Two groups are suing the Biden administration over its plan to forgive up to $39 billion in student loan debt. Tens of thousands of scouts are leaving a weather-beleaguered world gathering in South Korea as a tropical storm approaches. That’s Billionaire “Barbie” to you: The summer’s biggest movie has made seven figures at the box office.
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Lawsuit challenges Biden administration’s new $39 billion student loan forgiveness plan
Two groups sued the Biden administration this week over its plan to forgive up to $39 billion in student loan debt for about 804,000 people. The suit by the Cato Institute and Mackinac Center argues that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to forgive this debt and that the government is working on an accelerated schedule “to evade judicial review.” The Education Department said last month that it was adjusting how it calculates student loan payments in a move to correct past errors, which would result in about 804,000 people having the balance of their loans erased over the next few months. Read more
Tens of thousands of scouts to leave South Korean world jamboree as storm looms
South Korea is preparing to evacuate tens of thousands of scouts from a coastal jamboree site as Tropical Storm Khanun looms, scouting officials said Monday. The World Organization of the Scout Movement said it received confirmation from South Korea’s government of the early departure for all participants in the southwestern county of Buan. Read more
About 40,000 scouts — mostly teenagers — from 158 countries came to the jamboree. About 4,500 were from the U.K., representing the largest national contingent, while about 1,000 were from the United States.
The world scouting body had urged South Korea to cut short the World Scout Jamboree as thousands of scouts began leaving the coastal campsite because of a punishing heat wave.
Hundreds of participants were treated for heat-related ailments since the Jamboree began on Wednesday.
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A sports star. An actor. Now a top diplomat: Why do China’s public figures keep disappearing?
Sometimes the disappearance is connected to suggestions there was an affair. There could be hints of professional jealousy. There’s many more cases that involve government critics: protesters, human rights champions, Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. Recently, the disappearance that has bewildered China watchers is that of its top foreign affairs diplomat, Qin Gang, who went missing over a month ago. He vanished just as Washington and Beijing made a renewed push to stabilize strained relations. “This is how the system protects itself,” said Pavel Slunkin, a former diplomat from Belarus. “Authoritarian governments treat information as a threat. That’s why they need to control it.” Read more
Trump says he will request judge in 2020 election case recuse herself
Former President Donald Trump will ask for the federal judge presiding in his criminal case over his attempts to overturn the 2020 election to recuse herself, accusing her of being partial against him. U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan is known for being one of the tougher judges in cases involving Jan. 6 defendants who were a part of the mob that breached the U.S. Capitol. She has delivered harsher sentences for some defendants than what prosecutors requested. Chutkan has also shown no signs she plans to recuse herself, so it is unlikely Trump will see a different judge. Read more
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This Barbie made $1 billion at the box office
After three weekends in theaters, “Barbie” was expected to sail past $1 billion in global ticket sales Sunday, breaking a record for female directors that was previously held by Patty Jenkins, who helmed “Wonder Woman.” The film, directed and co-written by Greta Gerwig, added another $53 million from North American locations this weekend, according to studio estimates. It has been at the top of the box office since the film’s release July 21. In modern box-office history, just 53 movies have made more than $1 billion, not accounting for inflation, and “Barbie” is now the biggest to be directed by one woman. Read more
Photo of the day: Fans flock to Australia and New Zealand for 2023 World Cup
U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher starred in the team’s World Cup round of 16 loss against Sweden and − if not for a millimeter − almost kept the U.S. alive. Sweden defeated Team USA 0-0 (5-4) Sunday, sending the two-time defending champions to their earliest exit in a World Cup. The U.S., four-time winners of the event, struggled during the group stage, but saw its performance dramatically improve against Sweden. The only deficiency for the American side was finishing and putting the ball in the back of the net. Read more about the game and see more photos of all the World Cup action here.
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