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Federal judges in Kansas and Missouri blocked portions of President Joe Biden’s student loan repayment plan, siding with Republican attorneys general. As a result, the Department of Education said that it would stop making monthly payments on student loans and would stop collecting interest from three million borrowers.

The Savings on a Valuable Education Plan, or SAVE for short, sets monthly payments for borrowers depending on family size and income. 4.5 million of the more than 8 million participants in the plan are eligible for $0 monthly payments due to their modest incomes.

The Department of Education planned to impose payment reductions on July 1st, which would result in many debtors having their payments halved. Daniel D. Crabtree, a Kansas District Judge, stopped that measure.

In a statement, he added, “As the court rightly recognized, whether to cancel billions of dollars of student debt is a major question that only Congress can answer.” “Students from New York with degrees in gender studies shouldn’t have to repay the student loans of blue-collar Kansas laborers who never attended college.”

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge John A. Ross of Missouri stopped the SAVE plan from forgiving more student loans. Rather than following the standard 20–25-year schedule, some borrowers have had their obligations erased after just 10 years.

A Department of Education spokeswoman, meanwhile, told Politico that the agency will not back down from its pledge “to fight for this long-overdue relief” for borrowers.

What legal authority gives the Biden administration the ability to defer student loan payments is unclear.

In order to comply with the court orders, the Education Department removed the SAVE program application from its website and is currently updating it. In the interim, borrowers who would still prefer to participate in the plan can do so by submitting a paper application. Borrowers will stop making monthly payments and accruing interest once enrolled.

The executive director of the nonprofit advocacy organization Student Debt Crisis Center, Natalia Abrams, told the Washington Post, “We are thrilled to see the Department of Education take rapid and decisive action.” “We are calling for a widespread payment hold on all federal student loans due to the Save plan’s unclear language, ambiguous implications, and legal uncertainty.”

Author: Steven Sinclaire

Within the Biden Cabal, a rift exists between decent-hearted Treasury Department employees and White House officials who favor easing oil sanctions against dangerous foreign producers such as Islamist Iran and Putinist Russia.

Biden “wants to keep gas prices stable before the election by enabling oil to flow into global markets,” according to a Wall Street Journal story on Wednesday. This is acceptable if it involves imposing “softer-than-expected penalties” on large oil producers, such as the two companies previously mentioned.

Yes, and Venezuela as well. What’s the significance of appeasing Nicolás Maduro, a socialist, when you’re already catering to Vladimir Putin and the new leader of Iran following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash last month?

As it impacts families’ everyday lives, “the president has sought to do everything that he could to ensure that American consumers had the lowest price possible at the pump,” an unidentified senior administration official told the WSJ.

Caracas, Moscow, and Tehran may use each dollar from the sale of oil to support the socialist Maduro regime, prolong the Russo-Ukrainian War, or purchase weapons, ammunition, and missiles for Hamas to use in the slaughter of Jews.

“Biden Wants to Be Seen As Tough On Russia and Iran—But Also Wants Low Gas Prices” is how the Wall Street Journal titled their post, but it doesn’t really sum up the story.

Allow me to transition into the role of editor and suggest a different headline: “Biden Sees Fit to Purchase Votes with Russian and Iranian Oil While Remaining Firm on Russia and Iran.”

Global supply chains are under unprecedented stress following the unnecessary and foolish COVID-19 lockdowns, which is why it was inevitable that additional measures would be implemented, given the Biden Administration’s penchant for creating chaos whenever possible.

This is due to the fact that “global shipping rates are skyrocketing, creating fears of supply shortages and delays as Houthi rebels continue strikes on vessels destined for the Suez Canal.”

The Biden administration, on the one hand, is unwilling to take the Houthi pirates’ direct and missile threats against international shipping in the Red Sea seriously. On the other hand, Biden’s meek oil sanctions enable Iran to maintain the Houthi’s financial and material resources.

The Biden White House has no strategy. It’s possible that the Cabal isn’t consciously trying to ruin things, but I’d need more proof of that. For the most part, however, there’s only the High Holy Day on November 5, and a constantly changing array of ever-more pressing demands to try and push Biden past it.

