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Native American Students Sue The U.S. Government Over Dismal Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics

Kindergarten student Taylor P. has only spent a short period of time in school, but already the experience has been traumatic. Taylor, who attends sch...

The Student Debt Crisis Is Driving Elderly People Into Poverty

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Student debt is forcing tens of thousands of elderly Americans into poverty, according to a new Government Accountability Office report...

Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 09.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

As the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations begins this week to discuss international issues that affect the lives of millions t...

Insourcing: American Lose Jobs to H-1B Visa Workers

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

If a company is done with an employee, guest workers often find themselves stranded in the U.S. without a job. After five years as an H-1B, employers are required to start paying social security, so the worker becomes less attractive. When the job is over, so is the visa, making them into illegals. Their staffing company may h

Forget About Calling A Lawyer Or Anyone At All If You're In An Immigration Detention Facility

Julia Harumi Mass | Posted 06.14.2016 | Latino Voices
Julia Harumi Mass

Thanks to Mr. Lyon's lawsuit, detained immigrants will finally be able to work on securing the documents and support they need, rather than grasping at a lifeline that is always just beyond their reach.

Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It's Getting Worse.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

It has been 62 years since Brown v. Board of Education made segregated schools unconstitutional. Yet the number of black students attending separate a...

Congressional Watchdog To Investigate Wall Street Regulation

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.04.2016 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. watchdog agency is preparing to investigate whether the Federal Reserve and other regulators are too soft on the banks the...

Swift Action Needed: Day of Reckoning for States Is Near

Bob Williams | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Bob Williams

Each year the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publishes its outlook on the fiscal health of state and local governments, as compared to the nat...

The GOP's Stance on Mental Health Makes Gun Reform Impossible

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Even given the policy analysis failures of Trump's positions, other leading Republican contenders for the presidency are far more clearly referring to mental health as an excuse to dodge gun control rather than develop a functional system.

For Many States, Now Is the Day of Reckoning

Bob Williams | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Bob Williams

It is time for reform-minded leaders in statehouses and city halls to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Facing a half-century of ballooning debt, the cost of inaction is simply too high.

Rebecca Klein

The Federal Government Has A Lot Of Work To Do In Fixing Up Native American Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

Numerous schools for Native American students are in abysmal physical condition, and it is the federal government’s fault, according to a preliminar...

Rand Paul Makes False Claim

FactCheck.org | Eugene Kiely | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Sen. Rand Paul falsely claimed that a tax credit program for low-income workers has a “fraud ...

Student Tuition Now Officially Pays More Than States For Public College Funding

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2015 | College

Students now pay more of the cost of attending public universities than state governments, according to a recent Government Accountability Office repo...

Baby Boomers and Student Loans are Pouring into Retirement

Jerry Patterson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

A recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office indicated that "some 155,000 older Americans are now seeing deductions from their Social Security checks to pay off their federal student loans - up from 31,000 a decade ago."

As Medical Claim Denials Increase, Be Prepared to Be a Squeaky Wheel

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

With profit margins under pressure because of Obamacare, insurers likely will be denying more of your claims and inserting themselves even more between you and your doctor when it comes to medically necessary care, but you should never take a "no" as the final answer.

Tyler Kingkade

Government Watchdog Raises Concern About Campus Debit Cards

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.13.2014 | College

Congress should require financial service companies to disclose how much they pay colleges to offer campus debit cards that may not be the best option...

The Pot Is Calling the Kettle Black in This Feigned Obamacare Outrage

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Knowing I've been both a critic of insurance company practices and a supporter of efforts to reform the industry, a FOX news producer reached out last week to get my take on accusations by conservatives that Obamacare will actually result in a bailout of big insurance companies.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Is Making A Lot Less Off Drilling On Public Lands Than It Should Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The federal government isn't doing enough to ensure it collects a "fair return" for the oil and gas that companies produce from public...

The Disability Vote

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics
Kristin Duquette

In a democratic society, voting is a fundamental right for everyone; however, people with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to the polling place.

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The government's plans for the construction of a new uranium processing facility are so ridiculous that it could be a poster child for wasteful and unnecessary spending.

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

Congressional Republicans Violate Oath of Office

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Before taking office, each member of Congress swears a simple, straightforward oath. It leaves little room for misinterpretation. They vow to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office." High among those duties is paying the government's bills.

Audit Finds Gov't Agency Paid Millions To The Dead

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

As Congress readies for another budget showdown, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a Monday audit unearthing millions o...

Billions of Defense Contract Dollars May Go Unaudited

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

DCAA had cut corners after a boom in post-9/11 defense contracting came without a corresponding increase in its staffing. But some say it is overcompensating after being slammed by Congress after its failings were exposed by GAO.

5 Reasons Why Obama's Climate Change Moment Mustn't Be Missed

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This is no time for a small pitch on power plant carbon parameters. We need something big if we are to survive at all. Now let's hope he understands that and does something real to address it.