Tag: Congress

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Progressives Push Biden to Forgive $50,000 of Federal Student Loan Debt

Progressive Democrats announced a resolution Thursday, Feb. 4 demanding Biden use executive action to cancel $50,000 worth of student loan debt for each borrower. Biden is not expected to pass the measure because his campaign only promised up to $10,000 in congressionally passed debt forgiveness. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,…

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Is a $15 Per Hour Federal Minimum Wage on the Horizon?

The national minimum wage has sat at $7.25 per hour since 2009. Someone who works a full-time minimum wage job makes just over $15,000 a year. With the average rate for apartment rental in the U.S. costing close to $1,500 a month, there’s no way to survive on that salary…

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House Passes Landmark Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday, Dec. 4, in favor of a bill that would decriminalize marijuana and expunge convictions for nonviolent marijuana-related charges at the federal level. This move comes amidst growing public acceptance of marijuana’s health benefits and its usage, as well as a growing sentiment…

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25 Percent of American Students Lack Resources for Remote Learning; Is the Death Penalty Inherently Racist?; and More

Digital divide for rural students and students of color continues to worsen. A staggering 25% of all school-aged children in the U.S. live in households without reliable Wi-Fi and consistent broadband internet service or access to web-enabled devices such as a computer or tablet, according to data from the National…

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Coast Guard’s Grappling with Harassment and Discrimination Offers Lessons on Leadership Accountability

Lt. Cmdr. Kerry Karwan, a retired member of the Coast Guard and member of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), attended the Dec. 11 joint congressional hearing by the U.S. House Oversight and Homeland Security Committees. The issue at hand was one she had personal experience with. “Righting the Ship,”…

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Twitter the Stage for Islamophobic Attacks Against Muslim 2018 Congressional Candidates, Study Says

Muslim Candidates like Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been called “dogs,” “pieces of garbage,” “terrorists” and “demonic” by trolls on Twitter because of their religions. A new study by the Social Science Research Council suggests Twitter could be partially responsible for this islamophobic social media blitz. “#Islamaphobia: Stoking…