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Contributor John Judis contends that, across the globe, “The Millennials Are Moving Left.” However, this is just half of the story: Young people worldwide are fleeing the center by flocking to far-left and far-right populist candidates who represent a departure from the status quo.
Fully 38% of Millennials with a significant other say that the current political environment has had a negative impact on their relationship, higher than the national average (29%). Many optimistic Millennials undoubtedly struggle to find common ground with partners who support the divisive commander-in-chief.
Following his landslide victory on Sunday, new French President Emmanuel Macron has become the latest Gen-X leader of a major world power. As contributor Paul Smalera notes, the generation that waited for its turn in the political spotlight is having its moment: “Some dropped out of the race, yes, but some quietly prepared for the day when they wouldn’t be beholden to the world that their elders created.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has rolled back an Obama administration memorandum requiring the Federal Student Aid office to do more to help borrowers manage their debt. The move comes at an inopportune time of soaring college tuition costs and rising levels of student borrower defaults.
Four borrowers have filed suit against the Education Department after they were initially approved for the department’s student debt repayment program but had the decision reversed years later. The Education Department maintains that initial approval letters do not qualify as a legally binding contract—which is little comfort for borrowers who for years counted on the financial assistance.
New research shows that Americans are growing more politically polarized, with the biggest increases occurring among the 65+. While many blame the Internet for growing U.S. partisanship, this ignores the fact that its biggest users (Millennials) are a non-confrontational bunch.