Monthly Archives: September 2020

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Biden highlights the Supreme Court debate as a women’s issue

Democratic candidate Joe Biden attempted to frame the potential appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a women’s issue during Tuesday night’s first presidential debate. If Barrett’s nomination is pushed through, he argued, women could see healthcare prices rise as Americans with pre-existing conditions—like pregnancy—are no longer protected from higher premiums and Roe v. Wade could be challenged.  The Supreme…

Anita Hill: Why Black women are overlooked as Supreme Court nominees

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Anita Hill, the lawyer best known for testifying at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, says there’s a reason that Black women are overlooked as Supreme Court nominees. And it’s a problem that extends…

As seawater moves inland, ‘ghost forests’ are spreading. Why that’s so scary

Rising sea levels have begun to decimate coastal forests, leaving white, dead stumps in their wake as salt water damages ecosystems that previously relied on freshwater ecosystems. Scientists call them “ghost forests.” And they’re growing at an alarming pace, say researchers at North Carolina State University. A study released this week of the state’s Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula found these ghost forests…

3 ways Walmart and Home Depot execs think retail will change for good

Walmart and The Home Depot were fortunate: They were among the retailers that were able to navigate the daily changes and challenges that the new reality of a socially-distanced shopper posed. From quickly shifting to curbside pickup to staffing up distribution centers, execs at Walmart and Home Depot have witnessed (and pioneered) this new retail landscape, all while adapting to…

How the financial impact of coronavirus could haunt consumers for a long time

While the U.S. stock market bounced back quickly amid global lockdown orders, the pandemic will undoubtedly have a lasting economic impact that could change the way investors save for retirement.  “This is going to have a longer lasting effect as people rebuild retirement and frankly rethink retirement,” said Penny Pennington who leads financial advisory giant Edward Jones as its managing…

The biggest takeaway from the New York Times tax exposé? Trump is a lousy businessman.

The New York Times’s blockbuster report on President Trump’s taxes, published Sunday evening, offers no shortage of revelations: Trump, according to the Times, paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016, the year he was elected President—and paid the same paltry sum in 2017, his first year in the White House. In the decade and a half leading up…

House Democrats are working on another stimulus package. What we know so far

On Monday we learned what House Democrats plan to include in their new $2.2 trillion stimulus bill. This bill is scaled back from the $3 trillion Democrat-proposed HEROS Act, which passed in the House back in May but died without a vote in the Republican controlled Senate. If this new bill passes the House, it’s unlikely to clear the Senate—where…

Tesla is trying to mine its own lithium

Tesla secured its own lithium mining rights in Nevada after dropping a plan to buy a company there, according to people familiar with the matter. The automaker held discussions in recent months with Cypress Development Corp., which is seeking to extract lithium from clay deposits in southwest Nevada, but the parties didn’t reach a deal, the people said, asking not…

The world is obsessed with new COVID drugs. But other important treatments are in the works, too

The race for coronavirus treatments and vaccines rages on. But while COVID 19 has understandably been at the forefront of the medical community’s—and public’s—mind, this pandemic hasn’t just erased the need for therapies which can treat diseases ranging from neuromuscular disorders to pathologies like Alzheimer’s and dementia which have no effective approved treatments. The world’s focus has been on the…

11 Things You Should Know Before You Get Your First Credit Card

A credit card may seem like just another tool to help you make purchases, but it can be much more. When used responsibly, a credit card can help you build

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

How Is Credit Card Interest Calculated?

So your bank tells you that your credit card has a 15% APR. What does that actually mean? How does your bank calculate your interest rate, and how does that translate into how much you actually pay? …

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

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