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Did Your Business Receive a PPP Loan from the SBA? Here’s How to Handle Potential Press Inquiries

By Joe Rubin The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has provided billions of dollars in loans to millions of small businesses. Most of the recipients received relatively small loans (average size of $80,000 for the second tranche of loans), but there are a significant number of recipients who received $1 million or more, and 40,000 businesses received $2 million or more. However, while the program clearly allows businesses with up to 500 employees to take out loans of up to $10 million, Congress ...
Tags: Media, Arts, Entertainment, Congress, Government, Sales, Crisis Management, Public Relations, PPP, SBA, Financing & Credit, Advertising & PR, New Treasury, Joe Rubin, Paycheck Protection Program, Joe Rubin Joe Rubin


Did Your Business Receive a PPP Loan from the SBA? Here’s How to Handle Potential Press Inquiries

By Joe Rubin The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has provided billions of dollars in loans to millions of small businesses. Most of the recipients received relatively small loans (average size of $80,000 for the second tranche of loans), but there are a significant number of recipients who received $1 million or more, and 40,000 businesses received $2 million or more. However, while the program clearly allows businesses with up to 500 employees to take out loans of up to $10 million, Congress ...
Tags: Media, Arts, Entertainment, Congress, Government, Sales, Crisis Management, Public Relations, PPP, SBA, Financing & Credit, Advertising & PR, New Treasury, Joe Rubin, Paycheck Protection Program, Joe Rubin Joe Rubin


California’s undocumented workers flood agencies with calls in search of coronavirus relief

Yosadara Miron had Monday, May 18, circled on her calendar for two weeks. It was the day that she and more than 2 million other undocumented immigrants in California could begin to apply for a $125 million program, made up of state and private funds, that would provide one-time payments of $500 per individual adults or up to $1,000 per household. “I was ready at 9 a.m. and had my personal information and tax identification number ready to give them,” said Miron, who lives in Pomona with her husb...
Tags: Facebook, News, Supreme Court, California, La, Government, Immigration, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Riverside County, Gavin Newsom, Ontario, Pomona, Huntington Beach


Anything less than nationwide vote by mail is electoral sabotage

The global pandemic has cast a light on decades of cumulative efforts to manipulate and suppress voters, showing that the country is completely unprepared for any serious challenge to its elections system. There can be no more excuses: Every state must implement voting by mail in 2020 or be prepared to admit it is deliberately sabotaging its own elections. (And for once, tech might be able to help.) To visualize how serious this problem is, one has only to imagine what would happen if quarantine...
Tags: TC, Elections, Voting, Opinion, Washington, Government, Tech, States, House Senate, Nicks, 2020 Election, Vote By Mail, Bill Oxford, Voting By Mail


Michael Cohen Emerges From Prison To New World He Barely Recognizes

In all seriousness though, the prison system needs some serious reform.
Tags: Crime, Prisons, Law, Government, Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Big Bear Lake says it won’t enforce governor’s coronavirus orders

The city of Big Bear Lake will no longer enforce the governor’s stay-at-home orders and is letting businesses decide when they’re ready to reopen. After 10 weeks of business closures and restrictions on residents, the novel coronavirus is manageable in the city, but it’s caused “significant and continuing economic and social harm,” according to a city newsletter. Tourism-dependent businesses have been especially harmed, officials say. The city asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for permission to follow its...
Tags: News, Government, Sport, Soccer, City Council, San Bernardino Mountains, County, Gavin Newsom, San Bernardino County, Big Bear Lake, Joshua Tree, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Coronavirus


Nextdoor Is Quietly Getting the Cops Involved: Report

Community platform Nextdoor is courting police across the country, creating concerns among civil rights and privacy advocates who worry about possible conflicts of interest, over-reporting of crime, and the platform’s record of racial profiling, per a Thursday report by CityLab.Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Science, Crime, Privacy, Police, Government, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Nextdoor, Tech Policy




Jonathan Turley Wanted For Vicious Murder Of Nonsensical Straw Arguments Of His Own Making

The professor lashes out at Trump's critics and he really hopes the networks are listening.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Law Schools, Trump, Jonathan Turley


EU Considers $22 Billion Electric Vehicle Stimulus, U.S. Mulls Cash-for-clunkers Redux

The European Commission is reportedly preparing an economic stimulus package aimed at helping the EU bounce back from economic hardships caused by the coronavirus lockdown — saving some room for incentivized electric vehicle sales. As you may have noticed in your home country, stimulus package proposals often involve lawmakers attempting to slip something in to aid […] The post EU Considers $22 Billion Electric Vehicle Stimulus, U.S. Mulls Cash-for-clunkers Redux appeared first on The Truth Abou...
Tags: Europe, Government, Eu, European Union, Electric Vehicles, European Commission, Autos, Subsidies, Automotive Industry, EVs, Industry News, Green Energy, Green Tech, News Blog, Stimulus Package, Economic Stimulus


