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Tensions high between lawmakers, voters during holiday festivities

As the country celebrates 241 years of independence, Americans are exercising their right to speak freely -- to their representatives in Congress. Omar Villafranca reports.
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Five Students Jailed for Scamming $30,000 From KFC by Exploiting Glitch in Ordering App
University students in China exploited the KFC application by generating an endless number of coupons, which they sold to others for a profit, court documents showed.
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Cole strikes out 12 in eight innings, Yankees beat Rays 1-0
Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over eight stellar innings, Aaron Hicks had a sacrifice fly and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Wednesday night amid a coronavirus outbreak that sidelined shortstop Gleyber Torres.
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Egyptian delegation arrives in Israel for Gaza cease-fire talks
A delegation from Cairo has arrived in Israel to help and try to negotiate a cease-fire in the escalating conflict in Gaza, Egyptian intelligence officials said Thursday.
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FAA OKs Fix For Electrical Issue That Grounded Some Boeing 737 Max Jets
The issue temporarily took more than 100 newly built 737 Max planes out of service last month, but is unrelated to the flight control system problem blamed for two fatal crashes.
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Yelled at your kids? Here’s why you should let go of that shame.
The calmer and less reactive we are, the more effective our parenting responses become. In the worthy pursuit of yelling less, however, it may help us reach that goal if we feel less guilt when we inevitably yell.
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Sen. Blackburn will introduce bill to reinstate Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is introducing a bill this week that would seek to reinstate the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols in response to a crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed the immigration system in recent months.
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Gas shortages may linger due to pipeline cyberattack "hysteria"
Colonial Pipeline hopes to restore much of its operations by the end of the week
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Where to Watch ‘Spiral’: When Will Chris Rock’s ‘Saw’ Movie Be on Streaming?
The ninth Saw movie is only in theaters... for now.
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National weather forecast: Showers, thunderstorms expected over parts of US
A fairly quiet forecast is expected for much of the country on Thursday and Friday.
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'Bridesmaids' at 10: Revisiting that iconic airplane scene with Flight Attendant Steve (aka 'Stove')
Which unscripted moments from the infamous "Bridesmaids" airplane got cut? Read on.       
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Liz Cheney removed from House GOP leadership
After the vote, Cheney told reporters that she "will do everything I can to ensure the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office."
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When Will ‘Younger’ Season 7, Episode 9 Arrive on Paramount+ and Hulu?
We're just a few weeks away from the series finale.
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‘A Lonely Man’ is an elegant suspense novel in the tradition of the ‘The Third Man’
Chris Power’s new novel follows the complicated relationship of two writers in Berlin.
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Asia Is Home to 99 of the World’s 100 Cities Facing the Greatest Environmental Challenges
The many environmental challenges facing the world are far from evenly shared across regions. Of the 100 cities facing the greatest environmental risks, 99 are in Asia, according to a report published today by risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft. Meanwhile, Europe is home to 14 of the 20 safest cities. Researchers scored the world’s 576 largest…
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Gene Weingarten: Don’t just fix the problem. Kluge it.
MacGyver’s got nothing on this artful kluger.
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Medina Spirit drama shouldn’t ruin Preakness Stakes betting
Horse racing usually gets a boost in publicity this time of year as everyone tries to figure out whether the Kentucky Derby winner will be able to sweep the Triple Crown.
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Most People Are Thinking of Herd Immunity All Wrong
The end of the pandemic will be a slow fade.
