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California drives U.S. homelessness increase

California drives U.S. homelessness increaseThe Department of Housing and Urban Development released Friday its estimate of annual homelessness in the United States, concluding that the number of homeless people in the country increased 2.7 percent over the last year.The jump is reportedly strongly tied to California's housing crisis, especially in Los Angeles and San Francisco. California alone experienced an estimated 16.4 percent increase in homelessness, despite the state's efforts to counter the issue.HUD Secretary Ben Carson blamed welfare programs that fostered dependency and despair, per The New York Times, as well as policies that allow people to sleep in public spaces. Carson argued the laws discourage people from going "to the places that are actually designed to help them get out of that situation."There were some positive strives elsewhere, however. Washington, D.C., and 29 other states reported declines in the number of homeless people, NBC News reports. Meanwhile, veteran homelessness dropped 2.1 percent, homeless families with children declined 4.8 percent, and homeless youth and children decreased 3.6 percent. Read more at The New York Times and NBC News.More stories from theweek.com The West was profoundly wrong about Modi Porn is evil. Don't ban it. Elizabeth Warren's attack on Buttigieg's wine cave fundraiser 'plays into hands' of GOP, former Obama campaign aide says



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This slanted toilet was designed to increase productivity and decrease smartphone use by being painful to sit on for more than 5 minutes, and people are horrified

This slanted toilet was designed to increase productivity and decrease smartphone use by being painful to sit on for more than 5 minutes, and people are horrifiedThe controversial toilet has a 13-degree slope designed to make it painful to remain sitting for more than five minutes.



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Warren Reveals $52 Trillion Medicare for All Plan, Claims No Middle Tax Increase Necessary

Warren Reveals $  52 Trillion Medicare for All Plan, Claims No Middle Tax Increase NecessarySenator Elizabeth Warren's (D., Mass.) unveiled a medicare for all plan Friday that will cost nearly $ 52 trillion over the next ten years and will not require any middle-class tax increases.The proposal would be funded by roughly $ 20 trillion in taxes on employers, financial transactions and super-wealthy corporations over the next decade. Existing federal and state spending would account for the remaining $ 30 trillion in costs."We don’t need to raise taxes on the middle class by one penny to finance Medicare for All," Warren writes as part of the plan."When fully implemented, my approach to Medicare for All would mark one of the greatest federal expansions of middle class wealth in our history,” she continues. “And if Medicare for All can be financed without any new taxes on the middle class, and instead by asking giant corporations, the wealthy, and the well-connected to pay their fair share, that’s exactly what we should do."Warren would impose $ 9 trillion in new Medicare taxes on employers over the next decade, which she claims will replace what employers currently pay for employee health insurance.The candidate also proposes a “Supplemental Employer Medicare Contribution”—another tax—on large corporations if the medicare plan risks running out of funds.She also proposes more taxes on the super-rich in addition to her trademark wealth tax, which would raise another $ 1 trillion. Additional taxes on foreign earnings and financial transactions would also be implemented under the plan.Warren admitted on Tuesday that a universal medicare plan would eliminate about two million jobs, mostly among health care industry professionals, necessitating a plan to help those professionals adjust.“I think this is part of the cost issue and should be part of a cost plan,” Warren commented.Rival candidate Bernie Sanders has proposed his own universal medicare plan, which he projected would cost around $ 32 trillion over ten years. Sanders would fund the plan with taxes on wealthy Americans, although his wealth tax would only raise a comparative $ 4.35 trillion over ten years, along with other taxes on the middle class.Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized medicare for all and Warren during last month’s Democratic primary debate.“No plan has been laid out to explain how a multi-trillion-dollar hole in this Medicare-for-all plan that Senator Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in," Buttigieg said at the time.



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Social Security cost-of-living increase to raise benefits 1.6% in 2020

Social Security cost-of-living increase to raise benefits 1.6% in 2020Social Security's cost-of-living adjustment will raise benefits 1.6% in 2020. That's down from 2.8% in 2019 and in line with modest gains past decade



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Joe Biden vows to increase the number of immigrants in the US

Joe Biden vows to increase the number of immigrants in the USDemocratic hopeful Joe Biden promises Iowa voters that if he's elected there will be a flood of immigrants into the U.S.



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'Any amount we want': Iran poised to increase uranium enrichment at higher levels

'Any amount we want': Iran poised to increase uranium enrichment at higher levelsPresident Hassan Rouhani says Iran will commence higher-level uranium enrichment from July 7 if the impact of U.S. sanctions is not alleviated.



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Iran to Increase Uranium Enrichment in Violation of 2015 Nuclear Treaty

Iran to Increase Uranium Enrichment in Violation of 2015 Nuclear TreatyIranian officials announced on Monday that they will begin to increase uranium enrichment in violation of the 2015 international nuclear treaty from which the U.S. already has withdrawn.Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Agency, said the country's stockpile of low-enriched uranium will surpass the limit established under the treaty within ten days, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.The announcement by Iran's Atomic Energy Agency comes weeks after Tehran threatened to violate the 2015 nuclear treaty if the pact's remaining European signatories failed to shield the country from the effects of U.S. sanctions within 60 days.Kamalvandi left open the possibility of returning to compliance with the treaty if the European parties help to relieve some of the burden of U.S. sanctions by establishing alternative trade arrangements.“As long as they comply by their commitments, these will go back,” Kamalvandi said during a televised press conference at the country’s Arak nuclear plant.Tensions between the U.S. and Iran continued to escalate last week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Iran was responsible for an attack on two oil tankers that occurred in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday morning.House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) endorsed the Trump administration's finding of Iranian culpability during an interview on CBS's “Face the Nation,” but he criticized the maximum-pressure campaign that Pompeo has pursued as needlessly provocative.“There’s no question that Iran is behind the attacks,” Schiff said. “I think the evidence is very strong and compelling.”British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt also confirmed the administration's findings, announcing on Twitter on Friday that the “U.K.’s assessment concludes that responsibility for the attacks almost certainly lies with Iran.”



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The Latest: Tenn. police increase death toll at 2 homes to 7

The Latest: Tenn. police increase death toll at 2 homes to 7WESTMORELAND, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the deaths of multiple victims at two homes in rural Tennessee (all times local):



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Supplements warning: Certain types could increase chances of cancer, new study says

Supplements warning: Certain types could increase chances of cancer, new study saysMany people take vitamin supplements to add years to their life, but a new study says some supplements could actually increase your chances of cancer.



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U.S. mosques increase security after New Zealand attack

U.S. mosques increase security after New Zealand attackMosques around the United States increased security measures for Friday prayers after a gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques. Police in New York and other cities said they were stepping up patrols at mosques and other places of worship as a precaution, although there was no sign of any specific threat. Nihad Awad, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said at a Washington news conference that he urged Muslims who would be praying at the more than 3,000 mosques in the United States to “not abandon your mosques.” For years, American Muslims have become used to police patrols, active shooter drills and private security officers guarding mosques for Friday prayers.



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