Department of Education asks Joe Biden to delay return to student loan repayments

Student loans

There is a new blog post entitled, “That merit should yield at least a decent living.”

Eric Kelderman, “The Plan to Resume Federal Student-Loan Repayments in October Just Hit an Obstacle,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-plan-to-resume-federal-student-loan-repayments-in-october-just-hit-an-obstacle

Alexis Gravely, “Major Student Loan Servicer Leaving Federal Loan Program,” Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2021, https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/07/09/major-student-loan-servicer-leaving-federal-loan-program

Michael Stratford, “Education Department urges Biden to extend student loan relief,” Politico, July 9, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/09/student-loan-relief-extension-498942


Afghanistan

Spin this however you like, but Joe Biden is admitting that the war in Afghanistan was unwinnable[1] and rapid Taliban gains across the country in the wake of the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization withdrawal[2] show that an early comparison to Vietnam[3] was not at all far from the truth.

Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., Dan Lamothe, and John Wagner, “Biden forcefully defends Afghan pullout despite Taliban gains,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-afghanistan-taliban/2021/07/08/3fe9ef50-dfd3-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html

Susannah George, “Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan puts key cities at risk of being overtaken,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/07/afghanistan-taliban-surge/


Social networks

Fred Hiatt, “Legally, Trump’s tech lawsuit is a joke. But it raises a serious question,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/legally-trumps-tech-lawsuit-is-a-joke-but-it-raises-a-serious-question/2021/07/08/33bc2dfa-e010-11eb-9f54-7eee10b5fcd2_story.html


White supremacy

Teo Armus and Joe Heim, “Charlottesville to take down Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson statues Saturday,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/09/robert-e-lee-statue-charlottesville-removal/


Pandemic

Grace Panetta, “GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert calls Biden’s door-to-door vaccinators ‘needle Nazis,’” Yahoo! News, July 8, 2021, https://news.yahoo.com/gop-rep-lauren-boebert-calls-130015902.html


Wilkinsburg

Conor Lamb, a local politician, thinks that more municipalities in Allegheny County should consider merging as Wilkinsburg may yet do into Pittsburgh. He thinks it improves efficiency of services.[4] This, of course, explains perfectly why Wilkinsburg is more effective at plowing its roads in a blizzard than Pittsburgh and how merging the two municipalities is going to improve that situation.

Ryan Deto. “Controller Lamb wants potential Wilkinsburg-Pittsburgh merger to spur more talks about municipal consolidation,” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 8, 2021, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/controller-lamb-wants-potential-wilkinsburg-pittsburgh-merger-to-spur-more-talks-about-municipal-consolidation/Content?oid=19786764


  1. [1]Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., Dan Lamothe, and John Wagner, “Biden forcefully defends Afghan pullout despite Taliban gains,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-afghanistan-taliban/2021/07/08/3fe9ef50-dfd3-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html
  2. [2]Ehsanullah Amiri and Gordon Lubold, “After U.S.’s Bagram Exit, Afghans Face the Taliban Alone,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-u-s-s-bagram-exit-afghans-face-the-taliban-alone-11625517960; Miriam Berger, “More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers flee into Tajikistan as Taliban extends control, Tajik officials say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/05/afghan-soldiers-flee-tajikistan-taliban/; Kathy Gannon, “After troops exit, safety of US Embassy in Kabul top concern,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-kabul-445f33e7bba08c382d9bc5f72bf48047; Kathy Gannon, “US left Afghan airfield at night, didn’t tell new commander,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/bagram-afghanistan-airfield-us-troops-f3614828364f567593251aaaa167e623; Susannah George, “Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan puts key cities at risk of being overtaken,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/07/afghanistan-taliban-surge/; Lara Seligman, “U.S. completes 90 percent of Afghanistan withdrawal,” Politico, July 6, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/06/us-90-percent-afghanistan-withdrawal-498279; Yaroslav Trofimov and Ehsanullah Amiri, “Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/taliban-find-new-revenues-as-they-seize-afghanistans-u-s-built-border-gateway-11625495521
  3. [3]R. W. Apple Jr., “A Military Quagmire Remembered: Afghanistan as Vietnam,” New York Times, October 31, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/31/world/nation-challenged-analysis-military-quagmire-remembered-afghanistan-vietnam.html
  4. [4]Ryan Deto. “Controller Lamb wants potential Wilkinsburg-Pittsburgh merger to spur more talks about municipal consolidation,” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 8, 2021, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/controller-lamb-wants-potential-wilkinsburg-pittsburgh-merger-to-spur-more-talks-about-municipal-consolidation/Content?oid=19786764

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