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Meet the ‘everyday’ TikTokers who found fame during the pandemic

Americans flocked to TikTok during COVID lockdowns, and many creators — from grandmothers to toddlers — have enjoyed influencer status.
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Jill Biden uses her soft diplomacy to make the case for partnering with the US during three-country Latin America tour
First lady Jill Biden on Monday wraps a six-day, three-country tour of Latin America with an agenda that focused -- at times with subtlety and others with direct intent -- on why a partnership with the United States has its benefits.
Scott Kelly Calls Russia Space Chief 'Stain' on History After Nuke Threat
Dmitry Rogozin, director of Russia's Roscosmos space agency, shared footage of a large crater created by one of Russia's new Sarmat nuclear-capable missiles.
Рассекречен салон нового Hongqi HM9. У Aurus Arsenal он богаче
Компания FAW готовится к выходу на рынок минивэна Hongqi HM9
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Stavridis: Zelenskyy beats Putin on military calculus
Zelenskyy has demonstrated a far better grasp on the crucial calculus of risk and reward, writes former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis.
We're Telling the Wrong Story About Race in America | Opinion
The solution to our racial problem lies not with progressive agitprop but in issues like the lack of skills, affordable housing, and job opportunities.
We Should Only Be Trading With Our Allies | Opinion
To whip both inflation at home and authoritarians abroad we must lean into our relationships with those we trust through ally-shoring.
Young People Are Key to Democrats' Success in November. Here's What We're Looking For | Opinion
Between now and November, Democrats must remain focused, work hard, and demonstrate to millions of young people why they deserve our vote.
Dogs' Reaction to Shelter's New Facility Melts Hearts: 'Heaven'
"This makes me so happy to see—people who actually care for them," wrote one commenter on the viral TikTok video.
Congress and the White House Can Provide Relief from High Oil and Drug Prices | Opinion
Drugs aren't expensive because they cost so much to make, or even because it takes a lot of money to invent a new pharmaceutical. They are expensive because Big Pharma benefits from monopoly protections.
What Kitten You Should Get According to Your Personality
Kittens make adorable pets, but they are a lot of responsibility and some may not be right for your lifestyle or temperament. Experts outline what you need to know before getting one.
Глава РЭО: Стеклянные и пластиковые бутылки могут стать альтернативой упаковке Tetra Pak
Альтернативой упаковке Tetra Pak могут стать стеклянные и пластиковые бутылки
Migrant rescue ship crews accused of colluding with human traffickers
The five-year investigation was mired in controversy for the mass wiretapping of charity workers, lawyers and journalists.
To understand Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis, start with Hugh Freeze's 'oh my gosh' moment
Rookie quarterback Malik Willis could be the Tennessee Titans' QB of the future, but he'll sit behind Ryan Tannehill in 2022.
Лукашенко: Запад подтолкнул Беларусь и РФ интенсивнее заняться экономикой
А в результате, по мнению белорусского руководителя, экономика в Союзном государстве на фоне санкционного давления неожиданно интенсивно укрепляется
Meghan and Harry Told 'You Need to Get a Life' in Latest U.S. TV Backlash
Meghan and Harry were mocked on "The Wendy Williams Show" in the latest sign attitudes toward the couple in the U.S. entertainment industry may be shifting.
Germany is keen to pursue gas projects with Senegal, says Scholz on first African tour
Germany wants to intensively pursue gas and renewable energy projects with Senegal, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday during his first trip to Africa, against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and its impact on energy and food prices.
Davis 'blown away' receiving Women in Motion Award at Cannes
On Sunday, Viola Davis was honored with the 2022 Women In Motion Award in Cannes. The multi-award winning actor was recognized for her work as an actor, producer and activist. (May 23)
ShowBiz Minute: Davis, 'This Is Us,' U.S. Box Office
Viola Davis honored with 2022 Women In Motion Award in Cannes; "This Is Us" premieres for the final time in Los Angeles; "Doctor Strange" remains atop U.S. box office. (May 23)
Почему Lada Duster не появится быстро
"Локомотив" продлил контракт с вратарем Гилерме
В понедельник капитан "Локомотива" Маринато Гилерме подписал новый контракт с клубом. Договор рассчитан до конца июня 2024 года.
