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With over 35 million people filing for unemployment since March, $1,200 stimulus checks are only a Band-Aid for Americans

With over 35 million people filing for unemployment since March, $1,200 stimulus checks are only a Band-Aid for Americans

More than 130 million stimulus checks are already winding their way to millions of Americans. They’re a key part of the government’s $2.2 trillion CARES Act, but furloughed and laid-off workers say a maximum $1,200 payment is not nearly enough to see them through what could be an even bigger economic crisis than the Great Recession.Approximately 2.4 million unemployed Americans using the traditional method of reporting initial claims, but the real number was almost 1 million higher if applicants made eligible through a new federal relief program are included. Some 35.5 million people have...

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Debt collectors are going after millions of stimulus checks — 5 ways to stop them

Debt collectors are going after millions of stimulus checks — 5 ways to stop them

Stimulus checks are already winding their way to millions of Americans. They’re a key part of the government’s $2.2 trillion stimulus bill. The government had processed 80 million stimulus checks on Friday and they should arrive this week, Sunita Lough, deputy commissioner for services and enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, told a video conference this week.That money can’t come soon enough for the nearly who are out of work, and others about bills and due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Internal Revenue Service is sending with annual adjusted gross income below $75,000 and...

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Cuomo fires back at Trump’s ‘ultimate authority’ comments: ‘The Constitution says we don’t have a king. We didn’t have King George Washington’

Cuomo fires back at Trump’s ‘ultimate authority’ comments: ‘The Constitution says we don’t have a king. We didn’t have King George Washington’

‘The Constitution says we don’t have a king.’The war of words between President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heating up.At his press briefing on Monday, President Trump said that he had “ultimate authority” on when to open the economy, but Cuomo fired back at the president for his comments, and said such decisions were up to the states. He told MSNBC“The Constitution says we don’t have a king. To say, ‘I have total authority over the country because I’m the president, it’s absolute,’ that is a king.” He added, “We didn’t have King George Washington, we had President George...

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Borrowing from Winston Churchill’s wartime speech, Ireland’s leader gives chilling warning on coronavirus: ‘Never will so many ask so much of so few’

Borrowing from Winston Churchill’s wartime speech, Ireland’s leader gives chilling warning on coronavirus: ‘Never will so many ask so much of so few’

Usually a day of parades and parties nationwide, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a muted affair.A in Ireland for a week over whether the government should cancel the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It did — finally — and with good reason. In a St. Patrick’s Day address to this small, island nation, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the country is braced for at least 15,000 people to test positive for coronavirus by the end of the month, up from 292 Wednesday.“We’re asking people to come together as a nation by staying apart from each other,” he said Tuesday evening. “This...

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Influenza kills more people than coronavirus so everyone is overreacting, right? Wrong — and here’s why

Influenza kills more people than coronavirus so everyone is overreacting, right? Wrong — and here’s why

Coronavirus. It’s just like the flu, isn’t it?Hundreds of thousands of people die of the flu every year, some say, and people need to calm down about coronavirus, which was by the World Health Organization Wednesday.Everyone should wash their hands for 20 seconds, , stop buying face masks because , note that is filtered 20 to 30 times an hour, , and just relax.That appears to be the accumulated advice of exasperated Americans on Twitter and Facebookwho despair at the long lines at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods(where people apparently have been ), and the panic buying and empty shelves at...

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President Trump disputes WHO’s coronavirus fatality rate: ‘3.4% is really a false number. Now this is just my hunch.’

President Trump disputes WHO’s coronavirus fatality rate: ‘3.4% is really a false number. Now this is just my hunch.’

President Trump, based on what he called a “hunch,” suggested Wednesday that the World Health Organization’s coronavirus fatality rate was incorrect, but also erroneously said that he believed that there had been a coronavirus-related death in New York.“I think 3.4% is really a false number,” . “This is just my hunch, but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this, because a lot of people will have this and it’s very mild. They get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor. They don’t even call a doctor. You never even hear about those people so you can’t put...

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