Legislation designed to prevent for-profit colleges from gaming the federal aid system and exploiting veterans died within 15 minutes of being introduced earlier this month.
U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, quashed the bill by ruling it nongermane to the topic of financial aid being discussed at his July 10 hearing.
Kline receives more campaign funds than any other member of Congress from the parent company of the University of Phoenix, a for-profit education giant.
California has cut the number of residents w/o heath insurance from 22% to 11%. Nationwide it’s a drop from 18% to 13.4%. Had all states taken advantage of the ACA’s exchange programs, the national drop would have been even greater.
By now the Second Circuit must be getting familiar with the price-fixing case: Apple has already lost two minor appeals related to the case, and late last month, two publishers filed an appeal with the Second Circuit arguing that Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 final order against Apple illegally amended their e-book price-fixing settlements from 2012, and made a timely return to a straight “no-discount” agency model all but impossible.
HarperCollins has launched a redesigned website that features a direct sales component. The new website, announced Tuesday morning, allows the publisher to sell print books, e-books and physical audiobooks directly to consumers. While HC has sold e-books from its own site in the past, it has never directly sold print books.
Google Inc. (GOOG) , once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows.
Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven’t visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show. Facebook Inc. (FB), the largest social network, also has been absent.
It’s a stark change from eight years ago, when Google ran advertisements that called for treating all Web traffic equally, asked its users to contact senators on the issue and dispatched co-founder Sergey Brin to Washington to lobby lawmakers.
“They’ve definitely faded into the background, and that’s very troubling,” said Paul Sieminski, general counsel of San Francisco-based Automattic Inc., the publisher of the WordPress blogging platform. “A lot of tech companies look to Google.”
An erosion of equality for all Web traffic has the potential to entrench large companies that have staked their turf on the Internet, while making it harder for startups to gain an audience. For a company like Google that started in a suburban California garage in 1998 only to become the world’s largest Internet search provider with $60 billion in revenue last year, there isn’t as much incentive to fight.
“Net neutrality got them where they are,” said Timothy Wu, a Columbia University law professor in New York who supports open-Internet rules. “There’s a danger that they, having climbed the ladder, might pull it up after them.”
"I call them the Beyonce voters. The single ladies. They depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands. They need things like contraception, healthcare, and they love to talk about equal pay." ~ Jesse Waters, Fox News analyst
Medically inaccurate ideas about healthcare can dictate the terms of a debate and ultimately win the day.
Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito argued that contesting Hobby Lobby’s claim that contraception is the same thing as abortion — an idea that has been refuted time and again by medical providers and associations — “in effect tells the plaintiffs that their beliefs are flawed.”
The Barnes & Noble board of directors has given its approval to separate the entity into two public companies with one holding the retail trade stores and the other holding its Nook operations plus the college bookstores. The hope is to complete the transactions by the first quarter of 2015, although B&N noted that there is no assurance such a division will be successful.
Liberals and conservatives all are within a 10-point range when asked about their desire to live near family, good schools and the outdoors, conservatives are 50 points less likely than liberals to want to live in communities with cultural institutions such as art museums and theaters.
Now, part of what’s unique about climate change, though, is the nature of some of the opposition to action. It’s pretty rare that you’ll encounter somebody who says the problem you’re trying to solve simply doesn’t exist. When President Kennedy set us on a course for the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn’t be worth it; it was going to be too expensive, it was going to be too hard, it would take too long. But nobody ignored the science. I don’t remember anybody saying that the moon wasn’t there or that it was made of cheese. (Laughter.)
And today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad. […]
Now, their view may be wrong—and a fairly serious threat to everybody’s future—but at least they have the brass to say what they actually think. There are some who also duck the question. They say—when they’re asked about climate change, they say, “Hey, look, I’m not a scientist.” And I’ll translate that for you. What that really means is, “I know that manmade climate change really is happening, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot, so I’m not going to admit it.”
