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Senate Report Lambasts For-Profit Colleges, Lax Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

After a two-year investigation of the for-profit higher education industry, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Monday unveiled an exhaustive report on the co...

The Senate's Plan for Our Retirement: Inadequacy for All

Jane White | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Jane White

As I've pointed out in previous posts, the reason why the U.S. is among the pension poorest in the world isn't that not enough people are covered by a 401(k) plan, but that those who are receive a measly matching contribution equal to 3 percent of pay.

Sen. Harkin's Report: For-Profit Colleges Leave Students With Debt but No Degree

David Halperin | Posted 09.28.2012 | Education
David Halperin

Investors are realizing that the reckless joy ride may be over soon. Most importantly, students are getting the message that they need to look elsewhere for educational opportunities.

Patrick Svitek

Top Republican Says More Attention Could Be Paid To Democrats' Sacred Cows

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Worry less about looming defense budget cuts, and more about the ones that will hurt regular people and families, leading Democrats argu...

Joy Resmovits

Duncan: Looming Cuts 'Playing Chicken With The Lives Of The American People'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

Schools, HIV testing, childcare and unemployment programs are all "under threat" as across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, are scheduled to st...

The Minimum Wage Is So Low That It's Immoral - and Foolish

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Economic issues make some people's eyes glaze over, so we'll put this plainly: Today's minimum wage is epic in its injustice and Dickensian in its cruelty. It's a shame that Dickens himself isn't here to write about it.

Chris Kirkham

College Could Lose Accreditation and Access To Federal Dollars

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.19.2012 | Business

In just seven years, Ashford University has grown to be one of the nation's largest for-profit colleges, morphing from a 300-student Catholic school i...

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage: Report

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.19.2012 | Business

Contrary to what many people believe, most low-wage workers aren't employed by small businesses or mom-and-pop operations, but instead by large corpor...

Joy Resmovits

Locking Johnny In Seclusion Doesn't Help Violent Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.13.2012 | Education

During Elijah's early years in school, Debbie Jackson, his single mother, routinely came home to hear messages of his screams on her answering machine...

Joy Resmovits

College Completion Increasing At Glacial Pace

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

The number of Americans with college degrees is inching up slowly, with about 100,000 more students holding post-secondary degrees in 2010 than the ye...

Michael McAuliff

Dem Says Contingencies Are Set For Health Care Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Health Committee says he is ready to go with contingency legislation if the Supreme Court throws out any or a...

Iowa First State To Have Request For NCLB Waiver Rejected

Posted 06.25.2012 | Education

The U.S. Department of Education has turned down Iowa’s No Child Left Behind waiver request, according to a letter sent to Iowa Department of Educat...

Arthur Delaney

Older Americans Want Better Protection From Age Discrimination

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Older Americans widely agree that Congress should strengthen protections against age discrimination in the workplace, according to a new...

Dave Jamieson

Despite 14 Percent Unemployment, GOP Senator Says Construction Companies Can't Find U.S. Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a development bound to please business trade groups, senators from both sides of the aisle have voted to block new federal rules that...

Erin Mershon

Senate Hears Testimony From Transgender Person For First Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the first time in American history, an openly transgender person testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday. Kylar Broadus, f...

Dave Jamieson

Mine Disaster Families Plead With Congress: 'It's Been Two Years' (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than two years after losing their loved ones, relatives of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster traveled from West V...

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.

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Raise: How The Wage Floor For American Servers Hasn't Budged In Two Decades

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business

Rebecca Williams has waited tables, on and off, for 30 years. A lot has changed since her first stint in the business ended in the early 1990s. Restau...

Dave Jamieson

Official Resigns After Investigation Involving Former Romney Adviser

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics

A member of the National Labor Relations Board resigned quietly over the holiday weekend after investigators found that he had leaked sensitive board ...

We've Got Your 6

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

The anxiety facing veterans as they return to their communities is matched by an overwhelming sense of uncertainty back home. Our history and our American heritage demonstrated that we are at our best when we overcome adversity together.

Activists Visit Geithner's Home to Ask "Which Side Are You On?"

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The protesters consider Geithner the key architect of Obama's economic recovery plan and the loudest voice within the president's inner circle for taking a "hands off" approach to tougher government rules to tame Wall Street's risky practices.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Anti-Union Measure Fails In Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a modest victory for labor groups, a rare measure that would have blocked new federal rules considered favorable to unions failed Tue...

Chris Kirkham

Senate Bill Targets Multi-Billion Dollar Ad Spending At For-Profit Colleges

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

The rapid growth of for-profit colleges over the past decade has been aided by billion-dollar ad campaigns on daytime television, the Internet and hig...

Dave Jamieson

Dem Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days For All

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Thursday included a litany of measures aimed at boosting income for low-wage worke...

Joy Resmovits

Harkin, Ryan Spar Over Littlest Learners

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.29.2012 | Education

Even as a growing body of research attests to the importance of early childhood education as an antidote to poverty, the House is preparing to pass a ...