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Tom Harkin

'Ready for Hillary' and the 2014 Mid-term Elections

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

We are witnessing a new tour-de-force in election strategy operating across the nation. It isn't based on raising a billion dollars but rather raising just enough money, less than $10 million so far, to generate excitement and get people motivated to speak out and work for a candidate who hasn't yet announced she is running.

Joy Resmovits

Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Senators Lament 'Woefully Inadequate' Ebola Response

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has already claimed more than 2,400 lives, is outstripping U.S. and international efforts and m...

Can Hillary Break the Clintons' Iowa Jinx?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In 2008, as you'll recall, the overwhelming frontrunner finished third in Iowa behind Barack Obama and John Edwards. She ended up just a weekend of furious Bill Clinton campaigning in New Hampshire away from being stampeded from the race at its very beginning.

Here's How Iowa Dems Reacted To Hillary's Steak Fry Appearance

AP | CATHERINE LUCEY | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all par...

Hillary Clinton All But Announces Her 2016 Campaign In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton returned to Iowa for the first time since her 2008 presidential bid, lending fuel to speculative fire about her White House...

Hillary Clinton Returns To Iowa

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats...

Michelle Obama Will Campaign In Iowa For Bruce Braley

AP | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Iowa next month for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, his campaign said W...

Why Are Democrats Tone Deaf on Military Issues?

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Democrats have established a track record of being tone deaf when addressing military and veteran issues. Though not a matter of life and death, consider the way some Democrats have dealt with a subject that is important to many active and retired servicemen -- college.

Hillary Clinton Is Headed To Iowa

AP | CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of...

Controversial For-Profit Colleges Rake In Billions Of GI Bill Funds

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 07.30.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campus...

Dave Jamieson

The Minimum Wage Has Not Been Raised In 5 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For those who fear America is changing too fast, take heart in our minimum wage. It hasn't been going anywhere. As of Thursday, five ...

Once Again, Inaction at the FDA, Now With a New Class of Drugs, Hurts Consumers

Paul Alexander | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Recently, Phil DeLuca, a retired Long Island Railroad worker, was profiled on a national news television program. Suffering from a potentially fatal red blood cell deficiency, he receives a weekly shot of Procrit. Simple enough, but that shot costs a staggering $1,500, of which his co-pay is $196.

Fear Of Voting Grips Senate Democratic Chiefs

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a...

Tyler Kingkade

Senators Eye New Penalties For Colleges Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.27.2014 | College

WASHINGTON -- Multiple senators made it clear this week they believe the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights needs new ways to puni...

Senate Democrats Propose Huge Change For Private Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Legislation unveiled by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Wednesday as part of a larger higher education package would allow private student loans to be discha...

Senators Urge Ban On E-Cigarettes On Airplanes

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators sai...

Why For-Profit Colleges Target Veterans

Alexandra Rice | Posted 08.03.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

In recent years, for-profit colleges and universities (such as the University of Phoenix) have heavily recruited veterans to become students. These institutions have a vested financial interest in doing so.

Should Colleges Get Money From Banks To Steer Students Into Bank Accounts?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.23.2014 | College

A group of lawmakers in both the House and the Senate presented legislation Thursday to prevent financial institutions from paying colleges and univer...

Joy Resmovits

Sweeping New Bill Seeks To Help Students With Disabilities, But It May Not Go Far Enough

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

The bipartisan overhaul of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act trumpeted in Washington, D.C. Wednesday includes provisions aimed to help stud...

Joy Resmovits

Here's One Thing The House Of Representatives Can Overwhelmingly Agree On

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Even as some question the need to increase charter school funding, the U.S. House of Representatives -- in a rare show of bipartisanship -- voted to d...

Senate Appears Poised To Sink Minimum Wage Bill

Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to Pr...

Shahien Nasiripour

U.S. Knew Sallie Mae Cheated Service Members On Student Loans, But Renewed Contract Anyway

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

Federal investigators discovered evidence showing Sallie Mae cheated active-duty military service members on their federal student loans at least two ...

Why Are Many Members of Congress Among the Few Americans That Can Retire?

Jane White | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Jane White

If we can't reform our system, we at least need to communicate to baby boomers that they need to stay at their decently-paying jobs at least another decade, rather than "retiring" and ending up taking part-time, benefit-less minimum-wage jobs to try to make ends meet.

More Probes, Oversight (And Dress Codes) for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
David Halperin

The for-profit college industry is lobbying furiously to prevent the Obama Administration from issuing a strong "gainful employment" rule that would cut off aid to career training programs that consistently leave students with insurmountable debt.