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President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for borrowers who earn less than $125,000 a year.

The loan forgiveness plan also applies to households that earned less than $250,000 a year.

The plan will eliminate $20,000 in student debt for the poorest borrowers who received Pell Grant loans for college education.

Biden also extended the moratorium on student loan repayments through December 2022.

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More than 40 million borrowers will benefit from the unprecedented $300 billion forgiveness plan.

Republicans argue that the bailout plan benefits rich kids who attended law school and medical school and can afford to pay back their loans.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell called the plan "student loan socialism" and a "slap in the face" to those who already paid off their debt.

The GOP said rich kids who live at home with their parents will benefit most from the loan forgiveness plan.

Republicans warn that Democrats will face ramifications during the midterm elections in November.

Republicans vowed to challenge the plan in court.

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President Joe Biden's decision to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt will come on Wednesday, August 24, according to reports.

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Biden is expected to announce his decision to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year. The plan is expected to cost taxpayers $32 billion.

Eligible borrowers include those with federal Direct Loans, FFELP Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Plus Loans and Grad PLUS Loans.

The White House claims Biden has already canceled more debt than any other administration in history.

Biden will also extend the moratorium on paying back loans for people earning over $125,000.

At $1.6 trillion, student loan debt exceeds credit card or auto loans in the 50 United States.

A majority of Americans are concerned the student loan forgiveness plan will further increase inflation.

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Former news anchor Kari Lake won the Republican primary for Arizona governor on Thursday.

Lake was ahead by double digits in the polls leading up to the primary. But lawyer and businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson surged ahead after election officials counted mail in ballots.

Lake came from behind to win the primary on Thursday night when Maricopa County released results from thousands of mail in ballots "dropped off" at the polls on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

The AP claims Republicans are unhappy that Lake won, because they are trying to move past the Donald Trump era.

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Lake quit her job as a popular news anchor at Phoenix television station KSAZ-TV after 22 years. She announced her campaign for governor on June 1, 2021 and described herself as a "Trump candidate."

Lake, who donated to Barack Obama's campaign for president, said she would not have certified President Joe Biden's 2020 victory.

"Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment just delivered a political earthquake," Lake said in a victory statement on Thursday night.

The mom-of-2 will next face Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in the November election for governor of Arizona.

The Associated Press and other liberal news outlets despise Lake because she is anti-establishment and an unrepentant Trump supporter.

Watch Lake diss a CNN reporter in a video that went viral earlier this year.
 

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Russian officials say no deal has been reached with the US to swap WNBA star Brittney Griner and another detainee for a Russian arms dealer.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the Biden administration made an offer to Moscow, Russia "weeks ago" to secure the release of Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

Whelan was arrested in Russia in 2018 and charged with spying.

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After months of inaction, the Biden administration offered to exchange Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Griner and Whelan.

Viktor Bout, who is dubbed "the merchant of death, is serving a 25-year prison sentence for "conspiracy to kill Americans." He was convicted in New York in 2012.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that "so far, there is no agreement" to swap Griner or Whelan for a prisoner in the US.

His statement may be an indication that Bout is not as valuable to the Russians as Griner or Whelan.

Blinken said he plans to speak with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in the coming days to discuss the prisoner swap.

"I plan to raise an issue that's a top priority for us: the release of Americans Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, who have been wrongfully detained and must be allowed to come home," Blinken said. "We put a substantial proposal on the table weeks ago to facilitate their release. Our governments have communicated repeatedly and directly on that proposal."

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Tiara Mack, Rhode Island's youngest senator, was suspended from TikTok for posting a video of herself twerking for votes.

In the video, the 28-year-old politician twerks awkwardly while in a handstand.

Mack described the reaction to her twerking video as "misogyny, classism and racism" in a phone interview on Wednesday.

"My behavior on my Twitter, Instagram and TikTok are consistent with a young millennial who is in office and challenging norms," Mack said.

"I'm showing that leadership looks different and welcoming people into the many different facets of my life."

But not everyone agrees with her message. Twitter users called Mack's behavior disgraceful and shameful and they said she had no business being a state senator.

Mack's TikTok account was restored on Wednesday after being suspended on Tuesday.

"My community stands in overwhelming support of me," Mack said, referring to the LGBT+ community. "They know exactly what these attacks are and what these attacks can do, especially for a queer person of color."

Mack, who was elected in 2020, said the video was "a way to show that elected officials can be silly and have fun and enjoy a day off."

She believes the TikTok suspension was politically motivated after she proposed a bill last year that would require Rhode Island schools to provide sex education to children that "affirmatively recognize pleasure based sexual relations, different sexual orientations and be inclusive of same-sex relationships."

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Stacey Abrams recently held a conversation with about 2 dozen Black men at Fellaship ATL cigar lounge in downtown Atlanta.

The event was hosted by V-103's Big Tigger.

Abrams, a rumored closeted lesbian, promised that, if elected, she will "show up" for Black men when they need her.

"It's not enough to get elected, if you don't do the work," she said. "And so my mission is to not only show up when I need you, but to show up when you need me."

