Dec 14, 2018

Betsy DeVos to forgive $150m in student loans after delaying Obama-era rule

Secretary Betsy DeVos. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Around $150 million in student loans will be cancelled in accordance with an Obama-era rule that is being implemented by the Department of Education after over a year of Secretary Betsy DeVos trying to block it, CNN reports.

Details: The Borrower Defense to Repayment rule is "designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges," and the students having their loans cancelled were attending schools that closed during their enrollment, per CNN. DeVos, who was sued by attorneys general from 18 states and D.C. for delaying the rule's implementation, was ordered to implement the law in October.

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Bernie's historic Jewish fight

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Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish presidential nominee of a major American political party — but that history-making possibility is being overshadowed by his conflicts with America's Jewish leaders and Israel's leadership.

The big picture: That's partly because we're all focusing on the implications of Democrats nominating a self-described democratic socialist. It's also because a candidate's religion no longer seems to matter as much to voters or the media, making the potential milestone of a Jewish nominee more of a non-event.

Coronavirus "infodemic" threatens world's health institutions

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The spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak is being matched, or even outrun, by the spread on social media of both unintentional misinformation about it and vociferous campaigns of malicious disinformation, experts tell Axios.

Why it matters: The tide of bad information is undermining trust in governments, global health organizations, nonprofits and scientists — the very institutions that many believe are needed to organize a global response to what may be turning into a pandemic.

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America's addiction treatment misses the mark

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Addiction treatment in the U.S. is critically necessary yet deeply flawed.

The big picture: Drug overdoses kill tens of thousands of Americans a year, but treatment is often inaccessible. The industry is also riddled with subpar care and, in some cases, fraud.

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