Author: Blake Ambrose

In an effort to make up for its $45 billion budget deficit, California set aside $12 million for reparations to descendants of black slaves. The budget agreement that Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) unveiled last week includes the public funds designated for African American residents of California.

Just two years after the Golden State experienced a nearly $100 billion surplus, the governor has unveiled his latest budget proposal, which follows months of discussion about how to address the state’s impending deficit.

Progressives chastised the governor right away for not giving more money to African Americans.

Kavon Ward told the Sacramento Bee, “That is a lowball sum, especially given the amount of harm that was done to black people in this state and over the period of time that it was done.” Ward Ward, co-founder of the organization Where Is My Land, fights for black people who believe their land has been taken or lost. In Ward’s opinion, one person should receive $12 million.

Leading Democrats in California hailed the $12 million as a victory, but they also acknowledged the need for further action.

Sen. Steven Bradford of the state acknowledged the compensation but declared that he “wanted more.”

“We argued that the damages caused by racialized public policies and slavery remain,” Bradford stated on behalf of the California Legislative Black Caucus. “This is just the beginning,” he continued.

In comments to the Sacramento Bee, Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Wilson, the chairwoman of the Black Caucus, struck a similar note, calling the funding a “win.” James Woodson, executive director of the California Black Power Network, on the other hand, stated that the funding was just the beginning of “many rounds of investment to repair harm.”

Republicans in California claimed that leftists are putting Newsom in a difficult situation. The leader of the state’s Assembly Republican delegation, James Gallagher, stated to Fox Digital that Newsom had put himself in a situation where he would have to demand that low-income workers, new immigrants, and even some African Americans pay for a wrong that other states committed more than 150 years ago.

The front-runner Republican declared, “No matter what he does, he’s going to offend part of his constituency.”

Most Californians are against monetary compensation. In a September poll, only 23 percent said they were in favor of giving money to black slave descendants.

The $12 million that was agreed to in Newsom’s budget proposal would go toward supporting bills—like lowering property taxes for qualified black residents and prohibiting California from penalizing inmates who refuse to work—that are anticipated to pass the state senate with a Democratic supermajority.

Author: Steven Sinclaire

Along with new resources for teachers, Google has revealed that its new Gemini AI technology will be available to high school students through school accounts. Because many elementary school students have Google accounts, the left-wing internet behemoth is broadening its AI initiatives to include younger users.

A big step in Google’s attempts to prepare the next generation for an AI-driven future has been the tech giant’s decision to deliver Gemini to teen kids through their school accounts, according to TechCrunch. Google’s recent move to make Gemini accessible to kids with personal accounts demonstrates the company’s commitment to integrating AI into classrooms for more effective use.

The business is making this change for a very obvious reason: they want students to be prepared to deal with a world where generative AI is commonplace. Google thinks that students will gain self-assurance in their learning abilities after using Gemini, thanks to the real-time feedback and improved learning experiences it provides.

The organization places a high priority on responsible AI applications in educational settings. Google has promised, among other things, that it will not use student data from Gemini to train or enhance its artificial intelligence algorithms. The introduction of new technology in educational settings frequently gives rise to legitimate privacy concerns, and this pledge seeks to address those issues.

Also, to make sure that teens are using Gemini responsibly, Google has put in place a number of measures to prevent inappropriate behavior. These safeguards are already in place to prevent people from responding inappropriately, particularly when it comes to information that is illegal or has age restrictions. Google wants teenagers to use Gemini’s double-check feature more, so they can think critically and have more information literacy.

In over a hundred different nations, students will be able to use Gemini with their school accounts in English. Although school administrators can enable the tool, teens will not have it by default. This method enables a gradual and managed integration of the technology into educational settings.

Google is also working to improve its educational products. Among the new features are enhanced tools for making, organizing, and disseminating interactive lessons. To further streamline administrative procedures and free up time for real teaching, teachers can now manually designate assignments as missing or complete and execute mass scoring activities.

An ultra-woke AI named Gemini from Google made headlines earlier this year for rewriting history. The fact that Google’s system produced a wide range of results, including female Indian popes and black founding fathers, demonstrates the dangers of AI to pupils.

Author: Scott Dowdy

The Biden team has gone into the realm of hilarious delusions with their latest conspiracy about a Trump Presidency!

