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Join Shumita Basu every weekday morning as she guides you through some of the most fascinating stories in the news — and how the world’s best journalists are covering them.

    Why Biden’s student-loan relief plan is in danger again

    Why Biden’s student-loan relief plan is in danger again

    The Supreme Court is putting Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan on hold until it can hear a challenge to its legality, ABC News reports.

    USA Today looks at legislation that could help borrowers in a different way, by changing how people with debt can save for retirement.

    CBS News reports on Biden’s proposal for a major shake-up to the presidential primary calendar.

    NPR goes inside scientists’ efforts to save Florida's coral reef before it's too late.

    National Geographic reports on the legend of a demon cat who is said to have haunted the U.S. Capitol for more than 100 years.

    • 9 min
    Why Biden asked Congress to stop a rail strike

    Why Biden asked Congress to stop a rail strike

    NPR reports on how Congress is moving to block a strike by railway workers, and Politico goes inside Biden’s decision to go against key union allies on the issue.

    Migrant workers who helped build Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure want compensation for the dangerous and sometimes deadly conditions they experienced. USA Today spoke to some.

    People say they’re worried about a recession in America, but they’re still spending. The Washington Post explains how economists are watching that disconnect for signals as to where things may go.

    Want a four-day workweek? Show this Bloomberg article to your boss.

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    What the Oath Keepers guilty verdict means for Jan. 6 cases

    What the Oath Keepers guilty verdict means for Jan. 6 cases

    Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was convicted of seditious conspiracy, in the highest-profile Capitol-attack case yet. CNN has the story.

    NBC reports on how top Democrats in the House are stepping down from key posts to make way for younger politicians, and how House Republicans are battling over who will lead them when they take over the chamber.

    Decades after the Americans With Disabilities Act became law, many people with disabilities say much of medical care is still inaccessible to them. The Atlantic and Undark detail the problems.

    Our soccer podcast After the Whistle With Brendan Hunt and Rebecca Lowe looks at how the U.S. team’s narrow win over Iran has kept the Americans in the tournament.

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    The U.S. faces Iran in a politically charged World Cup game

    The U.S. faces Iran in a politically charged World Cup game

    The U.S. faces Iran today in a World Cup match that has political implications that go far beyond the game itself. CNN has the story.

    USA Today reports on the Supreme Court’s first major immigration case of the term, in a case that could test the limits of Biden’s executive power.

    The number of Americans attending college is about to crash. Vox explains how that will change higher education forever.

    Shirley Wheeler had an illegal abortion in 1970 — and was charged with manslaughter. In Conversation explores how Wheeler’s case is a warning of what’s to come after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

    • 10 min
    Why the Georgia Senate runoff matters

    Why the Georgia Senate runoff matters

    The Hill looks at what early voting numbers tell us about the Georgia Senate runoff. And Vox explains why the contest matters, even after Democrats have clinched Senate control.

    Protests have erupted across China against strict COVID-lockdown and quarantine policies. CNN has journalists on the ground.

    Married couples are richer than cohabiting unmarried couples. The Wall Street Journal looks into why.

    Bloomberg Businessweek explores how seizing a Russian superyacht is much more complicated than you think.

    • 9 min
    A look ahead at a divided Washington

    A look ahead at a divided Washington

    Republicans will have a slim majority in the House. The Wall Street Journal looks at their goals and how a divided Washington could run.

    Elon Musk says Twitter employees need to be “extremely hardcore.” The Guardian reports on how tons of people are quitting.

    Time profiles a Native American chef who’s working to get more people aware of her culture’s cuisine and the true story of Thanksgiving.

    The World Cup begins this weekend. The Apple News Original podcast After the Whistle With Brendan Hunt and Rebecca Lowe has you covered on how to act at a watch party.

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