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Check Out Jackets & Preview for BanG Dream! VA Band Roselia’s 2nd Album “Wahl”

The official YouTube channel for Bushiroad’s mixed-media project BanG Dream! has posted a 12-minute preview for the  five-member voice actress band Roselia‘s forthcoming second album “Wahl” to be released on July 15, 2020, as well as a 30-second web CM introducing the character and CD jacket illustrations and a 15-second CM featuring their live performance.

Roselia was formed in 2016 as the second real band from the franchise following Poppin’Party, and has released ten singles and one studio album. It has been two years since their first album “Anfang” was released in May 2018, which ranked an impressive second spot in Oricon’s weekly album chart.

The 12-song album “Wahl” includes “BRAVE JEWEL,” “FIRE BIRD,” and “Neo-Aspect,” which are their regular songs in their concert, in addition to “Break your desire” and “Song I am.,” which are the new songs that have already become popular in the smartphone game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!

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Preview for the 12 songs in the album:

Song list:

 1. “R”

 2. “BRAVE JEWEL”

 3. “Determination Symphony”

 4. “FIRE BIRD”

 5. “Safe and Sound”

 6. “Avant-garde HISTORY”

 7. “Break your desire”

 8. “Re:birth day”

 9. “Neo-Aspect”

 10. “Yakusoku”

 11. “UNIONS Road

 12. “Song I am.”

Limited production edition CD jacket (front):

(Back):

Standard edition:

Roselia’s current members:

  • Aina Aiba (vocal/the voice of Yukina Minato) 
  • Haruka Kudo (guitar/Sayo Hikawa)
  • Yuki Nakashima (bass/Risa Imai)
  • Megu Sakuragawa (drums/Ako Udagawa)
  • Kanon Shizaki (keyboards/Rinko Shirokane)


As reported, an all-new feature film BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia including two episodes: “I: Yakusoku (Promise)” and “II: Song i am.” is set to be released in 2021. “Yakusoku” is the title of Roselia’s latest 10th single released in January 2020, while “Song i am” will be included in their upcoming second album “Wahl.”  

“BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia – I: Yakusoku / II: Song i am.”

 https://roselia-movie.bang-dream.com/

  • Original story: Bushiroad 
  • Original script: Craft Egg 
  • Anime production Sanjigen
  • Distribution: Bushiroad 
  • General director: Koudai Kakimoto (BanG Dream! 2nd & 3rd Season
  • Director: Atsushi Mimira from Sanjigen (BanG Dream! 2nd & 3rd Season CG supervisor) 
  • Series composition: Yuniko Ayana 
  • Screenplay: Koudai Kakimoto, Midori Goto from Sanjigen 
  • Music: Elements Garden

Source: “Bang Dream!” official YouTube channel, Bushiroad press release

(c)BanG Dream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump hypes bid to stem monument vandalism

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hypes bid to stem monument vandalism


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don’t look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he took it a step further with a comment suggesting that testing be restrained so the pandemic doesn’t look so bad.

His aides passed that off as a joke. Trump contradicted them, saying he wasn’t kidding. Then he contradicted himself, saying he was.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, Trump cited powers he actually doesn’t have as he suggested he had imposed 10-year prison sentences for vandalism of monuments. The president did not — and cannot —- unilaterally change such laws.

So it went over the past week as America’s reckoning with disease and racism navigated a fog of falsehoods and distortions from the president. A sampling:

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MEMORIALS

TRUMP: “Since imposing a very powerful 10 year prison sentence on those that Vandalize Monuments, Statues etc., with many people being arrested all over our Country, the Vandalism has completely stopped.” — tweet Sunday.

TRUMP: “I’ve also made clear that any rioters damaging federal property and defacing our monuments will face severe and lengthy criminal penalties. Ten years.” — remarks Tuesday in Phoenix.

THE FACTS: He has no such authority. A president is not a judge.

Trump signed an executive order Friday to protect monuments, memorials and statues, calling on the attorney general to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any person or group that destroys or vandalizes a monument, memorial or statue.

The order basically instructs the attorney general to enforce laws that already exist. Trump does not actually impose sentences.

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TRUMP: “I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent. … This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!” — tweets Tuesday.

THE FACTS: This action taken “immediately” and “retroactively” is merely words. It has no effect.

The Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act, passed by Congress in 2003, already authorizes fines or prison for up to 10 years for the destruction of veterans’ memorials on public property.

The law covers “any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States.”

So all prosecutors got from Trump is a reminder of legal authority they already had.

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TRUMP: “They even vandalized — that’s right — the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial.” — remarks at Phoenix rally Wednesday, prompting boos from the audience.

THE FACTS: No one damaged the memorial housing the statue of Lincoln in protests that unfolded near it. An online photo seeming to show the Lincoln statue and a memorial wall blanketed by graffiti was fake.

The reality: Someone spray painted “y’all not tired yet?” by the bottom of the steps to the memorial May 30 and the National Park Service cleaned it up.

“The only vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial was graffiti at the bottom of the steps at street level, far away from the statue,” said national parks spokesman Mike Litterst.

He said vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial is unusual but not unheard of. “Probably most notable was in 2013 when someone splashed green paint on the statue,” he said in an email. “And it was vandalized twice in 2017, once in February with black magic marker and again in August with red spray paint on one of the columns.”

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JUST KIDDING?

TRUMP: “You know testing is a double-edged sword. … Here’s the bad part. When you test to that extent, you are going to find more people, find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down please.‘” — Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally June 20.

THE FACT: First, it’s not true that he ordered testing slowed. The government’s top public health officials testified one by one to Congress that Trump told them no such thing.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the comment was “made in jest” and other senior aides similarly brushed it off as not serious. Trump didn’t play along. “I don’t kid,” he said Tuesday when asked about the remark.

Then he reversed himself, telling Fox News on Thursday “Sometimes I jokingly say, or sarcastically say, if we didn’t do tests we would look great.” But holding back on testing is “not the right thing to do.”

Trump’ broader point — “If you don’t test, you don’t have any cases,” he also said — flips science on its head. No one disputes the fact that testing for the virus is key to controlling it. Testing is only one measure of the pandemic. It is also measured by hospitalization and death, which continue even if authorities were to close their eyes to spreading sickness.

COVID-19 has killed about 125,000 people in the U.S. Infections are far higher than are known because many who get the disease and pass it on are not tested.

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VOTING FRAUD

TRUMP: “There is tremendous evidence of fraud whenever you have mail-in ballots.” — remarks Tuesday at Phoenix rally.

THE FACTS: No, there isn’t.

Voting fraud actually is rare and Trump’s attempts to show otherwise have fallen flat. Nevertheless, he persists in the assertion, in what can be seen as a pretext to discredit results if he loses in November.

Trump appointed a commission after the 2016 election to get to the bottom of his theory that voting fraud is rampant. The panel disbanded without producing any findings.

Some election studies have reported a higher incidence of mail-in voting fraud compared with in-person voting, but the overall risk is all but imperceptible. The Brennan Center for Justice said in 2017 the risk of voting fraud is 0.00004% to 0.0009%.

When Trump made similar assertions last month, Twitter took the extraordinary step of attaching fact-checking notices.

Richard L. Hasen, an elections expert at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, recently wrote in an op-ed that “problems are extremely rare in the five states that rely primarily on vote-by-mail, including the heavily Republican state of Utah.”

Trump himself voted by mail in the Florida Republican primary in March. A half-dozen senior advisers to the president have also voted by mail, according to election records obtained by The Associated Press.

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VIRUS RISK

TRUMP: “The number of ChinaVirus cases goes up, because of GREAT TESTING, while the number of deaths (mortality rate), goes way down.” — tweet Thursday.

THE FACTS: No, increased testing does not fully account for the rise in cases. People are also infecting each other more than before as social distancing rules recede and “community spread” picks up.

“One of the things is an increase in community spread, and that’s something that I’m really quite concerned about,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, testified Tuesday.