Biden Campaign Co-Chair Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) said on this week’s broadcast of CNN’s “Inside Politics” that “Americans will not want to see tax increases that a Donald Trump economy will bring or the catastrophic job losses that his economy will bring.”

“It has been clear to us from the start that this election is going to be difficult,” Escobar said. A schism has opened up across the nation. We’re witnessing that. In Congress, I witness that every day. I’ve seen this all across the country, and it’s exactly why we’re investing and meeting people where they are. This game will take time. Clearly, the remaining time until Election Day is just approximately 4.5 months. This debate on Thursday will be an integral part of that. A second debate is coming, and campaign season continues. And I believe the American people will recognize the difference and reject the Trump economic agenda’s promises of tax increases and devastating job losses.”

Author: Scott Dowdy

Thursday is the first presidential debate, and as of right now, the Biden campaign says their candidate will participate. I suppose we’ll see, but I’m not so convinced. Remarkably, the network may have to pay $1 billion to settle a defamation case against Jake Tapper, one of the debate moderators.

Perhaps you haven’t heard, but Zachary Young, the plaintiff in a civil action against CNN, now has the right to seek punitive damages in addition to monetary and emotional losses, according to a recent ruling by the Florida First District Court of Appeals. According to Newsbusters, the total amount of damages sought could be close to or greater than $1 billion as a result of Tapper’s comments disparaging Young’s humanitarian services in Afghanistan during the disastrous 2021 evacuation.

“Young had to demonstrate his malice, and the court found that he has, so the result is at least somewhat likely. Judge L. Clayton Roberts stated in the court’s decision that Young “sufficiently supplied evidence of actual malice and a level of conduct heinous enough to open the way for him to pursue punitive damages.” The court decided that internal CNN messages that were highly hostile toward Young satisfied the high standards for real and expressive malice. Correspondent Alex Marquardt, the “main reporter,” wrote to a colleague expressing his intention to “nail this Zachary Young mother fucker” and his belief that the piece would serve as Young’s “funeral.” CNN editor Matthew Philips reacted to Young’s statement that he wanted to “nail” him by saying, “I’m going to hold you to that cowboy!”

“In addition to Marquardt, the self-acclaimed “Triad” of CNN’s editorial, legal, and standards/practices oversight staff members, Fuzz Hogan, a senior editor, called Young “a shit.”

“Young’s attorney, Vel Freedman, told NewsBusters that while “everyone makes mistakes,” CNN’s messages revealed a “chronic problem” within the organization. He continued by saying that they had exposed themselves to “huge, massive liability” and that their internal accountability system had “obviously failed.”

Freedman asserts that peers’ reluctance to work with Young has ruined his career as a security contractor, resulting in financial damages estimated to be between $40 and $60 million. If a jury decides to award emotional damages, the maximum possible amount may be $600 million. Furthermore, the court’s recognition of CNN’s heinous and malicious behavior led to the removal of Florida’s punitive damages cap. CNN might ultimately be required to pay $1 billion in total.

After a disturbance at the 2019 March for Life protest, CNN wrongly accused Kentucky high school student Nick Sandmann of racism. Sandmann filed a defamation case against the network, seeking $275 million in damages, which CNN settled four years ago. Will they settle or will they fight this lawsuit?

Undoubtedly, the network hasn’t gained any insight and will persist in its slanted reporting.

Author: Scott Dowdy

In the years following the epidemic, the cost of living has increased significantly due to high mortgage rates and persistently high prices for groceries and other necessities. As a result, the Biden administration is launching new initiatives to expand access to affordable housing.

On Monday, while in Minneapolis, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will tout the fresh investments. Among them are initiatives to increase the Federal Fund’s funding of affordable housing and to provide $100 million through a brand new fund over the next three years.

The housing crisis is drawing more and more attention in this year’s election, which coincides with rising interest in home prices.

“There has been a long-term accumulation of a very serious shortage in the housing supply,” Yellen states in prepared remarks for Monday afternoon. “This supply bottleneck has resulted in an affordability crunch.”

According to Yellen, the government is “implementing a wide affordability strategy to alleviate the price pressures that people have been facing.”

