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    From the USW: Here's the latest on the coronavirus stimulus package.
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    *Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.*
     
    The U.S. Senate approved unanimously, and the House has just passed by a voice vote, the most substantial economic stimulus package in U.S. history – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The bill has been signed by the President, and has more than ten times the amount spent on the first two coronavirus bills combined. It's more than double the cost of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was the most significant stimulus bill enacted following the 2008 financial crisis.
     
    The U.S. Senate approved unanimously, and the House has just passed by a voice vote, the most substantial economic stimulus package in U.S. history – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The bill has been signed by the President, and has more than ten times the amount spent on the first two coronavirus bills combined. It's more than double the cost of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was the most significant stimulus bill enacted following the 2008 financial crisis.
     
    *Here are a few key provisions:*
     
    *Here are a few key provisions:*
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    Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

    The U.S. Senate approved unanimously, and the House has just passed by a voice vote, the most substantial economic stimulus package in U.S. history – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The bill has been signed by the President, and has more than ten times the amount spent on the first two coronavirus bills combined. It's more than double the cost of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was the most significant stimulus bill enacted following the 2008 financial crisis.

    Here are a few key provisions:

    Additional Income Assistance – A $1,200 one-time payment per adult (up to $75,000 in annual income for individuals and $150,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child. Families should expect these checks in the next three weeks. Find more information on that HERE.

    Improvements to Unemployment Insurance (UI) - $600 per week in addition to state UI benefits for four months, a temporary UI program for the part-time, self-employed, gig economy, and other workers excluded from regular UI, 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits, and federal funding for states to waive waiting weeks. These provisions will be eligible through December 31, 2020. The bill also allows for $360 million for worker training and support and implementation costs at the Department of Labor. (*Find state-specific UI resources HERE.)

    Other Consumer Financial Protections - Suspends adverse consumer credit reporting until 120 days after pandemic in the case of forbearance of payment modification. Student loan interest accrual and payments are also suspended for six months.

    What's Missing:

    • No OSHA emergency standard to better protect frontline workers. See a recent letter HERE denouncing recent attempts to cover up PPE shortages by muzzling health care workers who are on the front lines of fighting the pandemic....
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    By MICHAEL GERSON

    For the symbolic reopening of the U.S. economy, President Trump has picked the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which lands on or just after the spring equinox. This is the way Easter has been determined in most of the Christian world since the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., and Trump’s target date for the resumption of normal life in America seems just as arbitrary.

    “Easter’s a very special day for me,” explained Trump. “Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?” And later: “You’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time.”

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    Cauvin's spoof has gone viral, *wrote [5]* Rob Jennings of /NJ Advance Media for NJ.com/ online. The irreverent riff has attracted close to three million viewers since he wrote and posted it Tuesday afternoon.
     
    Cauvin's spoof has gone viral, *wrote [5]* Rob Jennings of /NJ Advance Media for NJ.com/ online. The irreverent riff has attracted close to three million viewers since he wrote and posted it Tuesday afternoon.
     
    “It’s crazy," Jennings *quoted [6]* the comic. "Sixteen years as a stand-up, and all it took was a global pandemic for me to finally break through."
     
    “It’s crazy," Jennings *quoted [6]* the comic. "Sixteen years as a stand-up, and all it took was a global pandemic for me to finally break through."
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    In 2017, Cauvin, who 'fesses up to voting for Clinton, recorded an album impersonating Trump, *according to [7]* Jennings. But “it would never enter my mind to vote for him,” he also told the scribe.  
     
    I don't want to spoil the send up. But it's about Trump's nutty notion that we can whip the pandemic and get the economy revved back up by Easter.
     
    I don't want to spoil the send up. But it's about Trump's nutty notion that we can whip the pandemic and get the economy revved back up by Easter.
     
     
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    I had my iPhone out and was watching a short video my friend and fellow Graves countian Holly Erwin emailed me.
     
    I had my iPhone out and was watching a short video my friend and fellow Graves countian Holly Erwin emailed me.
     