As for Trump’s point about mortality coming down, Fauci said that is not a relevant measure of what is happening in the moment with infections. “Deaths always lag considerably behind cases,” he said. “It is conceivable you may see the deaths going up.”

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified that “several communities are seeing increased cases driven by multiple factors, including increased testing, outbreaks, and evidence of community transmission.”

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TRUMP on the pandemic: “It’s fading away, it’s going to fade away.” — Fox News interview June 17.

THE FACTS: It’s not fading and not about to.

Coronavirus infections per day in the U.S. surged to an all-time high of 40,000 at the end of the week, eclipsing the previous high of 36,400 on April 24 during one of the deadliest stretches in the crisis. Newly reported cases per day have risen on average about 60 percent over the past two weeks, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Earlier in the week, Fauci told Congress the U.S. is “still in the middle of the first wave” and the imperative is to “get this outbreak under control over the next couple of months.” He said the New York City area, once an epicenter, has done notably well but “in other areas of the country we’re now seeing a disturbing surge of infections.”

The next few weeks “are going to be critical in our ability to address those surgings that we are seeing in Florida, in Texas, in Arizona and other states,” Fauci said. “They’re not the only ones that are having a difficulty.”

Fauci added: “Certainly there will be coronavirus infections in the fall and winter because the virus is not going to disappear.”

Said Redfield: “As we get to the fall, we’re going to have influenza and COVID at the same time.”

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TESTING

TRUMP: “We have got the greatest testing program anywhere in the world.” — remarks Tuesday.

TRUMP: “We’ve done too good a job.” — interview on June 22.

THE FACTS: The U.S. is nowhere near the level of testing needed to stem the virus, according to his own health experts.

Redfield testified that health officials are still working to significantly increase testing capacity, calling such expansion a “critical underpinning of our response.”

The U.S. currently is conducting about 500,000 to 600,000 tests a day. Many public health experts say the U.S. should be testing nearly twice as many people daily to control the spread of the virus. Looking to the fall, some experts have called for 4 million or more tests daily, while a group assembled by Harvard University estimated that 20 million a day would be needed to keep the virus in check.

Redfield said the U.S. was aiming to boost testing to 3 million daily by “pooling” multiple people’s samples, a technique that is still under review by the FDA. He stressed the need for expanded surveillance because some people who get infected may not show symptoms.

“We still have a ways to go,” Redfield said.

The U.S. stumbled early in the pandemic response as the CDC struggled to develop its own test for the coronavirus in January, later discovering problems in its kits sent to state and county public health labs in early February.

It took the CDC more than two weeks to come up with a fix to the test kits, leading to delays in diagnoses through February, a critical month when the virus took root in the U.S.

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Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Matthew Perrone in Washington and Beatrice Dupuy in New York contributed to this report.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

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Stimulus check update, status, amount, eligibility: Everything to know about the IRS payment

There’s a lot to know about the current round of IRS stimulus payments.


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By the beginning of June, the IRS had made more than 160 million stimulus payments, worth $269.3 billion, according to a new report from the US Government Accountability Office. Those economic relief payments — arriving in the mail as a check or prepaid debit card or to your bank via direct deposit — are part of the CARES Act passed by Congress to provide financial assistance to individuals and families through the coronavirus recession.

The GAO report noted that the IRS faced early challenges making payments. If you’re trying to determine your eligibility, you might also run into obstacles wading through the details of who qualifies for a payment and who doesn’t, how you’ll receive your check and how much money you’ll actually get.

Keep track of the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ll help you understand:

Here’s the current conversation is around a second stimulus check for 2020how much could you get with another round and who may and may not qualify for a payment in a second round.

Know your stimulus check rights

Here are some important things to know about your stimulus check.

The payment is not taxable: You won’t pay taxes next year on a stimulus payment you receive from the IRS in 2020. The IRS does not consider it income, and a payment you get in 2020 will not reduce your refund or increase the amount you owe when you file your 2020 tax return next year. 


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Since the stimulus check doesn’t count as taxable income, you are not required to hand it over to facilities like nursing homes and landlords. Lawmakers are looking into stopping this practice, the LA Times reported

Your stimulus payment will also not count toward determining any benefits you receive from the federal government.

You can spend your stimulus money just like cash. If you receive your payment on one of the prepaid debit cards, you can transfer the entire amount to your own account. The one limitation is, the IRS will reduce your payment to offset past-due child support.

Second stimulus check from the IRS: What’s happening now

As the US economy continues to weaken because of the coronavirus pandemic, the pressure is building in Washington to approve another round of aid for individuals and families. Here’s the latest progress on the second stimulus check, including the current proposal for another $1,200 check (maximum) for individuals, and extended relief for renters and unemployed people.

The checks will be paid out through the end of the year, with the bulk of the IRS payments having already gone out.


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During the last week of May, an additional 1,877,000 people filed for unemployment as a result of the pandemic, the Department of Labor reported (PDF). The unemployment rate fell to 13.3% for May, which is lower than April’s 14.7% rate but still one of the highest in US history.

The House of Representatives has already proposed a second stimulus package, and the Senate may start work on a package shortly, making a final decision in about a month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that it could be the last stimulus check, according to CNBC

How many stimulus checks have been mailed so far?

As of the first week of June, the IRS told CNET it has made more than 159 million payments, including 120 million through direct deposit to bank accounts, 35 million through the mail as paper checks and another 4 million in the mail as prepaid debit cards.

But the agency may still have a ways to go: A recent report from the House Ways and Means Committee estimates as many as 35 million Americans who qualify have not yet received their checks (PDF). The agency plans to continue sending checks through the end of the year to those who are eligible.

How to use the Economic Impact Payment prepaid debit card

On May 18, the US Treasury said it is starting to send about 4 million prepaid debit cards called EIP cards. The Treasury said it’s sending these cards instead of paper checks to some eligible US residents for whom the government does not have banking information. We’ve asked the Treasury for clarification on who gets a card versus a paper check.

The Treasury said you can use the card to make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs and transfer funds to your personal bank account without a fee. You can also use the card at stores that accept Visa debit cards. Once you receive your EIP card in the mail, head to the EIP card page to set it up.

As part of the 2020 stimulus package, you may meet the requirements for a payment from the federal government.


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Find the schedule for when you can expect your check

You can use the IRS Get My Payment service to see a schedule for your payment. The US Postal Service also has a free service that can notify you when your check will arrive in the mail. You’ll need to sign up for it. 

When will the checks be completely paid out?

For those who expect to receive their payments through the mail, the IRS will have sent the bulk of the payments out by the end of June. The agency said it would sharply increase the number of checks mailed through that month. A smaller number of checks may continue to arrive through the end of the year, however. 

If you want to receive your payment straight to your bank through direct deposit, the deadline to provide your banking detailing in the IRS Get My Payment portal has passed. Those who had previously provided the IRS with their banking info can still receive their payment through direct deposit.

The Social Security Administration said Supplemental Security Income recipients who didn’t file a 2019 and 2018 return and who don’t have a representative payee should have received their electronic payment from the IRS by May 13 by direct deposit or to their Direct Express card. For SSI recipients who receive their monthly SSI payment by paper check, the IRS began mailing checks on May 15.

Here’s what we know about tracking your stimulus payment. If you moved since the last time you filed your taxes, here’s where you can update your address with the IRS.

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How much stimulus money you get depends on your taxes

The total amount of your stimulus check will be based on your adjusted gross income, or AGI, from your 2019 federal tax filing or — if you haven’t filed this year — your 2018 filing.

If you’ve filed your 2019 federal tax return, you can find that figure on line 8b of the 2019 1040 federal tax form. It’s line 7 on the 2018 1040 tax form. If you haven’t filed this year, don’t worry. The US government has delayed the due date for 2019 taxes to July 15 as a result of coronavirus.

