This is nice
July 17, 2014
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) has a plan to solve one of student debt's most pressing issues.

In conjunction with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rubio has introduced a bipartisan bill into the Senate to help solve America's student loan crisis. The Dynamic Repayment Act would ensure students face reasonable monthly payments and eliminate most defaults.

The bill would enroll all federal loan borrowers into a program where they paid 10 percent of earnings each month toward student loan repayment, with a $10,000 annual exemption. The U.S. government would take the money directly from workers' paychecks. Borrowers would also have the option to opt out and prepay their loans without penalty, if they preferred.

Additionally, the bill would forgive up to $57,500 of loans after 20 years, and loans greater than that amount would be forgiven after 30 years.

"Our current loan repayment system often turns what should be reasonable debts into crippling payments," Rubio and Warner told Bloomberg News. "Some graduates find they are forced to work multiple jobs, often in fields they didn't train for, simply to avoid defaulting on student loans... No one should be forced to go broke because they choose to go to college."

By wading into the student loan issue, which has recently been a Democratic concern, Rubio may gain favor with younger voters, a crucial target base for the GOP. Meghan DeMaria

music brings us together
12:42 a.m. ET
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The secret's out: Prince will play a surprise concert in Baltimore on Sunday, with proceeds from the event going to youth charities based in the city.

The "Rally 4 Peace" concert will take place at Royal Farms Arena, and tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. Other major artists are set to join Prince and his band 3RDEYEGIRL, and it's expected he will debut the protest song he wrote last week, entitled "Baltimore." In a statement, organizers said they hope the concert will be a "catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.," and asked attendees to "wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence." Catherine Garcia

last night on late night
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David Letterman, for some reason, decided to pay Reese Witherspoon a compliment by showing a picture of her and her 15-year-old daughter on Tuesday's Late Show. "Actually, coincidentally, she was born the first year I was on this show," Witherspoon said. Letterman immediately started clearing his throat and pulling a face, but it took a few moments for Witherspoon to get the implication. Finally, after Letterman deadpanned, "Well, that's an interesting coincidence," she said "no" a lot of times, adding: "I was having a blonde moment. I have a lot of them lately." Well, that or Letterman and his band members have dirty minds. Watch. —Peter Weber

Germanwings Crash
12:11 a.m. ET
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The co-pilot suspected of purposely crashing his Germanwings plane into the French Alps March 24, killing everyone on board, practiced a controlled descent on a flight earlier that day, the German newspaper Bild reports.

Sources close to France's BEA crash investigation agency told the paper that on Wednesday, BEA plans to publish an interim report that states the incident lasted a few minutes during a flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona. The source said there was "no aeronautical justification" for this action, Reuters reports. Catherine Garcia

May 5, 2015

It took 56 years for the law to finally catch up with Frank Freshwaters.

In 1957, Freshwaters was convicted of manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with a vehicle, and he was given a sentence of 1 to 20 years in prison. He violated his probation by obtaining a driver's license and was sent to prison, but he didn't stay long; in 1959, Freshwaters simply walked away from the Ohio prison farm where he was incarcerated. In 1975, he was arrested in West Virginia, but the governor would not extradite him, so he fled again.

U.S. Marshals from Ohio tracked him down to Florida, and with assistance from local deputies, came up with a ruse so he would sign papers. After matching the fingerprints with an old sample from Freshwaters, he was taken into custody at his home. "We couldn't go with a picture and see if it's that guy," Maj. Tod Goodyear told The Associated Press. "You look different than you do 50 years ago." Goodyear said that Freshwaters was a retired truck driver who lived off of Social Security benefits in a remote trailer. "It's a nice place to kind of hang out by yourself if you don't want people to know you're there," he added. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said that Freshwaters was booked under the name Harold F. Freshwater, and he is being held without bond. Catherine Garcia

This week in Washington
May 5, 2015
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On Tuesday, the Senate passed a GOP-backed joint budget resolution, the first approved in five years.

Republicans say that the Senate Appropriations Committee will now start to draft spending bills cutting $496 billion in non-defense spending over the next 10 years, The Washington Post reports. The budget framework complies with domestic spending caps included in the 2011 Budget Control Act, commonly referred to as the sequester, and also uses almost $40 billion in off-budget funds to increase defense spending to more than $563 billion.

No Democrats voted for the resolution, and they said they would block cuts to medical research, housing programs for low-income workers, food stamps, and federal Pell Grants. "We're not going to sign on to a bill that goes to the sequester levels," Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) said. "There is no reason for us to support these funding levels on the domestic side." Catherine Garcia

May 5, 2015

During a round-table discussion at a high school in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton stated that she supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who live in the United States, telling the audience, "We can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship."

Clinton did not name anyone specifically, but said there is a sharp distinction between her stance and the views of Republican presidential candidates, adding, "When they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status." Before the event, Clinton's campaign announced she supports a plan that "treats anyone with dignity and compassion, upholds the rules of law, protects our border and national security, and brings hard-working people out of the shadows and into the formal economy so they can pay taxes and contribute to our nation's prosperity." Watch Clinton's remarks below. —Catherine Garcia

May 5, 2015

Ellen Albertini Dow, the actress best known for stealing the show in The Wedding Singer when she performed "Rapper's Delight," died Monday. She was 101.

Dow appeared on numerous television shows, including Seinfeld, New Girl, The Golden Girls, and Six Feet Under, as well as major movies Sister Act, Patch Adams, and 54. Before landing onscreen roles, Dow was a dancer, theater actress, comedian, and mime who trained with Marcel Marceau in Paris. Once she moved to Los Angeles, she taught in the drama department of Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley, where she worked alongside her husband, Eugene Dow. She retired in 1985, and landed her first film role later that year. —Catherine Garcia

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