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Debt Limit: “Several conservative justices appeared skeptical of the administration’s authority to cancel millions of dollars in federally held loans as some liberal justices raised concerns about states hampering federal government operations.” (Even Humanities majors can do the math and know how this will go.) Here’s the latest from CNN: Supreme Court considers fate of Biden’s student loan relief plan. And some background: The Supreme Court showdown over Biden’s student debt relief program, explained.

+ Putting Chips on the Table: Leaders are using the economic levers of government to achieve policy gains. For example, the Biden administration plans to require computer chip companies seeking new federal funding to provide childcare for employees. And “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that gives him control of Walt Disney World’s self-governing district, punishing the company over its opposition to the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.”

+ Brain Wave: “The good news is, that unlike other parts of the body, our brains are built to change over our lifetime, meeting the challenges set by every life stage. While nobody can predict the exact ages of brain development, here’s a general guide to how the brain may change at various ages.” That said, not all the news is good… WaPo (Gift Article): How does the brain age across the lifespan? New studies offer clues.

+ Murdoch, He Wrote: “When asked why he continued to allow Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, to make election fraud claims on Fox News, Murdoch said it was a business decision. ‘It is not red or blue, it is green.'” (It’s just a weird coincidence that his brand only lies for red.) Rupert Murdoch acknowledged that Fox News hosts endorsed false stolen election claims. Meanwhile, the lawyers representing Dominion are like…

+ Nurse Sharks: “‘I’m in South Florida. It’s a hotbed of fraud, whether it’s identity fraud, or PPP fraud, and health care fraud, but this is something that we have not seen before.'” Thousands of nurses obtained fake diplomas and provided care without proper training.

+ Tall Tale: “South Korea is almost unique in how quickly their population has gotten taller because they went from a relatively low-income country in the 1950s to well on their way to being a rich, industrialized country by the 90s. And the difference is particularly stark when you compare the heights of South Koreans with those of North Koreans.” A video explainer: Why Did South Koreans Get So Much Taller in the Past 100 Years?

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