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  • Nov 06, 2018 05:02 PM
    Last: 1mo
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    It all panned out (largely) as expected, but it looks like the Republicans really took advantage of the very favorable Senate map and expanded their majority even more than many pundits thought they would.

    Have no doubt though - the Democrats retaking the House is a very, very big deal. Now Trump and Republicans will be forced to deal with the Democratic Party if they want to get anything accomplished legislative wise.

  • Oct 30, 2018 11:17 PM
    Last: 1mo
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    I'm very hesitant to make any predictions after 2016, but I wouldn't be surprised if Democrats retake the House while still losing one or two seats in the Senate. In lesser followed, but potentially more important, Governors and state house races I wouldn't be remotely surprised if Democrats have a very good night.

    However, nothing surprises me in politics anymore and turnout will decide everything. Which side is more energized? We'll see in 24 hours.

  • Nov 05, 2018 01:41 PM
    Last: 1mo
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    There is no shortage of television channels and websites to follow election results in real time, but that doesn't mean that all of them are equal. Partisans may be interested in following the results one way while non-partisans may will likely be interested in following the results in another, but everyone should want to make sure their coverage is from a reputable source regardless of political philosophy.

    With that in mind, here are the best and worst television channels and websites to watch election coverage.

    Best Non-political Television Channels and Websites
    ABC
    CBS
    NBC
    C-Span
    PBS

    The Washington Post
    The New York Times
    The Wall Street Journal
    Associated Press
    Reuters

    Best Political (Perceived or Not) Television Channels and Websites
    CNN
    Fox News
    MSNBC

    Politico
    FiveThirtyEight

    Worst Television Channels and Websites
    Half of people would put Fox News on this list, while the other half would put CNN and/or MSNBC, but all three of those organizations, no matter their political leanings, employ reputable journalists and pundits.

    The worst television channels and websites are those which espouse hate and fear and try to divide instead of inform. These publications don't deserve any free advertisements and won't get any here, but all you have to do to check if your source is reputable or not is just do a little digging.

    One minute of research can go a long way in determining whether what you're following is a member of the "worst television channels and websites."

  • Jul 05, 2018 04:26 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    I'm actually of the opposing opinion, especially if you're financially able to wait until you reach your full retirement age (which is dependent on the year you are born.)

    If you begin drawing your benefits the first day you're able to then your monthly benefit is reduced by 30%, with the percentage dropping each year thereafter until you reach full retirement age. That winds up being a whole lot of money in the long run.

    I stress that this may not be possible for everyone for a myriad of reasons, but I'm of the belief that the longer you wait to begin collecting your Social Security benefits the better.

  • Apr 06, 2015 11:56 AM
    Last: 5mo
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    J.K.Logic Wrote: Still relevant info. Good post, as that link also helps you find out about the CHIP program as well.

    Medicaid and CHIP program names in your state

    That's a good resource as well, as different states can call Medicaid and CHIP different things. If you enter your state in that drop down, it will tell you what your state labels the programs as. Could be helpful if your google searching isn't turning up the results like it should.

    I have a feeling a lot of people who qualify for Medicaid or CHIP don't even realize it, especially those who are younger and consider themselves healthy. It doesn't cost a thing to apply, so there's no reason not to.
  • Apr 03, 2018 01:02 PM
    Last: 8mo
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    If you're someone like me who tends to wait until the last minute to file your taxes then you're in luck because the deadline is a few days later than it usually is. April 15th, the usual day to file your taxes, is on a Sunday this year and the 16th is Emancipation Day (a holiday in Washington, D.C.), so the tax filing deadline this year is on Tuesday, April 17th.

    My goal is to get my taxes done sometime in the next few days, but it is nice to know that I have a couple extra days if I procrastinate. Is anyone else like me and waits to the last minute to file your taxes or do you like to get yours done as soon as possible?

  • Feb 17, 2018 11:39 PM
    Last: 10mo
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    Jaded Wrote: My husband and I live in two different states for now. He is a resident of Mass and I am a resident of Ms and we file a joint tax return, but will I have to pay into Mass state even though I do not live or reside in that state?
    I would encourage speaking with a tax professional before filing, but you only have to pay state taxes for a state that you reside in. So if you don't reside in Massachusetts then you will not be required to pay Massachusetts state income taxes, but you will be required to pay Mississippi state income tax.
  • Feb 20, 2018 02:31 PM
    Last: 9mo
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    Bearit4life Wrote: I was married in April of 2017 and in September of 2017 my husband beat me until I was sent to the hospitial . I had to relocate due to his violence and have restraining orders/protective orders in place. I am currently working with the Crime Victim Compensation as well. I am not divorced but I am DEF separated. What should I do?
    I'm so sorry to hear about everything you're going through. I would strongly encourage you to directly contact the IRS and ask them for guidance.
  • Jan 31, 2018 11:03 PM
    Last: 9mo
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    I'm sorry to hear about your current predicament, but if you've talked with an IRS agent and they advised you to hold off on filing your 2017 taxes then I would heed their advice.
  • Oct 03, 2017 02:33 PM
    Last: 1yr
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    The House just passed the Joint tax bill and the Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill tonight, which is all but guaranteed to pass after Leader McConnell has secured enough votes for its passage. Then it's off to the President's desk for his signature.

    The final version of the bill maintains seven tax brackets, doubles the standard deduction, but also does away with many popular deductions. It will go into effect on January 1, 2018.