Headline RoundupMay 27th, 2022

Biden Reportedly Nears Decision on $10,000 of Student Loan Forgiveness

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President Joe Biden is nearing a decision on forgiving $10,000 of student loan debt per borrower, The Washington Post (Lean Left bias) reported Friday. 

A White House spokesman appeared to deny the report, telling Reuters (Center bias) that “No decisions have been made yet.” According to the Post, which cited “three people with knowledge of the matter,” Biden had planned to announce the move during a commencement address at the University of Delaware on Saturday. The announcement was reportedly postponed after the Uvalde school shooting, which had dominated headlines since Tuesday

The news prompted reactions from across the spectrum on Friday. Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized the $10,000 figure as insufficient, saying, “We can do better.” In contrast, the National Review’s (Right bias) Charles C. W. Cooke wrote that Biden was about to “engage in an act of wanton political suicide.” Meanwhile, a Washington Post analysis said Biden had picked “the most broadly acceptable” amount of debt to forgive.

News coverage was widespread on the left and center but less common on the right; Fox News (Right bias) and the Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) did not appear to cover the story by Friday evening.

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