International negotiators agree to draft a treaty to end plastic pollution

International negotiators have agreed to hammer out a treaty to end plastic pollution with a draft expected in November. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in a statement on Saturday that the second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, which formed to draft a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, concluded in Paris. with … Read more

DeSantis, Pence and other 2024 GOP hopefuls, but not Trump, set to appear at Iowa rally

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eight Republican presidential candidates are in Iowa on Saturday to attend a political event hosted by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence are among those scheduled to appear at a rally at the state fairgrounds near Des Moines. Former President Donald Trump, … Read more

The provisional debt ceiling agreement could affect you more than you think

President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) reached an agreement in principle to raise the U.S. debt ceiling over the weekend, allowing a glimmer of hope to shed a peek through the fiscal cloud that hung over DC. This agreement would avoid a potential default, which many economists believe would be catastrophic. Here’s … Read more

Two black members of indigenous tribes were arrested. The law considers only one Indian.

A public putting green in downtown Okmulgee, Okla., May 2, 2022. (Shane Brown/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — Early one morning in September 2020, Michael Hill called police after hearing knocking on the doors and windows of his home in Okmulgee, Oklahoma — part of a state gang the Supreme Court had recently ruled was … Read more

Federal judge rejects Tennessee drag show ban as unconstitutional

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge has ruled that Tennessee’s law restricting drag performances in public or in the presence of children is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to U.S. states’ efforts to regulate LGBTQ conduct. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee had signed the bill passed by the state assembly in February that sought … Read more

Can I (legally) avoid paying tax on dividends?

How can I avoid paying tax on dividends? Dividends are payments that some companies make to shareholders as a reward for investing in them. Dividends can provide regular, predictable income to investors who also retain the ability to profit from price appreciation. Dividends can benefit from favorable capital gains tax treatment if the shares are … Read more