So the Government Shut Down. Expect To Get Your Tax Return Refund Late(r)

With the IRS accepting tax returns on January 29th, the latest in history, taxpayers are frantic about how the government shutdown will affect their returns and refunds.

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Judge Blocks Trump’s DACA Rollback

Not so fast! Federal judge blocks the Trump administrations’ attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Action act, or DACA. California Judge William Alsup also wants the White House to continue processing DACA applications for renewal, but not new applications for protections. DACA provide protection to young undocumented immigrants in the United States from deportation. Last September, the Trump Administration claimed to end the program by March 2018. There are over 700,000 “Dreamers” protected under the Obama-era legislation. Trump’s cabinet have been attempting to end DACA under border protection…

Puerto Rico Wants To Be The 51st State

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Puerto Rico is urging lawmakers on Capitol Hill to grant the Spanish-speaking island statehood into the United States. The US Commonwealth held a state-wide referendum, voting in favor of being the 51st state of America.  However, many are questioning the validity of the non-binding referendum held Sunday. Although 97 percent voted in favor of joining the US, only a quarter of Puerto Ricans voted. The low turnout is reportedly from opposing political parties who boycotted the vote.   Puerto Rico’s economy has been struggling with footing it’s $120…

Report Suggests Russia Hackers Breached Voting Software Firm [ASSOCIATED PRESS]

A classified NSA report leaked late Monday hinting Russia did indeed tamper with the 2016 US Presidential election. So what happens next? Will impeachment proceedings begin for Trump?

Will the U.S. Government Go Into Default? 

The Trump Administration’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget has lawmakers scrambling to raise the debt ceiling with major cuts to discretionary funding. Will the United States go into default for the first time ever?

Over 55,000 Haitians in Danger of Facing Deportation From US

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-May 4, 2017- The deadline to extend the Temporary Protected Status program, or a program temporalily granting refugees asylum from their home country, is in a few weeks. It’s up to the Trump administration to extend it. Over 55,000 refugees from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti face possible deportation when the TPS expires July 22. TPS, created in 1990, offers temporary immigration in the United States under the following circumstances: Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war) An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic Other…

New Overtime Bill Passed by House to Affect Working Class

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-May 3,2017- New bill H.R. 1180, or Working Families Flexibility Act 2017-2018, proposes working class earn compensation for paid time off instead of being paid time and a half for overtime. The bill, presented by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and 17 other co-sponsors, is backed by the Trump Administration and was passed yesterday in a 229-197 vote, with no democrat in favor and 4 representatives not voting at all.  H.R. 1180- Working Families Flexibility Act H.R. 1180 amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to give private-sector employees the…

Lawmakers Revisiting Requiring Those on Medicaid To Work [Associated Press]

WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents — about 1 in 5 — including an increasing number of working-age adults. In a break from past federal policy, the Health and Human Services Department under Secretary Tom Price has already notified governors it stands ready to approve…

North Korea is ‘Ready For War’ if Trump Wants it [Associated Press]

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump’s tweets are adding fuel to a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Friday. The official added that if the U.S. shows any sign of “reckless” military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own. Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is “more vicious and more aggressive” than that of Barack Obama. He added that North Korea will…