Here’s who is eligible for a stimulus payment

The amount you’ll receive will depend on your total income in 2019 or 2018. If you qualify, you’ll receive one payment. Here’s who qualifies:

  • If you’re a single US resident and have an adjusted gross income less than $99,000
  • If you file as the head of a household and earn under $146,500
  • If you file jointly without children and earn less than $198,000

Read on for how your payment is calculated and how much you can expect. You can also look at this calculator from the Washington Post.

A new US Goverment Accountability Office report noted that the US Treasury and IRS faced early challenges making payments and sent almost 1.1 million checks to people who had already died and not eligible for a payment.

The IRS said someone who died before receipt of the payment, a non-resident alien or someone who is incarcerated does not qualify for a check. These payments need to be returned if received, the IRS said.


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How much you’ll get as a single taxpayer

A single US resident must have a Social Security number and an AGI under $75,000 to receive the full amount of $1,200. The sum decreases as your AGI goes up. If your adjusted gross income reaches $99,000, you won’t be eligible for the stimulus. 

Heads of household

If you file as head of a household, you will get the full $1,200 payment if your AGI is $112,500 or less, with the amount decreasing until you reach $146,500.

Couples filing jointly

Married couples filing jointly without children with an adjusted gross income below $150,000 will get a $2,400 payment, decreasing to zero at $198,000.

For children

For each child aged 16 or younger in the family, parents will get a payment of $500. Parents will not receive a payment for children born, adopted or placed into foster care in 2020, because the payment is based only on information from your 2019 or 2018 tax return. The IRS said you may claim the child next year for an additional credit on your 2020 tax return. Older children and other dependents may not be eligible for a payment.

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If you haven’t filed federal taxes for 2018, do that right now

The IRS said if you haven’t filed your 2018 federal taxes, that could affect your stimulus check and urges anyone who hasn’t filed a 2018 tax return to file now. Be sure to include direct deposit banking information on the return.

Read more: The best tax software for 2020: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxSlayer and more

If you’re not typically required to file a tax return, you could still receive a payment

Many who normally are not required to file a tax return — including senior citizens, Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance recipients and railroad retirees — will not need to file a simple tax return to receive the payment, the IRS said.

The IRS said recipients of Supplemental Security Income will automatically receive the full $1,200 economic impact payment, with no action needed on their part.

Others, including those who haven’t filed a 2018 or 2019 return because they are under the normal income limits for filing a tax return, can use the Non-Filers portal to get their payment. To get started, go to the IRS’ Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here site and tap the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here button. As part of the process, you’ll enter personal information and, if you want to receive your stimulus check by direct deposit, banking information.

The IRS said anyone who registers with the non-filers tool by Oct. 15 will receive their payment by the end of 2020.

What about Social Security recipients?

The Treasury Department said that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive a payment. Instead, the IRS will use the information on Form SSA-1099 for Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019.

The IRS said automatic payments should already be arriving for recipients of Social Security, survivors or disability insurance benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits.

What about those who receive federal benefits and have children?

The IRS said those who receive federal benefits, have dependent children and weren’t required to file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 needed to act by late April or early May to receive a full payment this year.

Without submitting this information by the due date, the IRS will give you $1,200 this year and the additional $500 per eligible child with your return filing for tax year 2020 — roughly a year from now.

SSI and VA beneficiaries had until May 5 to update the IRS.

The update deadline for people who receive Social Security, survivor or disability, or Railroad Retirement benefits was April 22. The IRS said recipients in those groups have been scheduled to receive checks.

For more on how to use the Non-Filers tool, see the section above titled “If you’re not typically required to file a tax return…” to learn more.

Among other things, the stimulus checks aim to make it easier to put food on the table.


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The deadline has passed to set up direct deposit to have the check sent to your bank account

If you don’t have direct deposit to your bank account set up, the deadline to provide your banking details in the IRS Get My Payment portal was May 13. Those who had previously provided the IRS with their banking info can still receive their payment through direct deposit. And you can still use the Get My Payment portal to check the status of your payment.

To avoid scams, the IRS cautions you not to provide your direct deposit or other banking information to others who offer to help you set up an electronic transfer.

Do you need to sign up, apply or request your check?

For most, the federal government will automatically send your check to you electronically or in the mail, if you qualify. If you’ve not filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, the IRS said you may need to file one to receive a payment. Scroll up to the section “If you’re typically not required to file a tax return, you can still receive a payment” for details on who is required to file and how.

What to do if you don’t receive your check

If you qualify for a payment, the IRS plans to mail you a letter about your payment to your last known address within 15 days after it sends the money. The IRS said the letter will provide information on how the IRS made the payment and how to report not receiving the payment if you don’t get it. Several CNET readers, however, are reporting the letter does not include clear instructions for what to do if you don’t receive the payment. We’ve asked the IRS for clarification.

The IRS said to also watch out for phishing schemes and other scams.

Starting May 18, the IRS added 3,500 telephone representatives to help with potential problems regarding payments. The representatives won’t be able to help with problems specific to your payment, however. CNET readers report being able to get through to the service and receiving help.

We have tips for how best to use your stimulus check and how to avoid being scammed. In addition to the economic stimulus package, the US government delayed the income tax filing deadline to July 15. If you need more help, here’s how to get financial relief.

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Check out the best Docking Stations for your MacBook Pro

Laptops are great productivity tools if you’re always on the go. These devices are great in many cases and situations, but there’s one key feature where they lack in comparison to a desktop PC, and that is the number of ports they feature. Nowadays, we see some MacBook Pro models with two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB-C port, but they lack other ports found on a PC. Luckily for us, there are several docking stations that can help us with this, and we have selected some of the best ones available today.

CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock

We start this list with the CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock. This device is one of the most expensive ones on the list, but it includes some nice features. You get a total of 15 ports which include: 2x Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s, DisplayPort 1.2, 5x USB-A & 1 USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s), 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (10Gb/s data only), Gigabit Ethernet, UHS-II SD Card Slot (SD 4.0), Optical Audio (S/PDIF), 3.5mm Stereo Audio In & Out. It also features an integrated fan to keep things cool. You can place it horizontally or vertically, and it also provides up to 87W to charge your laptop and power all of your USB peripherals, while the Thunderbolt 3 ports will give you 15W output for $239.99.

Stone Pro Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Next up is the Stone Pro Thunderbolt 3 Dock. This dock comes with the same $239.99 price tag as the previous option. However, we only get 11 ports, which include: 2 Thunderbolt 3 with transfer speeds that go up to 5k @ 60Hz, 3 USB-A 3.1, 1 USB-C 3.1, 1 DisplayPort, 1 SD card slot, 1 3.5mm Audio in/out, and 1 Gigabit Ethernet port. It also offers 87W of power for your MacBook Pro, and the option to have two 4K or one 5K display.

LandingZone 15-Port Docking Station

We continue with the LandingZone 15-Port Docking Station, which is a bit less expensive than the previous devices. For a price of $229, you get 15 ports that include 3 USB 3.1 Type-C data only ports, 3 USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an Ethernet port, a two-way audio jack, and the HDMI 2 port. The Left Wing contains an SD Card Slot, a Micro SD Card Slot, a Mini DisplayPort, and the HDMI 1 port. Unfortunately, this dock is not available with the latest MacBook Pro, but you should be fine with older models.

Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock

For the same price as the previous option, we find the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock. This dock is compatible with 2017, 2018 and 2019 MacBook Pro and it includes up to 60W of power to compatible Thunderbolt 3 systems, 5 USB Type-A ports, 2 thunderbolt ports, a 3.5mm port and more to add up a total of 11 ports.

TOTU Upgraded Universal USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station

We continue with the TOTU Upgraded Universal USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station, which comes with a $209.99 price tag and a total of 14 ports. You get 2 4K DP, HDMI, 6 USB Ports, 60W USB PD, and more. You also get 60W charging for your laptop, and you also get a 12-month warranty in case anything doesn’t work as it should.

