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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Tom Harkin Aid Gave Donor List To His Namesake Institute

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's campaign fundraiser gave Iowa State University a list of possible donors to his namesake research institute,...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.13.2012 | Gay 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Senate Rules Must Be Reformed in January

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Next year the Republicans will have ironclad control of the House. It would be outrageous if Democrats allowed a minority of Republican Senators to use the current rules to limit what the Democratic majority can do in the Senate.

The Halting of Stem Cell Research Is the Culmination of a Decade-Long Legal Effort

Eli Y. Adashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eli Y. Adashi

The issuance of a temporary injunction barring the NIH from funding human embryonic stem cell research should hardly have come as a surprise. Many of the same plaintiffs and much of the same legal team filed a similar lawsuit a decade earlier.

Education news: Recess round-up has drama, politics and finance all in one

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Sawyers

A round-up of this week's education stories brought to you by The Hechinger Report. The word from Washington centered on the passage of an emerge...

University of Phoenix: Always Be Closing

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

The only "student learning outcomes" these for-profit corporations posing as colleges recognize are those that fill their own pockets with tax dollars that are supposed to be going to deserving students who just want an education.