President Obama to Speak at Rutger’s Commencement

Apr 14, 2016, 3:00 pm EDT

President Obama will be delivering the Rutgers University commencement address.

As he continues the last year of his eight-year presidency, Obama has agreed to be the keynote speaker as the 2016 graduation ceremony. Rutgers University was taken off a three-year wait list Thursday for the services of President Obama.

The school is the eighth-oldest college in the U.S., and it is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016. President Obama will be the first U.S. resident to address the graduating class at a Rutgers commencement. Read 

HB2 News: Ringo Starr Cancels Concert Over NC ‘Bathroom’ Bill

Apr 14, 2016, 1:17 pm EDT

Ringo Starr, former member of The Beatles, has canceled a concert in North Carolina over HB2.

The HB2 bill makes it so that transgenders have to use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender listed on their birth certificate. Ringo Starr apologized to fans for canceling, but said he had to “take a stand against this hatred.”

Ringo Starr isn’t the only artist that has canceled a performance in NC over HB2. Other artists not performing in the state because of the law include Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band. Some artists are still performing in the state, but are asking for the law to be repealed, reports USA Today. Read 

Medical Marijuana to Get OK in Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2016, 12:23 pm EDT

Pennsylvania has approved medical marijuana for use in patients that have certain conditions.

The approval of medical marijuana means that patients with cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and other conditions will be able to obtain pills, oils and creams with the substance. However, it won’t be covered by insurance.

The new ruling on medical marijuana in Pennsylvania won’t allow people to legally grow it at home. Instead, they’ll have to visit dispensaries with a state card to get the drug. The pot for medical use will be provided by 25 state-approved growers, reports‎. Read 

Medicare News: New Cancer Drug Proposal Has Doctors Furious

Apr 11, 2016, 6:30 pm EDT

A new Medicare cancer drug proposal has sparked plenty of controversy. Source: Flickr

Specialists are lashing out at the experimental treatment, which cuts on the profit of hospitals and doctors due to a new policy. More importantly, it could have a negative effect on patients’ treatments.

Doctors are asking for Obama’s administration to eliminate the experiment as Medicare would pay a 2.5% fee on top the cost of any cancer drug instead of the additional 6% currently being shelled out nationwide. Read 

This Popular Social Security Benefit Expires April 29

Apr 11, 2016, 4:54 pm EDT

A Social Security benefit that has saved some thousands of dollar will no longer exist at the end of the month.

The file-and-suspend Social Security claiming strategy will be discontinued as of April 29. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 — signed into law in November — shut down this move due to the fact that it’s a loophole.

The old law allowed those born before Jan. 2, 1954 could not file a restricted application before full retirement age (FRA), but they could at or after FRA. Read 

Tax Day 2016: Why Your Taxes Are Due April 18 This Year

Apr 11, 2016, 11:50 am EDT

Tax Day is later than normal this year and we have a holiday to thank for that.

The final date to file taxes with the IRS is April 18 instead of the normal April 15. This is because Emancipation Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 15 in D.C. This delays the tax filing due date to Monday, April 18.

State holidays can also effect when Tax Day occurs, which is the case this year in Massachusetts and Maine as residents celebrate Patriots’ Day on April 18, which further delays the due date to April 19. However, estimated tax payments are still due on April 18, reports USA Today. Read 

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