Anker USB C Hub for MacBook

If you want less expensive docks, you can get the Anker USB C Hub for MacBook for $59.99 which is a seven in one USB-C adapter which gives you 1 Thunderbolt USB-C port, 1 USB-C data port, 2 USB-A ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 SD card slot, and 1 microSD card slot.

QGeeM USB C Hub Adapter

Finally, you can get the QGeeM USB C Hub Adapter for the same $59.99 price tag, but you get a nine in one docking station. You will find a Mini Display Port,4K HDMI,87W PD, USB-C Data Port,2 USB 3.0 Ports, UHS-II SD 4.0/MicroSD card reader.

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President Donald Trump falsely told supporters Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his restrictions on travel from China early in the coronavirus pandemic. On multiple fronts, the revival of the Trump campaign rally marked the return of distortions from months ago.Trump’s remarks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed days of self-congratulation as well as trashing of the Obama administration in which Biden served as vice president. Many of the president’s statements — on the pandemic, public unrest over police brutality, his record on veterans and more — were inaccurate. A sampling from Saturday night and the past week:RALLYTRUMP, saying Biden accused him of being xenophobic for limiting travel from China, where the pandemic began: “He apologized a month later.” THE FACTS: This didn’t happen. Biden did not apologize. He actually supported Trump’s travel restrictions.The Democrat has indeed accused Trump of having a record of xenophobia, and hasn’t apologized for doing so. Trump began calling the virus the “China virus” at one point, prompting Biden to urge the country not to take a turn toward xenophobia or racism in the pandemic. Trump set that description aside for a time, but he went back to stereotyping at the rally, referring to the “kung flu” as well as the “Chinese virus.”___TRUMP: “We passed VA Choice. … It’s never happened before.” THE FACTS: A false and frequent statement, pilfering from President Barack Obama’s record. VA Choice, which gives veterans opportunities under certain conditions to get private health care at public expense, passed during the Obama administration. Trump signed legislation expanding the program.___VIRUS THREATTRUMP: “Biden got failing grades and polls on his clueless handling of the Swine Flu H1N1. It was a total disaster, they had no idea what they were doing.” — tweet Thursday.THE FACTS: This is a distorted history of a pandemic in 2009 that killed far fewer people in the United States than the coronavirus is killing now. For starters, Joe Biden, as vice president, wasn’t running the federal response. Federal public health officials were not at all flying blind when the H1N1 pandemic, also known as swine flu, came to the U.S.Then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu surveillance network sounded the alarm after two children in California became the first people diagnosed with the new flu strain in this country.About two weeks later, the Obama administration declared a public health emergency and CDC began releasing anti-flu drugs from the national stockpile to help hospitals get ready. In contrast, Trump declared a state of emergency in early March, seven weeks after the first U.S. case of COVID-19 was announced.More than 119,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. The CDC puts the U.S. death toll from the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic at about 12,500.___VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: “Oklahoma has really been in the forefront of our efforts to slow the spread. And in a very real sense, they’ve flattened the curve. … The number of cases in Oklahoma — it’s declined precipitously.” — remarks Monday.THE FACTS: The curve has actually been spiking higher since late May, not flattening. Oklahoma did report just 41 new coronavirus cases on May 28, a relative low number compared with early April. But infections have since increased. Last weekend, the state posted sharply higher numbers and set a daily record of new cases on Thursday, at 450.Oklahoma is among the nearly half the states that have seen coronavirus infections rise since May when governors began loosening social distancing orders and as more people were able to get tests.In Tulsa, the infection rate is also rising steadily after remaining moderate for months. The four-day average number of new cases in the city has doubled from the previous peak in April.___JUNETEENTHTRUMP: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. … It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” — Wall Street Journal interview Wednesday.THE FACTS: It’s not true that no one had heard of it. No doubt it is better known now.Trump’s campaign originally scheduled its Tulsa rally for Friday, placing it on the date symbolizing the end of slavery, June 19; Trump agreed to shift it to Saturday. Over two days in 1921, whites looted and burned Tulsa’s black Greenwood district to the ground, killed up to 300 black Tulsans and forced survivors into internment camps.Trump’s comment that no one knew about Juneteenth before the furor created by his rally is contradicted by the years of festivities, the official commemorations by all but a few state governments and routine White House acknowledgments of the occasion.Trump’s staff members have put out statements under his name each year of his presidency marking Juneteenth.“Melania and I send our best wishes for a memorable celebration to all those commemorating Juneteenth,” says the 2019 statement outlining events of June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free.___POLICE PRACTICESTRUMP, on abusive policing: “President Obama and Vice President Biden never even tried to fix this during their eight-year period. The reason they didn’t try is because they had no idea how to do it.” — Tuesday at the White House.THE FACTS: That is false. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department opened 25 wide-ranging civil rights investigations into local law enforcement agencies across the country, including police departments in Chicago, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.Those investigations were aimed at overhauling troubled departments with patterns of civil rights abuses and generally resulted in court-enforceable consent decrees requiring the agencies to commit to a series of fundamental changes with regard to the use of force, stops, searches and more.Besides that, the Obama White House established a task force to come up with best policing practices and to recommend ways to improve community trust while also reducing crime. That task force released its report in 2015. That year, President Barack Obama barred the government from supplying certain types of military equipment to local police departments, a policy Trump reversed two years later.Public pressure may be more intense on Congress now to pass sweeping laws on policing, after nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But the limited steps Trump took Tuesday steered around Congress.___VACCINESTRUMP, on scientists: “These are the people – the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere, and they’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine. They’ve come up with … various things.” — Tuesday at the White House.THE FACTS: No one has come up with a vaccine for AIDS, nor is there a cure. Nearly 38,000 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the U.S. and about 1.7 million globally in 2018, according to the latest totals.Powerful medicines have turned HIV into a manageable chronic condition for many patients, leading to major global efforts to get those drugs to more of the people who need them. In addition, taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day also can work as prevention, dramatically reducing the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected through sex or injection drug use. A small fraction of the Americans who might benefit use that “preexposure prophylaxis.”Yet there is “no vaccine available that will prevent HIV infection or treat those who have it,” says the U.S. Health and Human Services Department in outlining efforts to develop one.Trump may have been trying to correct himself when he followed up with the comment that science has “various things” for AIDS. As for a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic, Trump appears confident one will be ready by the end of the year, but public health authorities warn there’s no guarantee that any of the candidates currently being tested will pan out. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says a vaccine by year’s end is conceivable only if everything goes right in final testing this summer.___VETERANSTRUMP, talking about what he’s done for veterans: “Every VA medical facility now offers same-day emergency mental health, something we didn’t have or even come close to having.” — remarks Wednesday.THE FACTS: That’s false. Same-day mental health service started at VA before Trump took office in January 2017.The VA’s effort to provide same-day primary and mental health care when medically necessary at every VA medical center was publicized in April 2016, during the Obama administration. By late 2016, the department’s blog announced that goal would be achieved by year’s end.A Dec. 23, 2016, article in the Harvard Business Review cited new same-day services at all VA hospitals as evidence of notable progress at the department. David Shulkin, then VA secretary, told Congress in late January 2017 the services already were fully in place.___TRUMP, on efforts to reduce the suicide rate by veterans: “We’re working very hard on this problem, and I think we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress. I even noticed your number: 20. Twenty is different than 24. You know what that means: each day. Hard to believe. Each day. But 20 is a big difference, and we’re getting it way down.” — remarks Wednesday.THE FACTS: No. The veterans’ suicide rate hasn’t improved at all during Trump’s administration. Suicides have gone up by the latest measure.The VA estimated in 2013 that 22 veterans were taking their lives each day on average (not 24, as Trump put it). But the estimate was based on data submitted from fewer than half the states. In 2016, VA released an updated estimate of 20 suicides per day, based on 2014 data from every state as well as the Pentagon. That’s the figure Trump wrongly claimed as his own.Last fall, VA changed how it counted, removing some active-duty service members and former members of the National Guard and Reserve who had been in the mix. That left a suicide rate of 17 per day by military veterans, a change that reflected no improvement but merely a different methodology.For 2017, VA reported 6,139 suicides by military veterans, up by 139 from the year before.___CHILDREN & COVID-19TRUMP: “They’ve come out of this at a level that’s really inconceivable. By the way, the regular flu, other flus, other things, SARS or H1N1, any of them, if you look at the young people they were affected like everybody else, but for whatever reason with respect to COVID, the numbers are very, very low.” — remarks Monday.THE FACTS: Although it’s true that children are less likely than adults to develop COVID-19, the CDC has nevertheless counted more than 86,000 infections by the virus in Americans younger than 18. Trump’s statements overlook severe COVID-19 illnesses and some deaths of children in the U.S., even though kids in general tend to get less sick from it than adults do. He also glosses over the fact that kids can spread disease without showing symptoms themselves.The CDC in April studied the pandemic’s effect on different ages in the U.S. and reviewed preliminary research in China, where the coronavirus started. It said social distancing is important for children, too, for their own safety and that of others.“Whereas most COVID-19 cases in children are not severe, serious COVID-19 illness resulting in hospitalization still occurs in this age group,” the CDC study says. Last month, the CDC also warned doctors to be on the lookout for a rare but life-threatening inflammatory reaction in some children who’ve had the coronavirus. The condition had been reported in more than 100 children in New York, and in some kids in several other states and in Europe, with some deaths. ___ JUDGESTRUMP: “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts … Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” — tweets Thursday.THE FACTS: Whether justices like or dislike a president is irrelevant to their rulings.Trump was referring to two major decisions this past week on LGBT rights and immigration in which the conservative-leaning Supreme Court handed him defeats. But they were nothing personal.Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberals in both cases. Also ruling against Trump in the LGBT case was Justice Neil Gorsuch, one of Trump’s two appointees.Roberts has sought to emphasize the judiciary’s independence from the political branches of government and make clear that justices are not “politicians in robes.” After Trump in 2018 went after a judge who ruled against his migrant asylum order, calling him an “Obama judge,” Roberts issued an extraordinary rebuke.“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said in response to an inquiry from The Associated Press. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”___Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Lauran Neergaard, Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman contributed to this report.