Крис Прэтт и дочь Арнольда Шварценеггера стали родителями во второй раз
Звезда "Стражей галактики" и "Мира Юрского периода" Крис Прэтт и его жена Кэтрин Шварценеггер во второй раз стали родителями
Severed head of missing Nigerian lawmaker found in park, police say
Police in Nigeria have discovered the severed head of a state legislator who went missing last week in the southeastern state of Anambra, where the government accuses separatists of carrying out a spate of killings and kidnappings, police said on Sunday.
Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine produces a strong immune response in kids under 5
Pfizer plans to submit the new data to the Food and Drug Administration this week, bringing families with young children one step closer to a long-awaited vaccine.
9 Leaders on the 2022 TIME100 Share What Gives Them Hope
Ketanji Brown Jackson, Jeremy Strong, and more offer their causes for optimism
Матвиенко: Государство должно упростить таможенные процедуры для бизнеса
В условиях новой реальности государство должно упростить и ускорить таможенные процедуры, минимизировать административную нагрузку на бизнес, заявила председатель Совета Федерации Валентина Матвиенко
How to Watch and Live Stream Mike Pence's Georgia Rally
Mike Pence and Governor Brian Kemp are speaking at a Get Out the Vote Rally in Georgia on Monday. Here is how to watch all the action.
When Does Final Week of Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Trial Live Stream Begin?
The defamation trial between former married couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard enters its final week before the closing statements are made.
Мишустин: Выставочное движение стало жертвой политизированной антироссийской линии
"С учетом принятых в последнее время Международным бюро выставок решений не приходится говорить о честной состязательной кампании по выбору места проведения всемирной универсальной выставки "ЭКСПО-2030", - заявил Мишустин
Готика в XXI веке: почему стоит побывать в замке Гарибальди под Тольятти
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Mary J. Blige and Miranda Lambert to Perform at the 2022 TIME100 Gala
The chart-toppers will appear at TIME's celebration of the world's most influential people.
How We Chose the 2022 TIME100
"Our hope is that the TIME100 list is not simply a recognition of influence but a study in how influence can be wielded."
Josh Donaldson’s latest run-in raises difficult questions about just what kind of teammate he is
Josh Donaldson is no stranger to annoying other players, but his latest incident with Tim Anderson has generated a whole new level of scrutiny.
Biden unveils a U.S.-Asia trade initiative that falls short of a free-trade deal
The new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity is intended to increase cooperation on trade, energy, supply-chain and anti-corruption issues.
Biden shows support for Taiwan, renews US 'commitment' to militarily defend it
President Biden recommitted his support for Taiwan while on a visit to Japan.
Cat Rescue Worker in ICU After Saving Dozens of Kittens From Fire
Most of the kittens were foster pets at her home, ready to be taken to adoption events over the weekend in Florida.
NSBA letter drafts called for national guard and military to be deployed
The National School Boards Association's independent review shows how the Biden administration collaborated with the NSBA.
Путин рассказал Лукашенко о реакции экономики на санкции
"Несмотря на все сложности, российская экономика выдерживает санкционный удар, выдерживает весьма достойно
Fact Check: Did Amber Heard Leave a 'Bruise Kit' in a Photo?
A video has gone viral on TikTok, purporting to show evidence of a makeup kit for creating theatrical bruises. Newsweek has taken a look at the claims.
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Антироссийская политика США по Украине не находит поддержки в Латинской Америке
Даже в Госдепартаменте США признают, что латиноамериканские лидеры в рамках двусторонних контактов стремятся избегать обсуждения этой тематики, ссылаясь на приоритетное значение внутренних и региональных проблем
Opinion: Why are some refugees more welcome than others?
Human Rights Watch UK Director Yasmine Ahmed explains how the West's unprecedented hospitality towards Ukrainian refugees has highlighted stark differences in treatment given to refugees from other conflicts.
