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January 22, 2021

President Biden has issued another two executive orders aimed at the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout.

Millions of Americans have claimed unemployment insurance as they lost their jobs amid the pandemic, not to mention thousands of noncitizen workers who haven't been eligible for the benefits. Congress has so far passed two relief bills aimed at helping those who have lost their jobs, though many families are still struggling. Biden is pushing Congress to pass another $1.9 trillion stimulus program, but took initial and immediate relief steps Friday with another round of executive orders.

The first order would increase how much families are given through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program each week. About 12 million families rely on the program, and this order would boost food stamp benefits for a family of four by 15 percent, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese tells The New York Times. And while Biden has called for another round of $1,400 stimulus checks, this order would direct the IRS to ensure Americans are getting their $600 payments as well. Notably, the order will also let people claim unemployment benefits even if they quit their job because they feel unsafe working it during the pandemic, among other economic benefits aimed at low-income Americans.

The second order meanwhile lays the groundwork for ensuring federal workers and contractors are paid at least $15 per hour and can access paid leave, CNN reports. It also undoes some of former President Donald Trump's orders that let a president hire and fire employees for political reasons and limited federal workers' bargaining rights.

Biden has spent the first two days of his presidency issuing executive orders to combat Trump's policies on immigration, climate, the pandemic, and more. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 30, 2017

Sid Miller has had an eventful four years as Texas' agriculture commissioner. He has been investigated for taxpayer-funded trips. His Twitter account called Hillary Clinton a pretty inappropriate word.

And now, he's declaring war on Nutella banana crepes.

Miller made a Facebook post Thursday attacking fellow Republican Trey Blocker, who'd just announced his campaign against Miller on Wednesday afternoon. But Miller didn't target Blocker's policies or experience. He went after Blocker's breakfast choices.

It was only Miller's second time mentioning Blocker since the challenger announced his campaign, and it raises a lot of questions.

1. How did Miller know these were Nutella banana crepes?

The dish in question is partly obstructed by Blocker's head, and could've easily been "hella" banana crepes.

2. Is Ted Nugent behind this post?

The rocker-turned-Trump-diehard endorsed Miller when he ran for agriculture secretary four years ago. Now, Nugent is Miller's campaign chair. Makes you think.

3. Is a dish served at IHOP really that confusing?

Because that's another place you can find Nutella banana crepes.

4. What makes a crepe so much fancier than a cinnamon bun pancake?

Miller's Facebook page is flooded with jokes, cartoons, words, etc. "of the day." Thursday's "recipe of the day" was cinnamon bun pancakes — a true Texas staple you'd never find at some "yuppie" restaurant?

5. Why is Miller so obsessed with breakfast food?

Wait, that's not a question at all. Kathryn Krawczyk

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