Rap singer and former stripper, Cardi B, scored a major scoop by landing an interview with the Democrat pick for their presidential nominee Joe Biden.The “interview,” which adhered to social distancing guidelines via Elle, was published Monday.“I have a whole list of things that I want our next president to do for us. But first, I just want [President] Trump out,” she told the former vice president.Cardi went on to get more specific, touting her wish for Medicare-for-all to be passed through Congress as well as her support for tuition-free colleges and universities and police reform.“What I want is free Medicare. It’s important to have free [health care] because look what is happening right now. Of course, I think we need free college,” the “WAP” artist told the presumptive Democratic nominee. “And I want black people to stop getting killed and no justice for it. I’m tired of it. I’m sick of it. I just want laws that are fair to black citizens and that are fair for cops, too.”Without getting into specifics, Biden argued that there was “no reason why we can’t have all of that,” before referencing Cardi’s favorite president, Franklin D. Roosevelt“I don’t want someone to lie to me and tell me that it’s okay not to wear a mask, that everything is going to be okay,” Cardi, who also called for healthcare reform during the discussion, said. “I want a president to tell me what the steps are for us to get better, to tell me, ‘This is why it is taking so long, this is why other countries are doing better than ours.’”It’s the remix! Presenting Cardi B and Joey B—the collaboration you didn’t see coming. In an exclusive interview for our September issue, @iamcardib sits down with @joebiden to discuss Medicare, free college tuition, and the fight for racial justice. https://t.co/fn1haGKZPK pic.twitter.com/tvT4sQRpo6— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) August 17, 2020 In response, Biden stated there is “no reason” why Americans can’t have “all of that.” He also shared his assessment of the job of president as one rooted in responsibility to the people.“I understand one of your favorite presidents is Franklin Roosevelt,” he said “Roosevelt said the American people can take anything if you tell them the truth. Sometimes the truth is hard. But right now, we’re in a position where we have an opportunity to make so much progress. The American public has had the blinders taken off.”Cardi highlighted ongoing protests in support of social justice, telling Biden “it’s simple” what is being demanded here.“We are asking for fairness, and we are asking for justice,” she said. “That is all. I feel like everything people are asking for is getting interpreted in a very different way. No, it’s simple: We just want justice. We want to feel like Americans.”Biden said he is inspired by the actions of younger generations, including Cardi’s.“You’re the smartest, the best educated, the least prejudiced, and the most engaged generation in history. And you’re going to change things,” he said, adding that recent developments regarding, for example, the removal of Confederacy-praising eyesores is all part of a game of division that benefits Trump.Watch the full discussion, which also sees Biden touting “free education” for anyone with a family making less than 125K and free community college for all, and free Medicare for all.“I just want Trump out,” Cardi B said in her Elle interview with Joe Biden. “I don’t want to be lied to — we’re dealing with a pandemic right now, and I just want answers.” https://t.co/gqGdEjZJAC— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 17, 2020
AMES — A Farm Bureau report says Iowa saw 27 farms file for bankruptcy during 2019. That’s up from just 14 farm bankruptcies the previous year.Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University, says there may be more bankruptcy filings in coming years as the federal government ends trade mitigation payments that supplement farm income. Hart says, “Given that, we might see a step back here in farm incomes and that should lead to, again, continued pressure where we could see this bankruptcy trend continue to rise slowly higher.”Hart says the overall numbers are relatively small, but it shows there’s mounting financial trouble from dairy states like Wisconsin to grain states like Iowa. “It shows that it’s not just centered on one sector like dairy,” Hart says, “that this is spread more broadly across production agriculture.”Iowa and six neighboring states each marked decade-high numbers of farm bankruptcies in 2019. Hart says farm income has actually been on the rise, buoyed by 28-billion dollars in federal payments to make up for trade disruptions. He says those payments are not expected to continue, but the financial pressure on Midwestern farmers likely will.