Education Dept. Keeps Obama Plan to Streamline Loan System

Education Dept. Keeps Obama Plan to Streamline Loan System

Under plans being considered by the Education Department, students at colleges and universities such as Columbia University in New York will see changes to how their federal student loans are managed.CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times The Education Department on Friday took up an Obama-era plan to streamline federal student loan servicing by moving to a new, single platform for managing the loans of 43 million borrowers. The department had indicated it might jettison the previous administration’s initiative, which was intended to simplify a system that consumer advocates have…

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Report: Obama Department Of Education Drastically Underestimated Student-Loan Debt

Report: Obama Department Of Education Drastically Underestimated Student-Loan Debt

With the media’s focus on the Inauguration and the new president’s first week in office, a recent Wall Street Journal report has gone little noticed. According to the report, on January 13 (just one week before the outgoing administration up and went), the Obama Department of Education dropped a memorandum confessing that it had “overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools.” The “updated numbers” provided by the Department were analyzed by the Journal’s staff, who found that the new data “revealed that the Department previously had…

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Before Leaving Office, Obama Administration Admits It Got Student Loan Data Wrong

Before Leaving Office, Obama Administration Admits It Got Student Loan Data Wrong

In case you ever had any doubts about the inefficiencies of the Department of Education, look no further than the recent revelation that the agency has been vastly underestimating student loan repayment rates. On the last day of the Obama administration’s tenure, the College Scorecard the department established has been quietly revealed to have serious flaws. The Obama administration conceded coding errors found in the College Scorecard inflated college repayment rates, potentially misleading students. The Wall Street Journal went as far as to report that, “on closer inspection, the mistake…

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Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who then went on to pay the price with a 35-year military prison sentence, is to be freed in May as a gift of outgoing president Barack Obama. In the most audacious – and contentious – commutation decision to come from Obama yet, the sitting president used his constitutional power just three days before he leaves the White House to give…

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Chelsea Manning: Obama reduces sentence of Wikileaks source

Chelsea Manning: Obama reduces sentence of Wikileaks source

US President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release. She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group. The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history. The commutation reduces Manning’s sentence but is not a pardon, which some campaigners had called for. Manning’s uncle, Kevin Fox,…

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Bears Ears and Gold Butte: Obama creates two nature preserves

Bears Ears and Gold Butte: Obama creates two nature preserves

President Barack Obama has unilaterally designated two new “national monument” nature preserves in the western US states of Nevada and Utah. The Bears Ears National Monument and the Gold Butte National Monument will protect areas rich in Native American artefacts from energy drilling. Some Republicans in those states are opposed to the move and say it amounts to a federal land-grab. It comes as Mr Obama attempts to secure his environmental legacy. Since the election of Republican Donald Trump as next US president, Mr Obama has moved to block new…

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Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking

Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking

The Obama administration announced sanctions Thursday against Russia’s intelligence services, while ejecting dozens of intelligence operatives from the U.S., as part of a response to what it says are efforts by Moscow to influence the 2016 election. Using an executive order, Obama sanctioned the GRU and the FSB — two of Russia’s intelligence services as well as other entities and individuals associated with the GRU. The cybersecurity firm hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate the hack of its emails earlier this year the hacking came from the Fancy Bear…

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Barack Obama Eyes Digital-Media Career (Report)

Barack Obama Eyes Digital-Media Career (Report)

President Barack Obama is considering a post-White House career in digital media, according to a report on the website Mic. Citing multiple unnamed sources, Mic reports that Obama is considering launching his own digital-media company after he leaves office next month, with possible offshoots including a series on a Netflix-style platform or a show on a comedy website. According to the site, Obama also met in Lima, Peru on the sidelines of the recent APEC summit with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss the potential media venture. White House spokesperson…

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