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The New Normal for College Students

The typical college student is not the frat boy at Ohio State or the philosophy major at Bard College. According to new research from Complete College America, the typical college student is attending school part time and probably has a family and at least one job. Seventy-five percent of students are college commuters. If they are attending college part time, they are far less likely to graduate, rendering useless much of the effort that got them to school in the first place.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Transit Riders as Taxpayers

The Amalgamated Transit Union represents about 190,000 transit operators, most of them bus drivers. The union's members depend on a robust bus and transit system to keep their organization alive. But, as international president Larry Hanley will tell you, those transit systems also are essential to plenty of city dwellers, particularly those with lower incomes. Anyone who lives in a cheap suburb without a car probably depends on a government-funded bus service to get to work.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Senate Staffers Look Into Law-School Statistics -- WSJ

The Senate may be gearing up for hearings on law-school employment statistics and student debt, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Senate Commerce Committee “is a leading candidate to hold the hearings,” the Journal reported.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Murkowski: ‘Modest’ Offshore Expansion Not Enough

President Obama’s offshore drilling plans, released last week, don’t go far enough, Alaska Republican and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member Sen. Lisa Murkowski argues in The Wall Street Journal.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Hotline Sort: Dewhurst Launches First TV Ad

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Dewhurst hits the airwaves in Texas with his first TV spot, Romney and Gingrich get good marks for their debate performances, Gregg launches his governor's campaign in Indiana and Chelsea Clinton will join NBC News. Here's today's rundown:

9) President Obama decided to skip APEC's "silly shirt" tradition this year.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 9:40am

QUICK TAKE: White House to Announce $1 Billion in Health Care Grants -- WaPo

The Obama Administration will announce on Monday as much as $1 billion in grants to help groups, doctors and communities hire and train health-care workers, The Washington Post reported. The goal is to experiment with ways to expand the health-care workforce while reducing the overall cost of care.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 9:40am

QUICK TAKE: Obama Looking at Former H.W. Bush Official for Fed Spot -- WSJ

The White House is "seriously considering" Jerome Powell, a former Treasury Department official in the George H.W. Bush administration, to fill one of two vacancies on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:40am

Cain Accuser's Long Career in Washington

Karen Kraushaar, the most recent woman to be identified in the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal, is a career communications specialist in the Treasury Department. She is a 55-year-old Brown graduate with a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She has been married to the same man for 26 years, and maintains close ties to her extended family in the Washington area. Former colleagues describe Kraushaar as a “consummate professional” and “model employee.”

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:40am

Sizing Up Obama's Keystone Pipeline Delay

Was President Obama right or wrong to delay the Keystone XL oil pipeline?

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:40am

Insiders: Romney, Gingrich Winners; Huntsman, Cain Losers in Saturday's Debate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich were the winners of Saturday's National Journal/CBS News debate, according to a survey of Republican and Democratic political operatives, campaign consultants, and party strategists, in a special National Journal Political Insiders Poll conducted Saturday.

Asked who was the “biggest winner” in the debate, half of Republican Insiders named Romney, with another 30% pointing to Gingrich. Democratic Insiders gave the nod to Gingrich with 55%.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:40am