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Time for Action on Student Loan Rates Is Now

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 6:07 PM

With students and their families across the nation craving leadership from our nation's capital, their cries for action have been met with stony silence from Washington. The July 1, 2013 deadline for action expired and in turn statutorily executed a doubling of interest rates for the over seven million students...

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Ryan's About Face on Sequester Shows Lack of Leadership, Jeopardizes Recovery

(55) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 9:06 AM

All along the campaign trail as he sought the vice presidency, Rep. Paul Ryan decried sequestration and its across-the-board, indiscriminate cuts. He said in August that a Romney-Ryan administration would "reverse these reckless, devastating defense cuts that the president is bringing us toward. We will recognize that the...

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Don't Let Student Loan Rates Double

(27) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 9:47 AM

Education should not be the province of the lucky few, but the right of every American with skill and determination. Given the opportunity to better themselves through higher education, individuals can provide for their families and strengthen our nation.

A college degree is becoming more essential...

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Preserving Employer-Sponsored Health Care Protects America's Middle Class

(46) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 9:38 AM

Bad ideas being touted by Washington lately are threatening to squeeze America's middle class to extinction. House Republicans continue to push a Medicare privatization plan that non-partisan analysts have determined would be a ruinous cost shift to patients and families, doubling out-of-pocket expenses.

Another middle class landmine is buried within...

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Makena, the FDA and the Perpetual Fight for Affordable Health Care

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Late last month, a little-noticed struggle at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided a glimpse into the perpetual fight for affordable, quality health care.

Last February, the FDA approved a new drug called "Makena" which was touted as a breakthrough treatment for preventing preterm births for women...

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Market Speculators and the Real Cost of Oil

(35) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 9:51 AM

Last week, the New York Times concluded a story about the day on Wall Street with an interesting -- and telling -- dichotomy about the cause of skyrocketing gas prices:

[The market for oil] remained volatile as The Associated Press reported that Saudi forces had opened fire...
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Anti-Health Care Republicans Officially Receive Taxpayer-Funded Coverage

(54) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 8:48 AM

Today, Republican Members of Congress who ran on a platform of repealing health care and patients' rights for millions of Americans officially began receiving their own Congressional health insurance. Just two weeks after their party voted unanimously to strip patient protections and affordable coverage for all Americans,

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On Day One, Republicans Cripple Construction Industry

(183) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 3:47 PM

It took just hours for the new Republican House majority to break their vows of transparency and bipartisan cooperation. In the new rules they authored, Republicans exempted budget-busting items like health care repeal from their own pay-go requirements, and they took the budget-writing process behind closed doors, consolidating...

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