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March 27, 2024

United States
Modernizing the Federal Student Loan Experience

President Biden wants to modernize the federal student loan system. The U.S. Postal Service and Affordable Care Act can show him how.

Education

October 20, 2023

Monetary Policy
What Is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

Over the past decade, the Fed kept interest rates low while it deployed trillions of dollars in stimulus and expanded its regulatory oversight. Now, the central bank is back in the spotlight for its …

A stone bald eagle perches on the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC.

April 16, 2024

United States
Is Rising Student Debt Harming the U.S. Economy?

Higher education provides students many socioeconomic benefits and increases the global competitiveness of the United States, but mounting student loan debt has sparked a debate over federal lending …

Protestors hold "cancel student debt" signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 1, 2024

Russia
Mobilizing Russia’s Immobilized Reserves

A quick note on the debate over the use of Russia’s frozen reserves.

Euro banknotes at a money exchange office.

April 3, 2024

United States
What Does the U.S. National Guard Do?

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. While it began as a “strategic reserve,” the guard has come to play an important role…

A member of the National Guard patrols the southern U.S. border in Eagle Pass, Texas.

June 15, 2023

United States
The History and Future of the Federal Reserve’s 2 Percent Target Rate of Inflation

The Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target rate of inflation is not strictly empirically derived. Should it modify this target moving forward?

Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Jerome H. Powell participates in a panel during the Central Bank Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden.

January 5, 2024

Maternal and Child Health
Women This Week: Texas Abortion Ban Overrides Federal Guidance

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers December 30 to January 5.

Empty boxes of Mifepristone pills, the first drug used in a medication abortion, fill a trash can at Alamo Women's Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S., January 11, 2023.