A lot of parents have no idea such a huge cost is coming — until they have no other choice.
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We all know that babies are expensive. I mean, I don't even have kids and I know this. Want to be able to feed, clothe, and maybe even bathe your baby? Better pay up. But there's one price tag that takes a lot of new parents completely by surprise: the cost of day care.



Hold up, whaaaaat? Yep, up to $24,000 per year. Granted, that's on the highest end of the spectrum, but the state averages are equally upsetting. Full-time infant care in Washington, D.C., averages $21,948 per year; in Massachusetts, the average is $16,549; in New York, it's $14,508.


That's Lynette Farga, who runs the organization Child Care Aware.

You may be thinking, "Wow, day care's gotta be almost more expensive than college!" BINGO. In many states, it is.


Holy crap. What does all this mean for moms and dads? And for anyone thinking about becoming a mom or dad at any point in, well, ever? In some cases, it means folks are having to quit their job to stay home with the baby because the cost of day care is higher than the parent's salary.


Tiffany's a mom who had to quit her job at Walmart to take care of her second daughter.

In other cases, the cost of childcare means folks are having to stay at home with their baby and stay up late into the night working.


Say whaaaaat?

This is not OK. The cost of childcare is not okay.

What are we going to do about it? Organizations like Child Care Aware advocate a better, more affordable, national childcare system. And thanks to their efforts and those of many other similar organizations, President Obama even addressed the cost of childcare in his 2015 State of the Union address.

Finally, the issue of childcare affordability is on the map.

To hear more from the parents featured here, check out the full story on "PBS NewsHour" in the video below:

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This year more than ever, many families are anticipating an empty dinner table. Shawn Kaplan lived this experience when his father passed away, leaving his mother who struggled to provide food for her two children. Shawn is now a dedicated volunteer and donor with Second Harvest Food Bank in Middle Tennessee and encourages everyone to give back this holiday season with Amazon.

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Over one million people in Tennessee are at risk of hunger every day. And since the outbreak of COVID-19, Second Harvest has seen a 50% increase in need for their services. That's why Amazon is Delivering Smiles and giving back this holiday season by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Second Harvest to feed those hit the hardest this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local food bank or charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your selected charity.

Sometimes it seems like social media is too full of trolls and misinformation to justify its continued existence, but then something comes along that makes it all worth it.

Apparently, a song many of us have never heard of shot to the top of the charts in Italy in 1972 for the most intriguing reason. The song, written and performed by Adriano Celentano and is called "Prisencolinensinainciusol" which means...well, nothing. It's gibberish. In fact, the entire song is nonsense lyrics made to sound like English, and oddly, it does.

Occasionally, you can hear what sounds like a real word or phrase here and there—"eyes" and "color balls died" and "alright" a few times, for example—but it mostly just sounds like English without actually being English. It's like an auditory illusion and it does some super trippy things to your brain to listen to it.

Plus the video someone shared to go with it is fantastic. It's gone crazy viral because how could it not.

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A lot of people here are like family to me," Michelle says about Bread for the City — a community nonprofit located in Washington DC that provides local residents with food, clothing, health care, social advocacy, and legal services. And since the pandemic began, the need to support organizations like Bread for the City is greater than ever, which is why Amazon is Delivering Smiles to local charities across the country this holiday season.

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Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.
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Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards, a gay married couple, from London, England both wanted to be the biological father of their first child.

"We couldn't decide on who would be the biological father," Simon told The Daily Mail. "Graeme said it should be me, but I said that he had just as much right as I did."

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President-elect Joe Biden has sweeping plans for expanding LGBTQ rights when he takes office in January 2021. Among them, a plan to reverse Donald Trump's near ban on allowing transgender people to serve in the military.

In 2016, President Obama allowed transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military and have access to gender-affirming psychological and medical care.

However, the Trump administration reversed course in 2017, when Trump dropped a surprise tweet saying the military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

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