The Daily Populous

Saturday July 1st, 2023 night edition

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In a stinging defeat for President Joe Biden, the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s student loan forgiveness plan Friday, rejecting a program aimed at delivering up to $20,000 of relief to millions of borrowers struggling with outstanding debt.

Republican-led states and conservatives challenging the program say it amounts to an unlawful attempt to erase an estimated $430 billion of federal student loan debt under the guise of the pandemic.

“The Court acts as though it is an arbiter of political and policy disputes, rather than of cases and controversies,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote.

House Republicans had included an end to student loan forgiveness in their debt ceiling plan earlier this year but the deal that ultimately passed Congress required Biden to end a pandemic-era pause on student loan payments by the end of this summer.

“The Biden administration has remaining legal routes to provide broad-based student debt cancellation,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“With the pause on student loan payments set to expire in weeks, I call upon the administration to do everything in its power to deliver for millions of working- and middle-class Americans struggling with student loan debt.”.

The President has more tools to cancel student debt — and he must use them. »

Super-rich warned of ‘pitchforks and torches’ unless they tackle inequality

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Julia Davies, left, said global poverty and the climate crisis were going to get ‘so much worse’ unless the wealthy did more to help the poor.

“But it is the wealthiest in society who are the people who can actually really do something about it.

I don’t honestly believe they are, and I definitely don’t think their kids and their grandkids are going to be OK.”. »

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is barred from running for office until 2030

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Five judges on the nation’s highest electoral court agreed that Bolsonaro used government communication channels to promote his campaign and sowed distrust about the vote.

In her decisive vote that formed a majority, Judge Carmen Lucia — who is also a Supreme Court justice — said “the facts are incontrovertible.”.

It removes Bolsonaro from the 2024 and 2028 municipal elections as well as the 2026 general elections. »