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Local restaurant hosting trivia night to collect items for Afghan families coming to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – The Copper Pig is hosting a trivia night to benefit the latest members of the community arriving in town. They’ll be collecting items for the Afghan families heading to St. Louis.

The trivia night will take place on Monday, Aug. 23, a 7 p.m. They’ll be collecting items for the International Institute and the new Afghans making their way to their new home in St. Louis.

“Making food and helping students from SLU take food to the homeless, who were housed at the Western Inn on North Grand,” said Claudia Wright, lifelong St. Louisan. “Then they weren’t

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Opinion: Biden’s American Families Plan is an overdue update

Being a parent is hard. It’s harder in the United States than other rich countries because American public policy fails to provide even the most basic supports for families. American families struggled meeting their needs pre-pandemic — a problem exacerbated by stagnated wages and a government run according to a radical notion of self-reliance, virtually nonexistent in the politics of other high-income liberal democracies.

As we begin to dig out from the darkest depths of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s necessary to evaluate how the United States can better support families and provide all of America’s children with the opportunity to

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How President Biden’s American Families Plan could impact children in Jacksonville area

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – President Joe Biden recently unveiled his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, and part of his proposal includes investing billions of dollars in nutrition assistance for children.

The plan calls for making the summer pandemic EBT program permanent and expanding school meal programs.

“We need to make sure our children are getting adequate nutrition and have access to food,” Colleen Rodriguez, CEO of Jewish Family and Community Services, said Saturday on “The Morning Show.”

Rodriguez said a majority of the people they serve are children, including students who are food insecure at George Washington Carver Elementary School.

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House GOP wants Biden admin to review NY’s $2B fund for illegal immigrants: ‘Put American families first’

The top Republicans on two House committees are pressing President Biden’s coronavirus rescue plan czar Eugene Sperling to review the $2 billion fund New York created this week aimed at giving relief money to illegal immigrants in the state. 

Budget Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., sent a letter to Sperling, whose official title is American Rescue Plan coordinator on Friday. In it, they ask him to investigate the New York program, which will offer one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs during the

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JD Vance: Vaccine passports are a terrible idea that deprive American families of basic choices

Eighteen months ago no one had heard of COVID-19. Twelve months ago most of us were under some form of government-imposed stay-at-home order. Six months ago a vaccine seemed possible at some distant point in the future. And in the last couple of days, President Biden has proposed “vaccine passports”—effectively, requiring proof of vaccine in order to live a normal life.
 
It’s a terrible idea that deprives American families of basic choices. My view of the vaccine is simple: I’m thrilled we have it. But the truth is that we don’t know the long-term risks, because the two most popular

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How to heal political polarization among American families

After writing last month about the current climate of political polarization and how it is causing divisions in American families, I sat down with Bruce Bond and Erik Olsen, experts in fostering unity, to find out more about how we can heal the polarization among families.

Through their citizen-led nonprofit, the Common Ground Committee, Bond and Olsen’s work focuses on creating opportunities for people to engage in productive conversations that lead to finding or building common ground over polarizing topics. And we discussed some of the ways their work — which is mainly aimed at leaders — can help

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