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The case for canceling student debt
Students march through London to protest against tuition fees and student debts. | Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Why a leading activist on student debt thinks Biden’s proposal to cancel $10,000 isn’t enough. Forty-five million Americans now owe a total of $1.7 trillion in federal and private student loans. For many people, that debt is the biggest drag on their adult lives. It prevents them from buying a home or starting a family or investing in their future. They are stuck in a perpetual loop. This crisis has led to calls to cancel all that debt and liberate an entire generation of Americans — something I instinctively support. But when you start to think about all the obstacles and trade-offs, you quickly realize how politically fraught such a proposal would be. Is there any way to do it fairly? What about the millions of people who spent decades paying down their loans? And what about the people who didn’t go to college because they didn’t want the debt — how would this land for them? So I reached out to Astra Taylor, documentary filmmaker and author of the 2019 book Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone. Taylor has become a leading advocate for debt forgiveness, and she treats it as not just an economic problem but as a small-d democratic problem. We talk about why that is and how it shapes her argument. If you’re looking for a snapshot of the wider debate around student debt cancellation, read this exhaustive essay by my Vox colleague Emily Stewart. Here I wanted to focus on the case for forgiving student debt and why Taylor argues it’s just one part of a much deeper struggle for a just society. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows. Sean Illing Your argument requires that we think of debt less as a financial instrument and more as a form of top-down power. How so? Astra Taylor People who are in debt have to worry about making that next payment. It’s a source of anxiety and stress. It changes your psychology. If you don’t make your payments on time, you’re penalized harshly. Your credit scores are trashed, and that limits your options in terms of being able to rent an apartment or secure a job. The stakes are enormously high. In some places, if you default on your student loans, your license can be taken away so you can’t even do your job. All of this forces us to think very narrowly about education. When you’re enrolling in college, and you’re taking on a vast sum of debt, it changes the way you think about what you need to do. It makes you think about the need to get a return on investment. That’s the disciplining function. If you’re young and want to think about how best you can contribute to society, if you want some time to pursue your curiosities, you think, “Well, damn, I can’t do that because I have to be pragmatic and pay all this debt back.” This distorts the whole framework for education. You go to school knowing you have to take on a bunch of debt and you shape your education around the singular goal of being able to pay it back. Ronald Reagan famously said that the state shouldn’t be in the business of subsidizing curiosity, so then the question is, “Well, what should the state be in the business of?” And right now, it’s in the business of lending to students so that they can then have a chance at social mobility. But that compact has totally broken down. That myth was sold to us for decades and it has collapsed. Sean Illing You’re calling for “economic disobedience.” What does that mean? Astra Taylor I come from the tradition that sees social change as a struggle. It would be wonderful if we lived in a political reality where we just had to make the best arguments and propose rational policies. I think there’s a very persuasive argument for education as a public good, for health care as a public good. But that’s not the way politics works. It’s not actually just about persuasion and deliberation. It’s about power. Debt has become a disciplinary form of power. Over the last few decades, as debt has exploded, it has disempowered people. Every time we sign a lending contract, it feels like an individual act, but that obscures the fact that it’s part of a broader social and economic phenomenon. We tend to see poverty and debt as personal failings, but it’s really the product of failed policies. We say in our book Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay that “The problem isn’t that we’re living beyond our means. We’re denied the means to live.” You’re in debt because your wages don’t cover your daily needs. You’re in debt because what you’re offered is student loans and not public education. The reason you have to put medical bills on your credit card is because there isn’t universal health care. So under these conditions, we think it’s justified for debtors to push back and to revolt. And so economic disobedience is a way of saying, “We have to push back, just like civil disobedience pushes back against immoral laws. Civil disobedience is about doing an accounting and saying, “This might be the law, but to enact my values, I might have to break it.” Sean Illing Biden has suggested forgiving up to $10,000 of student loan debt per borrower, which would eliminate the burden for roughly a third of borrowers. That’s a good start, right? Astra Taylor No. Sean Illing Really? Astra Taylor That was Biden’s promise, and it’s important to acknowledge that he never would have promised anything if debtors hadn’t been organizing for the last 10 years around this. Because Joe Biden is someone who was in the opposite camp. He’s someone who famously pushed to eliminate what limited bankruptcy protections student borrowers had around private loans. So Biden campaigned on the immediate cancellation of a minimum of $10,000. And that was for everyone, for any borrower, across the board. Then he also promised the cancellation of all undergraduate student debt for people who went to public colleges, HBCUs, and other things. But he hasn’t done these things. And he actually has the power to do it. But $10,000 is woefully inadequate because the average Black borrower owes over $50,000 in debt four years after graduation [and that was 2016 data, so things have likely gotten worse]. The average student debtor graduates with around $30,000, and it goes up every year. So for a lot of people, many of whom have six figures [in debt], $10,000 is a drop in the bucket. It just won’t make a material difference in their lives. And I think the question of justice comes in when we say, “Well, what is just about leaving the rest of this debt?” And instead of accepting the burden of rationalizing eliminating it, I ask, “What’s the rationalization for leaving it there?” Sean Illing Does Biden actually have the power to do this unilaterally? Astra Taylor Student debt forgiveness is something that the Biden administration has the executive authority to do. So it’s not like it’s some extraconstitutional overreach. This is authority granted thanks to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Congress granted the Secretary of Education the ability to cancel student debt. But it’s obviously one of