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July 18, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Senate may avoid eating our young by reversing doubling of student-loan rates

Chan Lowe / Op Art It looks like the U.S. Senate might actually be functioning. (+1 for immigration reform package. -1 for filibuster abuse.) On Wednesday night, a bipartisan deal emerged to reverse a doubling of loan rates for federally subsidized student loans. Rates were supposed to increase from 3.4 to 6.8 percent after July 1. Instead,…


Comments | Topics: higher education, student loans, u.s. senate

May 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Do not exploit gay rights issue to stop immigration reform

The U.S. Senate is on the verge of debating comprehensive immigration reform, and there are signs Republicans and Democrats are cooperating to finally pass a substantial bill.  The Senate Judiciary Committee’s 13-5 decision Monday to send the measure to the floor is a big deal, and though I support equal rights for same-sex couples (and…


Comments | Topics: congress, defense of marriage, DOMA