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Tom Harkin

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

David_Halperin | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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.

Dave Jamieson

Tom Harkin Asks For One Last Raise Before Retirement

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin keeps a copy of a D.C. restaurant worker's paycheck in his Capitol Hill office. The Democrat likes to talk about it when...

Boosting Social Security Benefits

Max Richtman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Momentum continues to build inside and outside the halls of Congress to reverse course on the single-minded quest to cut Social Security benefits which has dominated our political discourse for years.

Moderate Democrats Open To Lower Minimum Wage Hike

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

Already facing heavy Republican opposition, congressional Democrats who support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour now find themselves beatin...

Elizabeth Warren Grills Obama Administration On Sallie Mae Contract Renewal

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

(Adds comment by Sallie Mae spokeswoman) By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday ...

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...

Two Dozen Business Leaders To Storm Capitol Hill For Minimum Wage Increase

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Two dozen of the nation’s top business leaders will gather on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and Thursday to rally support behind the Fair Minimum Wage A...

March: Women's History Month -- and the Winter of Our Retirement Discontent

Karen Friedman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Fifty
Karen Friedman

There's an old saying, "A woman's work is never done." We think that women should have a right to see that their work is done -- and they should have sufficient income to enjoy the fruits of their labors and to retire in dignity.

Ryan J. Reilly

Dem Senator Says Obama Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) took to the Senate floor Wednesday night to slam fellow senators for what he called their "shameful" vote to bl...

Dave Jamieson

How A Minimum Wage Boost Could Save $46 Billion

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress hikes the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and ties it to inflation, it could reduce federal spending on food stamp benefits ...

Rick Perry Reveals When He'll Be 'More Interested In 2016'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry deflected 2016 presidential race questions in Iowa this week, insisting that his trip was to support Gov. Terry Branstad (R). ...

Joy Resmovits

These Students Want College Degrees, But They're Getting Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.27.2014 | College

When he was a kid, Will Farrior was "just like your average child and student making A's and B's while participating in extracurricular activities," t...

Re-Learning Education

James Moore | Posted 02.28.2014 | Education
James Moore

For-profit and online education, however, are consistently under attack for costs and quality of education, and the inevitable question is whether a profit motive detracts from educational standards.

Seth Rogen Sheds Light On The 'Real Ugly Truth' Of This Disease

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

Actor and comedian Seth Rogen made an appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify at a Senate hearing on Alzheimers Disease. Rogen acknowledged...

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Hike Could Lift 900,000 Out Of Poverty But Also Cost Jobs: CBO

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office released a report Tuesday concluding that the Democrats' proposal to raise the minimum wage would reduce...

Creating Opportunities for American Families to Succeed

Sen. Brian Schatz | Posted 04.20.2014 | Hawaii
Sen. Brian Schatz

As two of only a handful of U.S. Senators with young children, we understand what it's like to be working parents with family responsibilities. It's not easy. And too many middle class families around the country are struggling because the system is rigged against them.

Dave Jamieson

Will Restaurant Workers Get Hosed Again In A Minimum Wage Hike?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Senate planning to take up a bill next month that would raise the minimum wage, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Wednesday that...

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...

Dem Senators Call On Drug Stores To Halt Tobacco Sales

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Eight Democratic senators on Monday called on major drug store chains to halt the sale of tobacco products in their stores, citing last ...

Dem Senator Has Some 2016 Advice For Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has a message for Hillary Clinton: if she's planning on running for president in 2016, she should make it to his sta...

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Won't Budge on $10.10 As New Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While they're willing to haggle over the finer points of a minimum wage hike, congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they will not lo...

Ryan Grim

10 Democratic Committee Chairs Warn Menendez's Iran Sanction Bill Could Blow Up Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a remarkable rebuke to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), 10 other Senate committee chairs are circul...

Corruption Threatens Obama Action on For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
David_Halperin

Despite President Obama's obvious awareness of the egregious, widespread nature of the problem, his own team may be on the verge of failing to effectively implement a key measure needed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for such abuses.

Third Way, Elizabeth Warren, and the Real Battle

Mike Lux | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The far more important question is how we win the bigger more consequential war that sparked this little back-and-forth this week: the war that Wall Street and the other powers that be are fighting to defeat the progressive populist ideas of our leaders and our movement.

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Starts Early

Constance Mourning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Constance Mourning

From my experience with both grades, I know firsthand that the kids who have been in Pre-K are better prepared for Kindergarten. They know what it's like to be in a classroom. They have a head start on reading and math. And they just generally find school easier to navigate.