Could you find $400 savings for an emergency?

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According to the New York Times, four in 10 American adults wouldn’t be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense with cash, savings or a credit-card charge that could be quickly paid off, a new Federal Reserve survey finds. Questions: According to the survey, how many people surveyed would need to borrow or sell something… Read more »

Little-noticed provision in new tax law

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Unfortunately, a little-noticed provision in President Trump’s sprawling new tax law is treating middle- and low-income college students like trust-fund babies – a tax law established 33 years ago to prevent wealthy parents from funneling money to their children to lower their tax burdens. Questions: What does this provision do to students? How many undergraduates and graduate… Read more »

Loan Forgiveness at Morehouse College

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Billionaire Robert F. Smith surprises 2019 Morehouse graduates with a pledge by his family to eliminate the class of 400 students’ debt with a grant. Questions: White students pay down their debt by 10 percent a year compared to what percent by black students? How many generations have Mr. Smith’s family been in this country?… Read more »

Trump may owe more fines

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According to the Guardian,  if Trump Tower and other Trump sites do not cut emissions, the Trump Organization will owe $2.1m a year from 2030. Questions: How many Trump properties in New York City do not comply with new regulations designed to slash greenhouse gas emissions? Which body passed these fines? What will be required… Read more »

Why Aren’t the Rich Being Audited?

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According to the New York Times, the rich are not being audited by the IRS because the I.R.S. is not being provided with the resources it needs to chase offshore accounts and tax cheats. Questions: Why do the authors of this article submit that taxing ultramillionaires is not the problem? Over what period of time… Read more »

Just write NM a check

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According to the Associated Press, a powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. Questions: What is the total cost for the transmission project for… Read more »

Sears Sues

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According to CNN, the remains of defunct Sears Holdings is suing Eddie Lampert, the man who was its previous CEO and primary shareholder, alleging he improperly stripped the company of assets as it hurdled toward bankruptcy. Questions: In addition to Eddie Lampert, who else is named in the suit for the theft of Sears’ assets?… Read more »

Pay for Play

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Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student that officials at the school say was involved in a nationwide college entrance fraud that ensnared 50 people, including Hollywood actresses and CEOs, some of whom have already appeared in court. Questions: To make this scam work, who was “on the take” inside Yale? Who was… Read more »

Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »

The U.S. Trend to Ban Cashless Retailers

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According to Axios, while big chains like Amazon Go, Sweetgreen, and Shake Shack are fast eliminating cash sales, U.S. cities and states are fighting against this trend. Questions: 1. Why are states like New Jersey and cities like Philadelphia banning cashless retailers? 2. What percentage of U.S. sales are made with cash? 3. What is… Read more »