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‘The playing field will never be even without it’ — Paid family leave cut from Biden’s plan and advocates are crushed mortgage rates rise even higher, as consumer confidence improves

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By Andrew Keshner

Happy Thursday, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories.

‘The playing field will never be even without it’ — Paid family leave cut from Biden’s plan and advocates are crushed

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Mortgage rates rise even higher, as consumer confidence improves

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‘We’ve both come out of messy divorces and lost more than we care to admit in the process so we’re both a bit gun shy.’ Read More

My husband and I have more than $150K in student debt — should we keep renting our home, or buy one?

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