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Obamacare launch: what students need to know

Callie Bretthauer

September 15, 2013

In anticipation of the greatest change to the face of healthcare, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an address and a PSA to remind U.S. citizens that they need to purchase health insurance by 2014. Geared toward young adults, the videos feature HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...

Student loan bill cuts interest rates for ’13-’14 school year

Brenden Moore

September 15, 2013

Congress passed legislation over the summer that will keep student loan interest rates low in the short term.Passing with large bipartisan majorities, the legislation will tie student loan interest rates to financial markets instead of having Congress set the rate every year. The rate for a Federal Di...

Updated: Obama to seek approval for military intervention in Syria

Haley BeMiller

September 3, 2013

President Obama announced that the United States will move forward to authorize military intervention in Syria.The decision comes after U.S. officials discovered evidence of chemical weapon use by the Assad regime. Obama promised months ago that chemical weapons would cross a "red line" and force US ...

U.S. to pursue military intervention in Syria

Haley BeMiller

August 31, 2013

President Obama announced today that the United States will proceed with military intervention in Syria.The decision comes after U.S. officials discovered evidence of chemical weapon use by the Assad regime. Obama promised months ago that chemical weapons would cross a "red line" and force U.S. invo...

Egypt VP resigns amid protests, violence

The Associated Press

August 14, 2013

Warning: Graphic photos accompany the story below.Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-reform leader in the interim government, resigned in protest over the assaults as the military-backed leadership imposed a month-long state of emergency and nighttime curfew.ElBar...

Gov. Quinn signs medical marijuana law

Nathan Weisman

August 5, 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Thursday that will make the use of medical marijuana legal. The law makes Illinois the 21st state to make medical marijuana legal with some of the strongest regulations."This bill is a very carefully crafted bill to make sure it's done right," Quinn said at the si...

ICYMI: World news for Aug. 5

The Associated Press

August 5, 2013

U.S. shutters diplomatic posts amid al-Qaida threat U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Mideast and Africa will remain closed for the rest of the week amid intercepted "chatter" about terror threats, which lawmakers briefed on the information likened to intelligence picked up before the Sept....

Senate committee approves Illinois Republican’s anti-gang initiative

Haley BeMiller

July 30, 2013

In an effort to combat gang violence, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a funding plan to reduce crime and gun access nationwide.The committee approved the 2014 fiscal year Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill with a vote of 21-9. In total, it allocates $52.3 billion f...

Israel agrees to free 104 Palestinian prisoners

The Associated Press

July 28, 2013

Israel's Cabinet approved the release of 104 long-held Palestinian prisoners Sunday, clearing a hurdle toward a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after five years of paralysis.The prisoner release is part of a push by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to bring the two sides bac...

Congress misses deadline, interest rates double on student loans

Callie Bretthauer

July 7, 2013

July 1 marked the deadline for Congress to act in order to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling. The interest rate, which has been a fixed 3.4 since 2007, will now be 6.8 percent."I think it's ridiculous how Congress can't make a decision about giving students a break on their loans," S...

Egypt: A revolution, redux

Haley BeMiller

July 7, 2013

After only one year in power, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been ousted from political office, and Egypt's future is once again clouded with uncertainty.The beginning of the end for Morsi was when opposition groups planned protests for June 30 to mark the anniversary of his 2012 inauguration. Several g...

Supreme Court’s actions only the first step in the fight for gay rights

Kevin Gross

July 2, 2013

By now, I'm sure all of you readers are aware of the Supreme Court's repeal of California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allows people to marry in California and eliminates the federal definition of a marriage as a union between a man and a woman, respectively.This is undoub...

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