U.S. and Japan teaming to put first Japanese astronaut on moon
No non-American has ever touched down on the lunar surface, and Japan has previously said it hopes to achieve a Moon landing by the end of this decade.
How To Get Baby Formula, As First Overseas Shipment Arrives In U.S.
A shipment carrying 78,000 pounds of specialty formula for children with cow's milk protein allergies arrived in the U.S. as part of "Operation Fly Formula."
Why winless Marshall High softball team is full of winners
Pasadena Marshall High has only one win in three seasons, but the Eagles never quit. Here's why they exemplify the best in sports and should be admired.
With Allen Robinson in the mix, Rams have a different look at receiver
Allen Robinson gives the Los Angeles Rams a different look at wide receiver as they prepare to defend their Super Bowl title with offseason training.
Latin America Needs a Human Rights-Based Recipe for Post-Pandemic Recovery | Opinion
Decisive actions are urgently needed—not empty slogans.
The profound impact of giving American families a little more cash
Allina Diaz and her 6-year-old daughter, Journey, chat on the patio of their Jefferson, Maine, home on May 6. | Séan Alonzo Harris for Vox Six months of payments lifted millions of children out of poverty. Then they stopped. Part of the May 2022 issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world. Allina Diaz started looking for work last May, after graduating from the University of Maine at Augusta. As a single mom, Diaz had attended classes while raising her three daughters — Lilly, 13, Annabelle, 11, and Journey, 6 — on a tight budget. She knows the numbers intimately: Her financial aid (a mix of grants and federal student loans, which together covered basic living costs while she was a student) came every four months, and ranged from about $3,000 to $5,000 per payment, which she’d stretch to last until the next. She made around $500 a month from her work-study jobs as an office assistant, tutoring, and administering Covid-19 tests to students. Her two eldest daughters received a combined $1,500 a month in Social Security benefits, which they were eligible to receive because they’d lost their father at a young age. SNAP benefits helped to cover food, and Section 8 vouchers helped to pay for her house, though she still owed an additional $600 or so a month to make up for the gap in housing costs. After covering rent and utilities, she had around $1,200 a month in cash to spend on everything else: gas for the car, clothes and school supplies for the kids, food not covered by SNAP, and unexpected expenses. When she graduated with her degree in justice studies, the financial aid checks and work-study income stopped. Diaz, then 34, needed to find full-time work. “I thought I was going to be able to get a job quickly,” she said. But with the pandemic still affecting many aspects of American life, the process took months. She interviewed for jobs at criminal justice reform and social advocacy nonprofits through the summer and into the fall. Toward the end of the year, the number of Covid-19 cases in Maine crept higher than they’d been at any other point in the pandemic. “My kids were out of school constantly for 10-day quarantines,” she says. She had to keep them at home for long stretches while she was busy interviewing for jobs. “It was a really rough time.” Her financial stress would have been even worse, she thinks, if she hadn’t started receiving her expanded child tax credit payments in July, following her graduation. The credit — which was passed as part of the American Rescue Plan in March 2021 — built upon the existing child tax credit that many parents already received yearly. It increased the amount of money families were able to get, from $2,000 per child to $3,000-$3,600, depending on the age of the child. The credit also expanded eligibility, making it available to most parents, including those who didn’t earn enough money to file tax returns. Rather than coming at tax time, as it did before the American Rescue Plan was passed, the money showed up every month between July and December in 2021: up to $300 for each child under 6, and $250 for children between 6 and 17. It was a clear example of a policy that directly benefited American families by giving them cash and trusting that they knew the best use for it. Séan Alonzo Harris for Vox Diaz spends time with her three daughters (from left) Lilly, 13; Journey, 6; and Annabelle, 11. After she finished college, the expanded child tax credit — part of the American Rescue Plan — helped Diaz make ends meet, until the payments abruptly stopped. As a parent of three, Diaz received $750 a month. “Those payments made it so that my income rounded out,” she says. “I was still not bringing in as much as I had been, but it was a godsend. It came at exactly the right time.” The economic impact of the expanded child tax credit was profound. According to one analysis by researchers at Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy, the payments immediately lifted 3 million children out of poverty in July. Congress only approved the expanded payments through