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by JC

Also overshadowed by all the hoopla over the health reform legislation was the fact that SAFRA, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, was bundled into the Health bill’s reconciliation package. So Congress actually ran a reform package for student aid through Congress with little or no opposition from the GOP.

What does SAFRA do? Here’s some highlights:

  • kill subsidies for private lenders,
  • expand the federal direct-lending program,
  • and channel the money saved into bolstered Pell grants for low-income students

I guess this is the what happens when the party of Hell No gets all wrapped up in politics and ignores policy. Some actually good policy can move along undercover.

by Pete Talbot

What with the health care bill and resulting flak, this story flew under the radar (sorry about the military analogies).

Russia and the U.S. will sign an agreement next month reducing their nuclear arsenals by about a third. That still leaves close to 1500 warheads a piece, which is a lot of nukes, but it’s progress.

We all need a some good news from time-to-time.

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