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Steve October 20, 2021

An extension of the expanded child tax credit may seem like an obvious contender for  inclusion in the Democrats’ massive reconciliation bill that’s set to contain a host of President Joe Biden’s key priorities. Unlike several other proposed programs, the expanded credit has already been implemented and has yielded a clear and measurable impact on child […]

Steve October 20, 2021

An otherwise quiet corner in British Columbia, Canada, has become one of the most spectacular struggles for forest preservation in North America in recent decades. For more than a year, the Rainforest Flying Squad has fought root and leaf to protect the old-growth forests on Fairy Creek. There, on southern Vancouver Island, 75 percent of […]

Steve October 20, 2021

People are quitting their jobs, and there’s an uptick in labor unrest. A labor market shortage that I predicted would be gone by early September (or even early July!) persists. That’s because the Covid pandemic persists. You want to understand the direction of the economy, don’t ask an economist. Ask an epidemiologist. Or you might […]

Steve October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON —  Congressional Democrats’ hopes to expand voting rights died on Wednesday afternoon when Senate Republicans blocked voting on a bill that would have established election day as a public holiday and created minimum standards for nationwide voting access. The failure is sure to intensify pressure from progressives on their party leaders to eliminate the filibuster. […]

Steve October 20, 2021

The deal talks come as internet shoppers increasingly buy items they see on social media sites like TikTok and Instagram. PayPal Holdings Inc has offered to buy digital pinboard site Pinterest Inc for $45bn, people familiar with the matter said, a combination that could herald more tie-ups between financial technology and social media companies in […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Former police officer Mohamed Noor is set for new sentencing hearing for shooting of unarmed 911 caller. A former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after a 911 call in 2017 is set to be resentenced after the US state of Minnesota’s top court tossed out the murder conviction against him. Mohamed […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Environmentalists say the Biden administration has the power to cancel oil and gas leases off the California coast. Following a recent oil spill environmentalists are urging US regulators to suspend and cancel oil and gas leases in federal waters off the California coast. About three dozen environmental groups sent a petition to the US Department […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Netflix co-Chief Executive Officer Ted Sarandos has defended the company’s decision to air the special. Netflix Inc. employees are planning to walk-out of the company’s Los Gatos, California, headquarters Wednesday to protest a controversial Dave Chappelle comedy special that featured jokes at the expense of trans people. A separate rally will also take place in Los Angeles on Wednesday to support the […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Analysts warn rising political tensions risk derailing transition towards full civilian rule. Khartoum, Sudan – Pro-civilian leaders in Sudan have called for mass protests on Thursday amid rising tensions between those in charge of steering the country towards elections. The demonstrations have been called in response to a continuing sit-in staged since last week in […]

Steve October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders signaled Wednesday that discussions over social safety net legislation to deliver on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Back agenda are advancing as negotiators identify items they plan to cut from the package. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told reporters after a closed-door caucus meeting that “significant progress has […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Beirut, Lebanon – Continuing Syrian government human rights abuses mean refugees should not be returned, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday, urging host nations to adhere to the warning. The New York-based organisation said in a new report it documented extrajudicial killings, torture, kidnappings, and sexual violence of returned Syrian refugees, many of whom […]