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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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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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Federal Eviction Ban Provides Temporary Relief for Tenants, But Satisfies No One

Federal Eviction Ban Provides Temporary Relief for Tenants, But Satisfies No One

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nation-wide order that bans evictions of tenants who can’t pay their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of September 1, 2020 and until the end of this year, landlords may not initiate or complete evictions based on rent nonpayment, as long as the tenant qualifies for relief under the CDC’s order. To qualify, tenants must meet each of these requirements: They’ve used their best efforts to obtain government assistance…

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Trump Signs Executive Orders on Payroll Taxes, Unemployment Benefits, and Student Loans

Trump Signs Executive Orders on Payroll Taxes, Unemployment Benefits, and Student Loans

After Congressional talks on a second coronavirus relief bill broke down, President Trump signed a series of executive orders intended to provide financial support to workers, the unemployed, and individuals with student loan debt. But because Congress—not the President—controls spending, some of these actions are likely to face legal challenges. Here are the highlights of the President’s orders, and some of the obstacles that could arise: Payroll Tax Suspension. The President ordered the IRS to suspend collection of the employee…

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$7.5 Million Google Settlement: How to Get Your Piece (or Crumb) of the Pie

$7.5 Million Google Settlement: How to Get Your Piece (or Crumb) of the Pie

Google recently settled a class-action lawsuit over its now-defunct Google+ social media service. This social network, designed to compete with Facebook, had a software glitch that potentially exposed the personal information—including names, email addresses, occupations, and ages—of up to 500,000 users since 2015. Google discovered and fixed the problem in 2018, but initially decided not to go public with it. After learning of the data breach, plaintiffs Matthew Matic, Zak Harris, Charles Olson, and Eileen M. Pinkowski filed a lawsuit…

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