WASHINGTON —

President Donald Trump falsely told supporters Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his restrictions on travel from China early in the coronavirus pandemic. On multiple fronts, the revival of the Trump campaign rally marked the return of distortions from months ago.

Trump’s remarks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed days of self-congratulation as well as trashing of the Obama administration in which Biden served as vice president. Many of the president’s statements — on the pandemic, public unrest over police brutality, his record on veterans and more — were inaccurate.

A sampling from Saturday night and the past week:

RALLY

TRUMP, saying Biden accused him of being xenophobic for limiting travel from China, where the pandemic began: “He apologized a month later.”

THE FACTS: This didn’t happen. Biden did not apologize. He actually supported Trump’s travel restrictions.

The Democrat has indeed accused Trump of having a record of xenophobia, and hasn’t apologized for doing so. Trump began calling the virus the “China virus” at one point, prompting Biden to urge the country not to take a turn toward xenophobia or racism in the pandemic.

Trump set that description aside for a time, but he went back to stereotyping at the rally, referring to the “kung flu” as well as the “Chinese virus.”

___

TRUMP: “We passed VA Choice. … It’s never happened before.”

THE FACTS: A false and frequent statement, pilfering from President Barack Obama’s record. VA Choice, which gives veterans opportunities under certain conditions to get private health care at public expense, passed during the Obama administration. Trump signed legislation expanding the program.

___

VIRUS THREAT

TRUMP: “Biden got failing grades and polls on his clueless handling of the Swine Flu H1N1. It was a total disaster, they had no idea what they were doing.” — tweet Thursday.

THE FACTS: This is a distorted history of a pandemic in 2009 that killed far fewer people in the United States than the coronavirus is killing now. For starters, Joe Biden, as vice president, wasn’t running the federal response. Federal public health officials were not at all flying blind when the H1N1 pandemic, also known as swine flu, came to the U.S.

Then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu surveillance network sounded the alarm after two children in California became the first people diagnosed with the new flu strain in this country.

About two weeks later, the Obama administration declared a public health emergency and CDC began releasing anti-flu drugs from the national stockpile to help hospitals get ready. In contrast, Trump declared a state of emergency in early March, seven weeks after the first U.S. case of COVID-19 was announced.

More than 119,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. The CDC puts the U.S. death toll from the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic at about 12,500.

___

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: “Oklahoma has really been in the forefront of our efforts to slow the spread. And in a very real sense, they’ve flattened the curve. … The number of cases in Oklahoma — it’s declined precipitously.” — remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: The curve has actually been spiking higher since late May, not flattening.

Oklahoma did report just 41 new coronavirus cases on May 28, a relative low number compared with early April. But infections have since increased. Last weekend, the state posted sharply higher numbers and set a daily record of new cases on Thursday, at 450.

Oklahoma is among the nearly half the states that have seen coronavirus infections rise since May when governors began loosening social distancing orders and as more people were able to get tests.

In Tulsa, the infection rate is also rising steadily after remaining moderate for months. The four-day average number of new cases in the city has doubled from the previous peak in April.

___

JUNETEENTH

TRUMP: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. … It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” — Wall Street Journal interview Wednesday.

THE FACTS: It’s not true that no one had heard of it. No doubt it is better known now.

Trump’s campaign originally scheduled its Tulsa rally for Friday, placing it on the date symbolizing the end of slavery, June 19; Trump agreed to shift it to Saturday. Over two days in 1921, whites looted and burned Tulsa’s black Greenwood district to the ground, killed up to 300 black Tulsans and forced survivors into internment camps.

Trump’s comment that no one knew about Juneteenth before the furor created by his rally is contradicted by the years of festivities, the official commemorations by all but a few state governments and routine White House acknowledgments of the occasion.

Trump’s staff members have put out statements under his name each year of his presidency marking Juneteenth.

“Melania and I send our best wishes for a memorable celebration to all those commemorating Juneteenth,” says the 2019 statement outlining events of June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free.

___

POLICE PRACTICES

TRUMP, on abusive policing: “President Obama and Vice President Biden never even tried to fix this during their eight-year period. The reason they didn’t try is because they had no idea how to do it.” — Tuesday at the White House.

THE FACTS: That is false.

Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department opened 25 wide-ranging civil rights investigations into local law enforcement agencies across the country, including police departments in Chicago, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Those investigations were aimed at overhauling troubled departments with patterns of civil rights abuses and generally resulted in court-enforceable consent decrees requiring the agencies to commit to a series of fundamental changes with regard to the use of force, stops, searches and more.

Besides that, the Obama White House established a task force to come up with best policing practices and to recommend ways to improve community trust while also reducing crime. That task force released its report in 2015.

That year, President Barack Obama barred the government from supplying certain types of military equipment to local police departments, a policy Trump reversed two years later.

Public pressure may be more intense on Congress now to pass sweeping laws on policing, after nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But the limited steps Trump took Tuesday steered around Congress.

___

VACCINES

TRUMP, on scientists: “These are the people – the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere, and they’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine. They’ve come up with … various things.” — Tuesday at the White House.

THE FACTS: No one has come up with a vaccine for AIDS, nor is there a cure. Nearly 38,000 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the U.S. and about 1.7 million globally in 2018, according to the latest totals.

Powerful medicines have turned HIV into a manageable chronic condition for many patients, leading to major global efforts to get those drugs to more of the people who need them.

In addition, taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day also can work as prevention, dramatically reducing the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected through sex or injection drug use. A small fraction of the Americans who might benefit use that “preexposure prophylaxis.”

Yet there is “no vaccine available that will prevent HIV infection or treat those who have it,” says the U.S. Health and Human Services Department in outlining efforts to develop one.

