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"My students pay too much for college. Blame Reagan."

"At first glance, the student loan debt crisis appears a problem hatched in state houses and government. In the 1970s, states paid 65 percent of the costs of college. By 2013, states covered a mere 30 percent of college costs. Like students who had to pay more, the federal government seemingly upped its commitment, covering just 10 percent in the 1970s and 16 percent today.

But unmooring these statistics from their political context obscures how national forces shaped the seismic shifts in state higher education and, ultimately, why states give less and students pay more. To fix inequality at places like Ohio State, we should look to federal policy first, and problems with state funding second.

Today’s student aid crisis has its roots in the 1980s. In 1981, the Reagan administration, with a coalition of congressional Republicans and conservative Democrats, pushed through Congress a combination of tax- and budget-cutting measures.

No federal program suffered deeper cuts than student aid. Spending on higher education was slashed by some 25 percent between 1980 and 1985. In raw dollar figures, cuts totaled $594 million in student assistance and $338 million in Pell grants. Students eligible for grant assistance freshmen year had to take out student loans to cover their second year. For middle-class families, eligibility was changed as well. Low-cost, low-interest, subsidized federal loans were limited to families with household incomes of less than $32,000, regardless of family size."


The entire awesome article by Devin Fergus here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/09/02/my-students-pay-too-much-for-college-blame-reagan/?tid=trending_strip_4

Tom Toles nails Mitch McConnell

"How Democracy Works" from Wumo

Closing arguments in the McDonnells trial

Prosecutors are outlining all of Bob's lies today.

The WAPO's live blog is the best way to follow it:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/liveblog-live/liveblog/updates-day-25-of-the-mcdonnell-corruption-trial/

Scroll down and read the headlines if you don't have time to read it all.



"Bob McDonnell’s plea for sympathy at trial is riddled by rationalizations, contradictions"

From WAPO's By Robert McCartney

RICHMOND — Poor Bob McDonnell. He’s so aggrieved, so misunderstood. His wife yelled at him so much that he was too scared to ask her to give back $50,000 she received from a businessman, even though he was “extremely upset” with her. (What a shrew.)

His sons weren’t much better. They accepted expensive golf clubs and bags from the same businessman and wouldn’t return them, even though their father told them that the unsolicited presents were “a little much.” (Stubborn brats.)

Now the mean Justice Department thinks he did something wrong by taking so much largesse from the man who unmistakably hoped to get official favors in return.

SNIP

Finally, at the end of his initial round of testimony Friday, McDonnell said dramatically that he didn’t blame his wife for what happened. It seemed calculated to score points as a man who took responsibility for his actions.
But the former governor spent all Thursday morning detailing how the whole thing was almost entirely his wife’s doing, because she acted behind his back and alienated his affections with her fury.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/bob-mcdonnells-plea-for-sympathy-at-trial-is-riddled-by-rationalizations-contradictions/2014/08/23/194c77e0-2afa-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html

The trial is going badly for Bob "It's my wife's fault" McDonnell today.

From the WAPO live blog. It is very long, so it you don't have time to read it, just scroll down and look at the headlines.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/liveblog-live/liveblog/updates-day-22-of-the-mcdonnell-corruption-trial/?wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

Here's sample of headlines from today:

One gift scrapped, another left on

McDonnell's testimony on stock differs from daughter's

'If u need cash, let me know'

'Tell me who to make the check out to'

Prosecutor pokes holes in McDonnell's explanations

Using Hannity interview against governor

Driving the Ferrari wasn't a 'favor,' it was 'simply helping'

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x-posted from the VA group.

The trial is going badly for Bob "It's my wife's fault" McDonnell today.

From the WAPO live blog. It is very long, so it you don't have time to read it, just scroll down and look at the headlines.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/liveblog-live/liveblog/updates-day-22-of-the-mcdonnell-corruption-trial/?wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

Here's sample of headlines from today:

One gift scrapped, another left on

McDonnell's testimony on stock differs from daughter's

'If u need cash, let me know'

'Tell me who to make the check out to'

Prosecutor pokes holes in McDonnell's explanations

Using Hannity interview against governor

Driving the Ferrari wasn't a 'favor,' it was 'simply helping'

x 100

Prosecutor pokes holes in McDonnell's explanations

From WAPO's liveblog

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/liveblog-live/liveblog/updates-day-22-of-the-mcdonnell-corruption-trial/?wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

But, as Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dry pointed out, McDonnell also omitted another loan on that same personal financial statement. This one was from Paul Davis and was also made out to MoBo. However in this instance, McDonnell did sign a document that made him personally liable for the loan.

Dry was pointing to an inconsistency: If McDonnell actually reasoned out at the time that he didn’t have to disclose Williams’s loan because he held no personal liability for it, wouldn’t he have come to the same conclusion about the Davis loan?

Isn’t it true, Dry insisted, that the reason why there is no requirement to disclose Williams’ loan is because there was no personal guarantee. Is that “an after-the-fact legal justification that you’ve come up with here?”


Hitchhiking Robot Sets Out on Epic Journey Across Canada



From NBC news: "A hitchhiking robot has set out on a 3,870 mile journey that will see it travel across Canada relying solely on the kindness of human strangers.

HitchBOT, which began its epic voyage outside Halifax on Sunday, is undertaking the journey as part of a social experiment to see if it can arrive in one piece at an art gallery in Victoria, British Columbia."

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/hitchhiking-robot-sets-out-epic-journey-across-canada-n166371

He finished his journey:

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/hitchhiking-robot-reaches-journey-canada-article-1.1913240

Norman Rockwell does Ferguson

From artist Anthony Freda



at http://anthonyfredaart.tumblr.com/
If you like his work, give his site a kick.
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