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by Ed Krayewski

June 9, 2014

President Barack Obama will announce an executive order that will extend a cap on student loan payments this afternoon, according to The New York Times, which quotes an unnamed White House official.

The order will extend the cap on student loan payments to students who began borrowing before 2007 or stopped borrowing before 2011. The cap is 10 percent of the borrower's monthly income, and was instituted in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The extension is supposed to go into effect at the end of next year; student borrowers already have the option to set their payments to lenders based on income. Obama promised "action" this week on rising student debt in his weekly address, where he also pushed for passage of legislation that would have the federal government pay for the refinancing of student loans. The president framed it as a choice between protecting "young people from crushing debt" or "tax breaks for millionaires." Yet the president's plan is going to create more debt, not less.

by Kevin Boyd

June 7, 2014

A bill that has just passed the California State Senate could effectively make criminals out of many people- just for having sex.

The bill, SB 967, would require "affirmative consent" before college-age couples can have sex. This would essentially outlaw sex that is had "while in the heat of passion". While the bill appears to be motivated by the noble intention of addressing sexual assault on university campuses, it can lead to an absurd dating environment and over time, criminalize most people who have sex.

by Scott Shackford

June 5, 2014

In California, the parent trigger law is causing school reform even without resorting to charters.

California's "parent trigger" law allows parents to vote on forcing a public school to hand the keys over to a private charter company. Though the law has been around since 2010, the first public school to actually make the transition to a charter, Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto, is ending its first school year this spring. Though the law allows parents to force a full transition to a charter school, that's not all it does and it's not the only option. Parents can vote on choices that don't bring such complete changes, like merely replacing the staff or an administrator. At an elementary school in Watts, parents used the law last year to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to replace the principal but keep the same teachers.

June 3, 2014

Do I have proof of this being the case? You better believe I have proof.

Section 27-8.1.7 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) Health examinations and immunizations law explains that if a school vaccination rate falls below 90 percent, state aid payments to that school are automatically cut by 10 percent until the school comes into "compliance"

by Mike Adams

June 3, 2014

Like nearly all mass murderers and psycho killers, Elliot Rodger is now confirmed to have been taking massive doses of psychiatric drugs.

Law enforcement authorities have now confirmed Elliot Rodger, the "sorority girl" killer of Isla Vista, California, was taking massive doses of Xanax, a psychiatric drug belonging to a class of chemicals called benzodiazepines. "Elliot had been taking Xanax for awhile, according to his parents ... there were fears he might have been addicted to it, or taking more than was prescribed," a law enforcement source told RadarOnline, which first broke the story.

by Matthew Cole and Richard Esposito

June 1, 2014

US officials once disputed Edward Snowden's claim that he had raised questions about the agency's domestic surveillance programs before he fled the US, but now confirm that Snowden sent at least one email about the agency's practices to officials.

That email was released Thursday, offering the public a deeper look into Snowden's actions. In an exclusive interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Snowden said he had warned the NSA while working as an NSA contractor that he felt the agency was overstepping its bounds. "I actually did go through channels, and that is documented," he asserted. "The NSA has records, they have copies of emails right now to their Office of General Counsel, to their oversight and compliance folks, from me raising concerns about the NSA's interpretations of its legal authorities. ... The response more or less, in bureaucratic language, was, 'You should stop asking questions.'"

May 31, 2014

If you visit a serious gardener you'll most likely discover old hoses laying around or find pieces and parts used in some creative ways.

Below you'll find some resourceful ways old garden hoses can "live on" and remain useful long after they are used to water reliably.

May 30, 2014

What are we teaching our kids when we send them to prisons for 13 years out of their lives?

If drones over America, heavily armed law enforcement agencies, and a massive government surveillance web hasn't yet convinced you that the United States is rapidly moving towards a police state then maybe the following report out of New York will be an eye opener. Indoctrination centers abound across the land of the free, with high schools now taking a queue from the TSA...

by Justin Gardener

May 30, 2014

How do you come to dominate the majority of commodity crops in the U.S.? How do you convince government that your products are the savior of agriculture? How do you convince people that your products pose no danger to their health?

Don't allow research on your product. Take over the funding of research at agricultural universities. And all the while, spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising and lobbying. This is how Monsanto has been able to shove its genetically-engineered crops onto so much farmland in the U.S. without adequate testing. It's a giant experiment. Our food system, public health, and environmental health are the victims.

by Jacob Sullum

May 29, 2014

Three years ago, in Glik v. Cunniffe, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit upheld a man's First Amendment right to record an arrest on Boston Common.

Last week, in Gericke v. Weare, the court upheld a woman's First Amendment right to record a traffic stop in Weare, New Hampshire. The combination of these two decisions is a powerful rebuke to cops who continue to harass people with bogus wiretapping charges when they dare to capture images or sound of police encounters on their cellphones.

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