Trump may have been trying to correct himself when he followed up with the comment that science has “various things” for AIDS.

As for a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic, Trump appears confident one will be ready by the end of the year, but public health authorities warn there’s no guarantee that any of the candidates currently being tested will pan out. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says a vaccine by year’s end is conceivable only if everything goes right in final testing this summer.

___

VETERANS

TRUMP, talking about what he’s done for veterans: “Every VA medical facility now offers same-day emergency mental health, something we didn’t have or even come close to having.” — remarks Wednesday.

THE FACTS: That’s false. Same-day mental health service started at VA before Trump took office in January 2017.

The VA’s effort to provide same-day primary and mental health care when medically necessary at every VA medical center was publicized in April 2016, during the Obama administration. By late 2016, the department’s blog announced that goal would be achieved by year’s end.

A Dec. 23, 2016, article in the Harvard Business Review cited new same-day services at all VA hospitals as evidence of notable progress at the department. David Shulkin, then VA secretary, told Congress in late January 2017 the services already were fully in place.

___

TRUMP, on efforts to reduce the suicide rate by veterans: “We’re working very hard on this problem, and I think we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress. I even noticed your number: 20. Twenty is different than 24. You know what that means: each day. Hard to believe. Each day. But 20 is a big difference, and we’re getting it way down.” — remarks Wednesday.

THE FACTS: No. The veterans’ suicide rate hasn’t improved at all during Trump’s administration. Suicides have gone up by the latest measure.

The VA estimated in 2013 that 22 veterans were taking their lives each day on average (not 24, as Trump put it). But the estimate was based on data submitted from fewer than half the states. In 2016, VA released an updated estimate of 20 suicides per day, based on 2014 data from every state as well as the Pentagon. That’s the figure Trump wrongly claimed as his own.

Last fall, VA changed how it counted, removing some active-duty service members and former members of the National Guard and Reserve who had been in the mix. That left a suicide rate of 17 per day by military veterans, a change that reflected no improvement but merely a different methodology.

For 2017, VA reported 6,139 suicides by military veterans, up by 139 from the year before.

___

CHILDREN & COVID-19

TRUMP: “They’ve come out of this at a level that’s really inconceivable. By the way, the regular flu, other flus, other things, SARS or H1N1, any of them, if you look at the young people they were affected like everybody else, but for whatever reason with respect to COVID, the numbers are very, very low.” — remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: Although it’s true that children are less likely than adults to develop COVID-19, the CDC has nevertheless counted more than 86,000 infections by the virus in Americans younger than 18.

Trump’s statements overlook severe COVID-19 illnesses and some deaths of children in the U.S., even though kids in general tend to get less sick from it than adults do. He also glosses over the fact that kids can spread disease without showing symptoms themselves.

The CDC in April studied the pandemic’s effect on different ages in the U.S. and reviewed preliminary research in China, where the coronavirus started. It said social distancing is important for children, too, for their own safety and that of others.

“Whereas most COVID-19 cases in children are not severe, serious COVID-19 illness resulting in hospitalization still occurs in this age group,” the CDC study says.

Last month, the CDC also warned doctors to be on the lookout for a rare but life-threatening inflammatory reaction in some children who’ve had the coronavirus. The condition had been reported in more than 100 children in New York, and in some kids in several other states and in Europe, with some deaths.

___

JUDGES

TRUMP: “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts … Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” — tweets Thursday.

THE FACTS: Whether justices like or dislike a president is irrelevant to their rulings.

Trump was referring to two major decisions this past week on LGBT rights and immigration in which the conservative-leaning Supreme Court handed him defeats. But they were nothing personal.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberals in both cases. Also ruling against Trump in the LGBT case was Justice Neil Gorsuch, one of Trump’s two appointees.

Roberts has sought to emphasize the judiciary’s independence from the political branches of government and make clear that justices are not “politicians in robes.” After Trump in 2018 went after a judge who ruled against his migrant asylum order, calling him an “Obama judge,” Roberts issued an extraordinary rebuke.

“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said in response to an inquiry from The Associated Press. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”

___

Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Lauran Neergaard, Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman contributed to this report.

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Stimulus check 2: A second $1,200 payment, a $4,000 travel credit or something else?

The first stimulus checks for up to $1,200 have mostly gone out. Now the government is considering a second payment to get us through the coronavirus pandemic.


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A second round of $1,200 checks isn’t the only proposal Washington is considering to get the US economy through a damaging recession. President Donald Trump raised the idea of a travel tax credit during a White House round-table discussion in May as a way to sow money back into the US economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Create an Explore America tax credit that Americans can use for domestic travel, including visits to restaurants,” the president pitched during the meeting. “That’s a big deal.” 

Building on the president’s idea, the US Travel Association suggested a $4,000 temporary travel tax credit (PDF) that could cover anything from meals and lodging to gasoline while traveling in the US. It isn’t clear if the travel credit would supplement or replace another direct payment to you, if it were to become part of the rescue package. Other proposals include incentives for businesses that might skip personal checks for individuals and families.

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Meanwhile, talk of repeating the original stimulus check one way or another is still very much on the table. The problem is the president, Senate and House can’t seem to agree about early proposals, and real deliberation isn’t yet underway. 

Round 2 of a stimulus check might not be the same if it does come. There could be new terms for who qualifies, how much money you could get and how you might get it. Here’s what we know about three competing government proposals and how much money they could provide. This story updates frequently and is intended as an overview of the current situation. 

If you’re still waiting for your first stimulus check, here are 10 possible reasons for a delay and what you can do if you think your payment is lost or has fallen through the cracks.

Did the first round of stimulus checks do enough?


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How much money could I get from a second stimulus check?

So far, a few numbers have been thrown around. $1,200 per eligible recipient. $6,000 maximum per family. $2,000 per person per month until January 2021 — or maybe $2,000 per month until the pandemic ends

Those are some suggestions from prominent Democrats. The Senate and White House have yet to chime in with their preferences and projections, but we’re keeping our ears and eyes peeled for hints. 

Remember that how much you get will eventually depend on who you are. For example, even if the bill passes, there will certainly be eligibility restrictions based on criteria like how much money you make annually, your age and your US citizenship or residency status, to name a few qualifications applied to the first stimulus check.

How could a second stimulus check help the economy?

The goal of the second stimulus check would be the same as the first: to help individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. That includes people who couldn’t work because they got sick, were furloughed or cut to part time or lost their jobs when businesses closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

“This direct support can make a critical difference not just in helping families and businesses in a time of need, but also in limiting long-lasting damage to our economy,” Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell said in remarks before the Senate Banking Committee earlier this week.


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First-time unemployment claims topped 1 million (PDF) for the 13th straight week, the Department of Labor revealed on June 18 and the US is now in a recession, according to another US agency. Earlier in June, the department reported that the national unemployment rate slightly dropped in May as more people went back to work, declining from 14.7% in April to 13.3% in May, as states allowed businesses to reopen and hire or rehire employees.

According to the World Bank, we are in the deepest global recession in decades. Americans continue to show concern about the state of the economy since the start of the pandemic, according to a June 5 poll by the Financial Times, with more than a third now saying a global slowdown is the biggest threat to the US economy.

Under the backdrop of high unemployment and a potentially lengthy recession ahead, some wonder if the first check did enough for individuals, families, businesses and those who are out of work. The question of future stimulus checks rests in part on how best to distribute additional aid.

The White House vision for the second stimulus check

The White House plan is still taking shape, according to The Wall Street Journal, with Trump and his economic advisers looking to boost the US economy with incentives for workers to find new employment or return to their preexisting jobs, eat at restaurants and take vacations, for example. 

The president has already expressed support for a second round of checks. “We’ll be asking for additional stimulus money,” he said earlier this month. “Because once we get this going, it’ll be far bigger and far better than we’ve ever seen in this country — that includes as of three or four months ago, when everyone thought it was great and it was great.” 

