Karmin Will Say "Hello" To Debut Album May 8

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Posted by on 04/10/2012 at 4:13 PM News

The Popdust Files: hello, Karmin, upcoming albums

Proving they aren’t just the fleeting pipe dream of YouTube users everywhere, Karmin’s major label debut now has an official release date. Yes, that consistently peppy couple that won you over with their hip-hop covers—and as a result, Epic Records—will drop their first full-length release, Hello, on May 8, around a slew of promotional appearances on the talk show circuit. Featuring current single “Brokenhearted,” the seven-song LP will likely flaunt the Berklee grads’ unique musical sound and Amy’s love of rhyming. With a pre-album appearance on Saturday Night Live already under their belts, Karmin’s Amy and Nick should be able to handle whatever crazy guest morning show hosts ABC and NBC are prepared to throw at them, as well as the Ellen’s famous dance dare. We’ve seen their videos; Amy’s got this one in the bag. Check out the tracklisting below.

Hello

1. “Walking on the Moon”
2. “Brokenhearted”
3. “I Told You So”
4. “Too Many Fish”
5. “I’m Just Sayin’”
6. “Coming Up Strong”
7. “Hello”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8cbak34DR0&ob=av2n

Congress, extend child tax credit

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA) November 29, 2010 | Sheriff Lee Baca Analysts are scratching their heads over recent crime statistics. Crime rates, especially for violent crimes, are falling.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that violent crime in the United States has reached its lowest level in two decades. Most experts agree that stronger and more innovative law enforcement has helped reduce the most violent types of criminal behavior.

You might think that veteran law enforcement leaders are breathing a little easier these days. We’re not.

There is another statistic that gives law enforcement leaders cause for concern. Even as crime rates fall, one of the root causes of crime – child poverty – appears on the rise.

A staggering 15 million children now live below the poverty line, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures. In California, nearly 2million children – roughly one in every five kids – are poor. website child tax credit 2012

That is nearly a 10 percent increase from 2008 to 2009. Nationally, children are more likely to live in poverty than any other age group.

I am particularly concerned about how rising child poverty rates are likely to affect our public safety. Make no mistake: Most children, including very poor children, never become involved in serious crime. But the research does show that growing up in poverty, especially sustained poverty and extreme hardship during early childhood, increases the risk of later involvement in crime.

Numerous studies – including a U.S. surgeon general report – show a clear association between high child poverty rates and higher- than-average crime rates.

When household income levels are increased above the poverty line, one study indicates, children from those no-longer-poor homes show significant decreases in the behavior disorders linked to juvenile crime.

Delivering significant tax relief to low-income families can help reduce child poverty – and ultimately reduce crime. Congress can take action before the end of the year by extending the current child tax credit. child tax credit 2012

The child tax credit is a benefit for working parents with dependent children. Currently, these families are eligible for a refundable credit – 15 percent of earned income capped at a maximum of $1,000 per child – once they have earned at least $3,000.

If Congress takes no action, this threshold is due to increase from $3,000 to roughly $13,000. The result is quite likely to be that millions of low-income working parents are excluded from receiving the refundable portion of the tax credit or will see the benefit significantly reduced.

Now that midterm elections are over, Congress is beginning to debate the issue of tax provisions, scheduled to expire at the end of the year. While members of Congress may disagree on what should stay and what should go, extending the child tax credit has received considerable support from both parties.

Letting working families who are struggling to make ends meet keep more of their income is a no-brainer. I urge members of Congress to extend the current structure of the child tax credit before it expires Dec. 31.

The stakes are high. Unless Congress acts and extends key provisions of the child tax credit by year’s end, more than 18million children across the country, including nearly 2.5 million in California, will lose these benefits or see the benefits drastically reduced.

By extending the child tax credit, Congress can provide support to working families today – and make our communities safer in the future.

Lee Baca is the Los Angeles County sheriff and chairs the national board of directors for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an anti- crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors.

This commentary is reprinted with permission from Politico.

Sheriff Lee Baca

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