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Senate blocks Elizabeth Warren’s student loan refinancing bill

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to allow student loan borrowers to refinance at lower interest rates failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, dooming a measure that was a Democratic priority ahead of November congressional elections. Democrats had said the bill would let…

WATCH: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and author Thomas Piketty discuss economic inequality

A discussion between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and economist Thomas Piketty regarding income inequality and how to combat it will air Monday night at 8:30 p.m. EST. “It’s fundamentally this question about whether or not the game is rigged,” Warren said in footage released from the talk, which was filmed…

Elizabeth Warren backs proposal to make the USPS a ‘public option’ for payday lending

Post Office branches could replace payday lenders under a proposal endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The Office of the Inspector General reported last week that 68 million Americans — more than one-fourth of all households – have no checking or savings account and spent about $89 billion in 2012…

Elizabeth Warren, Third Way and the battle over American Liberalism

Since Barack Obama’s election, Democrats have been united by an increasingly reactionary oppposition. But beneath that veneer of tranquility, longstanding  political and philosophical differences over the role the government should play in our economy…  …

Sens. Sanders and Warren hold hearing on how income inequality literally kills people

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) held a hearing on Wednesday to investigate how the growing disparity between the rich and the poor impacts mortality and health. Watch video below:…

Elizabeth Warren: GOP ‘anarchy gang’ attacks imaginary ‘bogeyman government’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) accused Republican “anarchists” of shutting down the government and then complaining when the government doesn’t provide the services they want. “We all know how we got here,” Warren said Thursday on the Senate floor. “For years now, we’ve heard a small minority in this country rail…

Elizabeth Warren compares compromise on government shutdown to negotiating with hostage takers

A Democratic senator said she hopes her colleagues won’t break ranks and delay the new health care reform law to avoid a government shutdown. “We’ve had a referendum on that, so we can keep debating it from the floor of the Senate, but you don’t get to hold the entire…

WATCH: Elizabeth Warren and Lawrence Lessig discuss Citizens United 2.0.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig discussed the potential legal and political fallout of the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case on Thursday. During an event hosted by Constitutional Accountability Center, the duo explained why the case is being called “Citizens United 2.0.” Watch video below:…

Larry Summers helped sink Elizabeth Warren’s nomination to head new consumer bureau

Former White House economic adviser Larry Summers helped sink Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010. Summers’ opposition to Warren was reported by The Boston Globe on Wednesday and two former Obama administration officials confirmed the story to The Huffington Post. Obama appointed…

Elizabeth Warren demands an end to the FDA’s ban on gay blood donors

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and a group of 86 other signatories from Congress sent a letter on Thursday to call for an end to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s ban on blood donors who are “men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977,”…

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