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This is a U.S. Supreme Court that concerns whether claimants who were denied Social Security disability benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA) lose the opportunity to challenge the appointment of SSA administrative law judges (ALJs) in if they cannot present appointment clause challenges during proceedings for agency. The Supreme Court of the United States plans to hear the case in the October 2020-2021 term. The case came on a writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. It is also consolidates with the Davis v. Saul case.

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The case consists of Willie Carr was denied Social Security disability benefits and lost his appeals before the Social Security Administration (SSA). The U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. SEC, while his appeal in federal court was pending, in which the court held that SEC ALJs were appointed improperly. Carr added an argument to his appeal in court that the SSA ALJ who decided benefits case was appointed improperly. A district court ruled in Carr’s favor, but the district court was reversed by the 10 circuit. The 10th Circuit argued that Carr had to have made his Appointments Clause challenge during proceedings at the SSA and could not raise the issue for the initial instance at the federal court.

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The holidays are always a stressful time of year. 2020 has been one hectic year and planning for the holiday season seems to be the last ounce of stress we need right now. Hosting gatherings and parties this year may require a little more work than usual but it is totally possible! There are many ways to keep guests happy and healthy during the holidays- even with a global pandemic happening.

We put together a list of ideas that adhere to CDC COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that your holiday moments are as safe and fun as possible. From outdoor gatherings to social distancing rules, read how to celebrate the holidays during these crazy times.

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“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays”. The holidays are just around the corner and there is no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate wholeheartedly! It is definitely going to be different and more challenging this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but instead of focusing on spending money it is important to focus on spending time for yourself and the ones closest to you.

The holidays are filled with warm memories from making cookies, to shiny lights, decorating, and spending time with family and friends. With money being tight this year as a result of the pandemic, the most precious gifts are the memories made with the people and places that make us smile. With stay-at-home orders encouraging families to stay at home for the holidays instead of travelling, embrace it! Have everyone make gifts for each other at home or buy from second-hand stores. Having these ideas allows people to be more thoughtful when giving gifts to one another. Below are 10 ways to celebrate the holiday season inexpensively and start new traditions.

  • Secret Santa gift exchange: Have family members or household members draw names out of a hat. Ask each person for a list of 5-10 gifts they’d like to receive (everyone only gets one or two gifts). Or even better have everyone fill out a Secret Santa Survey like the one below so that people really have to get creative.

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Ahh Thanksgiving. Family, turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, and football are some of the traditions American’s look forward to enjoying every year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still present and many areas are seeing a spike in cases. Things are going to be different this year. Especially for those who are used to travelling far to visit loved ones. The CDC states that Thanksgiving travel increases the chances of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Not to mention if you are travelling from a hot-spot state, you may need to quarantine before or after travelling.

Family gatherings may be putting loved ones at risk this year, especially grandparents and elder relatives. If you must travel, the CDC insists that you must avoid these activities in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These activities include:

  • attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your house
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