10 things you need to know today: March 1, 2023

Conservative justices appear skeptical about Biden's student loan forgiveness, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot loses re-election bid, and more

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1. Conservative justices skeptical of Biden student loan forgiveness

Justices in the Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared skeptical about President Biden's authority to forgive $400 billion in student loan debt. Former President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency and paused student loan payments under the HEROES Act, which lets the government waive loan requirements in an emergency. Biden extended that program and announced that he would forgive some debt for millions of borrowers. But Chief Justice John Roberts, part of the high court's conservative supermajority, suggested the Biden administration might have violated the separation of powers by acting without explicit enough congressional authorization. Liberal Justice Elena Kagan said the law clearly authorized the administration to do what it has proposed.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.