Crippling student loan debt was a hot topic this past election cycle, so much so that it helped spark discussions about “reigning in college costs.” Considering the fact that the total outstanding student loan debt in the United States clocks in at more than $1.4 trillion, reigning in costs would be a great idea, as would solutions to help make student loan payments a bit more bearable for borrowers who are struggling month to month in order to make their payments. The student loan debt crisis isn’t new, though. It’s been gaining attention for years. What is new, however, is news that one of the nation’s largest servicer of student loans, Navient, has been misleading student loan borrowers and making “serious mistakes at nearly every step of the collections process” and “illegally driving up loan repayment costs for millions of borrowers” for years, according to lawsuits filed recently “by a federal regulator and two state attorneys general.”
Only the hardest of heart doesn’t like the fresh, innocent smell most commonly associated with babies: baby powder. However, baby powder detractors may be on to something. Even the American Pediatric Association (APA) recommends against using baby powder. Originally, the APA was concerned with talc, the natural mineral ingredient of traditional baby powder.
Imagine that you’re a pretrial detainee in a little jail in Missouri. Now imagine that, as a detainee in that small jail, you’re forced to go naked for several hours while your only set of clothes are in the laundry. The only thing to cover yourself is a sheet and any other bedding you might have, while guards, potentially of the opposite sex, look in on you from time to time from your cell’s window. Sound a bit hard to believe? Well, believe it, because this is the reality that pretrial detainees face on a regular basis at the Cole County Detention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. Fortunately for detainees who find the rule a bit demeaning and uncivilized, a federal appeal court revived a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the jail’s policy.
A recall of infant car seats was recently issued by Thorley Industries, doing business as 4Moms. The issue behind the recall is a tight rivet that’s causing problems with the coupling hook. The coupling hook in the affected units may not properly connect the infant carrier portion of the infant car seats to the coupling pin in the seat base. If the unit doesn’t connect properly, the carrier may come lose from the base in a crash, leading to injuries.
Republicans are bound and determined to make changes to the Affordable Healthcare law. Whether those changes entail a complete repeal and replacement or changes to the existing law is yet to be seen. There is one change, however, that many are talking about, and that’s implementing more aggressive malpractice legislation.
With Trump’s inauguration only a couple days away, some in the political arena are still holding out hope that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will survive, despite the fact that Congress effectively put a stop to it, much to President Obama’s dismay. Why did they stop it, though? Was the free trade agreement really so bad? Well, yes and no. While it would have opened up more trade between twelve different nations, a big reason why Congress decided against it was because they shared the concerns of many TPP critics, including President-elect Trump, and were wary of the “pact’s complexity and lack of transparency.” After all, the full text included 30 different chapters.
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