With Bronco, F-150, and Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s Future Comes Into View

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From Car and Driver

At the Detroit Auto Show in 2016, Ford used its press conference not to launch a car (as is traditional) but to proclaim its intent to transition from being an automotive company to an auto and mobility company. The service they launched that day, called FordPass, has yet to revolutionize the automotive experience. But the last six months at Ford have proved it is still interested in diversifying. The debuts of the Mustang Mach-E, F-150, and the revived Bronco, plus a leadership change that elevated Jim Farley, former head of new business, technology, and strategy, signal that Ford is getting serious about becoming more than just a car company.

Those three launches were important to the company for all the usual reasons (continued revenue, the chance to be better than Ram again, etc.), but they also serve as clear signals that Ford is finally in the

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Millions of kids may lose out on free meals as they return to school

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The Trump administration is resisting calls to make it easy for tens of millions of students to get free meals at school this year, even as childhood hunger rates have risen to the highest levels in decades.

During the spring and summer, as the coronavirus health crisis exploded, the government allowed most families to pick up free meals from whichever school was closest or most convenient without proving they were low-income. But that effort is on the verge of expiring as states prepare for children to return to school, and as school systems are pushing the federal government to continue the free meals program through the fall.

So far, President Donald Trump’s Agriculture Department isn’t on board with an extension. School leaders are now asking Congress to force the government’s hand as lawmakers buckle down to work on the next coronavirus aid package.

“It’s impossible. It’s insane,” said Katie Wilson,

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