WASHINGTON - Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives are warning Democrats not to set a “dangerous precedent” by challenging the certified results of a disputed House election in Iowa.
Republican Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeated Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District by only six votes out of nearly 400,000 cast. State election officials certified the results and Miller-Meeks was sworn into office in January.
But Hart has petitioned the Democratic-controlled House to intervene, claiming that 22 votes were improperly excluded. The House Administration Committee, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by six to three, has launched an investigation.
Nine of the 10 Republicans who voted in January to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection drew a strong parallel between the Iowa election and the certified presidential election results that Trump contested in the weeks leading up to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“This action not only sets a dangerous precedent for future elections, it reinforces the false belief by many in our country that our election system is rigged and that certain politicians can change results to fit their whims,” the Republicans wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dated March 19.
Pelosi’s office directed queries seeking comment to the House Administration Committee.
“It should not be surprising that any candidate in these circumstances would choose to exercise their rights under the law to contest the results,” said Democratic committee spokesman Peter Whippy, who noted that there have been 110 such challenges since 1933 or about two in each two-year election cycle
But even some Democrats have misgivings about the case. Representative Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat, acknowledged the pain of losing an election by six votes but wrote on Twitter that “overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America. Just because a majority can, does not mean a majority should.”
The Republican letter was signed by Representatives Fred Upton; Liz Cheney, who chairs the House Republican Conference; Jaime Herrera Beutler; Adam Kinzinger; John Katko; Dan Newhouse; Anthony Gonzalez; David Valadao; and Peter Meijer.
The lawmakers said that backing the Republican president’s impeachment was not an easy vote politically “but the right thing to do” because “the integrity of the election system was being attacked and trust in it was being eroded with disastrous consequences.”
“It’s about time that something has come from the hard work of African Americans in this city, proving that they should be treated as anyone else,” said Clark’s great-granddaughter, Delois Robinson, 58.
Evanston’s initial approach to reparations is narrow and targeted. The city council, which has already committed $10 million over a decade to the effort, will vote on Monday to begin with a $400,000 round of payments. The first phase will provide $25,000 to a small number of eligible Black residents for home repairs, down payments or mortgage payments in a nod toward historically racist housing policies.
The program could become a model for other cities and states grappling with whether to pursue their own reparations programs. The burgeoning national movement has gained traction amid a reckoning on racial inequity following the police killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans last year.
In Congress, a bill that would establish a national reparations commission to study the issue has drawn around 170 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, all Democrats. President Joe Biden has not endorsed the legislation but says he supports a study. Advocates plan to lobby the White House for executive action if the bill, as expected, fails to pass a divided Senate.
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Meanwhile, the country’s top government medical experts Tuesday reassured that vaccines developed against the novel coronavirus would remain effective despite the emergence of the new, more contagious strain in the United Kingdom. However, they cautioned that injudicious use of unproven therapies against Covid-19 puts “immune pressure” on the virus, which can lead to mutations.
Income tax return filing due date: Will Nirmala Sitharaman extend ITR last date/deadline for tax payers?
Income tax return filing due date: Will Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extend Income Tax Return (ITR) filing last date for tax payers?
Income tax return filing due date: Will Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extend Income Tax Return (ITR) filing last date for tax payers? Direct tax professionals have sought extension for tax audit report, income tax returns for audit cases and time limit for AGMs in the wake of the ongoing pandemic scenario. The Direct Taxes Professionals Association (DTPA) has urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for extension of date of furnishing of tax audit report under section 44AB to February 28 and the due date of filing of income tax returns of assessment year 2020–21 in audit cases to March, 31, 2021.
Due to the corona pandemic normalcy in operations is yet to set in. Even many professionals as well as their staff have suffered infection from COVID-19. Therefore, there is need for extension of dates for furnishing tax audit reports and ITRs, DTPA president N K Goyal said in their recent submission to the government, as per a report in PTI.
“Out of 5.25 crore assessees some 3.75 crore, including individuals have already filed returns. The remaining are mostly firms and corporates where tax audit is required and there is a demand for extension, DTPA chairman (PR and representation committee) Narayan Jain had said. The individual ITR deadline is December 31, he said, as per the report.
Vivad se Vishwas
The professionals body also sought for extension of date for filing declaration under Vivad se Vishwas (VSV) scheme from December 31, 2020 to February 28, 2021. The government had introduced the VSV scheme to settle tax dispute cases of taxpayers in the pandemic period.
— Ministry of Education () December 26, 2020
Few weeks ago, it was announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 will not be held in January or February. The CBSE had also announced that Class 10, 12 Board exams will be conducted in offline mode and not as online examinations.
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Till December 28, 2020, the number of tax returns for fiscal 2019–20 filed by companies have gone up, while those filed by individuals have dropped, possibly indicating a drop in income.
The due date has been extended from July 31 and October 31, 2020, respectively in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the close of deadline for filing ITR without payment of late fees for fiscal 2018–19 (assessment year 2019–20), over 5.65 crore returns were filed by taxpayers. The deadline last year was extended till August 31, 2019.
CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 dates, time, syllabus, admit cards: Latest updates
Union Education Minister Pokhriyal recently took to Twitter to declare that he will announce the dates for CBSE Board Exams 2021 on December 31.
Amid rising speculations over CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 dates, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal recently took to Twitter to declare that he will announce the dates for CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 on December 31 at 6:00 PM.
“I will announce the date when the exams will commence for students appearing for CBSE board exams in 2021 on 6 pm on December 31,” tweeted Pokhriyal.
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Union Minister of Education Shri will announce the date when the exams will commence for students app
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