Now, I’m not a scientist either, but we’ve got some really good ones at NASA. I do know that the overwhelming majority of scientists who work on climate change, including some who once disputed the data, have put that debate to rest. The writer, Thomas Friedman, recently put it to me this way. He were talking, and he says, “Your kid is sick, you consult 100 doctors; 97 of them tell you to do this, three tell [you] to do that, and you want to go with the three?”
The fact is, this should not be a partisan issue. After all, it was Republicans who used to lead the way on new ideas to protect our environment. It was Teddy Roosevelt who first pushed for our magnificent national parks. It was Richard Nixon who signed the Clean Air Act and opened the EPA. George H.W. Bush—a wonderful man who at 90 just jumped out of a plane in a parachute—(laughter)—said that “human activities are changing the atmosphere in unexpected and unprecedented ways.” John McCain and other Republicans publicly supported free market-based cap-and-trade bills to slow carbon pollution just a few years ago—before the Tea Party decided it was a massive threat to freedom and liberty.
Gov. John Kasich just signed into a law a bill that freezes Ohio’s renewable energy mandate for the next two years, making Ohio the first state to make negative progress on its green energy goals. Good job, Ohio.
"What worries me is that some Americans seem to live in a world where facts can’t exist.
"Facts such as the idea that the world is ancient, and that all living things evolved and some — like dinosaurs — became extinct. Facts like the proven warming of the world. Facts like the very real possibility that such warming could cause a catastrophic sea-level rise.
"How does America remain a world leader in an increasingly technological, science-based world, when so many of our citizens — and even our leaders, including Republicans who might run for president — deny basic science?"
The price of a year at college has increased by more than 1,200 percent over the last 30 years, far outpacing any other price the government tracks.Tuition has increased at a rate double that of medical care, usually considered the most expensive of human necessities. It has outstripped any reasonable expectation people might have had for investments over the period. And, as we all know, it has crushed a generation of college grads with debt. Today, thanks to those enormous tuition prices, young Americans routinely start adult life with a burden unknown to any previous cohort and whose ruinous effects we can only guess at.
So far this year, 288 cases of measles in the United States have been reported by the CDC.
288. And mind you, that’s only through the first five months of the year (to May 23). This number is already higher than the total cases reported for any year going back to 1997 (and that includes last year, when the cases were triple their usual average). There haven’t been this many cases by this time of the year since 1994.
Twenty years ago.
Why the sudden spike?
Specifically, unvaccinated American travelers who go overseas, catch the disease (where vaccination rates may be even lower than ours), and bring it back to the United States.
A stunning 97% of the current cases are due to people visiting other countries and carrying the highly contagious disease back with them.
Around 1 out of 13 voters showed up to vote in the Texas primary, and our first lesson is that strange things happen when you hold an election and nobody comes. You can, for instance, wind up with a hard-right nominee for attorney general who violated state securities regulations and then excused himself by pointing out that the law was “very complicated.” Or you can discover another major line on the ballot is going to a guy who once boycotted the prayer in the State Senate when it was offered by a Muslim cleric.
That would be Dan Patrick, the new Republican nominee for Texas lieutenant governor, who ran as “a Christian first, a conservative second and a Republican third.” The lieutenant governor is, admittedly, not a job that most people get concerned about. In New York, our lieutenant governor is … Bob. But Texas is different. This is possibly the most powerful office in the state, and the Republicans have nominated a man to fill it who once claimed Texas was being threatened with “third world diseases” like leprosy from an invasion of illegal immigrants
“It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog. Whereas, if you’re more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”—Cat People Are Smarter Than Dog People, New Study Shows (What about if you are both, like me?)
Overall, median CEO salaries were up 8 percent from the year before and up more than 50 percent since 2009. The increase reflects the growing wage gap between the management and workers over recent years. A CEO now makes 257 times more than an average employee, compared to 181 times more in 2009.
The House, led by Republicans, passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using funds to assess climate change and its implications for national security.