Following the pandemic, housing costs increased, impacting both renters and homeowners. The Case-Shiller 20 City Composite Home Index shows that between March 2020 and March 2024, home prices rose by 46%. According to a recent Treasury report, housing costs have increased more quickly than salaries during the previous 20 years.

In the meantime, May saw a decline in the number of previously occupied U.S. house sales for the third consecutive month as record-high prices and rising mortgage rates turned off many potential buyers during the housing market’s normally busiest time of year.

According to data gathered by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there is a deficiency of over 7 million reasonably priced homes in the United States to accommodate the over 10.8 million families with extremely low incomes. Additionally, the group claims that there isn’t a single state or county in the nation where a tenant making the minimum wage and working full-time could afford a two-bedroom apartment.

In certain cities, it’s turning into a crisis. For example, housing costs in Massachusetts’s Martha’s Vineyard have become a public safety concern due to the difficulty in attracting and keeping 911 dispatchers and correctional officers.

Both President Biden and the likely Republican nominee Trump have made a number of recommendations regarding ways to lower the cost of living for regular Americans. For example, Trump has suggested that workers’ gratuities be tax-free, while Biden is pursuing a strategy to lower student loan payments for borrowers. When the Associated Press asked for a comment, a Trump campaign representative did not reply.

However, because of rising housing costs, some analysts believe the crisis won’t go away until the Federal Reserve reduces its benchmark interest rate, which is currently at 5.3 percent.

“Until the Fed decreases policy rates,” according to a Friday letter from Sal Guatieri, a top economist at BMO Capital Markets Economic Research, there should be little movement in the housing market.

The White House has taken steps to stop evictions and address the housing issue, according to Diane Yentel, CEO of the National Low Income Coalition, “but there is much more work remaining to be done.”

To “immediately enact revolutionary and desperately needed housing initiatives,” according to Yentel, congressional action is required. The nation can only effectively address its affordable housing challenge by combining strong government financing with administrative action.

Yellen will urge Congress to approve Biden’s proposed budget, which was unveiled in March, during her speech.

The budget contains a goal to develop over 2 million houses and asks Congress to grant a tax credit to first-time homebuyers. This would result in a larger low-income housing tax credit.

In addition to implementing a multi-agency initiative to encourage states and communities to turn more vacant office buildings into housing units, the Biden administration has taken other actions to increase the supply of housing. Billions of dollars of federal money are available to support these transitions.

Communities received an $85 million grant from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in July 2023 in order to remove obstacles to affordable housing, such as zoning laws, which in certain areas have made it difficult to increase the quantity and density of affordable housing.

Author: Blake Ambrose

During his Saturday speech at Temple University’s Liacouras Center, former President Donald Trump pledged to relocate the Department of Education “to the States.”

This would probably mean dismantling the 1979-established Department of Education in favor of giving more authority to each state’s department or agency in charge of public education.

In some states, we’ll be able to achieve much better education while cutting [education spending] in half, according to Trump. “Our education will be the best in the world,”

He went on, though: “Some won’t do as well. I believe a few states, including California and Gavin Newsom, will struggle.

Despite spending more “per pupil” than any other nation, according to Trump, “we’re at the bottom of every list.” “What the heck do you have to lose?” he questioned.

A dissolution of a cabinet department without a subsequent reorganization would be a first for this kind of move. President Jimmy Carter renamed the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to the Department of Health and Human Services and created the Education Department in 1979, the previous time a department had changed titles.

Project 2025 is a set of Heritage Foundation policy recommendations for the upcoming presidential administration, including the elimination of the Department of Education. The modification would curtail the government’s federal education policy without completely eliminating it.

Trump berated President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders for allowing the City of Brotherly Love to be “ravaged by slaughter and crime,” despite the fact that he attended the Wharton School in Philadelphia.

“Very few cities have suffered more than Philadelphia under the Biden administration,” Trump declared before alluding to two recent homicides that were a part of the city’s larger murder and criminality crisis.

He added that Larry Krasner, a filthy Marxist prosecutor in Philadelphia, “had the blood of numerous men, women, and children on his hands, including many thousands of African American citizens,” and he voted to “stand up against Soros-controlled DAs like him” because of his “refusal to prosecute people.”

