Pagination buttons only linking to icon

I’m using pagination for my blog and for some reason it’s only applying the link to the icon within the link block. Super confused, i’ve never encountered this before.

You can see here The Best Strategies for Real Estate Investing 2024 (limiting 1 per page for testing purposes)

Wondering if it has to do with custom styling? You can also see that the hover effect is not occurring until you hover over the icon target area.

Here is my public share link: LINK
(how to access public share link)