    "/What/ did Trump just say?" asked Melinda, my spouse of 41 years, her head swiftly swiveling toward me in one of those cartoon double-takes.
     
    "/What/ did Trump just say?" asked Melinda, my spouse of 41 years, her head swiftly swiveling toward me in one of those cartoon double-takes.
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    I grinned, flipped the screen toward her and introduced her to 40-year-old Bloomfield, N.J., attorney-turned-comedian *J-L Cauvin [1]*. He doesn't have the Trumpian only-your-hairdresser-knows-for-sure pouffy bleachbottle-blonde-orange mane or puckered lips ala-Alec Baldwin. But his voice is a dead ringer for The Donald's.
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    I grinned, flipped the screen toward her and introduced her to 40-year-old Bloomfield, N.J., attorney-turned-comedian *J-L Cauvin [1]*. He doesn't have the Trumpian only-your-hairdresser-knows-for-sure pouffy bleach-bottle-blonde-orange mane or puckered lips ala-Alec Baldwin. But his voice is a dead ringer for The Donald's.
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    Close youre eyes, click *here [2]* or *here [3]*and you'll swear it's the *Very Stable Genius [4]* himself. 
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    Close your eyes, click *here [2]* or *here [3]*and you'll swear it's the *Very Stable Genius [4]* himself. 
     
    Cauvin's spoof has gone viral, *wrote [5]* Rob Jennings of /NJ Advance Media for NJ.com/ online. The irreverent riff has attracted close to three million viewers since he wrote and posted it Tuesday afternoon.
     
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    Coronavirus-induced cabin fever got you down? Laughter helps.
     
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    "/What/ did Trump just say?" asked my wife, her head swiftly swiveling toward me in one of those cartoon double-takes.
     
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    I grinned, flipped the screen toward her and introduced her to 40-year-old Bloomfield, N.J., comedian *J-L Cauvin [1]*. He doesn't have the Trumpian only-your-hairdresser-knows-for-sure pouffy blonde mane or puckered lips ala Alec Baldwin. But his voice is a dead ringer for The Donalds.
     
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    Cabin fever got you down? Laughter helps.
     
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    Holly Erwin, my friend and fellow Graves countian, sent me this video. "What did Trump just say?" my wife did one of those cartoon double-takes when she heard me playing it.
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    Holly Erwin, my friend and fellow Graves countian, sent me this short video. "/What/ did Trump just say?" asked my wife, doing one of those cartoon double-takes.
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    [1] https://digg.com/2020/trump-impression-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR3hX_ZQMU2uoFtg-OFG06EhvyYljAqWdXGTcBqYmLlfPq_oVV9jV9ZMd-M
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    By BERRY CRAIG

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    Coronavirus-induced cabin fever got you down? Laughter helps.

    I had my iPhone out and was watching a short video my friend and fellow Graves countian Holly Erwin emailed me.

    "What did Trump just say?" asked Melinda, my spouse of 41 years, her head swiftly swiveling toward me in one of those cartoon double-takes.

    I grinned, flipped the screen toward her and introduced her to 40-year-old Bloomfield, N.J., attorney-turned-comedian J-L Cauvin. He doesn't have the Trumpian only-your-hairdresser-knows-for-sure pouffy bleach-bottle-blonde-orange mane or puckered lips ala-Alec Baldwin. But his voice is a dead ringer for The Donald's.

    Close your eyes, click here or here and you'll swear it's the Very Stable Genius himself. 

    Cauvin's spoof has gone viral, wrote Rob Jennings of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com online. The irreverent riff has attracted close to three million viewers since he wrote and posted it Tuesday afternoon.

    “It’s crazy," Jennings quoted the comic. "Sixteen years as a stand-up, and all it took was a global pandemic for me to finally break through."

    In 2017, Cauvin, who 'fesses up to voting for Clinton, recorded an album impersonating Trump, according to Jennings. But “it would never enter my mind to vote for him,” he also told the scribe.  

    I don't want to spoil the send up. But it's about Trump's nutty notion that we can whip the pandemic and get the economy revved back up by Easter.

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