Expanding on the president’s remarks, late last week, White House adviser Peter Navarro tweeted that the president is looking for at least $2 trillion for the next stimulus package, “with a bulk of that focused on bringing home our manufacturing base,” Navarro said. It isn’t clear how much of that would go to stimulus checks for individuals and families.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the White House will begin sketching out its own proposal for a second stimulus package this month. Presidential advisers are expected to focus on initiatives that could help the US economy recover, such as incentives for workers to find jobs and for people to spend money in their town.

The White House is also considering reducing unemployment payments to $250 or $300 a week during the second half of the year, which Republicans believe will induce people who lost their jobs to find work. Currently, payments are $600 a week, as part of the CARES Act passed in March. The enhanced benefits expire July 31.

The president continues to push for payroll tax cuts, an idea he brought up in March. “We will be going for a payroll tax cut,” he said earlier this month, “which will be incredible in terms of what we are doing because we are going to be bigger and better than we ever were.”

The White House is also looking at tax breaks for those who take a vacation in the US (PDF) this year to encourage spending, the Journal reported. Japan has taken a similar approach to encourage domestic travel. Presidential aides predict the terms of its package won’t be completed until July, according to the Journal.

What does the Heroes Act propose?

The House of Representatives, which has a Democrat majority, passed the Heroes Act on May 15. The bill, which has not passed the Senate and is not law, seeks a wide range of benefits for households, renters and people who live in the US and are not citizens, according to a fact sheet from the House Appropriations Committee (PDF). Because it’s already passed the House, the details of this stimulus proposal are the best known.

But that is no guarantee it will pass the Senate. In fact, McConnell has already dismissed the bill, as has the White House, saying the House package is “more concerned with delivering on longstanding partisan and ideological wishlists.”


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Here are its outlines.

Individuals: An eligible person would receive up to $1,200 if their adjusted gross income, or AGI, from their 2019 federal tax filing or 2018 filing (if you haven’t filed taxes yet) was less than $75,000 and incrementally decrease as the AGI goes up.

Children and dependents: Each dependent would qualify for a $1,200 payment, unlike the first stimulus bill, which capped up to three children at $500 apiece. It would apply to college students, children over 17, disabled relatives and a taxpayer’s parent.

Families: Households would qualify for a maximum payment of $6,000 total, capped at five family members at $1,200 apiece. The amount you’d be eligible to receive would decline the higher your AGI is.

People who aren’t US citizens: Noncitizens who file tax returns, pay taxes and otherwise comply with federal tax law using an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security number would qualify for a payment.

Unemployment benefits: The bill would carry over the current enhanced unemployment benefit of $600 per week (on top of states’ typical unemployment payout) to January 2021.

A House plan would mail out another round of payments.


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What are Republican leaders offering?

Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have sketched out the guidelines they want to follow for a second round, including a cap on the size of the bill and a stipulation it will be the final stimulus package related to the coronavirus pandemic.

McConnell said the Senate may start work on the package after its planned July recess, Bloomberg reported, which is scheduled to run from July 3 until July 17.

McConnell said a second bill would be narrowly focused and not exceed $1 trillion, Axios reported in late May. In comparison, the CARES Act is a $2 trillion package, the same amount the president targeted. The Heroes Act proposes to spend $3 trillion.

  • The Senate package could include provisions to reduce liability for doctors and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits, the Journal reported.
  • It could include assistance for small businesses and health care.
  • If the package is approved, McConnell said it would be the last coronavirus stimulus package Congress passes.

Would a second stimulus check arrive the same way?

The first stimulus payments have arrived via direct deposit, as a paper check and as a prepaid debit card. It’s possible that the way some people get a second payment would be different the second time around. 

The House Financial Services Committee held a virtual hearing last week to discuss “digital dollars,” a payment method that could make it easier for some recipients to receive their stimulus money, especially if they don’t have a bank account, Fast Company reported.

Second stimulus check: What comes next?

While White House and congressional leaders may spend the next few weeks working on the outlines of their proposals, it’s not till the end of July that Washington is expected to begin hammering out the details of a second stimulus package, including if it will include a second round of payments for individuals and families and how much, if anything, they might expect in a check. 

While the prospects for a second package seem promising — “The odds of a Phase Four deal are very, very high,” White House adviser Kevin Hassett told the Wall Street Journal this month — until Congress actually passes the bill and the president signs it into law, we’ll have to stand by.

While we wait to learn more about a second proposal, here’s information about unemployment insurancewhat you can do if you’ve lost your jobwhat to know about evictions and late car payments and how to take control of your budget.

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Stimulus check tracker app: How to use the IRS Get My Payment portal

An online tool can help tell you when your stimulus money is coming.


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Have you been waiting months for your stimulus check, and you still don’t know how much you’re getting and when your money will arrive? If you’ve not tried it yet, you may want to head to the IRS’ online tracking tool to see if your stimulus payment has been scheduled, or if something is holding it up. 

And if you first tried the tool when the IRS opened it up, but didn’t get the answer you needed, you might want to give it another chance. The IRS has made some changes since the earliest days of the Get My Payment tool, to help fix some common problems people reported. We’ll explain how to use the portal, including the details you should have on hand before you begin. 

Overall, Get My Payment can help answer questions about when you’re scheduled to receive your funds, and if they’ll arrive as a paper check or a prepaid debit card. (It’s less likely you’ll get your payment as a direct deposit to your bank account, since the cutoff to sign up was mid-May.) The tool can also tell you if something is delaying your stimulus money, such as if you need to provide more information before the IRS can process your payment. The checks top out at $1,200 per person and vary based on your income.

For more information about stimulus checks, here’s what to do if you think your payment might not arrive at all, and this is the latest on a second round of stimulus checks. We update this story often.

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Things to know before you begin with the Get My Payment tool

  • The tool will ask for your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code.
  • The IRS is sending payments on a schedule. Think of it as batches of payments that get sent at once, rather than individually. The Get My Payment tool can ballpark your scheduled date.
  • The IRS updates its status tracking information on who has and hasn’t received a payment once a day. 
  • You should receive a letter about 15 days after the IRS issues your payment, with information on the amount you received and how you received it.

After tracking your payment status with the IRS, you might also consider signing up for the US Postal Service app, which will notify you when your payment will arrive in the mail.

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How to track the status and arrival of your stimulus check from the IRS 

If you’re eligible for a check, the IRS lets you track your payment schedule through its Get My Payment web portal. Some people have reported having trouble using the portal, and the IRS said it has significantly improved the Get My Payment app to help you set up and track the date of your stimulus payment.


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1. Head to the IRS’ Get My Payment page and tap the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your economic impact payment. 

2. On the next page about authorized use, tap OK.

3. Now on the Get My Payment page, enter your SSN or ITIN, your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Tap Continue.

On the next page, the portal will show your payment status, whether it’s been scheduled or if the service can’t yet determine your status.

How do I know if my check is in the mail?

The IRS deadline to set up direct deposit with the government passed on May 13. If you didn’t set up your account, you’ll most likely get your check in the mail.

While most people will receive a paper check, the Treasury Department said 4 million people will get an Economic Impact Payment, or EIP, prepaid debit card instead (and as of the first week of June, it said these payments have been made). We’ve asked the US Treasury to clarify who gets a check and who gets a debit card.

How do I know that my status information is accurate and what if I get an error message?

You may see confusing messages when using the status tool — so much so that the IRS explains common status messages in an FAQ. You may get a message if it’s impossible to determine your eligibility, for example, or your payment status is not available. We’re looking into it, but so far we’ve unearthed a handful of reasons why Get My Payment may not be able to track your payment status. 

You don’t need to sign up to receive stimulus money

To receive the stimulus payment, you may need to file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 if you are normally required to. You can still do that now. Here’s how.

Senior citizens, Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and other beneficiaries who typically aren’t required to file tax returns will not need to file one to receive a payment.