these executive moves that you can’t undo once it’s done. Sean Illing I’m trying to see this from the perspective of someone who spent years paying down their debt, or someone who wanted to go to college but decided against it precisely because they didn’t want to take on the debt. These aren’t necessarily arguments against doing it, but it is part of the political calculus, right? Astra Taylor Yeah, but I think a lot of these concerns are raised in bad faith. They’re raised by people who work for conservative think tanks quite often. And they pretend to be suddenly concerned about equity and whether student debt cancellation disproportionately benefits the privileged. My main response to these concerns is that they still think of the problem in terms of the individual, which is how debt trains us to think. We sign a loan contract and then we’re responsible for paying it back. But there are broader social benefits to canceling student debt. Some of the money now going to the federal government would instead circulate in the broader economy. It would allow people to improve their economic circumstances, to take more risks and be more entrepreneurial. It would also go a long way in closing the racial wealth gap. Lastly, I will say that student debt cancellation is very popular across the political spectrum because it impacts people across the political spectrum. It’s one of those things where I can imagine a world where you would lead with that, where you would lead with the social good, where you would lead with the fact that it’s popular even with Republicans, and articulating those broad social benefits. Sean Illing But not all of those arguments are bad faith, right? The main objection I hear, even from people who are sympathetic to the idea of debt cancellation, is that it’s economically regressive, not progressive, because higher-income people — college graduates — would benefit disproportionately. Astra Taylor Student debt cancellation isn’t the end-all and be-all. It’s one policy among many. If we care about targeting relief, then you don’t do it through student debt cancellation. You do it by taxing income and wealth. This is one of those things where it kind of breaks your brain. It shouldn’t even be a debate. Let people go to college for free and earn what they earn, and let’s try to create justice in that, in terms of access to college if people want to go. But then let’s tax people, tax their income, and use that money to fund public services. And I also believe that you don’t make good jobs by making more college graduates. So let’s improve the jobs that exist so that you don’t have to get a college degree to earn a living wage and have a dignified life. The people who are making the arguments that student debt is regressive are fixated on targeting, “Well, who gets this Pell Grant? And who will get this tiny amount of debt cancellation?” because they’re not coming from a broader framework devoted to distributing wealth more equally. That’s what I mean by bad faith. And we can’t make this point enough: student debt is regressive. Student debt cancellation is not regressive. Student debt is regressive because if your parents have the means, they pay for you to go to college. As AOC famously said, “The children of millionaires and billionaires do not take on student debt to go to school.” And that is absolutely true. Sean Illing If only to grease the political tracks, do you think we’ll need some kind of reparations for people who already paid their student debts? Astra Taylor If that was on the table as part of a deal for debt forgiveness, sure! I’d just say that that’s not how we approach other forms of social progress. For example, it’s tragic that some people didn’t have access to the Covid-19 vaccine. But we cheer the fact that other people will have access to it, right? Hopefully people will see that they’ll benefit because perhaps their children, or their loved ones, or their friends, will be able to pursue higher education without the weight of these debts. I’d also stress again that this isn’t the only policy. The federal government can erase any debts it’s owed. So it could erase debts for farmers. It could erase debts for veterans who go to its hospitals. This should be coupled with all sorts of policies that aim to reap the benefits of a debt jubilee. Erasing student debt would make a lot of people’s lives a lot better and hopefully set the stage for the deeper fight. It’s part of the pathway to where we need to be, but it’s not the whole piece. Sean Illing So what’s the real goal of debt forgiveness in your mind? To liberate indebted individuals? To boost the economy? To close the wealth gap? To make our democracy more democratic? Astra Taylor All of the above. The Debt Collective is not just a student debt organization. We are trying to open a new avenue in the fight against inequality. So just like the labor movement organized people on the wage gap, we see a complementary motive organizing around indebtedness, where people can connect their personal struggles to the lack of public goods and make demands of the state, and to collectively push for debt cancellation. To your specific question about college, pushing for free college has a double meaning for me. It should be free in the sense that it doesn’t cost anything, but it should also be free in the sense that it frees people to pursue the things they’re interested in and to become whole citizens. In other words, contra Reagan, the state should be in the business of subsidizing curiosity because that is good for society. That’s good for democracy. And it’s worth fighting for.
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announces five $1 million lottery drawings for vaccinated residents
First on “CBS This Morning,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine discusses his new $1 million lottery for vaccinated residents over 18.
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Proud Boy Founder Gavin McInnes Says Censored.TV Mass Layoffs 'Completely False'
Milo Yiannopoulos, who has a weekly show on the network, claimed the company was laying off all its staff.
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How Will California’s Arts Institutions Recover?
Thursday: A conversation about major cultural institutions and philanthropy in the aftermath of the pandemic.
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Cabrera becomes Venezuelan hit king, Tigers beat Royals
Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and surpassed Omar Vizquel for the most major league hits by a Venezuelan player, leading the Detroit Tigers past the slumping Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night.
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Jobless claims fall to pandemic-era low as layoffs ease
Fewer than 600,000 people filed for first-time benefits last week, but nearly 17 million are still receiving assistance.
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What we learned about Chargers' schedule plight for 2021
Takeaways from the Chargers' 2021 schedule unveiling on Wednesday.
latimes.com
Jobless Claims Fall to 473,000 as U.S. Reopening Rebound Continues
Economists had expected claims to fall to 475,000.
