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Consumer Group Criticizes Education Department's Debt Collectors

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/03/14 - 1 hours 55 min ago

The Obama administration should radically restructure the office of the Education Department that handles student aid, and it should stop paying private debt collectors to chase borrowers who have defaulted on their student loans, attorneys at the National Consumer Law Center said in a report...

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Scalia Once Pushed Death Penalty For Now-Exonerated Inmate Henry Lee...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/03/14 - 2 hours 54 min ago

A North Carolina death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence on Tuesday was once held up by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as an example of someone who deserved to die. When the court declined to review an unrelated death row case out of Texas in 1994, Justice Harry A. Blackmun issued a...

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Paul Ryan Blames Obama In Rise Of The Islamic State

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 4 hours 55 min ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist in two weeks. Ryan had been taking questions from a panel of...

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Candidates In Alaska Governor's Race Join Forces To Unseat The Incumbent

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 5 hours 55 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The independent and Democratic candidates for Alaska governor said Tuesday that they are merging their campaigns to give them a better shot at unseating Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell. Independent Bill Walker said Tuesday that he has dropped his membership in the...

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Obama Authorizes Sending Additional Troops To Iraq

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 5 hours 55 min ago

President Barack Obama has authorized a State Department request for additional troops in Iraq. Obama ordered 350 additional military personnel be sent to Iraq "to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad," according to a Tuesday statement by Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Read...

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This Is What It's Like To Be An Unarmed Black Man In America

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 6 hours 55 min ago

You know how it is. You're outside your house, sitting on your stoop, peaceably eating an ice cream cone, and when you look up there's a gun trained on your face and a police officer demanding that you vacate the premises. Or maybe you don't. You don't, unless you're not white. In "Cop v. Black...

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Pat Quinn: Chris Christie Is 'On The Wrong Track' On Minimum Wage

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 6 hours 55 min ago

Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) made the case for a minimum wage hike and hit back at Republican governors from whom he's garnered criticism during a Tuesday HuffPost Live appearance. Quinn is currently taking the "Minimum Wage Challenge" and living on $79 over seven days, a number he arrived at after...

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Ted Cruz's Dad: 'The Average Black Does Not' Understand The Minimum Wage...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 6 hours 55 min ago

The father of Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said black people need to be educated about Democrats, so that they will vote Republican. Cruz, who made the comments at the Western Williamson Republican Club August meeting, added the average black does not understand that the minimum wage is bad.

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University Of Kansas Considered Community Service Too 'Punitive' For Rape...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 6 hours 55 min ago

On the night of Oct. 18, 2013, a few blocks from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas, underage students put back vodka shots at a "Stars and Stripes"-themed party hosted by the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. One of the students was a young woman, a freshman from out of state who after ...

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Fighting to Give You a Raise

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 7 hours 54 min ago

This past Labor Day, President Barack Obama once again reminded us why Congress must increase the federal minimum wage. In America, the land of opportunity, no one who works 40 hours per week should be struggling to raise a family. Yet that is exactly what is happening. People in cities from...

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Planned Parenthood Dismisses 'Cynical' GOP Birth Control Proposal

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 7 hours 55 min ago

Planned Parenthood and several Republican Senate candidates have finally found something they agree on: that birth control pills should be available over the counter. But the family planning provider has warned voters not to trust the candidates' sudden show of support for the policy, calling it an ...

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Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman Who Lost Legs In Iraq, Announces Pregnancy

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 7 hours 55 min ago

Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the first female Iraq combat veteran to win a Congressional seat, has publicly announced she is pregnant. "I am so thrilled that I'm going to be a mother here in just four months," Duckworth, 46, said on a Monday segment of the "Today" show. Through a...

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Preschools Latest To Take On Green Movement

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 7 hours 55 min ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose from at her Oklahoma City preschool, where the...

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Man Beaten By Police Accuses Immigration Agents Of Trying To Silence His...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 7 hours 55 min ago

When immigration agents arrested Edgar Vargas Arzate on Aug. 18, he was driving to a court hearing in which the facts of a savage beating by Santa Ana, California, police would begin to unfold. A formal complaint filed last week by the Orange County Public Defender's office alleges that the timing...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Eric Cantor To Continue Public Service By Enriching Self...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 8 hours 54 min ago

The White House says it's still working on a strategy to confront ISIS and adds that moooooooommmmm, it will finalize a military response when it's done with this Mario levellllll. Burning Man attendee Grover Norquist would not like some of your taint wash, thank you very much, but is concerned...

