“They're hanging on these words and these words matter."
Persis Yu, deputy executive director and managing counsel for the Student Borrower Protection Center, regarding an email that was sent out to some borrowers Tuesday morning from the Department of Education reversing course on a previous email about student debt relief applications. In November many borrowers received emails saying that their student loan relief application was approved and they would receive up to $20,000 in cancellation, but then a second email was sent out on Dec. 13, stating that some approvals were sent in error. (NPR — Dec. 14, 2022)
Veronica Gail Kawānanakoa, regarding the death of her wife, Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa, the so-called last Hawaiian princess whose lineage included the royal family that once ruled the islands and an Irish businessman who once became one of the state’s largest landowners. Kawānanakoa held no formal title but was a symbol of the state’s national identity. She died on Sunday at the age of 96. (Associated Press — Dec. 13, 2022)
Nicole DeMont, campaign manager for Arizona’s Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, regarding Lake’s lawsuit against the state’s election officials, challenging the election which declared Hobbs the winner. The lawsuit alleges that “hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots infected the election” in Maricopa County; DeMont called the lawsuit a “nuisance.” Election officials and experts have said the election was safe and fair. (Reuters — Dec. 12, 2022)
Maxwell Frost, Congress’ first elected Generation Z lawmaker, regarding his denied application, and lost application fee, to rent an apartment in Washington, D.C., due to his low credit. Frost isn’t the first Congressmember to struggle with the housing search; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also voiced the issue when she was first elected in 2018. The median rent in Washington, D.C., is $2,600 a month, up 15 percent from a year ago. (NPR — Dec. 9, 2022)
“While the federal government holds the ultimate responsibility for foreign policy issues, the state also has the responsibility and opportunity to protect itself.”Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in a letter to state House Speaker Dade Phelan, regarding Abbott’s instruction to state agencies to ban employee use of TikTok for security concerns. Texas is among several GOP-led states that are taking action against the Chinese-owned social media platform. (The Hill — Dec. 7, 2022)