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Sessions is Taking Away Workplace Protections for Transgender Employees

Mother Jones

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends the installation of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray at FBI headquaters.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo reversing a federal policy on workplace discrimination against transgender employees, according to a memo first reported by Buzzfeed News Wednesday. "Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status," Sessions writes. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII "prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin." In 2014, then-Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo clarifying that Title VII's ban includes "discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status." "The federal government's approach to this issue has also evolved over time," wrote Holder in the 2014 memo.

Is PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin Making The Next Credit Card Killer?

Forbes - Tech

Max Levchin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Affirm. As a board member, he's helped steer Yahoo and Evernote. Now, Max Levchin's latest venture, the financial technology company Affirm, is seeking to bring more accountability and transparency to the banking industry through what he calls "fair and honest financing." According to, the average amount of credit card debt is about $9,600. If you make the minimum monthly payment, you could pay more than $11,615 in additional interest during the life of the loan -- which is more than you originally borrowed.

Affirm App Gives Loans For Designer Jeans, Holiday Flights And More

International Business Times

The holiday shopping season can take a brutal toll on our wallets, one and all. But there are plenty of tricks people can use to save money and tap into credit options, sans credit cards, by using apps like the PayPal and Affirm. PayPal co-founder Max Levchin launched the fintech startup Affirm in 2013. They offer small loans for everything from Expedia's plane tickets to designer jeans or Louis Vuitton bags at Tradesy.

'Squad' member Pressley calls for creation of 'federal job guarantee' program

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., called Thursday for the implementation of a taxpayer-funded "federal job guarantee" program to combat systematic inequality and aid the U.S. economy's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. In a non-binding resolution introduced in the House, Pressley argued a federal job program would "finally eliminate the moral and economic scourge of involuntary unemployment" and address instances of economic bias based on race, gender or background. Pressley, 47, is considered a member of "The Squad," a group of progressive lawmakers pressuring President Biden to enact sweeping changes to U.S. economic policy.

Affirm's app lends you money to buy things online


Paypal co-founder Max Levchin launched Affirm back in 2012 to extend credit for folks to buy things online. Today, his company has extended that feature to a mobile app, functionally creating a virtual credit card for anyone who wants to trust a tech company instead of banks.