Newly-revised IRS publication explains tax benefits for members of the military | Internal Revenue Service

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 The Internal Revenue Service has released its newly-revised tax guide, designed to help members of the military understand the many special tax benefits available to them under the law.

Publication 3, Armed Forces’ Tax Guide, now posted on IRS.gov, is packed with useful filing tips for any member of the military, including reservists and the National Guard, regardless of whether they are stationed in the U.S. or abroad.

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To view or download this free publication, visit IRS.gov/pub3.

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Compromise could be close on DMV access, trusted traveler dispute – The Buffalo News

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ALBANY – A compromise could be close that would solve a dispute over who can get cleared for swifter border crossings.

Federal homeland security officials say a stalemate with New York State over access to motor vehicle records may be ending following an offer by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to give driver’s license information to federal agents minus drivers’ Social Security numbers.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, in a statement Thursday afternoon provided to The Buffalo News, said Cuomo’s recent offer “looks promising.”

“We understand a number of New York sheriffs, county clerks, police chiefs, state lawmakers, members of Congress and many other officials who understand why we had to take these measures are urging the governor to work with us on a solution,” Wolf said.

“We believe this proposal could lead to a solution for New York,” he added Thursday.

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New York removes mental health question from state bar application

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS–ABA Journal
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Bar applicants in New York will no longer have to answer questions about mental health conditions or treatment history as a result of action by the state’s court system.

New York is the 11th state to remove questions about mental health from the bar application, according to a press release and news story by the New York State Bar Association. The state bar had suggested the change. The New York Law Journal has coverage.

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Brave Browser Integrates Wayback Machine to View Deleted Web Pages

–Bleeping Computer
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With today’s release of Brave Browser 1.4, when you visit a web page and it returns a ‘404 Not Found’ HTTP error code indicating that a page is missing, the browser will prompt you to load the page on the Archive.org’s Wayback Machine instead.
 
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To take advantage of this new feature, you need to be using Brave Browser 1.4, which can be downloaded here.
 
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Supreme Court rules Mexican parents can’t sue Border Patrol agent who killed their son

By Pete Williams–NBC NEWS
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The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the parents of a 15-year-old boy cannot sue the federal agent who fatally shot him by firing across the border separating the United States and Mexico — a case that inflamed tensions over border security.

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Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, who argued the case disagreed with the ruling.

“The gravity of this ruling could not be clearer given the Trump administration’s militarized rhetoric and policies targeting people at the border. Border agents should not have immunity to fatally shoot Mexican teenagers on the other side of the border fence,” Gelernt said. “The Constitution does not stop at the border.”

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New “Public Charge Rule” takes effect today–Download Public Charge Screening Tool

Empire Justice Center:  ” The implementation of the public charge rule today is a devastating blow for all Americans. The rule is heartless, cruel, and betrays our core values as a nation of immigrants.” 
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The Legal Aid Society, Make The Road New York, and Empire Justice Center has a new version of their Public Charge Screening Tool to address client needs caused by the implementation of the new public charge rules today, which you can access here: https://legalaidnyc.org/…/Public-Charge-Screening-Tool-2-24…
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Bar examiners are asking law students about their mental health. Many aren’t getting help because of it – CNN

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“[Students] should absolutely get the help they need and not worry about being asked a question that they have to answer and then reveal their medical history,” said New York State Bar President Hank Greenberg. “We don’t do that with any other physiological condition, and that we still do that for mental health is no longer acceptable in 2020.”
 
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A New York court is weighing whether to drop the question from the state’s bar application after a working group within the New York State Bar Association issued a report in August calling for the removal of any questions about “mental history, diagnoses, or treatment.”
 
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My essential Mac apps for 2020 include Fantastical, AirBuddy,etc- 9to5Mac

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2020 is the tenth anniversary of the iPad, so there has been a lot of discussion around the best app along with ways to get the most out of the platform and be more productive. However, the Mac is still a great place to work, play, and learn. If you are picking up your first Mac, upgrading from an old one, or just looking to become more efficient, I want to run through some of my essential Mac apps that I am using this year.
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Mac Power Users 523: State of the iPad — MacSparky

David Sparks
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In the last decade, the iPad has gone from a brand-new device to a wide-reaching line of products that meet the needs of a range of users. On this week’s episode of Mac Power Users, Stephen and I talk about the current state of the platform, and how it fits in with the iPhone and Mac.
 
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Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses–AP

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Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks.

The company’s announcement came one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can’t board private buses without the consent of the bus company. Greyhound had previously insisted that even though it didn’t like the immigration checks, it had no choice under federal law but to allow them.

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