She added: "We need a governor who actually sees our people and has a plan for our success. If you share my belief that justice and safety and prosperity and progress are our rights as Georgians, then please vote for me to be the next governor of the great states of Georgia."

The fellas at the cigar lounge seemed polite and somewhat attentive, but Abrams will need a bigger turnout to carry her over the finish line against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp in November.

Critics note that she never reveals her talking points - other than to call Georgia "the worst" place to live.

Abrams lost by 55,000 votes to Kemp in 2018, and it looks like history will repeat itself in November.

The responses to Abrams' video on Twitter were less than enthusiastic.

One Twitter user wrote: "As a black American man. I will [not] vote for a woman who wants to replace me with illegals."

Another Twitter user wrote, "LMAO. Black men don’t fall for this."

And a third person tweeted: "Abrams doesn’t like black men."

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Rhode Island's youngest Black senator embarrassed and humiliated her ancestors by releasing a TikTok video of herself twerking for votes.

Most insulting to many was the fact that Mack did such a horrible job twerking. Now she's complaining about the public backlash on social media.

Mack defended her actions on Twitter.com by blaming the news media for her problems.

"Damn. Twerking upside down really makes the conservative, unhinged internet accounts pop off on a Monday. can the media cover any policy wins had by the youngest Black state senator in Rhode Island? can the media also cover the 10+ bills I sponsored that the @RISenate never scheduled for a hearing? As a Black, queer woman you all should know the answer. It’s no. Let's them carry on their narrative. Me? I'm going to be joyful, free, and unbothered."

Who is Tiara Mack? And why did she think releasing a twerking video was a good idea in this political climate?

Ms. Mack is an educated 28-year-old Democrat who was among a group of young Black LGBT+ lawmakers who made history when they were elected to public office in 2020. She assumed office on Jan. 5, 2021.

Other LGBT+ lawmakers elected in 2020 include Kim Jackson, a lesbian in the Georgia State Senate; Mauree Turner, a lesbian Muslim elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives; and Michele Rayner-Goolsby, a lesbian in Florida's House of Representatives.

Mack, who is openly lesbian, was raised in Georgia and South Carolina by a single mother who worked as a teacher and struggled financially.

Mack moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 2012 and earned a BA in public health in 2016.

Check out more responses to Mack's video below.

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Kimberly Elise trended on Twitter after she celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade federal law last week.

The 55-year-old actress is best known for her roles in Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman and the bank heist chick flick Set It Off. But she is not winning any new fans with her stance on the controversial Supreme Court decision.

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On Tuesday, Elise posted an animation on Instagram depicting a baby and a Bible quote. In the caption, Elise wrote, "Millions of babies will be saved from death by abortion due to the overturning of Roe V. Wade. Hallelujah!" She used the hashtag #allglorybetoGod.

One upset Twitter user wrote: "Kimberly Elise was literally in For Colored Girls.. need I remind her of the abortion plot point???"

Elise starred in the 2010 film, For Colored Girls, alongside Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg and Janet Jackson.

But others defended the actress.

"Kimberly Elise has an opinion & view that's unique to her...Some people will agree & others will disagree, we don't have the same views on anything. But let's not act like y'all ain't gonna watch Diary of a mad black woman moment it comes on tv again," writer J.C. tweeted.

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House Democrats and Republicans voted 234-193 on Friday to approve a sweeping gun reform bill, sending it to the President's desk to be signed into law. The new bill will take guns out of the hands of criminals.

The Senate voted 65 to 33 late Thursday to approve the bipartisan gun control bill. The bill won the support of all 50 Democrats and 15 Republicans.

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Lawmakers are calling the bill the most significant gun reform legislation in nearly 30 years.

The new bill was approved weeks after a plethora of mass shootings shook America to its core.

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19 children and 2 teachers were killed during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. And 10 people were shot and killed at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY.

Both mass shootings were carried out by troubled teenagers who obtained their assault rifles legally.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 SCOTUS decision that the US Constitution protects a pregnant woman's choice to abort her baby.

The ruling means women in the U.S. no longer have constitutional rights to an abortion.

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The six conservative justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade while the three liberal justices voted against it.

The SCOTUS' decision was announced on Friday, after weeks of death threats and turmoil in the streets.

Anti-abortionists celebrated the decision on the courthouse steps and around the country.

The decision was expected after a clerk leaked an internal memo to Politico.com in May indicating that the SCOTUS justices had the votes to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The ruling will force pregnant women to find unsafe alternatives to abortions. Many women will be forced to travel out of states where abortions are now illegal.

Ohio is one of the states that is expected to make abortions illegal in most situations. Abortions are already illegal in Texas and Georgia.

The U.S. Supreme Court also expanded gun rights in NY state, striking down a law that required gun owners to show cause why they needed a gun license.

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The Biden administration announced a 3-month federal gas tax holiday on Wednesday. A move that will save motorists over 18 cents per gallon at the gas pumps.

US gas prices hit a record $5 a gallon earlier this month. Last week, the President announced a proposal for a gas tax holiday which must be approved by Congress.

"By suspending the 18-cent federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief," Joe Biden said Wednesday from the White House.

