House GOP debt limit plan would block Biden’s student loan agenda, prohibit future relief

 House Republicans’ plan to raise the debt limit would block President Joe Biden’s signature student debt cancellation program and take a hammer to his administration’s other student loan policies. The bill unveiled on Monday by Speaker Kevin McCarthy and GOP leaders would nullify Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 of debt per borrower and end the freeze on monthly payments and interest. McCarthy, speaking on the House floor on Wednesday, touted the plan as blocking Biden’s “student loan giveaway for the wealthy.” He said the repeal of student debt relief “will protect the 87% of adults without student loans for paying the loans of the 13% who do.” The legislation would also bar the Biden administration from moving forward with a new income-driven repayment plan that cuts monthly payments for most borrowers and shortens the timeline to loan forgiveness for some borrowers.

IRS agent wants whistleblower protections to discuss 'preferential treatment' in Hunter Biden probe

 An IRS special agent said to be involved in the federal investigation into Hunter Biden's taxes is seeking whistleblower protections to provide sensitive disclosures about the probe to Congress.   Mark D. Lytle, a lawyer for the unnamed IRS employee, wrote in a letter Wednesday to a bipartisan group of lawmakers that he represents a “career IRS Criminal Supervisory Special Agent who has been overseeing the ongoing and sensitive investigation of a high profile, controversial subject since early 2020” and would like to make protected whistleblower disclosures to Congress.   While Lytle did not name Biden in the letter, which was obtained by NBC News, a source familiar with the matter who also verified its authenticity said the investigation refers to the federal probe into the finances of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

Lawyers for Ron DeSantis board claim Disney made ‘backroom’ development deal

Attorneys for a Florida board handpicked by Gov. Ron DeSantis accused Disney on Wednesday of engaging in a “backroom deal” with its predecessor to retain development rights for one of its theme parks located in a special tax district. Lawyers for the Central Florida Tourism District said during a board meeting that the House of Mouse brokered the “sweetheart” development agreement earlier this year — prompting the new board to agree unanimously to hold a vote to nullify the deal April 26.   The five-member board is expected at that meeting to declare the previous development agreement with Disney “null and void,” a source familiar with the matter told The Post. In prepared remarks, Chairman Martin Garcia slammed Disney for pushing forward with its 11th-hour attempt to retain development rights — and praised DeSantis for being “willing to shine a light on the arrangement” by appointing the new board. “Regardless of your politics, nobody should favor outdated legislation that elevates a