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Let’s raise our taxes! Infrastructure and the American character

If the infrastructure—roads, rails, water, and sewer lines—is the foundation of our economy, we are living on ruins and on borrowed time. The fragility of our infrastructure symbolizes the failure of a national ideology that has submerged public welfare under an ocean of private interests. And what Henry Adams observed while riding through ante-bellum Virginia, is true for today also: “bad roads meant bad morals.”The 21st century inherited the 20th century’s infrastructure, whose maintenance was...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Virginia, US, America, History, Infrastructure, Sociology, Fema, General Services Administration, Social Sciences, Congressional Research Service, Arts & Humanities, Henry Adams, Private Citizenship


FEMA offers funeral aid for COVID-19 deaths but getting funds is not so easy for families

FEMA offers assistance to cover funeral costs of family members who died from COVID-19. But some have concerns about the application process.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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FEMA Offers Funeral Aid to Those Grieving COVID-19 Deaths

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Shenora Staten-Jordan felt lost when her father, Gary Lee Staten, died of COVID-19 in May. She hadn’t expected to lose him so soon at age 61 — or for a contagious disease to hinder her goodbye.
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A world-class search and rescue team at the Surfside collapse has responded to disasters including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina

They're the members of Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force-1, a group of search and rescue experts that operates under FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. When they're not being dispatched to countries in crisis, many of them work for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue as local firefighters.
Tags: Cnn, Fema, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Surfside, Miami Dade Fire Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force


Coronavirus Roundup: FEMA Amends Funeral Assistance Policy; Third Round of Stimulus Check Data Released 

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.
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FEMA Call Centers Closing Sunday, Monday for Fourth of July

National Processing Service Centers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be closed Sunday and Monday for the Fourth of July holiday.
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FEMA official: Devastation is 'difficult to put in words'

• Another lawsuit has been filed against the condo association • She sued condo in 2015. Why her attorney remained worried
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Miami condo collapse updates: Second lawsuit, warnings in April

Plus, photos taken just days before the collapse show cracked concrete and corroded rebar in the building's garage.
Tags: Engineer, Radio, Fema, Miami, The White House, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Construction, Garage, Concrete, The Miami Herald, Condo Association, News Brief, Luxury Condo, Boston Groundwater Trust, President Biden


FEMA official: Devastation is hard to put into words

Photos | What is a 'pancake collapse?' | Here's how you can help
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Psaki says Biden won't visit Miami-area building collapse and supports an investigation

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, June 28, 2021. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Biden does not plan to travel to the area of the Florida building collapse, Psaki said. The trip would divert local resources away from ongoing rescue efforts, she added. The White House has sent federal assistance to state and local officials. See more stories on Insider's business page. Pres...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, Fema, Miami, Biden, Collapse, Building, Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, Ron DeSantis, Jen Psaki


Miami-Dade County mayor says officials authorized 'voluntary evacuation' for sister building of collapsed Miami condo

Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County speaks to reporters a block west of where the rescue personnel continue their search for victims the day after a partial building collapse in Surfside near Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona Residents of the sister building of the partially collapsed Florida condo, Champlain Towers South, can voluntarily evacuate. "Anyone who chooses to leave can be supported," Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. A lo...
Tags: Florida, News, Trends, Maintenance, Joe Biden, Fema, Miami, Cbs, Collapse, Building, Cava, Miami Dade County, Miami Beach Florida, Surfside, Daniella Levine Cava, Surfside Florida


Top Stories this AM: Trump defends Giuliani post-law license suspension; cruises contend with COVID again; near record highs on the S&P 500

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: Back on the up and up. S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures hover near record highs after Joe Biden strikes $1 trillion infrastructure deal, while oil prices rise. President Joe Biden's deal, which would see more than $1 trillion spent on infrastructure, boosted US and global stocks. Florida building collapse disas...
Tags: Florida, New York, News, US, Newsletter, Trends, Joe Biden, Fema, Miami, Biden, Rudy, Giuliani, Black Lives Matter, Jonah Peretti, Rudy Giuliani, Royal Caribbean


