The morality of canceling student debt
President-elect Joe Biden promised to forgive at least some student debt during his campaign, and he now supports immediately canceling $10,000 per borrower as part of COVID-19 relief measures. Such proposals are likely to be quite popular. A poll from 2019 found that 58% of voters support canceling all federal student debt. But there are […]
U.S. Senate runoffs: Was Biden win a fluke or has Georgia’s flipped to blue?
Democrat Joe Biden flipped Georgia with a slim 13,000 vote lead, buoying the spirit of Democrats who have dubbed the state “Joe’gia” and angering President Donald Trump who continues to pursue legal challenges meant to overturn the results. But whether Biden’s win there represents anything more than a fluke fueled by Trump-weary voters is one […]
Biden’s ambitious energy plan faces headwinds, but can move the U.S. forward
President-elect Joe Biden calls climate change an existential threat to America’s environment, health, national security and economy, and has promised a clean energy revolution to counter it. Biden has pledged that on his first day in office he will bring the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement. He also is expected to restore numerous […]
Immigration advocates push Biden to not just bring back DACA but expand it
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be reaffirmed but expanded, and written […]
Election spending in 2020 doubled to $14 billion – 3 takeaways from a campaign finance expert
Individuals and companies spent a record $14 billion trying to get politicians elected in 2020, according to the latest estimate, more than double the $6.5 billion expended in 2016. What do donors get for parting with all that cash? Some of those who put large sums toward supporting a winner, such as President-elect Joe Biden, […]
Farmers likely to see more multinational trade deals crafted in Biden administration
WASHINGTON — American farmers who have gone through the drama and turbulence of trade and agriculture policy in the Trump administration can expect a far more sedate and multinational experience when President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January. On just the third day of his administration, President Donald Trump rattled world leaders and upended exports […]
Biden promises ‘no national shutdown’ despite surge in COVID-19
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association. But Biden in a press conference in Wilmington, Del., also vowed there will be “no national shutdown” despite a surge in […]
Are the polls wrong or just our expectations?
Americans aren’t known for their patience. A poll conducted a few years ago for a banking corporation found that 96% of Americans “will knowingly consume extremely hot food or drink that burns their mouth” and 63% do so frequently. Most than half of us hang up the phone after being on hold one minute or […]
Democrats can’t assume they have the ‘Latino vote,’ especially in rural Iowa
It’s no surprise to Joanne Alvorez that some Latino and Hispanic voters in her community cast their ballots for President Donald Trump. In Storm Lake, the economic and political spectrum of the Latino community is vast and complicated. There are third and fourth generations of Latinos who are well-established. There are class and ideological divides. […]
Biden’s climate change plans can quickly raise the bar, but can they be transformative?
The day Joe Biden becomes president, he can start taking actions that can help slow climate change. The question is whether he can match the magnitude of the challenge. If his administration focuses only on what is politically possible and fails to build a coordinated response that also addresses the social and economic ramifications of […]
Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place would […]
Weary reflections from the middle of the road
I’m tired. I’m worn out. My energy has been sapped. I am tired of getting up every day and bracing myself to learn who or what, in the dawn’s early light, the president has demeaned, disparaged or mocked like a school kid. I long for the days when political leaders try to bring us together, […]