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Josh Hawley To Introduce Bill That Would Hold Universities Financially Liable For Defaulted Student Loans

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri announced Tuesday he will introduce two pieces of legislation this week targeting institutions of higher education, one of which would put universities on the hook financially if its students are unable to repay their student loans. Americans hold nearly $1.5 trillion in outstanding student debt, 10.9% of which is over 90 days delinquent, according ...

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Harvard Temporarily Deleted Web Calendar Showing Faculty Meetings With Epstein After Media Inquiry: Report |

Harvard University temporarily deleted an online calendar disclosing accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s on-campus visits with its professors in 2014 following an NBC News inquiry, the outlet reported Friday. The calendar, uploaded to Harvard professor Dr. George Church’s page on the school’s web domain, disclosed at least six phone calls, meetings and meals between Epstein and Harvard faculty in 2014. Epstein ...

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Federal Prosecutors Accuse Epstein Of Witness Tampering

Federal prosecutors accused alleged sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein of witness tampering in a court filing Friday asking that the financier be denied bail as he awaits trial. The United States attorney’s office in Manhattan said Epstein wired $350,000 to two possible co-conspirators within five days of the Miami Herald’s November 28 expose on former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s sweetheart deal with ...

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Work Permits Allegedly Link Victoria’s Secret Billionaire To Epstein’s New York House

Leslie Wexner, the billionaire founder and CEO of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, sold his Manhattan mansion to Jeffrey Epstein in 1998 for $20 million, according to a family source.  But Wexner, who is Epstein’s only known client, is identified as an agent of the property’s owner in a pair of construction permits filed in 2002. Epstein allegedly began luring children ...

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Democrats’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill Would Eliminate 1.3 Million Jobs, CBO Finds

House Democrats’ proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would most likely leave 1.3 million Americans jobless by 2025, according to a study released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Noting a “considerable uncertainty” about the impact a $15 per hour minimum wage would have on employment, the CBO estimated that “there is about ...

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Democratic Rep Calls For Prosecution Of Border Patrol Agents For ‘Making Fun’ Of Congress Members In Private Facebook Group

Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida said Tuesday that the border patrol agents who made fun of members of Congress in a private Facebook group should be prosecuted. “Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace,” Wilson said during a press conference after touring an immigrant detention center in Homestead, Florida. “We’re going to ...

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Universities Push Back On FBI Request To Monitor Chinese-Sponsored Students

FBI officials have advised at least 10 American universities since 2018 to monitor certain Chinese nationals amid fears that Chinese propaganda is seeping into U.S. academia. But administrators of the institutions the FBI briefed, which are member schools of the Association of American Universities (AAU), have pushed back on the FBI’s non-mandatory advice due to their skepticism of the threat ...

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Wealthy Chief Of Staff Avoids Disclosing His Finances

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s wealthy chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, did not file a disclosure revealing his net worth and outside income earned in 2018, despite the congresswoman having the legal means to compel him to do so. Chakrabarti cofounded two PACs — Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats — that were instrumental to the New York Democrat’s electoral rise. The ...

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Private Border Wall Ordered To Keep Its Gate Open

The gate of a private half-mile border wall constructed in New Mexico was ordered Monday to stay open after officials said it was built on federal land without a permit. Most of the private wall built over Memorial Day weekend by triple-amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage’s nonprofit group is on private land, but the International Boundary and Water Commission ...

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Florida Launches Probe Into Group Behind Private Border Wall

Consumer complaints have prompted the state of Florida to open an investigation into the nonprofit group that raised over $20 million to build a private border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “In response to consumer complaints, including those referred by the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has opened an investigation into this charity,” ...

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Brian Kolfage’s Private Border Wall Hit With Cease And Desist

The half-mile private border wall that sprung up over Memorial Day weekend was hit with a cease and desist order Tuesday for being built in violation of Sunland Park, New Mexico, city ordinance. The wall, built near El Paso, Texas, by a nonprofit organization funded by triple-amputee Airforce veteran Brian Kolfage’s viral $20 million GoFundMe fundraising campaign, didn’t obtain a ...

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Trump Administration Withholding Wildfire Assistance To California After Audit Suggests Financial Mismanagement

The Trump administration is withholding more than $9 million in wildfire assistance to California after a financial audit suggested that the state was overbilling the U.S. Forest Service for costs incurred fighting fires on federal lands. The Forest Service now wants California to provide line-item tabulations of personnel expenditures after its audit found that the state was seeking reimbursements without ...

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Hezbollah Feeling The Squeeze Of Trump’s Sanctions

What Hezbollah is

Hezbollah been forced to make “draconian cuts” to its expenditures as a direct result of President Donald Trump’s 2018 sanctions on Iran, according to The Washington Post. Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, received upwards of $700 million a year, or 70% of its revenue, from Iran in the past. But Iran’s ability to finance the Lebanese militia group has been ...

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