Again, the agency will mail a letter to a taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days after sending the payment. The letter will contain information on when and how the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you didn’t receive your check. 

For more on the stimulus checks, here’s how best to use your stimulus check. And here’s everything you need to know about the coronavirus and unemployment.

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How to get the most from your corporate VC after you get the check

Scott runs operations at Kruze Consulting, a fast-growing startup CFO consulting firm. Kruze is based in San Francisco with clients in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York.

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Raising capital from a corporate VC can bring many benefits beyond just money. Strategic CVCs, who measure ROI based on the strength of the strategic partnership with their portfolio companies as well as the financial return, will typically seek to maximize their relationships with startups for a long time after the investment is made.

Specifically, a CVC investor can offer the following to an entrepreneur:

  1. Resources and product feedback. CVC parent companies often have deep institutional expertise and teams of subject-matter experts who can advise startups on product development and guide them through issues.
  2. Partnerships. CVCs can leverage their supply chain and operations to build new partnerships that otherwise may have taken months or years for startups to create.

  3. Distribution. Strategic CVCs can become a distribution channel for a startup, connect that startup with their suppliers, or even use the startup to become a channel for the parent company.

  4. Branding halo. If a large company is willing to invest in your startup, it’s a strong signal that your product is good and that your business has a bright future.

  5. Acquisition. Many CVCs invest in startups that they may want to acquire down the line. A CVC may also endorse an exit-seeking portfolio company to their partner companies or suppliers.

Granted, seeing results from these benefits takes time, and even the best of intentions during a capital raise process may not always yield an optimal strategic relationship.

Here’s a list of factors to keep in mind for founders who want the best chances of a productive and successful relationship with their CVC.

Know which type of CVC you’re dealing with from the outset. In our previous posts, we outlined the three types of CVCs — experienced institutional investors, industry-specific strategics, and beginner or “tourist” CVCs. As we’ve discussed, be sure to spend time interviewing and building relationships with CVCs to determine which type they are, what kinds of benefits and resources they can offer and what their history looks like in terms of successfully partnering with startups over time. When in doubt, ask other founders who have done deals with them!

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump claim of saving space program off base

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality.

Over the weekend, he took full credit for the government’s role in the launch of SpaceX, the first-ever private spacecraft to attain orbit with astronauts on board. Trump also asserted that he saved the space program after President Barack Obama had ruined it and suggested that a Mars mission with astronauts was imminent.

Those statements are exaggerations.

TRUMP: “With this launch, the decades of lost years and little action are officially over. …Past leaders put the United States at the mercy of foreign nations to send our astronauts into orbit. Not anymore. Today we once again proudly launch American astronauts on American rockets.” — remarks Saturday.

THE FACTS: It’s not true that government’s role in SpaceX’s launch is due all to Trump. The path to a commercial launch was paved over more than 10 years, spanning both the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Under Bush, NASA began an effort to commercialize space following the shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, which killed its crew of seven. In 2006, he started a program to get commercial companies to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The Obama administration “pushed it harder, much harder,” said Syracuse University space policy professor Henry Lambright.

By 2012, a robotic SpaceX capsule docked with the International Space Station for the first time.

Meanwhile, with the Space Shuttle program winding down, the Obama administration worked to broaden the space commercialization effort, giving money to private companies to develop spacecraft that could carry astronauts to orbit.

In a briefing with reporters last month, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine specifically acknowledged the work of Charles Bolden, Obama’s NASA administrator, who he said helped make the SpaceX launch possible.

“This is a program that demonstrates the success when you have continuity of purpose going from one administration to the next,” Bridenstine said.

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TRUMP: “When I first came into office three and a half years ago, NASA had lost its way … The last administration presided over the closing of the Space Shuttle … People were crying. They were devastated. But now it’s the greatest of its kind anywhere in the world.” — remarks Saturday.

THE FACTS: He’s falsely suggesting that Obama shuttered the space shuttle program. Actually, it was Bush.

After the Columbia disaster, Bush decided the remaining shuttles were too dangerous to continue with present missions and would be retired.

“The shuttle’s chief purpose over the next several years will be to help finish assembly of the International Space Station,” Bush said on Jan. 14, 2004. “In 2010, the space shuttle, after nearly 30 years of duty, will be retired from service.”

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TRUMP: “For every citizen who has eagerly waited for America to reignite those engines of will, confidence and imagination that put a man on the moon, I stand before you to say you need wait no longer. For NASA’s Artemis program, the United States is preparing for a crewed mission to Mars.” — remarks Saturday.

THE FACTS: NASA is not currently preparing for a mission to Mars with astronauts.

The Trump administration has continued NASA’s long-term goal of sending astronauts to Mars, but has changed the short-term goal to a return to the moon first (Obama favored a visit to an asteroid instead of the moon). The Trump administration is trying to accelerate NASA’s plan for returning people to the lunar surface. It’s hoping to make a moon mission possible by 2024.

Mars would come a decade after that, maybe longer.

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AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland, contributed to this report.

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump claim of saving space program off base

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality.

Over the weekend, he took full credit for the government’s role in the launch of SpaceX, the first-ever private spacecraft to attain orbit with astronauts on board. Trump also asserted that he saved the space program after President Barack Obama had ruined it and suggested that a Mars mission with astronauts was imminent.

Those statements are exaggerations.

TRUMP: “With this launch, the decades of lost years and little action are officially over. …Past leaders put the United States at the mercy of foreign nations to send our astronauts into orbit. Not anymore. Today we once again proudly launch American astronauts on American rockets.” — remarks Saturday.

THE FACTS: It’s not true that government’s role in SpaceX’s launch is due all to Trump. The path to a commercial launch was paved over more than 10 years, spanning both the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Under Bush, NASA began an effort to commercialize space following the shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, which killed its crew of seven. In 2006, he started a program to get commercial companies to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The Obama administration “pushed it harder, much harder,” said Syracuse University space policy professor Henry Lambright.

By 2012, a robotic SpaceX capsule docked with the International Space Station for the first time.

Meanwhile, with the Space Shuttle program winding down, the Obama administration worked to broaden the space commercialization effort, giving money to private companies to develop spacecraft that could carry astronauts to orbit.

In a briefing with reporters last month, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine specifically acknowledged the work of Charles Bolden, Obama’s NASA administrator, who he said helped make the SpaceX launch possible.

“This is a program that demonstrates the success when you have continuity of purpose going from one administration to the next,” Bridenstine said.

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TRUMP: “When I first came into office three and a half years ago, NASA had lost its way … The last administration presided over the closing of the Space Shuttle … People were crying. They were devastated. But now it’s the greatest of its kind anywhere in the world.” — remarks Saturday.

THE FACTS: He’s falsely suggesting that Obama shuttered the space shuttle program. Actually, it was Bush.

After the Columbia disaster, Bush decided the remaining shuttles were too dangerous to continue with present missions and would be retired.

“The shuttle’s chief purpose over the next several years will be to help finish assembly of the International Space Station,” Bush said on Jan. 14, 2004. “In 2010, the space shuttle, after nearly 30 years of duty, will be retired from service.”

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TRUMP: “For every citizen who has eagerly waited for America to reignite those engines of will, confidence and imagination that put a man on the moon, I stand before you to say you need wait no longer. For NASA’s Artemis program, the United States is preparing for a crewed mission to Mars.” — remarks Saturday.

THE FACTS: NASA is not currently preparing for a mission to Mars with astronauts.

The Trump administration has continued NASA’s long-term goal of sending astronauts to Mars, but has changed the short-term goal to a return to the moon first (Obama favored a visit to an asteroid instead of the moon). The Trump administration is trying to accelerate NASA’s plan for returning people to the lunar surface. It’s hoping to make a moon mission possible by 2024.

Mars would come a decade after that, maybe longer.

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AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland, contributed to this report.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

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Find AP Fact Checks at http://apnews.com/APFactCheck

Follow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheck

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