Boulder Care opioid treatment platform picks up traction during coronavirus

With the regulations around telehealth changing rapidly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, an opioid treatment platform with a digital component is finally finding a strong market foothold after facing a mountain of regulatory hurdles. Boulder Care was founded by Stephanie Papes, a former associate at Apple Tree Partners. She first became interested in opioid treatment after facilitating the firm’s financing round with an organization called CleanSlate Addiction Centers, which focused on in-person tr...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, France, Government, Tech, Atlantic, Boulder, Pacific Northwest, Premera Blue Cross, Apple Tree Partners, Buprenorphine, Papes, Tusk Venture Partners, Boulder Care, Stephanie Papes


Gas War: Senator Asks EPA Watchdog to Investigate New Fuel Efficiency Rules

Every time we think the United States’ fueling fracas had concluded, something new emerges to remind us that we’re utter morons. Despite the Trump administration finally wrapping up the fuel rollback of Obama-era emission standards on March 31st, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) has sent another letter asking Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Sean O’Donnell to look into the new […] The post Gas War: Senator Asks EPA Watchdog to Investigate New Fuel Efficiency Rules appeared first on The...
Tags: Obama, Government, Green, United States, Editorials, Investigations, Autos, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy, Trump, Nhtsa, Sean O Donnell, Tom Carper, News Blog


Democratic senators flag Uber’s possible Grubhub deal over antitrust concerns

In a new letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, a group of Democrats in the Senate urge regulators to “closely monitor the negotiations” between Uber and Grubhub and to initiate an antitrust investigation if a rumored deal between the two companies comes to pass. In a letter signed by Senators Amy Klobuchar, Patrick Leahy, Richard Blumenthal and Cory Booker, the lawmakers caution that a merger between Uber’s food delivery service Uber Eats and its competito...
Tags: TC, Uber, Government, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, House, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Wall Street Journal, Aoc, Cory Booker, U S Federal Trade Commission, GrubHub, David Cicilline, Amy Klobuchar Patrick Leahy Richard Blumenthal


Palantir picks up more COVID-19 contracts, this time with the VA

Palantir, the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel, is already an active tech player in the scrum for federal contracts, but it’s playing a new and increasingly prominent role in providing the government with software tools to address the COVID-19 crisis. This month, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a new $5 million contract to Palantir through veteran-owned software reseller i3 Federal LLC, which lists Palantir as a partner. The contract, set to run through November, will ...
Tags: TC, Cdc, Government, White House, Tech, Surveillance, Gotham, NHS, Peter Thiel, Va, National Institutes of Health, US Army, Palantir, Department of Veterans Affairs, U S Department of Health and Human Services HHS, Government Contracts


Half of evangelicals believe Trump is anointed by God

Evangelical support of President Trump has baffled many who find his conduct at odds with core Christian values.A recent survey found that 49 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe Trump was chosen by God.Additional data found evangelicals are mixed on his moral character but view him as critical to political victories. For non-Trumpists, one of the most baffling qualities of his presidency is the overwhelming support received from evangelical Christians. A record 81 percent of white ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Obama, Government, Religion, America, Barack Obama, Society, David, United States, Rick Perry, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Fox News, Jesus


L.A. County cities plead for share of federal assistance as coronavirus slams budgets

A coalition of more than two dozen Los Angeles County cities have requested the county and city of Los Angeles redistribute $1.8 billion in federal funding assistance they received to help the 87 other municipalities balance their budgets in the wake of the fiscal gut punch-caused by the coronavirus pandemic-spurred Safer at Home orders. Carson Mayor Al Robles organized the diverse group of 28 communities and sent a letter Tuesday morning via email to city and county elected officials asking for...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, Washington, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, City Council, Los Angeles Lakers, Public Safety, Malibu


Prepping For The Coronavirus’s Second Coming: Part I — Are Lockdown Orders Constitutional?

A person does not have an absolute right to liberty. At the same time, the government does not have an absolute right to lockdown whoever it chooses.
Tags: Law, Government, Lockdown, Steven Chung, Coronavirus, COVID-19


How to shut down coronavirus conspiracy theories

During times of high anxiety, not unlike the situation we find ourselves in now, there is a rise in conspiracism. Conspiracy theories provide comfort where there is uncertainty.As author Michael Shermer points out, history has shown that this way of thinking is sometimes warranted, but not in the case of coronavirus. One factor that has helped recent coronavirus conspiracy theories grow, he says, is the shrinking political middle and an increased polarization to the far left and far right."The f...
Tags: Health, Biology, Government, Communication, Society, Intelligence, Virus, Mental Health, Brain, Innovation, Mind, Michael Shermer, Shermer, Pandemic, Global Issues, Coronavirus


NASA’s Chief of Human Spaceflight Doug Loverro resigns days before historic crewed mission

