Federal Government to Provide Extra $300 Per Week in Unemployment Benefits

Federal Government to Provide Extra $300 Per Week in Unemployment Benefits

President Trump has signed a $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill, after spending almost a week threatening a veto over the size of the stimulus payments that would be sent directly to Americans. The relief package, signed into law on December 27th, provides an extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans, on top of whatever the state provides, for 11 weeks. The $2 trillion CARES Act, the historic rescue package passed in March 2020 in…

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Debt Collectors Will Soon Have More Leeway to Contact You Through Text, Email, and Social Media

Debt Collectors Will Soon Have More Leeway to Contact You Through Text, Email, and Social Media

The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has severely transformed everyone’s lives. Many have suffered a reduction in income or job loss altogether and are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to keep with mortgage payments, credit card bills, and other debts. If you default on payments for an unsecured debt, like a credit card, department store, or medical debt, the creditor might send the debt to a collection agency.  Debt collectors have a well-earned reputation for using aggressive tactics, like contacting debtors…

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Can President Trump Pardon Himself?

Can President Trump Pardon Himself?

We’ve already seen President Trump grant pardons to several of his closest allies, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Reports say that even the Tiger King, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (better known as Joe Exotic), is hoping for a get-out-of-federal-prison-free card. But the bigger clemency issue remains: Will President Trump pardon himself (for crimes he says he hasn’t committed)? It’s something no other president has done. With the upcoming transition of power, some are…

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What Were the Drafters of the New U.S. Citizenship Exam Thinking?

What Were the Drafters of the New U.S. Citizenship Exam Thinking?

As a thought experiment, imagine what types of questions you would put on the civics exam that every immigrant who hopes to become a U.S. citizen must pass. Details of early U.S. history, perhaps? An introduction to America’s foundational or contemporary economic and social philosophy? A reminder of when to pay federal income taxes? The exam that has been in use for years contained a smattering of all of the above on its list of 100 possible questions. Starting in…

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Biggest Changes to U.S. Immigration Under President-Elect Biden?

Biggest Changes to U.S. Immigration Under President-Elect Biden?

With Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 Presidential election, all eyes are on the promises made during the course of his campaign. Many of these had to do with laws and policies concerning immigration to the United States. These were especially driven by the Trump Administration’s obvious efforts to end not only U.S. entry by undocumented persons, but all forms of legal immigration. The Biden Plan for immigration is an extensive one, covering both the short and long term….

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