the end of 2021. Advocates for the policy hoped that the program would be extended, possibly as part of President Joe Biden’s bigger social and environmental spending proposal, Build Back Better. But Republican senators were uniformly opposed to Build Back Better, as was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who said he specifically couldn’t support extending the expanded child tax credit due to its lack of a work requirement and its price tag — about $1.5 trillion if the program lasted a decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate. Negotiations over Build Back Better fell apart in December, and the payments stopped coming. Child poverty increased 41 percent the first month after the credit expired The effects of the expanded tax credit’s expiration were just as stark as its introduction: Child poverty increased 41 percent the first month after the credit expired, according to the researchers at Columbia. By the end of December, as Diaz realized that Congress still hadn’t renewed the payments for the following year, she began to stress about how she was going to heat the house through the Maine winter. Instead of enjoying holiday celebrations with her family, she says, she was worrying about whether she had enough fuel oil for her furnace. She’d frequently find herself going to the basement to make sure she had enough in the tank to keep the house warm. “I was afraid I’d wake up some morning,” she says, “and the kids couldn’t take a bath.” For the six months that the payments went out, the extra money provided a layer of support to the millions of families that really needed it. It helped to alleviate some of the interminable stress of living in, or on the brink of, poverty. It was a reliable supplement to families trying to weather a pandemic and rising inflation. Since it expired, supporters of the expanded tax credit have been dismayed by the relative lack of urgency in Congress around renewing it. “When the child tax credit was expanded, we tracked it and we saw in real time how many kids could be lifted out of poverty,” says Lisa Davis, who leads No Kid Hungry, a campaign to end child hunger started by the nonprofit Share Our Strength. “We should have a bipartisan clamoring to reinstate the expanded child tax credit. There’s nothing that symbolizes the failure to act in Congress more than this.” One study, by the economic think tank Urban Institute, showed that half of the families receiving the credit used it for food, and nearly a third used it to pay utilities. That’s how Odessa Davis, a 34-year-old special education aide in Silver Spring, Maryland, spent hers: paying off bills and using the extra cash to buy groceries for her son, Leon. During the months she was receiving the money, she’d worry about bills, “and then next thing, boom, the child tax credit hit my account,” she says. “I didn’t end up in a negative balance. It helped me fill in when I needed it.” Her son started asking about trying new ingredients he’d learned about from watching anime. She bought him bok choy and experimented with new meals without worrying that she was wasting money. Séan Alonzo Harris for Vox Journey chases after a frisbee in the yard of her family’s home. Many parents, including Journey’s mom, used the cash to pay for essentials, like school clothes and groceries. Another 30 percent of people surveyed by the Urban Institute said that they spent the money on clothing. Diaz used her money to buy school clothes for her girls, as well as to cover car payments and phone bills while she interviewed for jobs. That’s what Amber Roy, a 42-year-old from West Virginia, planned to do, too — to buy new clothes for her teenage sons — but she never actually got to. Each month, there was a more pressing need for the money, like bills they were behind on in July, or groceries that needed to be bought in August. “When the child tax credit was expanded, we tracked it and we saw in real time how many kids could be lifted out of poverty” Roy, who lives in Charleston with her husband and sons, knows how much she owes in bills every month: $200 on water, around $400 for the family phone bills, $200 a month in gas for the car. Their income without the credit isn’t enough to cover all of their living expenses, she says, so she often finds herself cooking for her family and then skipping dinner herself. “I say I’m not hungry because I know there’s not going to be enough for everybody to be full,” she says. “I’ll eat a piece of bread with peanut butter. You do what you have to do to make sure your kids are good.” Recently, she overheard her sons arguing over the laundry; the younger one was telling the older one not to waste water because it was too expensive. “He’s 14. He shouldn’t have to know that,” Roy says. “But he does.” The parents who didn’t spend the money on essential needs said that it was helpful for long-term planning and unexpected expenditures — and in some cases, both. Patrick McGinty, an adjunct professor who lives in Pittsburgh with his partner Candace and their 5-year-old son Augie, decided to take $100 from their monthly credit and invest it in the 529 account