A second stimulus check might arrive in 5 waves. Find out which one you’re in

Not everyone gets a stimulus payment at the same time.


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The Internal Revenue Service created different priority groups to send out the first stimulus payments, approved as part of the CARES Act in March, over several months. Though most who were eligible have received their money, some people are still waiting. If a second stimulus check of up to $1,200 per person (and more for dependents) happens, the priority group system is likely to be used once again.

The overall timeline for legislation remains in question as an agreement may not happen before the Nov. 3 election.

“The fact is that the president has been back and forth: ‘Stop the negotiations,”http://www.cnet.com/”Oh, I want more money than Nancy,”http://www.cnet.com/”I hope she’ll agree with me,”http://www.cnet.com/” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday. “But he has to talk to the Senate Republicans.”

What does this all mean for you? A new stimulus bill with a second stimulus check could still be passed after the election, but nothing is guaranteed. Take a look at four potential timelines that could be used for a second stimulus payment, and learn which priority groups get paid first and last. We update this

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2021 Ferrari Roma first drive review: Good feel, bad touch

It’s a defining moment in any blessed auto enthusiast’s life: the first time they get to stab at the big, red Engine Start button on a Ferrari and take it for a drive. I still remember my first time fondly, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of doing so yourself, I imagine it’s a moment that is similarly revered. 

If so, cherish that moment, because if the 2021 Ferrari Roma is any indication, it’s a simple action that is now obsolete. You see, the Roma doesn’t have a big, red Engine Start button. It doesn’t have a button to start the engine at all, done away with in favor of a new steering wheel riddled with capacitive touch-sensitive pads. That, as it turns out, is not only a bit sad, it’s a big mistake. 

The Roma is the latest model in Ferrari’s stable, and it’s also among the cheapest — actually, make that least expensive — ways to get yourself a ticket into the Scuderia, with a starting price of $222,420, including $3,750 for destination. (The lovely Blu Corsa example you see pictured here has enough visual and functional options to drive its price up to $316,240.)

It’s also

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Stimulus check facts: Payment amount, eligibility, IRS schedule to send a second direct payment

When will the IRS send another stimulus check? Here are some options.


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new stimulus package that includes another round of direct payments looks increasingly unlikely to happen before the Nov. 3 election. That uncertainty means we still don’t know when to expect a check if you qualify, but we’ve identified the key facts to know right now as the negotiations continue.

For further information, we break down how federal taxes figure into stimulus payments and how the IRS calculates stimulus payments. You can also use our stimulus calculator to estimate what a second payment could look like. This story was recently updated.

1. There’s hope a stimulus bill will still happen

There was optimism that there would be an agreement on the substance of a larger package by Friday to allow for the chance of final legislation prior to the Nov. 3 election, but such an agreement did not materialize.

“The fact is that the president has been back and forth: ‘Stop the negotiations,”http://www.cnet.com/”Oh, I want more money than Nancy,”http://www.cnet.com/”I hope she’ll agree with me,”http://www.cnet.com/” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday. “But he has to talk to the Senate Republicans.”

Politico reported Friday that Democrats

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Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar review: A sound fit for small spaces

When I used to review more TVs than I used to now, readers would ask me “Which TV should I get to fit inside my media cabinet?” I was reminded of this question by the tiny Yamaha SR-C20A ($180 at Amazon). If your main criteria for choosing a soundbar is its ability to shoehorn inside a particular space, then this compact speaker could be for you.

Like

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Sound great with movies and music
  • Plenty of connection options

Don’t Like

  • No ability to add a subwoofer or rears
  • No DTS playback limits DVD watching options
  • Vizio V21 beats it for home theater use

The C20 is the smallest soundbar I’ve seen from Yamaha at just 23 inches wide. Its sonic chops are still decent, however, and it sounds better than the even-smaller Roku Streambar ($130 at Amazon) ($130) with more prominent bass and a smoother high end. While it lacks the Roku’s streaming capability, the Yamaha does offer more connection options.

The problem is that the Yamaha C20 is just too expensive for what you get. If you’re not constrained by size then there are plenty of great-sounding options available

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2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe review: Raw and riveting

This is one of the best sports coupes around.


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There’s a route I like to use for testing cars late at night. It’s a mixture of bumpy and smooth surface streets as well as a few freeways, including on- and off-ramps, cloverleaf interchanges and long, straight shots to see how a car behaves at speed. These exploratory expeditions really let me get to know a car, and the late-night timing means there’s very little traffic. With most vehicles, I make the run once and head home for the night. But cars like the 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe goad me into staying out longer.

Like

  • Powerful and sweet-sounding V8
  • Engaging handling
  • Wicked looks

Don’t Like

  • Rough ride
  • Advanced driver-assist technology is mostly optional
  • Very tight backseat

Twin-turbo V8 heart

Things get interesting from the moment you push the C63’s engine start button and the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine roars to life. Its low, rumbly exhaust note at idle lets you know that 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque are wide awake and ready to party. That’s in the S model, anyway, which has a nice increase over the 469 hp and 479 lb-ft in the regular C63.

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2021 Ram 1500 TRX first drive review: Yep, we got it airborne

“Now as you come around to the ramps, you’ll want to be doing about 55, 60 miles per hour,” my co-driver shouts over the roar of the engine while rocks and dirt blast the pickup’s undercarriage. “That’ll get you the best height and distance for the jumps and set you up to start braking for the next turn.”

Yes, jumps. I’m behind the wheel of the 702-horsepower 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, one of the most extreme and overbuilt performance trucks Ram has ever produced. And as the wheels leave the ground and the cacophony is replaced with an eerie silence, I’m starting to understand just how insane this apex predator really is.

Heart of a Hellcat

Ram’s engineers followed a familiar formula: Take a popular Fiat-Chrysler product and dump the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats into the engine bay. Pat yourself on the back; you’ve earned a beer.

Of course, there’s so much more to it than that. In the Ram TRX, that engine breathes through a new dual-path induction system that mixes air drawn through its functional hood scoop and with intake from the grille at the underside of a massive

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