Candidates chase cash as July comes to a close

Hard to believe, but it’s the final day of July, meaning presidential candidates and political parties were making their final pitches before the monthly filing period closed, according to CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice. In fundraising emails over the past couple of days, the Biden campaign was racing to raise $8 million more to close the month while the Trump campaign said it wanted to see $25 million more in donations before July came to an end.  

This comes after the Biden campaign and Democrats outraised the president and Republicans in the last two monthly filings for May and June. Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee had its best online fundraising day and its third best online fundraising day ever Thursday. The online cash haul came in the same day that President Trump tweeted about delaying the election and former President Obama spoke at the funeral of John

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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Thursday, July 16

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The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We’re aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 

Here’s your San Francisco online event calendar for Thursday, July 16. Put your knowledge to the test during a trivia night, learn what it takes to record in a home studio environment or tune in to a poetry reading.

Film Discussion: Slay the Dragon

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Join for a discussion about the impact campaign tied to the documentary, Slay the Dragon, which aims to shine a light on gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve a single party.

In Slay the Dragon, hear how a secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative which launched

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Paper or e-file? Some July tax filers won’t have choice due to glitch

It’s tax season in July.

Given that the Internal Revenue Service has been dealing with a backlog of unprocessed paper tax returns, it may be even wiser at this point to e-file your 1040 by July 15, especially if you want to collect a tax refund as quickly as possible and use direct deposit to a bank account. 

The tax filing deadline, which was extended because of the coronavirus crisis, is fast approaching for millions of taxpayers who have yet to file their 2019 federal income tax returns.  

Oddly enough, some people may have little choice but to file a paper return for 2019 because of a computer headache triggered by the use of an online IRS stimulus tool for “non-filers.” It’s not a glitch that will hit everyone, but it’s certainly odd enough to worth noting. 

The rollout of the stimulus payments, officially called the Economic Impact Payment, included

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How to Watch 2021 Ford Bronco’s Debut on Monday, July 13

From Car and Driver

  • Ford will reveal its 2021 Bronco lineup to the world using what marketers call a “roadblock” across Disney television channels ABC, ESPN, and National Geographic.
  • Unfortunate nomenclature aside, the reveal starts at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 13, and will also be available to stream on Ford’s YouTube page and Ford’s social media accounts.
  • The reason for all the hype? Ford will start taking $100 reservations for the new Bronco models right when the cameras start rolling at 8 p.m.

You may have noticed that Ford is about to bring back the Bronco. Nostalgia for this brand hits some people pretty hard, and Ford is tweaking all the knobs it can—including basically taking over Disney’s media channels for a few minutes—to get people even more amped up. It’s all happening Monday evening, and if you want to join the party to be the first to

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How to watch and what to expect from July 11th’s wild video games showcase

Irreverent and innovative indie games label Devolver Digital presents its own take on mid-2020’s spate of online showcase events.

Devolver Digital is lining up to entertain its fans and skewer its games and tech industry chums with a “live pre-recorded event” set for 12 noon PT on July 11.

The show is to be broadcast via twitch.tv/twitchgaming, and its start time equates to 3pm ET, 7pm UTC, 8pm UK, 9pm Central Europe and South Africa, then half past midnight on July 12 in India, 3am in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Beijing, China, 4am in South Korea and Japan, and 5am in Sydney, Australia.

Historically, Devolver Digital’s E3 shows have layered scathing industry satire and rapid-fire video game previews and

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Tax filers face ‘enormous’ risk for identity theft as July 15th deadline looms

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About 58,000 fraudulent unemployment claims were discovered in Massachusetts, and actual unemployed people are the one who pay the biggest price.
About 58,000 fraudulent unemployment claims were discovered in Massachusetts, and actual unemployed people are the one who pay the biggest price.

When it comes to online scams, nothing is sacred. Malicious actors will take advantage of the elderly, target people trying to make positive change in the world, and even capitalize on others’ misfortune. It seems like a new scheme is hatched every day. The latest on our radar is the massive unemployment check fraud committed in Massachusetts following an uptick in pandemic-related job loss.

The criminal activity was first detected by the Massachusetts unemployment systems as part of a nationwide scam back in May, according to Massachusetts Live. As of July, the count is 58,000 fraudulent claims and a

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What to buy in July, according to an expert

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If you didn’t take advantage of Fourth of July sales, don’t worry— the rest of the month is likewise full of sales and deals. Brands like ASOS savings on dresses and jumpsuits if you’re looking for a new outfit to wear after months of staying home in pajamas. Sales are available in-store and online — if you’re going out, make sure to wear a face mask. For those looking to make the most of a staycation, retailers like Walmart and Home Depot are offering savings on items that can upgrade your outdoor oasis. Low prices on patio furniture, fire pits and pool floats can

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July 15 tax return deadline is right around the corner: What to know

July 15 is the new April 15 for those who still have not filed a tax return. The traditional April income tax deadline was extended this year  for 2019 tax returns, due to the upheaval created by COVID-19.

The one-time extension applied for Michigan returns too, as well as the City of Detroit returns. 

Think everybody who waited owes big money? Think again. Oddly enough, experts say millions of procrastinators are likely owed a federal income tax refund for 2019.

H&R Block estimates that more than half of its clients who still need to file would receive a refund after they file. And the tax giant is running TV ads this summer highlighting the prospects of a tax refund. 

As many as 11.3 million people still had not received federal income tax refunds for 2019 taxes — down 10.8% from a year ago, based on data through June 19 from

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