Stop Fighting Over Interest Rates — There’s a Better Way For Congress To Fix the Student Debt Crisis

  Interest rates on federal subsidized Stafford loans were cut from 6.8% to 3.4% during the current economic downturn. This “temporary” reduction is scheduled to expire this summer, halfway through an election year. With potentially millions of student votes at stake, President Obama, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and some members of Congress are racing to support an extension. But […]

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U.S. Fears Syria Becoming Another Iraq

Expectations are low for Sunday’s Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul, where representatives from more than 70 nations and international organizations will gather to discuss ways to hasten the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. The reason is simple. The most critical piece is missing: Plan B. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her frustration with the […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Pass ‘Buffett Rule’ Tax

President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to increase taxes on millionaires, reviving a proposal he first pitched last September that aims to draw sharp election-year lines between the president and the Republican opposition. The plan, scheduled for a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate on April 16, stands little chance of passing in Congress. But it is a prominent symbol […]

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The ‘Heart’ of Health Care Reform: Can the Law Stand Without a Mandate?

During the summer of 2009, when the health care reform debate was dividing the country and the “public option” seemed like the most important policy issue in a generation, the proposal to require all Americans to have health insurance was hardly ever mentioned. The individual mandate, now the focus of a historic Supreme Court review, was just one part of […]

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