Second stimulus check money: 4 ways it could be bigger, 3 ways you might get less

Would the amount of your stimulus check go up or down in the second round, or stay the same? Here’s what we know and how it could change.

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Hope has not run dry as to the chances that legislators will sew up negotiations on a stimulus bill before the Nov. 3 election and send a second stimulus check to over 150 million people in the US. President Donald Trump is pushing lawmakers hard to get out direct payments of up to $1,200 per person and hints he will intervene if the Republican-controlled Senate balks at passing the bill, which the White House administration is negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a top Democrat.

If the bill does go through — and you can read up on the significance of the Senate’s planned Tuesday vote here — we know of a few ways your check could be higher the second time around, or also smaller, if your circumstances have changed. We’ll take you through what we know about stimulus money.

For even more details, here’s the formula used to set your stimulus check total. This story was updated recently.

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Best Laptops: Holiday Gift Guide

With options from Apple, Dell, Acer, and more, you’ll find the best laptop to fit your gift-giving needs.

The holidays are upon us once again, which means it’s time to start shopping for gifts. With so many people working from home, you might consider getting your loved one a new laptop to make their workday smoother. Whether you’re buying for a Linux lover, Apple aficionado, Chromebook connoisseur, or Windows whiz, this gift guide can help you figure out the perfect laptop to buy this holiday season. 

Dell Latitude 9410 Business 2-in-1

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The Dell Latitude Business 2-in-1 laptop is a great choice for those working from home or who have to travel a lot for work. The Latitude runs on Windows 10 Pro and is the world’s smallest 2-in-1. It features a 10th Generation Intel Core  i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 SSD storage, and a 14″ FHD touch anti-reflective and anti-smudge touch display. Pricing starts at $1,829. 



Acer Swift 3

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Acer’s Swift 3 won PC World’s Editors’ Choice Award in 2020. With an ultra-thin design (it’s only 0.63 inches thick and weighs 2.6 lbs), 8 GB of RAM,

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2021 Cadillac Escalade first drive review: American swagger

This is the Cadillac we’ve been waiting for. The Escalade has been transformed from merely ordinary into something truly outstanding. Sure, the brand’s recent crop of products has been OK, including the engaging CT4-V sedan and handsome XT6 crossover, but these vehicles still don’t quite hit the mark, let down by questionable powertrains and less-than-stellar interiors. But none of this applies to the new Escalade. No, it’s not tuned to handle like a sport sedan, but it still drives well for something so large. This imposing SUV is extremely luxurious, yet it isn’t the least but stuffy or old-fashioned. It offers segment-leading technology that avoids being intimidating or difficult to use. In short, Cadillac has at long last delivered a true luxury contender. No if, ands or buts, this is a flagship model to be proud of.

Caddy’s caveat-free machine has the goods to square off with rivals from Germany, Japan and America to compete on equal terms, though you may not realize it at first glance. The new Escalade’s exterior is certainly recognizable — and handsome — but overall, it’s fairly sedate and unexpectedly demure, even in supersized ESV form, the model seen here. Inside, though, it’s a completely

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Why a second stimulus check could bring you more money, if and when it arrives

We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment is approved.

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The screws are tightening on the debate over the coronavirus relief bill and the second stimulus check that could come with it. Whenever it happens — and it could either just squeak by before the Nov. 3 election, or slip to after the results are in — it’s likely that the maximum will top out at $1,200 per individual and $2,400 per married couple, just like the first check did

There may be some changes this time around that could affect the size of your check. If you have any dependents, your household could get a bigger payment. And in some cases, you might get less money. As was the case last time, the exact terms of a second payment would depend on the qualifications set out in the bill, whatever form it ends up taking — a stand-alone piece of legislation for checks, or a larger package. At this point, the exact contents and provisions within the White House’s $1.8 trillion offer aren’t yet transparent.

With the election just over two weeks

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2021 Genesis GV80 first drive review: A splashy, sumptuous and special SUV

Have you ever read one of those fantastical news stories of somebody who randomly wakes up with the ability to play piano? You know, a person whose fingers suddenly and magically master classical sonatas, having never so much as stumbled through Chopsticks before? I’ve always been suspicious of those accounts, but this 2021 Genesis GV80 is making me reconsider. Why? Because with exactly zero experience building true luxury SUVs, this Korean upstart seems to have nailed the brief right out of the box. This is a harmonious, fully realized midsize crossover with its own appeal — one ready to rub shoulders with Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz at the front of the pack.

Admittedly, Genesis isn’t an overnight sensation, let alone some sort of unknown startup. The brand is built atop Hyundai’s considerable shoulders, which has been fielding some pretty convincing Genesis sedans for years, as well as some awfully good mass-market sport utilities. But this GV80 isn’t just Genesis’ first SUV, it’s the parent company’s first unibody crossover built on rear-wheel-drive architecture, too. But just because Genesis is belatedly arriving to the ball doesn’t mean it’s content to be a wallflower.

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Your second stimulus check might arrive before or after others’. We worked out the possible dates

Not everyone gets a stimulus payment at the same time.

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More than 150 million Americans are still waiting to find out when they’ll receive a second stimulus check that could come as part of a broader economic stimulus package. There’s growing doubt that the pieces will come together before the Nov. 3 election — which is now just over two weeks away. However, there’s reason to believe another stimulus bill will arrive: The White House, Senate and House of Representatives all want to pass a bill to bring more financial aid to struggling individuals and businesses.

A new payment is expected to include up to $1,200 per individual for eligible Americans and even more money for some families. Though we can’t say for certain when a new check would be approved, there’s a lot we know that could impact when it would arrive in your mailbox or bank account.

While keeping a close eye on the state of negotiations, we’ve sketched out four possible timelines for when you could get a check, from the earliest realistic date to a speculative date after the inauguration of the next president, on Jan. 20.

The timeline could change

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