During his over-90-minute address, Trump also attacked Biden on immigration, inflation, and foreign policy. He claimed that after leaving office, America’s adversaries “laughed at us” and referred to a “new” category of crime known as the Biden migrant crime rate.

Trump informed reporters prior to the rally that he had already decided on his running mate. Before disclosing that a number of well-known Republicans were on his short list of potential vice presidential candidates, he had previously claimed to have made his choice.

When The Washington Examiner met with Trump supporters at the event, they said they liked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is the greatest option, according to one Trump fan, James Freeman, 40, because “she’s a fighter, she has never wavered, she never backs down.”

Chris Vinsmoke, 21, stated that a black candidate for vice president would be his first choice. Vinsmoke declared that he would first choose Kanye West, then former president Barack Obama, and praised Trump for his role in helping his cousin, musician Kodak Black, secure his release from prison. Nevertheless, despite her race, he voiced his dislike for Kamala Harris, the vice president.

Author: Blake Ambrose

In downtown Los Angeles, a brand-new apartment tower with 600,000 units built specifically for the homeless opened its doors this week.

According to local ABC affiliate KABC-7:

The Weingart Tower is a 19-story apartment building with 278 flats. This project, which will be L.A.’s largest permanent assistance housing project, aims to assist those who are still homeless on Skid Row. Along with a plethora of amazing features, including a computer room, music room, gym, art studio, and library, the building will house caseworkers’ offices on one floor.”

Building a project of this kind is still expensive, even if it’s considered inexpensive housing. Taxpayers are covering the roughly $600,000 cost of each unit.

The homeless high-rise’s construction costs per unit exceed the median Los Angeles condominium price of $564,520 as of the end of 2023.

In Los Angeles, a single-family detached home had a higher median listing price ($1.3 million).

Over the past fifteen years, Los Angeles has attempted to combat homelessness by enacting a number of tax increases and taxpayer-funded programs, but these efforts have not been able to halt the population’s increase.

Opponents claim that giving homeless individuals benefits like hotel rooms or apartments encourages them to find new ways to move into the state or city.

Author: Steven Sinclaire

California is having a terrible time coming up with a plan to handle both a large fiscal deficit and the reparations that state Democrats want to pass into law.

The Golden State is facing a $68 billion shortfall, primarily due to lower revenue in the 2023 fiscal year. Nevertheless, experts advise the state to make restitution; estimates suggest it may have to pay out up to $800 billion, three times the normal California budget.

The California Legislative Black Caucus is touring the state this week to promote 14 pieces of legislation for reparations, including two constitutional amendments.

The California Senate approved three provisions in the legislation, one of which established the California American Freedmen Affairs Agency and assisted African Americans in researching their ancestry to determine whether they would qualify for future reparations from the state.

According to the California Constitution, one of the proposed constitutional amendments would make jail work illegal. In 2022, the amendment was not able to pass the state legislature.

In the past, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) issued a warning that ending involuntary servitude might force the state to pay its prisoners the minimum wage and increase the state’s annual costs by $1.5 billion.

California has a long history of employing prison workers. One such program is the Conservation Camp Program, which trains prisoners to fight wildfires. They earn between $2.90 and $5 a day as firefighters, but upon release, they are unable to reapply for the same job because the state forbids those with criminal records from holding public office.

“It’s very evident that we wish to do away with forced labor in California,” Democratic state senator Steven Bradford stated. “Anything less than that is not meeting the goal.”

Historian and University of California Santa Barbara professor Giuliana Perrone told Newsweek that “reparations, as the public has come to understand them, are not popular.”

This is a result of the general public’s ignorance of reparations. Many people believe that reparations only consist of rewards or payments made to specific individuals in order to make up for previous wrongs done to their ancestors. This is untrue,” she declared. “The purpose of reparations is to remedy the specific, ongoing harms that have persisted due to the country’s inability to completely abolish slavery.”

When California established the first task group in 2020 to look into ways to address the lasting effects that Jim Crow laws and slavery had on the black community, the state made history. Following its report, the task group provided the state with over a hundred recommendations.

Legislators would need to move fast to establish the task force because the deadline for completing ballot proposals is June 27. This would allow the task force to be on the ballot for a vote this year.

Author: Scott Dowdy

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