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Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster Selected to Replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser

Feb 21, 2017, 12:59 pm EDT

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has been chosen by President Donald Trump to replace Michael Flynn as the United States’ National Security Adviser.

H.R. McMaster was among the candidates that President Trump interviewed after it was discovered that Michael Flynn withheld information about a call with Russia’s ambassador. The President spent the weekend searching for and interviewing possible replacements before selecting McMaster.

H.R. McMaster is a veteran of the Persian Gulf war and the second war with Iraq. He will remain on active duty while serving as the National Security Adviser of the United States. He holds no ties to Trump and was critical over how former President George W. Bush conducted the war with Iraq. Read 

9 Things to Know About Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

Feb 21, 2017, 12:20 pm EDT

President Donald Trump is reportedly almost done with his revised travel ban and information about it is starting to appear.

Here are a few things to know about Trump’s revised travel ban.

    The new travel ban is written to overcome a court ruling that stopped the previous one. It will still include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen; the same countries from the previous travel ban. Travelers from these countries that already have a visa, Green Card or are dual citizens will be exempt from this travel ban. The revised travel ban will include exemptions for citizens of the seven countries that have aided the military of the United States. The new ban may remove wording that allowed special privileges for members of minority religions in the countries. The Trump’s administration hasn’t revealed anything concrete about the new travel ban yet, but was reportedly drafting it over the weekend. The previous order included an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria, but the new executive order may not include this restriction. However, the order will likely still include the 90 day restriction on citizens and 120-day restriction on refugees from the seven countries in the previous order. Attorneys are already preparing to fight the new executive order, but it may be harder to do if it doesn’t target citizens with legal rights in the United States.

You can follow these links to learn more about the revised travel ban that President Donald Trump and his administration is currently working on. Read 

IRS Tax Refund Schedule 2017: Where’s My Refund?

Feb 16, 2017, 3:33 pm EDT

Your 2017 IRS tax refund is coming soon if you filed it recently. Source: Shutterstock

The Internal Revenue Service announced that chances of you getting your refunds immediately are slim, but they will arrive sooner rather than later. Most returns began processing on January 24, 2017, while the agency did not start processing returns with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until Feb. 15, 2017.

The IRS is letting consumers know that if they filed early, they will have to wait a bit. It takes approximately two weeks from the moment you file your return — if it is after the aforementioned dates — until the moment you receive your refund. Read 

A Day Without Immigrants: 11 Things to Know About Today’s Strike

Feb 16, 2017, 1:17 pm EDT

Immigrants across the United States are taking part in the “A Day Without Immigrants” strike today.

Here are a few things to know about the A Day Without Immigrants strikes that are taking place today.

    The strike has many immigrants living in the United States closing down their businesses. Immigrants in the United States are also staying home from their jobs as part of the strike. There is a march on the White House that started at noon on Thursday. The goal of the strike is to show how much money the country would lose without immigrants. The strike is in protest of president Donald Trump’s plans to stop illegal immigration and build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Several members of the strike are also protesting the President’s proposed temporary travel restrictions on some countries in the Middle East. The A Day Without Immigrants strike also calls for immigrant kids to skip school and suggest that parents not send their kids to school. A couple of schools have also closed today due to the strikes. There are also businesses that aren’t closing, but are choosing to donate proceeds from today to charities that support Latino communities. A Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) page for the march on the White House includes a list of demands from the government. This includes the removal of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local government making up for lost federal funding to sanctuary cities and more.

You can learn more about the A Day Without Immigrants strike by following these links. Read 

ACA News: Humana Inc (HUM) to Exit Obamacare in 2018

Feb 15, 2017, 11:50 am EDT

Humana Inc (NYSE:HUM) will be leaving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2018.

Humana Inc made this announcement during a strategic update to investors that was released on Tuesday. In the update, the company says that it will continue to provide insurance through the Obamacare marketplace in 2017, but that it will exit it next year.

Humana Inc says that the problem with selling individual commercial medical coverage through the ACA was that it never stabilized. It made this announcement following the initial analysis of data for the 2017 open enrollment period. Read 

This Is Why Trump Is Cozying up to the Unions

Feb 10, 2017, 10:55 am EDT

An interesting story got passed over in all the hubbub over President Trump’s inauguration. On his first full day in office, when any number of meetings could have been taken, President Trump took a meeting with major private sector unions. Source: Shutterstock

North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey, Laborers’ International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan, Smart sheet metal workers’ union President Joseph Sellers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and President of the United Association Mark McManus were all present.

What was a republican president be doing having a meeting, on his first day, with the reviled unions? Welcome to “Big Picture Politics,” and why it might be good for investors. Read 

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