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Railroad Companies Almost Inflicted an Economic Disaster on the U.S.

Terri Gerstein and Jenny Hunter Slate
All because they chose profits over humane working policies. What this fight is really about: the persistent difficulty some large corporations have in understanding that their workers are human beings, and not just one more piece of machinery.

Not the Win We Wanted, but a Win Nonetheless

Tressie McMillan Cottom New York Times
This isn’t full debt cancellation, but it will help a lot of people, especially those who got the rawest deal. That includes millions who have debt but no degree and those who took loans to pay for degrees in trades like cosmetology and mechanics.

One Way Out of the White House Political Box on Student Debt

David Dayen The American Prospect
If they auto-enroll everyone in their newly generous income-driven repayment plan, it will significantly take the sting out of resuming payments. Joe Biden’s plan is the culmination of years of activist work.

White-Out at the White House

Jason Stanley Forum Magazine
Biden seeks counsel from a group of scholars who aren’t deeply versed in the racial threat to our democracy

Five Big Questions About Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

Zhu Zhiqun Think China
Amid the furore following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, US academic Zhu Zhiqun answers five questions on everyone's minds about the visit — Does the US Congress follow its own version of China policy? Why has Beijing responded so vehemently?

Cable News Wants War With China Over Taiwan

Branko Marcetic Jacobin
On TV news, a jingoistic discourse is already developing over the Taiwan crisis — and not just on the right. The result could be another disastrous great-power conflict, this time with China.
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