they opened to save for Augie’s college tuition. Then, in October, their furnace died, and the extra cash helped offset the $6,000 repair. “It made a tangible difference,” Patrick says. Even though the payments stopped, he and his partner have continued to send $100 a month to the account. “We probably have $2,000-3,000 in there that genuinely would not have existed” without the expanded credit, he says. For the families that came to rely on the monthly payments, the end of the expanded credit meant that they needed to adjust how they spent their money — and just as importantly, their time. It came at a moment when inflation started to make the costs of food, fuel, housing, and consumer goods even more expensive. Jeannette, a 42-year-old mother of one from Westbrook, Maine, who asked that Vox only use her first name because she is an asylum seeker, says that she’s had to spend less on groceries and school clothes for her son, and that he’s not able to attend swimming classes as frequently as he’d like. “I’m sad about it,” she says, “because it’s something that he loves, that keeps him happy.” “I say I’m not hungry because I know there’s not going to be enough for everybody to be full. You do what you have to do to make sure your kids are good.” The effects of losing the monthly payments rippled out beyond individual families. Sophia Whitehouse, 32, who lives in Ohio with her husband Ray and their two young children Zac and Zoe, is a school psychologist who recently opened her own practice with a colleague. Her family used the payments for child care and summer camp so that she could work. Losing that monthly income has meant that her husband has had to add extra overtime shifts at the Walmart distribution center where he’s employed. It’s also kept Sophia away from work even as she is trying to build her practice. “I have to stay home more with the kids, which is resulting in me losing money that I could be making,” Whitehouse says. “Me not being at work means more kids in my community are not getting the help they need, because I’m not available. It’s dominoes falling over.” Polls show that a majority of voters support the payments. Most Democrats back the policy. Even some Republicans have proposed plans for a benefit for parents — though there are real disagreements about how the payments would be paid for and who would receive them. Still, it wasn’t enough to keep the expanded tax credit from slipping into legislative limbo, and it’s uncertain if Congress will revive it. When lawmakers in Washington debate anti-poverty programs, the voices of the people who stand to benefit most from them tend to get lost, but they are the voices Congress needs to hear most as they consider the expanded tax credit’s future. “We have a lot of families that are still struggling. Inflation has happened, the pandemic has happened, war is happening,” says Tamara Harris, a single mom from Indianapolis, Indiana, who works as a bus driver and received $250 a month from the child tax credit. “We have nothing to help us in day-to-day living expenses, and our wages are not improving,” Séan Alonzo Harris for Vox Annabelle and her sister Journey look for their dog through the back window of their home. Roy is also angry, particularly because her senator, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, didn’t support extending the payments. “He’ll never know what it’s like to have to walk into a grocery store with a calculator to make sure you don’t go over your budget. He’ll never know what it’s like to buy one Christmas gift for his kids because you can’t afford anything else,” she says. “He claims to speak for all of West Virginia. We can’t even afford to do everyday things.” Lisa Davis, who runs the No Kid Hungry campaign, says that despite Manchin and Republicans’ concern about the cost of the program, there’s a greater cost in letting so many kids live in poverty. “There’s so much research that shows that when kids go hungry their physical health suffers, their brain development suffers, their mental health suffers, and their academic performance suffers,” she says. “When you look at all of those costs children will face for a lifetime, continuing the expansion of the child tax credit has one of the strongest returns on investment I can imagine. We have so many families and kids that really are struggling right now.” When the credit ran out, it put a hole in Allina’s budget. In January, she skipped paying her credit card bills and her electricity bill. In February, Allina landed a job as a community organizer at Maine Equal Justice, an economic justice nonprofit that advocates for policies that benefit low-income and marginalized people. Her job came with good benefits and allowed her to stop worrying so much about money. It also put her in touch with other families in her community who are still struggling in the face of rising housing costs and inflation, and without the monthly payments that had made life a bit easier. “When these programs end,” she says, “it’s taking food out of kids’ mouths.” Marin Cogan is a senior correspondent for Vox.
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