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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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Drugs Can Reach Patients Faster and Cheaper, FDA Chief Says

May 29, 2014
Alex Wayne, Anna Edney | Bloomberg News
A new program that lets drugmakers move more quickly through the approval process for breakthrough products may help lower the cost of life-saving treatments, the nation’s chief drug regulator said today.
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Why is it so hard for some Veterans to get care from the VA?

May 22, 2014
President Obama defended embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Wednesday, but warned that someone will be held accountable for any revealed shortcomings amid allegations that 40 veterans died awaiting care. Gwen Ifill gets two views on the troubles inside the VA from former Defense Department official David McGinnis and Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans.
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Why the VA Scandal Is the Real Outrage

May 22, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
If you’ve ever been seriously sick or helped a family member who is, you know how dark it can get. In the hospital, you look to every doctor or nurse who throws back that curtain and punches the hand sanitizer machine as if they have the answer, but they don’t. This test or that test will tell us more, you’re told, or we’ll know more after one more bag is hooked up and drained. If you’re on a slower track, it’s just a gauntlet of appointments weeks away, tests on different floors or in different buildings, illegible return visit dates scribbled on little cards, lost parking tickets you can’t validate, endless pill trays (the clear one in the morning and the opaque one at night).
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Democrats join GOP-led Benghazi committee

May 22, 2014
| USA Today
After weeks of internal debate, reluctant House Democrats chose Wednesday to engage in the GOP-led Benghazi select committee and seat a full roster on the 12-member panel.
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