Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Monday and it is International Women’s Day ! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported as of this mornin g: 525,035. As of this morning, 17.2 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 9.2 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker . The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package is on the verge of becoming law, pending action by the House and White House in the coming days, as health experts warn that … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation – Relief bill to become law; Cuomo in trouble
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Did you know Facebook supports updated internet regulations? I know that. Boy, do I know it. I’m guessing everyone else who lives in the Washington, DC, area knows it too. For at least the past five weeks, Facebook has been deluging the region with ads declaring its support for regulation. I originally noticed when my morning ritual of watching basketball highlights on NBA.com started getting disrupted by the same 30-second message from Facebook every single time I wanted to watch a 3-minute video. Just let me see the slam dunks, please! Somehow, despite having seen the ad dozens of times, I still couldn’t quite tell you what regulations Facebook really has in mind. That’s probably because the ads are less about specific policy proposals than about trying to improve Facebook’s battered reputation in the eyes of DC decisionmakers. The regulation ads are part of an all-out blitz on the part of not just Facebook but also Google and Amazon. They, along with American Edge, a … [Read more...] about Big Tech Targets DC With a Digital Charm Offensive
( CBS Detroit ) — A third stimulus check is now one step closer to reality. The Senate recently passed a $1,400 relief payment, as part of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic relief package. The American Rescue Plan aims to counter the economic fallout from COVID and stabilize the economy. It has broad support among Democratic and Republican voters, though no Republican Senators voted in favor of it. The modified package, which returns to the House for another vote, also contains extended unemployment benefits, an improved child tax credit, and much more. While a third check seems destined for bank accounts, the specific timeline is still coming into focus. When Could My Stimulus Check Arrive? The administration is still set on signing the American Rescue Plan into law by March 14 . That is the day when the current $300 federal unemployment benefit bonus expires. Assuming President Biden signs the relief package this coming weekend, direct deposits would likely start the … [Read more...] about Stimulus Check Update: When Might Your $1,400 Economic Relief Payment Arrive?
Should someone who is suffering intolerably from a medical condition be permitted to receive assistance to die? In this country, the answer to this question is: It depends. The circumstances in which it is legally permissible for clinicians to provide this assistance are laid out in two laws: Quebec’s Act concerning end of life care, and in the federal Criminal Code provisions on medical assistance in dying (MAID). These laws require that a person can only receive such assistance if they are a capable adult with a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition. Until recently, the federal law defined a grievous and irremediable medical condition as one where the person’s natural death was “reasonably foreseeable.” Similarly, in the Quebec law, a person had to be at the end of life. Then, in a 2019 case, the Quebec Superior Court struck down these requirements because they violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, opening up the possibility that capable adults with … [Read more...] about Enough with misinformation about MAID and mental illness
Almost a year since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided emergency relief to the American people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate has cleared President Joe Biden 's $1.9 trillion COVID bill. The sprawling bill was narrowly approved in the upper chamber by a 50-49 vote, along party lines, and is now heading back to the House for final approval before Biden can sign it into law. But how does the amended version of Biden's American Rescue Plan compare to the $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law by former president Donald Trump last spring? Stimulus checks Biden's plan will provide a third stimulus check for Americans —$1,400 checks for a single taxpayer, or $2,800 for couples that file jointly. It also includes $1,400 per dependent. Only those earning up to $75,000 would get the full amount, as would couples with incomes up to $150,000. The size of the stimulus payment would be lower for those earning slightly … [Read more...] about How Joe Biden’s Stimulus Deal Compares With Donald Trump’s First on 5 Key Issues