen....
    Iris Collis, here with her husband, a retired intelligence commander in the Navy, and four children.Source: Iris Collis "When I met my husband, I didn't realize that becoming a military spouse would mean I wouldn't be able to pursue my career," said Iris Collis, 46. But with four children and five relocations over the course of a decade, Collis, who is a teacher by training, struggled to hold any job for longer than two years. "Every time I tried to make some headway; it was time for the next move." Then came the pandemic. "With Covid, a lot of employment hopes ended, I had to make sure we looked after the kids during home schooling," she said. More from Personal Finance:Why more military spouses are turning to entrepreneurshipKey ways to build your wealth during a military deploymentHow veterans can recover and even thrive during Covid Military spouse unemployment — a long-standing problem for active-duty families — was only made worse by the pandemic's child-care and remote school challenges. First Lady Jill Biden recently referred to the problem as "a national...
    (Washington) Boeing made a deal with the families of the victims of the 737 Max crash that killed 157 people in Ethiopia in March 2019 and has admitted responsibility for the crash, according to legal documents filed Wednesday in a Chicago court. Posted on November 10, 2021 at 10:16 pm. Updated to 22:59 “Boeing is committed to ensuring that all families who have lost loved ones in accidents are fully and fairly compensated,” AFP demanded. “Recognizing its responsibility, Boeing’s agreement with the families allows the parties to focus their efforts on determining the appropriate compensation for each family.” Flight 302 to Nairobi, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed in a field southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa, six minutes after takeoff due to malware. The crash landed the 737 MAX models, and caused the worst crisis in U.S. aircraft manufacturer history, followed by another crash a few months later, in October 2018 when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia (189 people died). Senior advocates for the families called the deal “historic” and “a...
    by Robbie Owens | CBS 11 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – From the pump to the pantry, everything is costing more. READ MORE: In Texas AG Race, George P. Bush Criticizes Ken Paxton’s Character, Handling Of Abortion LawAnd you can blame inflation. New economic reports out Wednesday, Nov. 10 show inflation in the U.S. has hit a 30-year high. And you’ll get no argument from Robert Williams. “I went to buy pack of ribs, they’re usually !13.00,” says Williams, “they were 19.00!” Williams like so many others, say the rising prices have become noticeable. He’s already considering getting a second job. “It’s very disconcerting,” says Jan Bennett. “I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.” The confirmation of the runaway inflation is also troubling for those working to help families already on the financial edge. “Those numbers have real impact,” says Melinda Opperman with Credit.Org. “When I saw the news today my stomach just had a real blow to it because I know the families we have been working with… this is going to hit them hard.” READ MORE:...
    The Biden administration has broken nearly as many immigration-related promises as it has kept, according to frustrated advocates for immigration reform. Now, they are increasingly concerned that the White House is losing its nerve on yet another: a chance at legal residency in the United States for migrant families separated during the Trump administration. “Allowing families to remain in the U.S. is essential to putting this ugly episode behind us and finally allowing these children to begin to heal. Sending them back to danger is not the answer,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Although only a handful of families have thus far been reunited, I’m optimistic the pace will significantly increase now that we and the government have agreed on a system that can be scaled up.” Since Biden’s Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families was created by executive order nine months ago, its work has proceeded at a glacial pace. The task force has only reunited 50 children with their parents since its formation, according to a progress report released in...
    The White House on Monday batted away questions about controversial plans to pay compensation to families separated at the border - just days after President Biden said he was in favor of payments to people who suffered under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy. Last week Biden said reports he was planning to pay as much as $450,000 to separated families were 'garbage' before apparently backtracking. The result has been an administration under pressure from both left and right to explain its plans.  But White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre offered no further clarity when asked about the issue during the daily briefing on Monday.  'I will direct you to the Department of Justice for any specifics on that,' she said.  'You've asked us this question.  'We have answered it and I will refer you to the Department of Justice on any specifics.' White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred questions about compensation for separated families to the Department of Justice. It comes after a series of reversals about whether the administration was planning to pay...
    lisegagne | E+ | Getty Images Time is running out for families to sign up to receive the enhanced child tax credit and get money through the benefit this year. That's because the site GetCTC.org will only be available through Nov. 15. The site, developed by Code for America and the Treasury Department, is for families that have children eligible for the credit who didn't get it automatically this year, generally because they don't make enough money to file a tax return. "If parents haven't already gotten the payment and they're eligible for it, it's not too late to sign up," said Ashley Burnside, a policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy. More from Invest in You:An investment in child care would help lift some Latinas women out of poverty12% of Hispanic households don't have a bank account —and it can cost themTo raise successful children, teach them about economics, expert saysOne large December check Families enrolling for the credit now will get the entire first half of the credit in December, meaning...
