FROM Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Clinton Unveils College Tuition Plan amid Sanders' Challenge The Republican presidential primary campaign is all caught up in the controversy over Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly. Meantime, the Democrats are arguing over how to cope with the high cost of college. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing crowds for his presidential campaign, in part by proposing that college be "debt free." Today, Hillary Clinton is announcing a plan of her own , as we hear from Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, who covers the economics of education for the Washington Post .
Student Debt Is Out of Control: Is it Ever OK to Default? For baby boomers, the big issue was war and peace. For millennials it's student debt. That's according to a poll by Harvard University . With the average amount owed about $35,000, the total burden is more than a trillion dollars for college and graduate school for some 40 million Americans, — all of whom are old enough to vote. In the Washington Post , Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports that presidential candidates of both political parties are addressing the issue. Meanwhile, the New York Times is being called irresponsible for an op-ed piece encouraging student debtors to default on their payments. Is that the start of a much-needed conversation or just lousy advice? We hear more about the high cost of higher education.
Credit Card Safety in the Age of Cybercrime When Target was hacked just before Christmas for credit- and debit-card data, as well as personal information, 40 million accounts were compromised, along with non-card personal information, including phone numbers, email and street addresses for another 70 million customers. The FBI says that's just the beginning. Not all compromised businesses have been publicly identified and cyber-criminals are increasingly sophisticated. But banks, retailers -- and policy makers — are reportedly dragging their feet, with only 11% of businesses adopting available security measures. How long will it take the US to upgrade credit and debit cards? In the meantime, how vulnerable are consumers? Is cybercrime a cost of doing business that will ultimately be passed on?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."