A FOURTH round of stimulus payments could be included in President Joe Biden's next coronavirus relief package. Biden is currently working on two stimulus proposals, which currently focus on creating jobs and supporting families respectively. However, many are hopeful that additional stimulus checks and student loan forgiveness will also make the cut. In his speech to the joint session of Congress last week , President Biden praised the impact of stimulus checks but did not comment on whether there would be more of them in the future. Read our stimulus live blog for the latest on Covid relief money... John Hall 9 minutes ago IRS STILL SENDING OUT THIRD ROUND OF STIMULUS CHECKS If you have not yet received the latest $1,400 stimulus check payment , the IRS is recommending you file your tax returns before the May 17 federal tax filing deadline. If the Service determines you’re entitled to the stimulus money, you should still be able to … [Read more...] about Stimulus check latest updates – Joe Biden may include fourth check in next relief package to keep 12m out of poverty
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It was Franklin Roosevelt who first invited Americans to use "the first 100 days" as a measure of his success as president. Nearly 90 years later, Joe Biden will mark his 100th day in the White House with the country - as it is on most things these days - divided over what he has achieved as president so far. A raft of opinion polls to mark Mr Biden's first 100 days shows the president's approval rating - that measure beloved of American pollsters - ranging between 52% and 58%. It is the third-lowest approval rating of any president in his first 100 days since the Second World War. The average for the last 14 presidents is 66%. The lowest ever? Donald Trump's 42% in 2017. That Mr Trump and Mr Biden have governed in such hyper-partisan political times certainly goes some way to explaining those historically low marks. But, for the Biden administration, having the approval of a majority of Americans - however slim that majority - is a significant achievement. There … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s first 100 days: What the president promised – and what he delivered
The leaders of the US's historical allies have been particularly enthusiastic in their applause for President Joe Biden . The 78-year-old has displayed more energy in his first 100 days in office than many much younger people can dream of. The new man at the reins of the US government has a clear agenda and he is moving along with it. For domestic policy, Biden has tools at his disposal that his equivalents such as the German chancellor do not. He can bypass Congress by issuing executive orders to enforce unilateral decisions. On day one of his term , he did just that and returned the US officially to the Paris Agreement on climate change. DW's Ines Pohl Executive orders are not legislation and require no approval from Congress. The president has since signed 40 such directives. The problem with ruling by executive order is that a president's successors can undo decrees with the stroke of their own pens. A split Congress The Democrats enjoy only a very slim … [Read more...] about Opinion: Biden’s more popular than Trump — is that enough?
North Korea signaled rejecting the idea of talks with the United States, describing Washington's diplomacy as "spurious," state media reported on Sunday. The remarks came after US President Joe Biden's administration announced it was open to diplomacy over North Korea's denuclearization. Diplomacy was a "spurious signboard" for Washington to "cover up its hostile acts," North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published by the KCNA news agency. Watch video 05:14 N. Korea missile launch also sends internal message: Jeongmin Kim Biden made a 'big blunder' Pyongyang warned Biden that he had made a "big blunder" with his "outdated" stance towards North Korea's nuclear arsenal. The Foreign Ministry also accused the US president of insulting North Korea's leadership by slamming its human rights record. In a separate statement, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Washington's criticism showed that the US was "girding itself up for an … [Read more...] about North Korea dismisses ‘spurious’ US diplomacy
El Salvador parliament on Sunday dismissed the attorney general and top judges it deemed hostile to the country's populist President Nayib Bukele. The move by the legislative body, newly controlled by the president's party, sparked a political crisis and drew international criticism. The five ousted judges were the most powerful jurists on the 15-member court. The body is among the few remaining checks on Bukele's rule. Ruling party lawmakers accused the judges and prosecutor of lacking independence and impeding the government's strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Clearing our house' Bukele insisted that the dismissals were justified. "With all due respect, we're clearing our house and this isn't your responsibility," the 39-year-old Bukele said, explicitly addressing "the international community." The sacked judges said the parliament's move was an unconstitutional attack on democracy. They were immediately replaced, and police were called in to escort the … [Read more...] about El Salvador lawmakers sack top prosecutor, Supreme Court judges