WASHINGTON - White House officials are currently planning to cancel $10,000 in student debt per borrower, after months of internal deliberations over how to structure loan forgiveness for tens of millions of Americans, three people with knowledge of the matter said. President Biden had hoped to make the announcement as soon as this weekend at the University of Delaware commencement, the people said, but that timing has changed after the massacre Tuesday in Texas. The White House's latest plans called for limiting debt forgiveness to Americans who earned less than $150,000 in the previous year, or less than $300,000 for married couples filing jointly, two of the people said. It was unclear whether the administration will simultaneously require interest and payments to resume at the end of August, when the current pause is scheduled to lapse. The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deliberations, cautioned that some … [Read more...] about White House’s latest plan to forgive student debt drops amount significantly
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Five years ago, Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden sat down for an interview with The Washington Post and said "we believe that climate change is real. We believe that the threat of climate change is real. And we believe that action is needed." Then he added: "It doesn't mean we have to kiss hydrocarbons goodbye. In fact, we can't. But it does mean that we have to make more intelligent choices." Today, however, Shell and other oil companies are under fire from those who don't believe industry leaders are making intelligent choices. Dissident shareholders sought to use annual meetings to press their cases this week. And at Shell's annual meeting in London on Tuesday, dozens of climate activists wore "Christian Climate Action" T-shirts and rhythmically chanted "we will, we will stop you," forcing the company's chairman to halt the proceedings for over an hour. At the heart of the matter is the disagreement over the purpose of big oil and gas companies. Should they do further … [Read more...] about Climate pressure from employees, shareholders rattles Big Oil
Jon Hamm, who played the dapper Don Draper for seven seasons on the AMC network hit "Mad Men," may be Hollywood's most-famous advertising executive. He's also a pretty busy real-life pitchman. The Emmy-winning actor has appeared in multiple commercials, selling everything from Mercedes-Benz cars to H&R Block tax preparations services. He promoted Apple TV+ during the NFL playoffs and spoofed his own promotional skills on "Saturday Night Live," in a faux commercial for sliced ham you can eat in the bathroom. "It's not lost on me that some of our greatest film directors got their start in the commercial space, like Ridley Scott and David Fincher," the actor said in an interview. "The old school stigma of doing commercials has rightfully washed away.'' Hamm is still acting of course. He stars in "Corner Office," a dark comedy premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, and as Vice Admiral Beau "Cyclone" Simpson in the new 'Top Gun: Maverick" sequel now in theaters. … [Read more...] about Hollywood’s most-famous ad man just loves to do commercials
Privacy is relative when it comes to browsing the web , and it’s no secret that — to a certain extent — users are always being tracked to some degree. Tracking initiatives are almost entirely non-malicious and care more about your search results in regard to what you buy rather than who you are . Still, it can be unsettling. Enter: DuckDuckGo . Founded in 2008, DuckDuckGo set out to offer a safer, more private search engine that protects users’ searches from being tracked and used for ad-targeting. “Tired of being tracked online?” the company website asks. “We can help.” And the truth is that they can, but with an asterisk. How is DuckDuckGo different from Google search? The two browsers are shockingly similar, and to the naked eye, DuckDuckGo search results and Google search look nearly identical. The key difference is that DuckDuckGo does not store IP addresses or user data, allowing users to browse the web somewhat anonymously. Google, on the other hand, does … [Read more...] about Is DuckDuckGo as Private as It Claims? Turns Out, Not So Much.
WASHINGTON — As former President Trump’s second impeachment trial opened Tuesday, the White House press secretary made it clear in the briefing room — three times — that President Biden had nothing to say about it. “Joe Biden is the president. He’s not a pundit,” Jen Psaki told the 14 reporters seated before her. “He’s not going to opine on the back-and-forth arguments in the Senate, nor is he watching them.” Biden echoed that assertion moments later as he sat in the Oval Office to discuss his top priority, a $1.9-trillion coronavirus relief package, with a group of business leaders. A day later when Psaki appeared in the briefing room, reporters pressed her about Biden’s refusal to comment on the “historic” events occurring in the Senate. One, seemingly incredulous, asked just how the public “should interpret his silence?” “The American public,” Psaki said, “should read it as his commitment on delivering on exactly what they elected him to do, which is not to be a commentator … [Read more...] about ‘Not a pundit,’ Biden ignores impeachment trial to focus on his priorities
Jeb Bush, Donald Trump (R), and Marco Rubio are missing an important reason to vote for them. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images Early in the fourth Republican debate, Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker, one of the debate moderators, asked Carly Fiorina a question that cut at the heart of the rationale of every candidate onstage. Under Barack Obama, Baker noted, the United States has added an average of 107,000 jobs a month. Under Bill Clinton, it added an average of 240,000, and under George W. Bush, just 13,000 jobs a month. Economic growth is the ultimate basis for the entire Republican economic program — the inducement they can offer to explain why Americans should give up things like cleaner air, a higher minimum wage, and more generous social programs. Fiorina’s reply had no point of contact with the question whatsoever. Indeed, she said, “Yes, problems have gotten much worse under Democrats” — the exact opposite of what the question had stated — before launching … [Read more...] about Republican Candidates Have Trouble Making the Case for Change