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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 .

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 .

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A new school year is upon us. If you’re one of a very lucky few, you may be headed to an elite university like Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Stanford.

Questioning Elite Education

A new school year is upon us. If you’re one of a very lucky few, you may be headed to an elite university like Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Stanford.

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Unemployment among people 18 to 34 is a " catastrophe ," according to founder and director Klaus Schwab at his latest economic forum at Davos in Switzerland.  His solution is to…

Youth Unemployment and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Unemployment among people 18 to 34 is a " catastrophe ," according to founder and director Klaus Schwab at his latest economic forum at Davos in Switzerland.  His solution is to…

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The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize impeachment investigation procedures

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The House of Representatives appears to be moving toward impeachment of President Trump.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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When Gavin Newsom signed AB387 into law today, he ended 16 years of unsuccessful attempts by daycare providers statewide to unionize.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is speaking to reporters after meeting with the House Democratic caucus.

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P eople like Becky Dennison are working to address to one  of America’s most urgent crises with a straightforward approach.

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President Trump is holding a press conference at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In a speech to the U.N.

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Students are cutting class, and workers are striking worldwide.   At the UN, governments will be held accountable for promises made in the Paris Accords.

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