Here’s a new crisis the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for: a nationwide shortage of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.
The economic shutdowns to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, spurring the deepest recession in decades, have had the unintended consequence of halting the flow of coins through households, businesses and banks, the head of the Federal Reserve confirmed Wednesday. Continue reading “Hang on to your nickels and dimes, the pandemic has created a coin shortage”
At fast-food restaurants, supermarkets, banks and other businesses across the country where cash normally changes hands, customers are being warned that coins are in short supply.
Scott Talan found that out last weekend when he used a Starbucks drive-thru in Virginia and was met by a handwritten sign that read, “Due to the national coin shortage, we can only accept exact change or electronic payment at this time.” Continue reading “A run on cents: Why coins are disappearing from cash registers across the country”
The Intercept – by Bryce Covert
Banks will make out with $18 billion in fees for processing small business Paycheck Protection Program relief loans during the pandemic, according to calculations by Amanda Fischer, policy director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive economic think tank. Continue reading “Banks Stand to Make $18 Billion in PPP Processing Fees From CARES Act”
Breitbart – by AWR Hawkins
Democrat Sen. challenger Mark Kelly is campaigning on background checks and gun seizures as he tries to unseat pro-Second Amendment Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ).
Kelly’s wife, Gabby Giffords, was shot by an attacker in Tucson on January 8, 2011. That attacker acquired his gun via a background check, yet Kelly is campaigning to expand the point-of-sale opportunities to conduct background checks, with his campaign website suggesting such checks “keep kids and communities safer.” Continue reading “Mark Kelly Pushing More Background Checks, Gun Seizures in Arizona”
Breitbart – by Rebecca Mansour
An estimated 5.4 million Americans have lost their health insurance between February and May after being laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, a recent study found. The number of newly uninsured in that three-month span dwarfs all prior annual records for workers losing their health coverage. Continue reading “Study: 5.4 Million Americans Lost Their Health Insurance Due to Coronavirus”
Washington Examiner – by Paul Bedard
The nation’s mayors on Monday backed a national call for reparations to 41 million black people, a program that could cost taxpayers $6.2 quadrillion.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors released a letter backing a Democratic plan to form a reparations commission to come up with a payment for slavery. Continue reading “Mayors back reparations that could cost $6.2 quadrillion, or $151M per descendant”
Mint Press News – by Raul Diego
A biometric digital identity platform that “evolves just as you evolve” is set to be introduced in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard and the AI-powered “identity authentication” company, Trust Stamp. Continue reading “Africa to Become Testing Ground for “Trust Stamp” Vaccine Record and Payment System”
Natural News – by Arsenio Toledo
Two churches in Chicago are reporting that city officials have threatened to bulldoze their churches if they do not comply with the city’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) mandates, which currently restrict their ability to hold in-person worship services.
Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and legal representative of the churches, said that the city has classified his clients as “public nuisances” due to their refusal to follow some of the city’s coronavirus protocols on religious grounds. Continue reading “Chicago to churches: Comply with coronavirus mandates or have your facilities bulldozed”
The Nashville City Council imposed a “large” property tax hike on residents when it approved a budget that aims to make up for revenue lost due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The measure, approved this week, would raise rates by 34 percent. Continue reading “Nashville approves ‘painful’ property tax hike”
ABC News 10
MORRISON, Colo. (KDVR) – Health officials in one Colorado county are warning residents after a squirrel tested positive for bubonic plague.
The animal was found in the Town of Morrison, about 17 miles southwest of Denver. Continue reading “Squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague in Colorado”
Just the News – by Nicholas Ballasy
resident Trump might have pledged to “drain the swamp” during his first term in office, but the CARES Act stimulus bill he recently signed has sent millions in taxpayer funds to political activist groups and non-profits in Washington on the left and right.
According to the Small Business Administration, the Paycheck Protection Program loans, which are part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, are forgivable if “at least 60 percent” is put toward payroll. The rest can apply to qualified expenses such as rent and utilities. Continue reading “Activist groups, nonprofits on left and right, cash in on taxpayer-funded forgivable stimulus loans”
The Mind Unleashed – by Elias Marat
With the pandemic continuing to sink its claws into the United States, economic conditions have also failed to improve for millions of people. As a result, nearly one-third U.S. households – representing 32 percent – have still not made their full housing payments for the month of July, according to a survey from online rental platform Apartment List. Continue reading “‘Tsunami’ of Evictions Could Make 28 Million Americans Homeless This Summer Alone”
Authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who made headlines last month when they took up arms to defend their home from protesters.
During the search, police seized the rifle that Mark McCloskey was shown holding during the June 28 incident, KSDK-TV of St. Louis reported, citing information from a source. Continue reading “Missouri couple who defended home have rifle seized during police search: report”
New York Post – by Amanda Wood
The city of Englewood, Colorado, just south of Denver, is requiring all of its residents to wear face masks amid a spike in coronavirus cases — and violators could face up to a year behind bars, coupled with a hefty fine.
The emergency order, issued by City Manager J. Shawn Lewis and approved by the city council Monday, went into effect Thursday. It states that everyone over the age of 6 will be required to wear a mask while outside their homes. Continue reading “Colorado town threatens a year in jail for residents who refuse to wear masks”
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden
While all eyes were on the Supreme Court’s Thursday decision granting New York prosecutors access to President Trump’s taxes, a ruling earlier in the day recognized roughly half of Oklahoma as an Indian reservation – in a move which could have wide-ranging legal implications for the 1.8 million people who now live in “Indian Country,” according to the New York Times. Continue reading “Supreme Court: Nearly Half Of Oklahoma Is Indian Reservation”
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.
The church’s haul may have reached — or even exceeded — $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among the biggest winners in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts, an Associated Press analysis of federal data released this week found. Continue reading “Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B”
Boston Herald – by Rick Sobey
A 59-year-old man is accused of pointing a gun at a man in a Walgreens parking lot because he did not wear a mask inside the store amid the coronavirus mask order, Bridgewater Police said on Wednesday.
Todd Goulston, of East Bridgewater, was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Continue reading “Massachusetts man pulls gun on maskless man in Walgreens parking lot amid coronavirus mask order: Police”