Kamala Harris on student-loan forgiveness, Medicare, universal basic income, credit scores — and a tax on trading stocks

Now that she’s been named as Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 presidential election, Sen. Kamala Harris’ stances on a wide range of issues are being scrutinized once again.Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has selected Harris, who hails from California, as his vice-presidential pick in the race against President…

My mother’s will says her boyfriend can live in her home after she dies. Can I still kick him out if the deed is transferred to me?

Dear Moneyist, My mother currently owns a beautiful home in Virginia Beach that is paid for; she inherited a very sizable number of assets from her late husband. In her will, she would like to leave the house to me, but has stipulated that her boyfriend can remain in the house indefinitely, although he will…

My fiancée’s divorce decree says she’s not liable for her former husband’s $100K tax bill. That should protect her, right?

I went through a divorce about five years ago and my youngest child will graduate college this spring. I have just gotten my finances stable again and I am back saving money. I have about eight to 10 years left to work, and should have enough saved for a modest retirement when that time comes.…

Ireland makes face masks mandatory in stores to prevent coronavirus transmission — but why did it take 6 months?

DUBLIN — Ireland is a nation of saints, scholars and status quo.This small island in the northwestern tip of Europe is ruled by two old foes: the right-of-center Republican Fianna Fáil party and the right-of-center Christian Democratic Fine Gael party, which have been on opposing sides of the political divide since independence in 1922. But…

Why are some people with coronavirus asymptomatic — and what makes them so contagious?

How contagious is someone who has contracted COVID-19 — yet displays no symptoms?This study, published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine this week, provides one theory for the first question. It isolated 303 patients with COVID-19 in a treatment center in South Korea. Of those, 110 (36%) were asymptomatic and 21 (19%) developed symptoms…

Trump’s stimulus orders don’t seem to be feasible or legal, experts say

President Donald Trump’s executive order and memorandums to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic don’t seem feasible or legal, experts said Saturday. Trump made an end run around Congressional Democrats with an executive order and three memoranda aimed at boosting the economy, but analysts said the wording of the orders raised more questions than answers.…