Author: Hannah Levintova

UN Investigators Just Issued Their First Report on Russian War Crimes in Ukraine. It Is Horrific.

On Friday, investigators working for the United Nations delivered a sobering statement to the UN Human Rights Council detailing evidence of Russian war crimes committed as part of the nation’s ongoing occupation of Ukraine, including the rape of children, torture, beatings, electric shocks, forced nudity, and the disappearance of people taken into Russian detention. These […]

Republican Governors Just Sent Biden a Letter About Student Debt Relief That Misses the Point

In a letter sent to the president on Wednesday, nearly half of American governors—all Republican—voiced their opposition to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, announced last month. “We fundamentally oppose your plan to force American taxpayers to pay off the student loan debt of an elite few,” they write in the letter. The main argument is […]

Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill to Bolster Union Power

In the last decade, anti-union “right-to-work” laws have proliferated in Republican-led states. Late last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reintroduced a bill that would ban these types of laws, in an effort to bolster unions’ power to push for higher pay at a time when household incomes are struggling to keep up with record-high inflation. […]

Biden’s IRA Targets a Corporate Tactic for Amassing Wealth and Avoiding Taxes. Will It Work?

The Inflation Reduction Act—the blockbuster tax and climate reform bill passed by the Senate earlier this week—includes several provisions aimed at forcing corporations to pay a fairer share of their taxes. These include a rule requiring large corporations to pay a minimum of 15 percent of their profits in taxes, $80 billion in additional funding […]

Justice Clarence Thomas Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court issued its opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey—the two decades-old Supreme Court cases that together guaranteed abortion rights in America. The opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, undoes the constitutional right to abortion and returns the right to regulate the procedure to individual states. The […]

The Education Department Just Took Its Biggest Debt Cancellation Step Ever

Late on Wednesday evening, the Education Department announced that it will automatically cancel $5.8 billion in loans for 560,000 borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges, a chain of fraud-ridden for-profit schools. The move is the single largest student debt cancellation action ever taken by the department. It concludes a multi-year push by ex-Corinthian students and advocates […]

Everything Everywhere All at Once: How Private Equity Rules Your World

Over the past four decades, private equity has become a powerful, and malignant, force in our daily lives. In our May/June 2022 issue, Mother Jones investigates the vulture capitalists chewing up and spitting out American businesses, the politicians enabling them, and the everyday people fighting back. Find the full package here. With more than $4.5 trillion in investments in […]

Medical Debts Have Counted Against 43 Million Americans’ Credit Scores. That Is Finally About to Change.

On Friday, the three credit reporting agencies announced a major change: They will wipe nearly 70 percent of medical debt from the credit reports of Americans. The move follows a report from the federal consumer watchdog earlier this month, which called out these agencies for counting $88 billion in these kinds of debts against Americans’ credit scores. The three […]