Steven Hsieh

Senate Does Nothing as Student Loan Rates Set to Double

While Democrats were busy celebrating victories for same-sex marriage and abortion rights, Congress screwed over more than 7 million college undergraduates after failing to agree on a student loan plan.

As a result of political stalemate in the Senate, borrowing rates for federal loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on Monday—further exacerbating the nation’s already-harrowing student debt crisis. If Congress fails to retroactively extend current rates, current college students will acquire an additional $1,000 in annual debt.

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Minister Seduced Girls with Promise that Sex Would 'Heal' STDs and Early Pregnancy

Usually the Church is against all forms of sex before marriage, but not this South Carolina minister, who is accused of seducing young girls during private "prayer sessions." In fact, this holy authority even claimed that sex with him would prevent STDs and early pregnancy—a bit of a change from the church's usual doctrine of "abstinence only."

According to the Associated Press, “58-year-old Larry Durant had been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He also faces four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.”

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Incoming Police Chief Shoots Woman - Intended Target: Dog

A North Carolina police officer accidentally shot a woman in the thigh, missing his intended target, a dog, the Winston-Salem Police Dept. said in a news release.

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Ohio Protestors Rally Against Anti-Abortion Budget

Pro-choice advocates rallied outside the Ohio Statehouse today as the state’s General Assembly plans to votes on a budget that’s fraught with anti-abortion provisions, the Associated Press reports.

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The NYPD Embedded Four CIA Officers After 9/11

In the decade after 9/11, the New York Police Department embedded four Central Intelligence Agency Officers, including one who assisted with surveillance in the United States, reports the New York Times.

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Kickstarter Apologizes For Not Removing Pro-Sexual Assault 'Seduction Guide'

Kickstarter apologized on Friday for not removing a “seduction guide” project from its site, even though the project in question advocates for sexual violence against women.

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Tennessee Official Says Complaining About Water Quality Could Be Considered 'Act of Terrorism'

A representative for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told a group of concerned citizens that complaining about water quality could be considered an “act of terrorism,” The Tennessean reports.

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Goodwill Legally Pays Disabled Workers As Low as 22 Cents an Hour

Goodwill Industries, a non-profit whose mission is to “enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families” pays disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, NBC reports.

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Lawsuit Claims Border Patrol Lets Agents Get Away with Murder

As U.S. lawmakers prepare to spend billions on beefing up “border security,” a widow sued the federal government over a policy she claims allowed Border Patrol agents to shoot and kill her husband with total impunity—in retaliation to alleged rock throwing, Courthouse News reports.

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Howard Dean Is Cool with the Government Spying on Us, Just as Long as It's Not a Secret

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean knocked the Obama administration for not being upfront about intrusive NSA surveillance programs revealed in leaks this month — but ultimately threw his support behind them, The Huffington Post reports.

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