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Texas, Mississippi see lowest COVID cases in almost a year 1 month after lifting mask mandate

Texas, Mississippi see lowest COVID cases in almost a year 1 month after lifting mask mandate

ShareDespite concerns about lifting mask mandates, Texas and Mississippi haven't seen massive spikes in coronavirus cases, and both states reported new case numbers not seen since last year.Texas and Mississippi lifted their mask mandates on March 2, much to the dismay of federal public health officials and President , who said they worried it would counteract the progress of vaccination efforts. Dr. , director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, still isn't sold on Texas' success, but a month after restrictions lifted, cases have remained under control.Dr. Thomas...

Apr 6
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Tulsi Gabbard calls to suspend flights from Brazil after COVID cases skyrocket

Tulsi Gabbard calls to suspend flights from Brazil after COVID cases skyrocket

ShareMany foreign nationals are already blocked from coming to the United States if they've been in Brazil because of a surge in COVID-19 cases, but former Representative wants the government to go further by "suspending" flights.Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was criticized for underplaying the COVID-19 crisis for months and the World Health Organization officials described the outbreak as a "raging inferno." Spikes in cases present opportunities for concerning mutations take hold and American officials have described the vaccination effort as a "race" against variants.On Sunday,...

Apr 12
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Amazon workers reject union in win for Jeff Bezos, blow to Bernie Sanders

Amazon workers reject union in win for Jeff Bezos, blow to Bernie Sanders

Sharereceived enough votes against unionization Friday to block the effort in Alabama, which could have been a catalyst for employees to pursue union membership across the country.The vote count against unionization surpassed 1,608, the simple majority needed for the effort to succeed or fail. It came after some big names, including Senator and President , lent their support to the effort, which sparked feuds between the company and those backing the employees looking to unionize.The vote took place by mail over several months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the public tally, which...

Apr 9
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Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't want to be in D.C., calls it a "sh--hole"

Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't want to be in D.C., calls it a "sh--hole"

ShareRepresentative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a freshman legislator whose quickly becoming a household name, would rather be living her "American dream" than in .Greene's become a controversial figure in Congress for her past social media activity, comments on the House floor and unwavering support of former President . However, she told Steve Bannon that she never wanted to be in politics and doesn't enjoy Washington, D.C., life, so she isn't planning on being a career politician."I don't want to be here at all. I gave up an awesome life," Greene told Steve Bannon on his Pandemic War Room...

Mar 11
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COVID relief bill update: How much are Child, Earned Income Tax credits, and who is eligible?

COVID relief bill update: How much are Child, Earned Income Tax credits, and who is eligible?

ShareAside from stimulus checks, the American Rescue Plan has two tax provisions that could put additional money in people's pockets — the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.Both credits were already on the tax books before the pandemic, but legislators expanded them as part of the newest relief package that passed the on Saturday. Individuals without children could see a credit of nearly three times higher than last year and those with children could receive thousands of additional dollars."[The Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit provisions] would result in...

Mar 8
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Andrew Yang's "People's Bank" to help distribute basic income to half a million New Yorkers

Andrew Yang's "People's Bank" to help distribute basic income to half a million New Yorkers

Share, the front-runner in the race for New York City's next mayor, announced the creation of the People's Bank of New York City, which, if he wins, will be responsible for distributing cash payments to some New Yorkers.Along with its distribution of a , the People's Bank of New York City is intended to help underserved communities. Yang's goal is to use the People's Bank to expand access to bank accounts and help entrepreneurs who may be overlooked at other financial institutions."I wake up and I feel privileged that I may have a positive impact on the lives of other people," Yang said...

Feb 17
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$1,400 stimulus checks headed to Senate after House passes Biden's $1.9T relief package

$1,400 stimulus checks headed to Senate after House passes Biden's $1.9T relief package

ShareThe House of Representatives passed President 's $1.9 trillion package on Friday, setting the up for a vote on his critical campaign promise of another round of stimulus checks.Votes fell largely along party lines with 219 and 212 supporting the package. The Democratic caucus in the Senate is poised to pass the package by way of reconciliation, but that could require it to undergo some changes, including cutting the $15 minimum wage plan.While not an exact replica of what Biden outlined in his proposal in January, the package that passed the House bears a close resemblance. It includes...

Feb 27
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Who could receive a third stimulus check? Eligibility debate could lower cutoff

Who could receive a third stimulus check? Eligibility debate could lower cutoff

SharePresident has no plans to waiver from his promise to deliver $1,400 payments. However, he is open to limiting who will receive one, and a current proposal from would cut out thousands of people who received the first two.After winning the presidential election, Biden used COVID-19 relief as a means to turnout voters in last month's Georgia's crucial runoff elections, calling it vital that Democrats win and gain a majority. Voters came through for Biden, and it appears they'll get a return on their investment as the Senate looks to pass his package with a simple majority. But just how...

Feb 4
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These GOP senators are Democrats' best bet to vote for a Trump conviction

These GOP senators are Democrats' best bet to vote for a Trump conviction

ShareSenate aren't likely to get support from the 17 they need to convict former President in his upcoming impeachment trial. However, there are five GOP members who have left the door open and two others who don't have to worry about what their constituents think.A month after 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump, the former president's trial is set to begin in the . While a conviction won't have an immediate impact on Trump, as he's already left office, it could bar him from ever holding office again, dashing any hope for a potential 2024 run against President .It's highly unlikely...

Feb 7
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Stephen Broderick, Austin, Texas, shooting suspect and ex-police officer, caught after seen on roadside

Stephen Broderick, Austin, Texas, shooting suspect and ex-police officer, caught after seen on roadside

ShareA manhunt for Stephen Broderick, a 41-year-old man, concluded on Monday morning when authorities apprehended him for allegedly fatally shooting three people a day earlier.Broderick, a former deputy sheriff, was wanted in connection to Sunday's shooting in Austin, Texas. The shooting occurred at an apartment complex, and authorities initially placed the area on a shelter-in-place order, but lifted the precautionary measure when they determined it was a domestic situation and not an active shooter situation.Austin's interim police chief, Joseph Chacon, first identified Broderick as the...

Apr 19
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