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Child tax credit expansion sets up showdown with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive coronavirus relief plan making its way to President Joe Biden’s desk includes a plan to temporarily raise the child tax credit that could end up permanently changing the way the country deals with child poverty. It also sets up a potential political showdown with Republicans over an issue that Democrats … Read more

On International Women’s Day, laments of retreat on rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on International Women’s Day that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen “a rollback in hard-won advances in women’s rights” even as calls for women’s empowerment echoed around the globe, from Myanmar and Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia and the United States. The U.N. chief paid tribute to women … Read more

Gulf opens door to public Jewish life amid Israel ties

JERUSALEM (AP) — Half a year after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain established diplomatic relations with Israel, discreet Jewish communities in the Gulf Arab states that once lived in the shadow of the Arab-Israeli conflict are adopting a more public profile. Kosher food is now available. Jewish holidays are celebrated openly. There is even … Read more

Marvel film director James Gunn dismisses cancel culture after he himself was fired by Disney for old tweets

Marvel film director James Gunn is dismissing the severity of cancel culture despite how he himself was once the victim of cancel culture.  Amid the most recent cancel culture firestorm following the announcement that six books from Dr. Seuss would be discontinued for racist imagery, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” filmmaker mocked those sounding the alarm. … Read more

Indian activist’s arrest spotlights crackdown on dissent

NEW DELHI (AP) — To her friends, Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old Indian climate activist, was most concerned about her future in a world of rising temperatures. She was drawn to veganism, enjoyed watching Netflix and spent time on social media. But her life changed last month when she became a household name in India, dominating … Read more

Biden hopes to boost offshore wind as Mass. project advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge wind farm off the Massachusetts coast is edging closer to federal approval, setting up what the Biden administration hopes will be a model for a sharp increase in offshore wind energy development along the East Coast. The Vineyard Wind project, south of Martha’s Vineyard near Cape Cod, would create 800 … Read more

Cotton on ‘Biden border crisis’: ‘This was altogether predictable’ and was ‘predicted’ last year

Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark. blasted the Biden Administration Monday for their role in the current crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling their policy “recruit and release” as opposed to “catch and release.” “We have a crisis at the border,” Cotton told “The Ingraham Angle“. “This is the Biden border crisis. Now, Joe Biden and the … Read more