For-Profit Colleges Slammed in Senate Report

By: Monday July 30, 2012 8:15 am

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has delivered a fairly scathing report on for-profit colleges, arguing that they have provided far more benefits for shareholders than the students that matriculate at their institutions. As of 2009, the report said, three-quarters of students in for-profit colleges attended institutions owned either by publicly traded [...]

Exploited Guest Workers from Louisiana to March on Wal-Mart Board Members in NYC

By: Monday June 18, 2012 12:22 pm

I wrote last Friday about the forced labor situation perpetrated on guest workers at a seafood supplier for Wal-Mart in Louisiana. Now, the National Guestworker Alliance, the feisty labor rights group which helped a group of exploited foreign exchange students at a Hershey chocolate factory get justice last year, will take these guest workers on [...]

Senate Likely To Need 60 Votes To Insert Stupak Amendment Into Health Care Bill

By: Monday November 9, 2009 2:01 pm

Aides in the Senate leadership expect a version of the Stupak amendment to be debated in the Senate, but only as an amendment, not embedded into the bill being merged by Harry Reid. Amendments on the floor of the House of Representatives typically require a simple majority to pass. Because of the cloture rule, amendments [...]

Health Care Odds And Sods

By: Tuesday October 27, 2009 1:40 pm

As the health care bills take shape on the Hill, here are some bullet points of what we’re learning: • Matthew Yglesias, based off of one line in this New York Times story which says “A state could refuse to participate in the public insurance plan by adopting a law to opt out,” asserts that [...]

Not Enough Details To Make A Determination Of The Opt-Out

By: Tuesday October 27, 2009 6:44 am

Color of Change has released a petition that they’re sending to the Democratic leadership opposing the opt-out clause for the public option. Here is part of their reasoning. If the fight around stimulus dollars is any lesson, we might see right-wing governors or legislatures — many of them from states with large poor and Black [...]

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