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Expansion of My Brother’s Keeper initiative aims to end ‘schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline’

July 22, 2014
The White House announced a $100 million expansion to a program aimed at improving life chances for young men of color.
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Reid fears gridlock will upend border, veterans’ measures

July 22, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) openly doubted Monday that Congress will be able to complete work on measures to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and to address the growing influx of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border before the upcoming congressional summer recess.
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What kind of missile could have downed the Malaysian plane?

July 18, 2014
How safe was it for a Malaysia Airlines plane to be flying in airspace over conflict-torn Eastern Ukraine?
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House Passes Interim Fix for Highway Trust Fund

July 16, 2014
Jonathan Weisman | The New York Times
The House on Tuesday easily approved a short-term fix to the nearly depleted federal highway trust fund, as the prospects of hundreds of thousands of job losses and stalled road construction in August overwhelmed the protests of conservative groups that opposed the bill.
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Obama Laments Lack of Public "Passion" for Gun Control

June 11, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama said the public’s “passion” and fury are missing when it comes to failed efforts to enact new gun controls and background checks in response to mass shootings. He called it his “biggest frustration” as president, and he asked the public to do some soul-searching about America’s deadly trend. Obama also conceded that his own push for restrictions last year, with Vice President Biden spearheading the effort, fell flat in Congress.
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Will loan forgiveness offer long-term student debt solution?

June 10, 2014
The average person graduating from college in 2013 borrowed nearly $30,000 in student debt. To help Americans overburdened by their loans, President Obama signed a new executive order that expands on a 2010 law that capped federal loan repayments at 10 percent of borrowers' monthly income. Gwen Ifill talks to Richard Vedder of Ohio University and Deanne Loonin of the National Consumer Law Center.
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EPA plan critic argues cutting carbon emissions could fail if U.S. endeavors alone

June 3, 2014
For an opposing perspective on the EPA’s new rules on cutting carbon emissions, Gwen Ifill talks to Jeff Holmstead of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, a leading voice for many of the power companies opposed to the proposal.
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EPA chief defends price of White House plan to cut carbon emissions

June 3, 2014
The Obama administration laid out an ambitious new plan to cut down on carbon pollution and combat climate change while offering some flexibility to states. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the new rules and why she says they are good for the health of the economy, as well as criticism from both the energy industry and environmentalists.
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Calls for Eric Shinseki’s resignation grow among Republicans, Democrats

May 29, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Wesley Lowery | The Washington Post
Three senior Republican lawmakers and two Democratic senators running for reelection for the first time Wednesday called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to resign following the release of a new report confirming allegations about wait times at a veterans facility in Phoenix, a signal that more members of both political parties are likely to follow suit in coming days.
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