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He also urged states and local governments to suspend their gas taxes.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended gas tax in March, saving consumers 29 cents per gallon at the pump. The tax holiday will be in effect until mid-July. Gas prices in Georgia hover just above $4 a gallon.

Former President Barack Obama once opposed a federal gas tax holiday, which he referred to as "a gimmick".

"Barack Obama was right. A gas tax holiday was a bad idea in 2008 and it's a bad idea today," Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted in March.

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Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and an associate were indicted Wednesday on conspiracy and wire fraud charges, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Jason R. Coody announced.

Gillum, 42, and Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, are accused of unlawfully soliciting funds between 2016-19 through false and fraudulent promises.

The 21-count indictment alleges Gillum and Lettman-Hicks used third parties to divert funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently misrepresented the funds as payroll payments.

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The funds were allegedly diverted by Gillum for his own personal.

Both defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud and Gillum is also charged with making false statements to the FBI, a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Gillum and Lettman-Hicks also face 20 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit fraud charge, and 20 years for wire fraud.

Gillum acknowledged the charges in a written statement to NBC News. He claimed the federal case is a political hit job.

"I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people," Gillum told NBC News. "Every campaign I've run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political. Throughout my career I have always stood up for the people of Florida and have spoken truth to power.

"There's been a target on my back ever since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now."

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Gillum, who lost to Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2018, was endorsed by former President Barack Obama, among other Black elites.

Gillum's political career has been hamstrung by one scandal after another.

His fall from grace began when he was found unconscious on the bathroom floor of a hotel room registered in the name of a gay male escort in Florida.

The married father of three came out as bisexual during an appearance on The Tamron Hall show in 2020.

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The White House announced the President is considering a national gas tax holiday to help lower record high gas prices.

Joe Biden said Monday that he will take steps to lower gas prices with a national gas tax holiday on July 4.

Gas prices soared over $5 a gallon for the first time in history under Biden's presidency. And now he's doing something to ease the pain Americans feel at the gas pump.

White House officials say Biden could make his decision on pausing the federal gas tax by the end of this week.

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"I hope I have a decision based on data," he told reporters traveling with him as he vacations at his home in Delaware.

A national gas tax holiday would require action of the part of Congress. One White House official said it would likely be difficult passing the Senate because of their hostility for Biden.

"Republicans don't want gas prices to come down," the official said, according to NBC News. "They want Biden to suffer."

Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed state legislature suspending the gas tax on March 18. Kemp extended the legislation through July 14, as it was set to expire on May 31. Kemp's measure does not cover federal taxes.

Kemp's bill kept Georgia's gas prices under $5 at the gas pump in certain areas.

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Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will join the White House staff as director of the Office of Public Engagement, a White House official announced.

Bottoms will replace Cedric Richmond, one of two dozen Black staffers who have left the White House in recent months.

Elected in 2017, Bottoms served one term as mayor of Atlanta. She was reportedly advised not to run for reelection because she would lose due to the post-pandemic crime problem in Atlanta.

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Bottoms, 52, had hopes of being chosen as Biden's running mate in 2020, but she was passed over for Kamala Harris who was preferred by former President Barack Obama.

Her new job as advisor to the President comes at a time when her boss, Joe Biden, set a record for the lowest approval ratings of all U.S. Presidents since Gallup started tracking approval ratings in 1945.

According to Gallup, just 41% of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing.

Biden is reportedly furious at his falling approval ratings. During a speech at a union convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Biden defended his economic plans amid inflation fears and increasing gas prices.

"I don't want to hear any more of these lies about reckless spending, we're changing people's lives," he told reporters.

According to Axios, Bottoms has committed to working with the Biden administration at least through the November midterm elections.

The White House is seeking to improve its relations with the Black community after a new poll shows the President is losing Black voter support.

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Gun control legislation that millions have prayed for will soon become reality in America.

In a surprise move over the weekend, 10 Republicans in the Senate reached a compromise with Democrats on a sweeping gun control legislation proposal.

The news sparked outrage among gun lovers, and comes a week after House Democrats passed the most restrictive gun reform package in history.

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The House approved a gun reform bill last week, but political analysts yawned, because they knew gun legislation would never make it past the Senate.

That is, until this weekend, when ten Republican senators agreed not to filibuster the package, which would have doomed the gun reform bill.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, one of the lead negotiators, released a summary of the new agreement reached by Senate GOP members and Senate Democrats.

The bill will allow states to implement so-called "red flag" laws, increase spending for mental health services and school-safety measures, and close the "boyfriend loophole," that previously blocked domestic abusers from buying guns.

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The new legislation will also place restrictions on licensed gun dealers, and strengthen the existing background-check system for gun buyers under 21, to include a review of juvenile and mental health records, and stronger penalties for firearm straw purchases (to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and gang members).

The new gun reform proposal quickly received the President's backing on Sunday night. Joe Biden has said he will sign the new bill immediately.

Question: Are you surprised that both chambers of Congress agreed to Gun Control so quickly in your lifetime?

Outraged gun lovers reacted swiftly to the news on Twitter.

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