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Jones: Costly college loan? You're stuck with it
March 25th, 2014
09:19 PM ET

Jones: Costly college loan? You're stuck with it

(CNN) - If you took out a loan a few years ago to buy a flashy sports car, you could save buckets of money by refinancing at today's low rates.

But if you did the smart thing and took out federal student loans to pay for an education - sorry, you are out of luck! Federal student loans cannot be refinanced.

If that sounds insane to you, you will like the plan Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled in a speech recently at the Center for American Progress.

Last spring, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to lower student loan interest rates as of July 1, 2013. But they did little for people who already had borrowed at higher rates.

Say you took out a loan even a day earlier, on June 30. At that point, the congressionally mandated rate was 6.8%. You are locked into it. No matter what else Congress does to help new borrowers.

Unlike almost every other type of loan, federal student loans are set in stone even if rates change for the better. (There are private refinancing options but they have strict requirements and limited scope.) This might not constitute a crisis if college cost what it did in the 1970s. But with middle class wages flat for decades, the soaring cost of education has become a mammoth debt dilemma dragging down an entire generation.

Today, Americans hold an all-time record $1.3 trillion in student debt. It cannot be discharged by bankruptcy or even death. In some cases, Social Security benefits are being garnished to pay for a grandchild's debt if a grandparent co-signed. Parents are still paying off their own bills while contemplating putting their kids through college.

The solution is simple: Let Americans with federal student loans refinance to today's low rate. But the reason why Congress refuses to act may surprise you. FULL STORY

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March 21st, 2014
07:18 AM ET

Web exclusive: Should college athletes be paid?

Top college basketball teams from across the nation are facing off over the next three weeks during March Madness. The highly-anticipated sporting event is watched by millions and generates over a billion dollars, but none of that goes to the players.

Meanwhile, an attorney representing four college athletes filed a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA on Monday arguing that universities should have the option of paying players. "The reality is that it is already pro sports for everybody but the athletes," Attorney Jeffrey Kessler said in the landmark anti trust suit.

Is it time for student athletes to get paid?

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Filed under: Christine Brennan • Debates • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar • Newt Gingrich • Sports • Van Jones
March 5th, 2014
08:52 PM ET

Cupp: Wasn't Romney right on Russia?

Crossfire host S.E. Cupp and Van Jones debate Hillary Clinton's recent comparison of Vladimir Putin to Hitler and Cupp asks why Democrats were making fun of Romney's warning to be worried about Russia.

Jones: Save the guacamole!
Van Jones is outraged about climate change possibly hindering Chipotle's guacamole production.

Cupp on girl suing parents: grow up!

S.E. Cupp is outraged that an 18 year old girl is suing her parents to pay for her college tuition.

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Filed under: Adam Kinzinger • Debates • Eliot Engel • Foreign policy • Hillary Clinton • Outrage of the Day • Putin • Russia • S.E. Cupp • Ukraine • Van Jones
Are Putin's actions Hitler-like?
March 5th, 2014
04:07 PM ET

Are Putin's actions Hitler-like?

Tonight on Crossfire: is President Obama blind to a threat from Russia, or is the administration's tough diplomacy starting to work?

At 6:30pm ET: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) join S.E. Cupp and Van Jones to debate the crisis in Ukraine.

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We want you to weigh in: Hillary Clinton said Putin's actions are like "what Hitler did back in the 30s." Do you Agree? FULL STORY

Vote by tweeting Yes or No using #Crossfire or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page.

Filed under: Adam Kinzinger • Eliot Engel • Fireback • Foreign policy • Hillary Clinton • In the Crossfire • Putin • Russia • S.E. Cupp • Ukraine • Van Jones
March 4th, 2014
09:39 PM ET

Cupp: Kerry's cleaning up Hillary Clinton's mess

S.E. Cupp and Van Jones debate the crisis in Russia and Ukraine and Cupp argues former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton started this debacle.

Wolfowitz urges Obama to cancel G8 trip
Former Deputy Defense Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz urges President Obama to not attend G8 summit.

Cupp outraged boy suspended for gun sign
On Crossfire, S.E. Cupp was outraged a 10 year old boy was suspended for demonstrating a gun gesture.

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Did Obama underestimate Putin?
March 4th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Did Obama underestimate Putin?

Despite talks between ministers from both sides, a key Ukrainian figure offered little indication Tuesday that there's been movement away from the brink of war threatening to embroil his Eastern European nation. FULL STORY

At 6:30pm ET on Crossfire: Former Presidential candidate Howard Dean and former Deputy Secretary of State Paul Wolfowitz join S.E. Cupp and Van Jones to debate the crisis in Ukraine.

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We want you to weigh in: Is President Obama underestimating Vladimir Putin?

Vote by tweeting Yes or No using #Crossfire or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page.

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Filed under: Fireback • Foreign policy • Howard Dean • In the Crossfire • Obama • Paul Wolfowitz • Putin • Russia • S.E. Cupp • Ukraine • Van Jones
February 26th, 2014
09:11 PM ET

Religious freedom or discrimination?

Crossfire hosts Van Jones & S.E. Cupp debate the controversial Arizona 'religious freedom' bill with Neera Tanden and Peter Sprigg.

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Filed under: Debates • Gay rights • Neera Tanden • Peter Sprigg • Religion • S.E. Cupp • Van Jones
Religious freedom vs. discrimination
February 26th, 2014
04:17 PM ET

Religious freedom vs. discrimination

What's more important, protecting religious freedom or avoiding discrimination? The pressure is growing as Governor Jan Brewer has yet to make her decision whether to sign or veto the Arizona "religious freedom" bill.

At 6:30pm ET on Crossfire: Neera Tanden, who is against the bill, and Peter Sprigg, who supports it, join Van Jones and S.E. Cupp to debate.

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We want you to weigh in: Should businesses be allowed to refuse service based on religious beliefs?

Vote by tweeting Yes or No using #Crossfire or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page.

This is what S.E. thinks about Fireback.

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Filed under: Fireback • Gay rights • In the Crossfire • Neera Tanden • Peter Sprigg • Religion • S.E. Cupp • Van Jones
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