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Marriott hotels

Marriott customers are discovering a hotel fee that’s making them furious

October 21st, 2021

According to the Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine’s office, Marriott International Inc. and its affiliated Marriott hotels have raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in resort fees that guests have been forced to pay over the last decade. Marriott has strenuously denied that it misleads customers in levying these fees, which are also …

IRS stimulus checks

Fourth stimulus check update: Try these 5 programs to get payments now

October 21st, 2021

Even though we’ve stressed on several occasions now, in multiple posts, that 2021 is very much the year of the stimulus payment, there’s also more to the story that must likewise be shared. Because it’s not just IRS stimulus checks that are flowing to millions of Americans from the federal government. States and localities are …

President Joe Biden waving to hecklers shouting Let's go Brandon!

Let’s go, Brandon: The backstory of this Joe Biden meme that’s all over the Internet

October 21st, 2021

Spend enough time scrolling through Twitter, and you’ll eventually come across it. A simple, three-word exhortation — “Let’s go, Brandon!” — that’s spread like wildfire across social media, this phrase has quickly become a combination anti-Joe Biden meme as well as a conservative rallying cry of sorts. You’ll generally find the phrase shared in posts …

supply chain crisis

White House: Empty shelves aren’t a supply chain crisis – it’s a ‘high-class problem’

October 20th, 2021

As the Biden White House comes under increasing scrutiny about its response to the nettlesome supply chain crisis, the administration is also finding itself having to respond to a growing number of self-inflicted errors. Essentially, at least three high-profile administration officials, in one way or another, have all in recent days downplayed the supply chain …

DJI drone

FCC commissioner calls for government ban on DJI drones

October 19th, 2021

Comparing DJI drone technology to “Huawei on wings,” the senior Republican member on the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday called for the government to cease purchases of DJI products. Specifically, the FCC’s Brendan Carr is recommending that products from DJI — the largest maker of drones in the world — be put on a blacklist, …

Pork Recall

USDA issues urgent meat recall, so throw it away if you have any

October 19th, 2021

The Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently issued a pork recall for more than 10,000 pounds of pork pellet products from Evans Food Group. The products in question were brought into the US in mid-September. Much of the pork was processed into snacks like …

southwest airlines vaccine mandate

Southwest is trying to quell internal turmoil over vaccine mandates

October 19th, 2021

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has been in the news for weeks now for all the wrong reasons. There were more than 2,000 flight cancellations over a single weekend earlier this month, for example. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association has also gone to court to challenge the Southwest Airlines vaccine mandate. Add in rolling waves of flight …

Car insurance

An extra stimulus check payment is coming from an unexpected place

October 19th, 2021

Government-issued stimulus checks aren’t the only source of new money for taxpayers right now, at this point during the coronavirus pandemic. Car insurance providers around the US, for example, have also been offering rebates to customers. The reason? Widespread lockdowns and the shift to work-from-home meant that, naturally, people were no longer on the road …