Doug Loverro, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has abruptly and unexpectedly resigned from his post, just days before a historic launch. Commercial Crew Demo-2 will take astronauts to the ISS aboard an American spacecraft for the first time since the Space Shuttle was retired, and Loverro was deeply involved. The reasons for Loverro’s departure are not clear, but they must be very compelling for him to leave at this crucial moment when a program he oversaw is ...
Tags: Space, Government, Tech, Nasa, Iss, Aerospace, Operations, LOVERRO, Doug Loverro, Bill Gersteinmaier, Jim Bridenstine Ken Bowersox, Bowersox Demo


African countries need ‘startup acts’ more than ever to support innovation

Adedana Ashebir Contributor Share on Twitter Adedana Ashebir is regional manager for Africa for Village Capital, which has supported more than 100 entrepreneurs and 15 entrepreneur support organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2012. As the fallout from COVID-19 continues to grip Africa’s major economies, the tech ventures in those countries need state support. National legislation that creates clear frameworks and operatio...
Tags: Startups, Column, Government, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Senegal, Policy, Uganda, South Africa, Venture Capital, Mali, Kenya, World Bank, Tunisia, Ghana


U.S. House approves remote voting, though the tech is unclear

Congress will allow remote voting for the first time in its history, after the U.S. House approved Resolution 965 late Friday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The measure — sponsored by Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern — authorizes proxy voting by members for renewable periods of 45 days and allows for remote participation in committee hearings. H.R. 965 could also permanently alter the way Congress operates through a provision that establishes a bi-partisan process to explore d...
Tags: Google, TC, Politics, Elections, Voting, Microsoft, Congress, Democracy, Government, Senate, Massachusetts, Tech, United States, Arkansas, House, Davis


9 Answers to Your Most Pressing Unemployment Questions

When Congress created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program as part of the CARES Act, it made unemployment benefits available to the self-employed as well as certain workers who may not be able to work for a variety of coronavirus-related reasons. Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) added an additional $600 weekly payment through July 31, 2020, to certain eligible individuals who are receiving other benefits, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extends certai...
Tags: Congress, California, Government, Sales, Unemployment, Ira, North Carolina, ACA, PPP, PUC, FLSA, Your Career, Smith Anderson, Archer Greiner, Compensation & Benefits, Gerri Detweiler


New Treasury Guidance Provides Safe Harbor for PPP Loans

As small business owners begin looking towards applying for forgiveness of their SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, the Treasury Department issued highly sought-after guidance on May 13, providing a “safe harbor” from audits or penalties for companies that received a loan under $2 million. The new guidance was posted in an updated version of PPP loan FAQs. The guidance states the following: Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal a...
Tags: Government, Senate, Sales, Harvard University, House Of Representatives, Nba, Treasury, PPP, Lakers, Treasury Department, LA Lakers, SBA, Financing & Credit, SBA loans, Coronavirus, CARES Act


Secretive agency uses AI, human "forecasters" to predict the future

IARPA, a research arm of the U.S. government intelligence community, is focused on predicting the future.The organization uses teams of human non-experts and AI machine learning to forecast events.IARPA also conducts advanced research in numerous other fields, funding rotating programs. As far as secretive government projects go, the objectives of IARPA may be the riskiest and most far-reaching. With its mission to foster "high-risk, high-payoff" programs, this research arm of the U.S. intelli...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Hollywood, North Korea, Government, Nsa, Syria, Intelligence, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Innovation, Bradford, Venezuela, Cia, Conspiracy Theories


New Treasury Guidance Provides Safe Harbor for PPP Loans

As small business owners begin looking towards applying for forgiveness of their SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, the Treasury Department issued highly sought-after guidance on May 13, providing a “safe harbor” from audits or penalties for companies that received a loan under $2 million. The new guidance was posted in an updated version of PPP loan FAQs. The guidance states the following: Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal a...
Tags: Government, Senate, Sales, Harvard University, House Of Representatives, Nba, Treasury, PPP, Lakers, Treasury Department, LA Lakers, SBA, Financing & Credit, SBA loans, Coronavirus, CARES Act


With pandemic-era acquisitions, big tech is back in the antitrust crosshairs

With many major sectors totally frozen and reeling from losses, tech’s biggest players are proving themselves to be the exception to the rule yet again. On Friday, Facebook confirmed its plans to buy Giphy, a popular gif search engine, in a deal believed to be worth $400 million. Facebook has indicated it wants to forge new developer and content relationships for Giphy, but what the world’s largest social network really wants with the popular gif platform might be more than meets the eye. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Uber, Minnesota, Congress, Government, Elizabeth Warren, Bloomberg, Regulation, House, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Mergers and Acquisitions


NASA’s ‘Artemis Accords’ set forth new and old rules for outer space cooperation

NASA’s plan to return to the Moon is ambitious enough on its own, but the agency is aiming to modernize international cooperation in space in the process. Today it published a summary of the “Artemis Accords,” a new set of voluntary guidelines that partner nations and organizations are invited to join to advance the cause of exploration and industry globally. Having no national affiliation or sovereignty of its own, space is by definition lawless. So these are not so much space laws as shared...
Tags: Space, Government, White House, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, Artemis, U N Committee, Artemis Accords, Rescue of Astronauts