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Liz Cheney Warns of 'Ongoing Threat' From Trump, Says 'Silence Is Not an Option'
"This is about the real-time, current potential damage that he's doing, that he continues to do," Cheney said of her opposition to the former president.
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Cryptocurrency prices drop after Tesla says it will stop accepting Bitcoin
Cryptocurrency prices fell Thursday after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the automaker will stop accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment.     
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Biden meeting with Republican senators to strike deal over White House infrastructure plan
President Biden will meet with GOP senators Thursday in order to find common ground on his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. The meeting comes as Republican governors begin eliminating unemployment benefits. Ed O'Keefe reports on the details.
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'American Idol' finalist Caleb Kennedy exits show after alleged KKK video surfaces
"American Idol" contestant Caleb Kennedy has exited the current season after a video surfaced that appears to show him standing next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood.
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7 Yanks coaches, staff have virus, Torres out as precaution
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday night’s starting lineup at Tampa Bay as a precaution as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coaching and support staff reached seven.
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Workers file 473,000 new jobless claims, hitting another pandemic low
The number of Americans seeking new jobless benefits continued a steady week-over-week decline, falling below a half million and hitting a pandemic low.
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Megan Olivi: What it was like covering one of the wildest nights in UFC history
The drama exploded right next to Megan Olivi. Serving as the reporter for UFC 261, Olivi tried to intervene as her ESPN colleague and former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier got into a heated confrontation with YouTube star, amateur boxer and professional provocateur Jake Paul. “I was right next to it, and...
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More Mexico border crossers are single adults, agents find
While asylum-seeking families and children dominate public attention, single adults represent a growing number of border encounters, nearly two of every three in April.
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When Is the NASA Rocket Launch? Black Brant XII Takeoff From Wallops Postponed Again
The rocket, part of the space agency's KiNet-X science mission, was originally scheduled to take off from Virginia on May 7.
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When supply at gas stations should return to normal
CNN's Brianna Keilar speaks to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm about the gas shortage following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies much of the eastern United States with gasoline.
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Colonial Pipeline is restarting but the gas crisis isn't over
The Colonial Pipeline is back in action after a six-day shutdown, but widespread gas station outages in the Southeast could linger for days.
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Video shows 14-story Gaza building destroyed by missiles from IDF jet
Social media users warned of the impending strike, saying Israeli forces had hit the building with a "roof-knocking" bomb at least an hour before it was leveled.
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‘Hacks’ Creators on That Selena Gomez Song, Sexy Santa, and “Scene-Stealer” Jean Smart
Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs on the journey of directing Broad City from a bathroom to the mansion of their new HBO Max comedy.
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What we learned about Rams' schedule challenges for 2021
Takeaways from the Rams' 2021 scheduled unveil on Wednesday.
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Woman Eats Insects for Breakfast in Horrifying Cooking Videos
An entomologist has revealed she cooks up ants, wax worms, silk worms and crickets, using them for smoothies, sauces and as a garnish.
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Ellen DeGeneres says toxic workplace allegations felt 'very misogynistic'
After announcing her show's end, Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Savannah Guthrie and opened up more about the allegations of a toxic workplace.       
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Erick Gonzalez wants to be Donald Cerrone's final UFC fight: I've looked up to him my entire fighting career
Erick Gonzalez won't stop trying to pursue a fight with Donald Cerrone.       Related StoriesMike Grundy out to make statement vs. Lando Vannata in U.S. debut at UFC 262Mike Grundy out to make statement vs. Lando Vannata in U.S. debut at UFC 262 - EnclosureManon Fiorot vs. Maryna Moroz added to UFC Fight Night on June 5 
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Ex-WH counsel Don McGahn to testify before House panel
The Justice Department and House Judiciary Committee told the D.C. Circuit that "former President Trump, who is not a party to this case, is not a party to the agreement in principle regarding an accommodation."
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Israeli Boy Killed by Palestinian Rocket: 'He Loved the Ninja Turtles, His Parents, and Life'
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) mourned the death of six-year-old Ido Avigal, a child in the southern border town of Sderot in Israel who was killed Wednesday in the arms of his mother when a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists hit his building.
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Liz Cheney willing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to prevent Trump win in 2024
Fresh off her ouster from House Republican leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney is maintaining her crusade to do "whatever it takes" to oppose former President Donald Trump.
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This is what vaccine inequity looks like
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Watch Live: GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Hosts ‘Back the Blue Bike Tour’ with Capitol Police
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is hosting a bike tour Thursday morning with Capitol Police officers and other members of Congress in honor of National Police Week.
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Town with one COVID-19 case still facing crippling effects from pandemic
Point Roberts, Washington is on the brink of becoming a ghost town, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S.-Canada border remains shuttered because of the virus, with no signs of reopening, which has crippled this small town's economy, and left residents wondering if they will ever get help to survive.
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