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SEP 26, 2014 - Huffington Post

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The War Against ISIS Could Cost American Taxpayers Up To $1.5 Billion A Month

As the military campaign against the Islamic State expands into Syria, its cost will increase as well. According to one defense spending expert, the United States' war on the militant group could now be costing taxpayers up to $1.5 billion a month. "On an annual basis, I estimate the operations will cost somewhere between $15 and $20 billion," Gordon Adams, ...

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SEP 25, 2014 - New Statesman

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Britain is broken: how to remake the UK’s democracy

Scotland’s referendum showed that the way the UK is governed must change. But is the answer an English parliament, federalism, or something else entirely? Our panellists set out their visions Dawn of a new power: mounted police guard a No victory rally in Glasgow the day after the referendum, 19 September. Photo: Robert Perry/EPA The View from the Lords: Time ...

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SEP 25, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Colleges Win, Student Borrowers Lose In Obama Administration Absolution

The U.S. Department of Education is turning its back on at least 1,000 borrowers in favor of shielding their former colleges from potentially crippling sanctions that would have resulted from high rates of default on federal student loans. The move, announced late Tuesday and further detailed on Wednesday, concerns an Obama administration decision not to punish as many as 20 ...

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SEP 24, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Low Poverty Rates Mask Deeper Despair In Many States

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The overall picture of poverty among states is a familiar one: Some states, such as Mississippi, have long claimed the highest poverty rates according to the federal income standard. Others, such ...

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SEP 24, 2014 - Huffington Post

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17 Numbers That Will Make You Realize Just How Pathetic The Federal Minimum Wage Is

If you have a job that pays the federal minimum wage, an hour of your work is worth $7.25, before taxes. Activists and lawmakers from around the country say this amount and slightly higher state-based rates don't offer workers enough to pay for life's basics. President Barack Obama and his administration have called for Congress to raise the federal minimum ...

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