    Grammy winner Roddy Ricch was the first of the 22 acts to perform at Friday's deadly Astroworld Festival in Texas to offer to donate his entire paycheck to the 'families of this incident.' 'Please have the families of those who we lost yesterday reach out to @shawnholiday,' the 23-year-old rapper - who boasts 27.3M social media followers - wrote via Instastory on Saturday. 'I'll [be] donating my net compensation to the families of this incident. #pray4houston.'   Considerate: Grammy winner Roddy Ricch was the first of the 22 acts to perform at Friday's deadly Astroworld Festival in Texas to offer to donate his entire paycheck to the 'families of this incident' Roddy (born Rodrick Moore Jr.) had performed a half-hour set between 5:30-6pm on the Thrills Stage at Houston's NRG Park - three hours before the deadly crowd crush. Nine-time Grammy nominee SZA - who performed 7:30-8pm - tweeted: 'Speechless about last night I'm actually in shock [and] don't even know what to say... just praying for everyone in Houston especially the families of those that lost their lives.' RELATED ARTICLES...
    Fire Amazon Deals: 50% Off Levi’s Jeans, Save $50 on Smokeless Fire Pits, $91 Off Samsonite Spinners New York City Marathon runners take the streets © Provided by People Erika Goldring/WireImage Roddy Ricch is giving back to families impacted by the tragedy at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival on Friday night. The 23-year-old rapper, who was one of several performers at the music festival at NRG Park in Houston, announced Saturday on Instagram that he will be donating his earnings to victims of the mass casualty event. "I'll b donating my net compensation to the families of this incident," he wrote on his Instagram Story. At least eight people died and dozens of others were injured in the chaos of Friday's event, according to city officials. The victims' ages range from 14 to 27. On Saturday, PEOPLE confirmed that the youngest patient transported to a nearby hospital was aged 10. NBC News reported the child is in critical condition. RELATED: Rudy Peña's Family Wants Justice and Answers After Losing 23-Year-Old at Astroworld: 'How Did This Happen?' John Hilgert, a...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Saturday strongly endorsed the idea of the US government compensating immigrant families separated at the border under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy," saying the previous administration's "outrageous behavior" warrants cash payments -- but he didn't go into detail about specific amounts. "If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, and you lost your child, you lost your child! ... you deserve some kind of compensation no matter what the circumstance. What that will be, I have no idea. I have no idea," Biden said, raising his voice and gesturing emphatically as he tore into his predecessor's onetime policy.In 2018, the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy, in which the Justice Department initiated criminal prosecutions of every adult illegally crossing the border, and was ended after widespread opposition. The policy resulted in the separation of thousands of families, including those with infants, some only a few months old, because children can't be kept in federal jail with their parents. Fact-checking...
    Biden was asked about the program by Fox News' Peter Doocy on Wednesday, and angrily denied that any such settlements were being negotiated. Doocy asked, "As you were leaving for your overseas trip, there were reports that were surfacing that your administration's planning to pay illegal immigrants who were separated from their families at the border up to $450,000 each, possibly $1 million per family. Do you think that that might incentivize more people to come over illegally?" Biden responded angrily, "If you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah. But it's not true." Biden's angry denial was immediately condemned by the ACLU, which was involved in negotiating some of the settlements with the immigrant families. Furthermore, multiple media outlets immediately confirmed the Wall Street Journal's reporting. In a Thursday statement, Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tried to walk back Biden's claims, saying that the administration was "perfectly comfortable" with settlements, but was merely disputing the price tag. Jean-Pierre then said Department of Justice officials had relayed to families of the illegal immigrants in question...