The Daily Populous

Tuesday February 11st, 2020 day edition

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As student debt continues to climb, President Donald Trump on Monday released a budget for 2021 that would slash many of the programs aimed at helping borrowers.

Student loan spending would be cut by $170 billion in Trump's plan, titled "A Budget for America's Future."

The reductions include "sensible annual and lifetime loan limits" for graduate students and parents and the end to subsidized loans, in which the government covers the interest for borrowers who are still in school or experiencing economic hardship.

It would also reduce the number of repayment options for borrowers and nix the popular, if challenged, public service loan forgiveness program.

How to buy a house despite student debt.

That program, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007, allows not-for-profit and government employees to have their federal student loans canceled after 10 years of on-time payments.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that up to one-quarter of American workers are eligible. »

‘Birds of Prey’ Stumbles at the Box Office

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Analysts had expected the film’s domestic opening to reach around $50 million; instead it brought in $33.3 million.

Distributed by Warner Bros., the movie stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the DC Comics figure and sometimes girlfriend of the Joker.

Directed by Cathy Yan, “Birds of Prey” is a spinoff of the violent ensemble superhero film “Suicide Squad.” »

High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be 'alien' to Australia

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An Aboriginal man who spent 500 days in immigration detention was released today after the High Court ruled that Indigenous Australians cannot be deported.

The High Court found Aboriginal people hold a special position and are exempt from the immigration act.

In a 4-3 split, the court found Aboriginal Australians were not subject to the alien powers in the constitution and therefore could not be deported. »

Bernie Sanders rises to No. 1 in first post-Iowa national poll

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the 2020 pack while former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has surged to third, a national poll by Quinnipiac showed Monday.

Why it matters: Sanders is set to come in a narrow second in Iowa behind Buttigieg, assuming pending recanvasses don't change results.

But the senator is heading into New Hampshire Tuesday with strong polling, and he is a leading contender in next week's Nevada caucuses. »