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DREAM Activists, Mobile Tech Key to AZ Primary Win

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 8 hours 54 min ago

It has already been a wild primary election season with several big upsets rocking the political establishment. Add a hotly contested Arizona Democratic primary to that list, where young upstart Ruben Gallego, ran a brutally efficient field operation on his way to a surprise election day...

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Dire Data: When Voters Begin to Act Like Politicians

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 8 hours 55 min ago

Politicians like data. But trends are a different story -- harder to confuse and more difficult to misapply, trends can spell out dire predictions for even the most data-toting politicians. And today's trends reveal a most moribund frontier in congressional deal-making: the end of moderate...

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Non-Interventionist Rand Paul Wants To 'Destroy ISIS Militarily'

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 8 hours 55 min ago

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may advocate for a non-interventionist foreign policy with more judicious use of American military power, but even he wants to take military action against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. "If I were President, I would call a joint session of...

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Egypt's Transitional Injustice

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 8 hours 55 min ago

Yara Sallam, the transitional justice officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was arrested on June 21 a block away from a Cairo protest march against a draconian law that effectively bans demonstrations. Under the law, in effect since November 2013, thousands of people have suffered ...

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A King's Warning and a Reminder

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 8 hours 55 min ago

The recent internationally publicized beheading of American journalist James Foley, by a supposed British citizen and member of the Islamic State, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is just one of many reminders of the war...

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NotPutinInUkraine

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REPORT: ISIS Hostage David Cawthorne Haines Does Security Work For Aid...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 9 hours 54 min ago

The latest hostage threatened with beheading by ISIS is a former British soldier who worked for a string of aid organizations, NBC News has learned.

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Is Visa Waiver Program a Pipeline for Terrorism?

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 9 hours 54 min ago

With input from Coleen Rowley Let's suggest that the United States has a gaping hole in its Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) monitoring, and it is not on our southern borders. There has been little to no public discussion of a program that allows up to 19...

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Backs Controversial Pipeline Project

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 9 hours 54 min ago

Dominion Resources plans to build a 550-mile pipeline to bring natural gas into the South, and it got the blessing of Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday. McAuliffe called the pipeline, which would cross Virginia as it runs from West Virginia to North Carolina, a "game changer for...

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#HealSTL: A Movement to Fix the Wrongs That Have Plagued Ferguson

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 9 hours 54 min ago

The killing of teenager Michael Brown has galvanized an entire nation and sparked a discussion on race relations and policing that has long been over due. This past weekend, I traveled to Ferguson with a group of activists from Washington, DC. While we all had different reasons for traveling to...

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Even California Has Major Gripes With Obama, Poll Finds

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 9 hours 54 min ago

President Barack Obamas popularity in California has fallen to an all-time low, with his approval rating among voters down to just 45 percent, a Field Poll released Tuesday found. This is the first time his approval has dipped below 50 percent in the state since 2011 and is a 5-point drop from...

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A New, Senseless Cold War Is Now Inevitable

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 9 hours 54 min ago

MOSCOW -- Turning points in history are rarely recognized as such by contemporaries. Even while following the news and sensing that something has gone wrong, people go about their lives in the usual way. But everything can change drastically in a matter of months, and then these days will be only...

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Most NYC Voters Welcome The 2016 Democratic National Convention, Poll Shows

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 10 hours 54 min ago

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Most New York City voters want to play host to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, according to a poll released on Tuesday, a week after a city police union raised safety concerns and urged organizers to shop for another venue. The Quinnipiac University poll shows...

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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Indiana's Right-To-Work Law

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 10 hours 54 min ago

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The validity of an Indiana state law that bars companies from requiring workers to join a union and pay union dues was affirmed on Tuesday by a U.S. appeals court in a win for "right to work" advocates. The Indiana law does not violate the U.S....

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Obamacare Won't Be Repealed Until At Least 2017, Koch-Backed Group...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 09/02/14 - 10 hours 54 min ago

WASHINGTON -- It's no secret that Republicans are finding Obamacare less useful as a political cudgel in the midterm elections than they'd hoped. The health care law is mentioned less and less frequently in attack ads. Fewer Republican candidates are discussing it on the stump. And a consensus has ...

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