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Joe Biden's Expanded Child Tax Credits Coming To Your Bank Account Near You!

Good for kids, good for America!

The expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) is set to start delivering monthly payments tomorrow to millions of American families with kids aged 17 or younger. As part of the American Rescue Plan, the tax credit was expanded from $2,000 to $3,600 for each child under the age of 6, or 3,000 for kids aged 6 to 17.

Half of the expanded credit will be sent to qualifying families, broken into in six monthly payments through the end of the year. The other half of the credit will go out in a lump sum at tax time. Families with bank information on file with the IRS will get the payments by direct deposit, while those who don't will be sent a check. You can check your eligibility and make sure you're enrolled at a special IRS website for the child tax credit. Be sure to pass that link on to folks who you think might need it, too!

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Joe Biden, All Dems, Wonkette: Give EVERYBODY EAT!

That's right, it's this month's moneybeg! Scroll down for new stories!

Back when my good son was the only white boy at Los Angeles High School (a white girl came the next year, when he was a sophomore), he used to beg me to apply for free school lunch for him. I assumed part of it was a strong administration message beating into kids' heads to remind their parents to apply — part of school funding was meted out by how many kids qualified for the help under poverty guidelines — but part of it was literally that he felt ashamed every time he used *money* to pay for *food*.

But back then, I was the editor in chief of a weekly newspaper, earning $75,000 a year — yeah the guy before me made $60, suck on it, that guy! — or exactly what the studies said a single mom needed to live a good life in Los Angeles, one with rent and savings and actual treats. I was saving $1500 a month, taking my staff out for drinks once a week, living in a gorgeous home in a placid, jacaranda-lined neighborhood that was the ultimate unsegregated Los Angeles neighborhood: houses that originally had been for Hancock Park's help. Our happy block was a third Black people, a third Asians and Latinos, and a third gays and Jewish single moms. Once I bought two dresses at a Silverlake boutique because I liked them both.

"I understand you want me to apply for school lunch, darling," I would tell him again and again. "And I LOVE SCHOOL LUNCH! But it's for people who need it."

In California, school lunch is for everybody now. School breakfast too. It's a goodamn NICE TIME!

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Programming Notes: Comments Moderation News (And No, You're Not In Trouble, Really!)

Except you there, in the back row. You know what you did.

Hey kids, just wanted to let you know we've added a new feature to our comment moderation system! Starting immediately, or actually Saturday afternoon, all new commenters will be subject to pre-moderation for a short while before they're allowed free range commenting privileges. It's a new option that Disqus, our comment moderation system, has rolled out, and we're going to give it a try to see how it works.

Pretty weird for a site that doesn't allow comments, we know.

(Fun Fact: Disqus is the commenting system only, so if the whole site goes down, that's a problem with our platform, not Disqus. Now people who remember that can feel superior.)

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St. Louis TV Network Launches Hilarious Reefer Madness Remake

DARE. To ignore this bullshit.

Parents! Does your kid have tie dye tapestry hanging behind her "bed" thanks some hastily slapped up blue tape? Does she display both a tube of men's deodorant and a copy of Catch-22 on the bookshelf? Does she have a "Mile 420" sign randomly propped up against a piece of wallboard?

If so, then, friends, it's time to PANIC, because momma's little baby is a dang junkie. With a capital J, that rhymes with P, and that stands for FENTANYL. Sorry to burst your bubble, Mom and Dad, but it turns out "420" is cool kid lingo for opiates.

BE VERY AFRAID!

Or laugh your ass off at this living embodiment of that joke about parents misinterpreting LOL and ROFLMAO as internet slang for "I'll trade you a BJ for an eightball" or some such.

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