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Shahien Nasiripour

Congressional Leaders Agree To Cut Aid To College Students To Pay Student Loan Contractors | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

House and Senate leaders have agreed to cut funding for the nation’s largest source of grants for college students to pay student loan contractors, ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Senate Democrat Wants To Take Money From College Students To Pay Loan Contractors | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

An outgoing Senate Democrat wants to take federal money from low-income college students to pay student loan contractors, whose tactics toward borrowe...

Reflections on Political Courage and a Note of Deep Thanks

Paul Laurent | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Paul Laurent

Because of Senator Harkin's willingness to step up and be the sponsor, the research that has gone into NF over that 20 year span since 1995 is tangible and promising.

Joy Resmovits

Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Americans with disabilities are more likely to be poor than any other demographic group, and their average income in 2012 was about $6,000 less than p...

Why All of Us Should Be Fed Up

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

What does it mean when the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents the world's packaged food and drink industry, puts out a defensive press release about a documentary before it is released? I'd say it means they are scared, and, after viewing the new film Fed Up, I can understand why.

Democratic Senate Candidate Faces Harsh Criticism Over Farmer Comments

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who is running to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), faced tough local coverage Tuesday after critical comments he...

Rebecca Klein

Thousands Of Students Are Put In Seclusion Rooms Every Year, And Federal Law Isn't Stopping It | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

Almost nothing happened to a North Carolina school after the discovery that personnel repeatedly used mechanical restraints on 18 special needs studen...

Daily Caller, Once Rabid Protector of For-Profit Colleges, Attacks School Tied to Clintons

David Halperin | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

The Daily Caller, a conservative web publication, devoted much space in recent years to attacks on critics of America's for-profit colleges, echoing claims made by for-profit college owners at a time when that controversial industry has been seeking to avoid accountability.

A Step in the Right Direction: The Strong Start for America's Children Act

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Lawmaking aligned with the science of early childhood last month when Senator Tom Harkin, Representative George Miller and Representative Richard Hann...

Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America has been tilting toward an economy that benefits primarily the 1 percent. For America to work we need an economy that benefits the 100 percent. Combining an enhanced EITC and minimum wage moves us in that direction.

Dem Apologizes After 'Trail Of Tears' Tweet

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) became the latest politician to make a Twitter gaffe on Thursday night when he analogized the feelings of Iowa State Univer...

Should America's Working Poor Get a Raise?

Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact

By Sean J. Miller, TakePart Amie Crawford, 56, relocated to Chicago to be closer to family about 14 months ago. Despite three decades of experience...

Ed Today: Tom Harkin's Retirement Will Leave Education Committee Gap

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Tom Harkin Out? This weekend, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced he won't be running for reelection. While the "liberal lion's" announcement made news, what I didn't see mentioned in many stories about the retirement is that Harkin is chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee -- the very one that is in charge of dealing with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. So what's next for HELP? Harkin has told me he intends to reset the reauthorization process while he's still there, but as the folks at Politics K-12 note, that desire could "set up an interesting dynamic with the Obama administration," which is more focused on implementing the waivers it has issued from the law to 34 states and Washington, D.C. The White House wasn't exactly thrilled with the bill his committee moved last year.

Now That Sen. Harkin Is Retiring, Who Will Rescue Our Retirement?

Jane White | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Jane White

Like Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, Harkin comes from a humble background, making him more sensitive to the financial stress facing most Americans than most of his colleagues.

Michelangelo Signorile

Senator Calls On Obama To Sign Anti-Discrimination Order | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa called on President Obama once again to sign an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientati...

Understanding the Controversy Surrounding For-Profit Higher Education

William G. Tierney | Posted 10.10.2012 | College
William G. Tierney

After two year's worth of chairing frequently combative committee hearings on for-profit higher education, Sen. Tom Harkin's four-part report should come as no surprise. But there is more bad news for the industry.

Behind Alan Simpson Bluster: A Warning Sign for Workers and Retirees

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

In the debate over Social Security's future, what often gets forgotten is that the average senior on Social Security must get by on just a little over $1000 each month. This stands in stark contrast to the lifestyle of Social Security critics like Alan Simpson and Mitt Romney.

Joy Resmovits

Senator Planning Early Education Bill To Help Economy | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.08.2012 | Education

When Sen. Tom Harkin asked a panel of education experts at a Thursday Senate committee hearing how they would improve the country's public schools, he...

Attention Occupy Wall Street: Enact a Financial Speculation Tax

Anand Reddi | Posted 01.01.2012 | Business
Anand Reddi

Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) renewed efforts to enact a financial speculation tax. The Occupy movements across the United States should demand this initiative.

Paul Needham

A Food Shortage In Farm-Rich Iowa | Paul Needham | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Sometime next week, Carey Miller and her staff at the Food Bank of Iowa will receive a shipment of 6,000 turkeys to store in the f...

Both Sides Now: Boehner's Food Fight, Murdoch's Schadenfreude Pie, Warren's Just Desserts

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpg Matalin and Reagan debate whether a) the GOP risks political suicide by refusing the Pay-Your-Bills Ceiling increase and b) should we care if Bachmann gets headaches or just gives them? Also, is Warren winning? Murdoch?

Prioritizing Early Childhood Education: We Can't Afford to Wait

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 08.21.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Only a tiny fraction of the many billions spent on public education is invested at the early end of the spectrum. We are missing a prime opportunity, one that we cannot afford to waste.

When Will Employers Stop Treating Women Like Second Class Citizens?

Debbie Hines | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business
Debbie Hines

With women making up roughly 46% of the US working population, it's a wonder why women earn less. We have come a long way, but still have got a long way to go to equal a man's paycheck.

Chris Kirkham

Is The Military Ensuring Quality Education For Soldiers? | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Department of Defense has doled out increasing amounts of federal money in recent years to allow active-duty military personnel to pursue college ...

Filibuster: Make Them Talk

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Making filibustering senators talk all night gives the public an opportunity to rally, one way or the other. It also, frankly, puts on a show, which will engage the public, restoring interest in government. This is good and we should do it.