10 Things in Politics: GOP's salivating over Hunter Biden

Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Politics. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.I'm Insider senior politics reporter Grace Panetta, filling in for Brent Griffiths. You can send me tips at [email protected] or @grace_panetta on Twitter.Here's what we're talking about today:The GOP's salivating over Hunter Biden - again.Pence punches back at Trump over January 6.Rudy Giuliani's NY law license suspended over 2020 lies.With Jordan Erb.One thing to look out for to...
Tags: Florida, New York, Congress, France, Senate, White House, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, West, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House, Fema


Biden approved an emergency declaration in Florida, allowing FEMA to coordinate disaster relief for the Miami building collapse

Rubble hangs from the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, on June 24, 2021. Chandan Khanna / AFP / Getty Images President Joe Biden has signed an emergency declaration for Florida after a building collapsed there on Thursday. The declaration will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief. Nearly 100 people are still unaccounted for after the Florida condo collapsed in the wee hours of Thursday. See more st...
Tags: Florida, Washington Post, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, New York Times, Fema, Miami, Biden, Miami Dade County, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Miami Beach, Miami Dade, Surfside, Chandan Khanna


FEMA Seeks More Staff as It Rests Beleaguered Employees Ahead of Busy Season

Federally run vaccination sites are closing and employees are returning from the border as hurricane and wildfire seasons loom.
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Can the military academies compete with Stanford and Harvard in venture? Two veterans are raising $50M to find out

Soldier-entrepreneurs are unfortunately still a rare breed in Silicon Valley, despite the region’s origins in Cold War defense spending. While the courage and perseverance required to fight in an overseas battlefield (or the office bureaucracy on base) would seem a perfect fit for the travails of the founder, the reality is that the journey from solider to CEO is a long and arduous transition. A couple of organizations have popped up over the years to make the leap easier. For instance, Patriot ...
Tags: West Point, Navy, Stanford, Government, Virginia, Iraq, New York City, Tech, Department Of Defense, Chicago, Harvard, Williams, Fema, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Dc


$176 Million Now Available From FEMA for Laura, Delta Aid

Louisiana parishes recovering from two hurricanes that struck last year are now in line to get get a total of more than $176 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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FEMA Extends Deadline to Seek Aid in 31 Kentucky Counties

Gov. Andy Beshear says federal emergency officials have extended a deadline for Kentuckians to register for assistance due to damage from severe flooding.
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Collecting FEMA funeral money takes some tenacity — and help

As a funeral director at Ingold Funeral and Cremation in Fontana, California, Jessica Rodriguez helps families say goodbye to their loved ones. "We serve predominantly Latino families, most of them second- and third-generation" residents, said Rodriguez. "We do have quite a few that are first-generation, that don't speak any English."
Tags: Health, Fema, Fontana California, Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Ingold Funeral


Just because you've been vaccinated doesn't mean you can stop caring about America's vaccine campaign

CRISTINA QUICLER / Contributor / Getty Images Things are getting back to normal, but vaccine rates continue to lag in some parts of the country. Areas of low vaccine coverage will see surges, especially as new variants enter the mix. The government must engage in door-to-door outreach to get vaccine rates up, or risk COVID surges in under-vaccinated areas. Abdullah Shihipar is a writer who covers public health, class, and race. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those o...
Tags: UK, Mississippi, Cdc, New York City, US, Alabama, America, Trends, Britain, New York Times, Fema, Delta, Brazil, Yougov, Louisiana, Postal Service


