Can’t shake your student debt? Thank Joe Biden's votes.

There are many reasons the student debt crisis is what it is, a few of them can be traced back to good ol' Uncle Joe.

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  • Student loan debt in the United States is at crisis levels, as more than a trillion dollars is currently held.
  • Part of the reason the amount is so high is because student loans can't be easily shaken off through bankruptcy proceedings.
  • This is at least partly the fault of a certain Delaware Senator who later served as our coolest Vice President.
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One man's idea for the 'greatest PTSD healing curriculum' in America

Activist and Big Think reader Roy M. Arce explains his idea for a new community policing team and how it can halt vicious cycles of PTSD and homelessness.

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  • Roy Arce is a U.S. veteran with PTSD whose traumatic experiences with police led him to draft a proposal for how communities and police can work better together.
  • A new kind of police response team – made up of at least one police officer and a trained community peace representative – would be part of what Arce calls "the greatest PTSD healing curriculum" in the U.S.
  • This civilian proposal would also seek to treat homelessness in one of the country's most affected regions.
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$15 minimum wage would boost pay for 27 million — but it might raise unemployment.

One report claims the trade is better pay for fewer jobs over all. Other reports disagree.

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  • The Raise the Wage Act has been introduced in Congress. If passed, it will increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.
  • A report by the Congressional Budget Office warns it may lead to job losses.
  • There are plenty of other estimates of what might happen and few of them agree on much.
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Antifa attacks journalist. Should we ban wearing masks during protests?

Conservative journalist Andy Ngo was attacked during marches in Portland on June 29.

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  • Andy Ngo, a sub-editor at the online magazine Quillette, was attacked by masked activists as he was filming protests in Portland.
  • The assailants haven't yet been identified, though police have released some photos of potential suspects.
  • Some U.S. states and localities have banned public mask-wearing, while other courts have ruled such laws to be unconstitutional.
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Top 10 schools in Asia

Some of the world's most prestigious universities aren't in America.

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  • China's Tsinghua and Peking University are on par with Harvard and MIT.
  • These 10 universities consistently shuffle around for top tier status in Asian college rankings.
  • Universities in Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and China have churned out dozens of Nobel Laureates and other renowned figures.
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