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Second Stimulus Check Might Be Limited to Americans Making Under $40,000

Photo Credit: Alexander Mils Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently suggested that the rumored second stimulus check may be made available only to Americans earning less than $40,000 per year. The 78-year-old lawmaker touched on the subject of a second stimulus check in an interview with reporters, saying: “I think the people who have […]

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Stimulus Checks Saved Millions of Americans from Poverty, Study Finds

Photo Credit: Chronis Yan A recently published study from Columbia University found that the $1,200 stimulus checks distributed as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act helped millions of Americans avoid falling into poverty. Conducted and released by Columbia’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy, the overarching analysis aimed to identify and describe the precise […]

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IRS Issues Rules for Americans Receiving a Second Stimulus Check

photo: David Boeke (CC by SA 2.0) It now appears that a small percentage of the nearly 160 million Americans receiving a federal stimulus check have been issued a second stimulus check.  Here’s the guidance on the extra distributions from the Internal Revenue Service. After distributing nearly 160 million stimulus checks to Americans, with potentially […]

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Americans Would Receive a $4,000 ‘Vacation Credit’ Under Trump Stimulus Proposal

Donald Trump discussing the upcoming ‘Phase 4’ stimulus plan at the White House, June 17th. Americans would unilaterally receive a $4,000 ‘vacation credit’ for US-based airfare, lodging, restaurants, and other travel-related expenses under a recently-revealed Trump stimulus proposal that could top $2 trillion.  The credit may also apply to artists and musicians touring the United […]

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Hundreds of Music Companies and Artists Demand the Repeal of New York’s ’50-A’ Police Secrecy Law

Manhattan, New York. Photo Credit: Oliver Niblett Many music industry companies and artists have signed a letter calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and members of New York State Legislature to repeal New York’s “50-A” police-secrecy law. Digital Music News obtained a copy of the firmly worded 50-A opposition message, which was addressed to Governor Cuomo, […]

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Don Henley Calls the DMCA ‘A MySpace Relic In the TikTok Era’

Don Henley performing in 2019. Photo Credit: Derek Russell The Eagles mainstay Don Henley took aim at 1998’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in a recent remote conference with the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. The corresponding hearing occurred yesterday, June 2nd, and Don Henley was among the professionals invited to offer an expert […]

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Second $1,200 Stimulus Check ‘Increasingly Unlikely’ as Protests Intensify Nationwide

As dozens of American cities grapple with intensifying protests over racial injustice, Congress is delaying discussions of a second $1,200 stimulus check.  The pause is erasing hopes of a quick second payment. The initial, $1,200 stimulus checks have largely been dispersed, with the latest batch getting confused for junk mail by many Americans.  But that […]