Louisianans in 5 parishes now have Aug. 16 tax deadline

June 15 — yep, this coming Tuesday — is Tax Day for all Louisianans (and Texans and Oklahomans) who endured mid-February's historic freeze. But some Pelican State taxpayers now get even longer to finish up their 2020 tax year returns. The Internal Revenue Service says victims of severe storms and flooding in parts of Louisiana that began May 17 now have until Aug. 16 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. The affected filers live in or have businesses in Asce...
Tags: Taxes, Kentucky, West Virginia, Atlantic, Tennessee, House, Fema, Ira, Louisiana, Irs, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Internal Revenue Service, Pelican State, Texas Oklahoma, Parts of Alabama, Ascension Calcasieu East Baton Rouge Iberville


State disaster declarations could trigger quicker IRS tax relief under House bill

Overhead view of flooding. (Image by Pok Rie via Pexels) It's already been a literally disastrous year for millions of Americans. When Mother Nature does her worst, major disaster areas are declared, meaning affected residents get access to federal assistance. However, the process for providing disaster-related tax relief can take time and be confusing. Sometimes it can be frustratingly close to, or even after, impending tax deadlines. The Internal Revenue Service can't make any decisions...
Tags: New York, Taxes, California, White House, West Virginia, House, Fema, Irs, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Internal Revenue Service, Chu, Judy Chu, Pexels, JOHN KATKO, Pok Rie, Chu Katko


More teens are ending up in the hospital with COVID-19, now the CDC is urging parents to get them vaccinated

Natalie Ruiz,19, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center at Miami Dade College, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Miami. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky Coronavirus hospitalization rates among teens rose in March and April, the CDC said. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky called the trend alarming. Walensky is encouraging parents to get their teens vaccinated against COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. The number of teens hospitalized with COVID-19 increased i...
Tags: Science, Teens, Washington Post, Cdc, US, Trends, Fema, Miami, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Miami Dade College, Lynne Sladky, Coronavirus, COVID, Natalie Ruiz, Sarah Al Arshani, Rochelle Walensky


FEMA Staff to Help Kentuckians in Seeking Storm-Related Aid

Gov. Andy Beshear says federal emergency officials will be in three Kentucky counties in coming days to meet with people who suffered damage from severe storms and flooding.
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The Station: Rivian rolls towards an IPO and Quantumscape makes a big battery hire

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. For my American readers, you might be traveling — perhaps for the first time in more than a year — because of the Memorial Day holiday. While Memorial Day is meant to honor members ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Utah, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Senate, White House, China, Ipo, Germany, Berlin, Softbank, America


FEMA OKs More Support for Flood-Stricken Kentucky Counties

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky’s request for individual assistance for 22 additional counties hit by severe flooding has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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WV taxpayers belatedly get until June 30 to file 2020 taxes

Even though Tax Day 2021 has come and gone, the Internal Revenue Service has decided to give some storm-struck West Virginians in the western part of the state more time to file their 2020 tax returns. Even after skies clear, flood waters remain. (Photo courtesy FEMA Facebook page) Sometimes even the Internal Revenue Service runs a bit late. That's the case with its announcement today, May 27, that some West Virginians now have a little more than a month to file their 2020 taxes. Until...
Tags: Taxes, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Fema, Ira, Louisiana, Irs, Don, Wayne, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Internal Revenue Service, Mountain State, Uncle Sam, Texas Oklahoma, FEMA Facebook


Biden staffers urge president to ‘hold Israel accountable’ and protect Palestinians – as it happened

500 staffers sign letter urging Biden to ‘lay groundwork for peace’Secretary of state Tony Blinken to travel to Middle East this weekRepublicans scramble to derail Capitol riot commission creation 1.01am BST Thanks for keeping me company this Monday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of some of the things we covered: Related: Can Black Lives Matter LA dismantle the powerful police unions? 12.45am BST A program providing federal funeral assistance for families dealing with Covid deaths has le...
Tags: Europe, Politico, Russia, Israel, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Palestinian territories, Fema, Gaza, Middle East, Biden, Trump


FEMA program for Covid-19 victims stumbles over death-certificate data problems

More than 200,000 people have sought reimbursement of up to $9,000 per family for Covid-19-related funeral expenses.
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