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Don't call it 'student' debt
August 5th, 2014
11:29 AM ET

Don't call it 'student' debt

The first thing we need to do to get serious about student debt? Stop calling it "student debt."

"College debt" or "education debt" might work. Anything but student debt - because not just students but entire families are paying the cost of our broken system for funding higher education.

Case in point: The other day, one of the top stories on was about two grieving parents who lost their child but are still stuck with her student loan bills.

This story represents so much about what is wrong with our system of financing higher education - not to mention our national priorities. Full story

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Filed under: CNN Opinion • economy • Student loans • Van Jones
Clinton defends paid speeches
June 9th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Clinton defends paid speeches

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the fact she's reportedly made $5 million in speaking fees since leaving the State Department in early 2013 by arguing that her family "came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt."

Pressed by ABC's Diane Sawyer in a clip of an interview that will air in full on Monday night, Clinton added that her family had "no money" when they left the White House more than a dozen years ago and "struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education." Full story

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At 6:30pm ET, S.E. Cupp and guest host Paul Begala are joined by Tracy Sefl of Ready for Hillary and Tim Miller, who is the co-author of "Failed Choices," a response to Hillary's new book.

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Was Hillary Clinton an effective Secretary of State?

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Filed under: 2016 • economy • Fireback • Foreign policy • GOP • Hillary Clinton • In the Crossfire • Middle Class • Paul Begala • Politics • S.E. Cupp • Tim Miller • Tracy Sefl
May 27th, 2014
12:43 PM ET

Student debt doesn't just hurt students

We have a trillion-dollar student debt problem. Crossfire's Van Jones wants to get that anvil off the economy's neck.

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Filed under: economy • Reloaded • Van Jones
May 20th, 2014
10:41 AM ET

Robots are coming to take your job

Smartphones, tablets, and apps have changed the way we do just about everything. But do these conveniences cost us jobs? Van Jones takes a look.

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Filed under: economy • Jobs • Reloaded • Robots • Van Jones
May 2nd, 2014
09:06 PM ET

Gingrich: too many of our jobs are low-paying

Reps. Barbara Lee and Andy Harris debate raising the minimum wage with Newt Gingrich and Van Jones.

Jones: Give the President some credit on the economy!
Van Jones says the GOP is not giving Obama any credit on the economy, Newt debates.

Gingrich: Sell the Clippers to the fans!
Newt Gingrich argues that the Clippers should be sold to the fans instead of another billionaire.

Jones outraged 200 girls kidnapped by terrorists
Van Jones is outraged that about 200 Nigerian girls have been kidnapped by terrorists and no one seems to care.

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Filed under: Andy Harris • Barbara Lee • CNN Opinion • Debates • economy • Jobs • Middle Class • Minimum wage • Newt Gingrich • Obama • Unemployment • Van Jones
$15/hour for minimum wage?
May 2nd, 2014
05:22 PM ET

$15/hour for minimum wage?

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April, the strongest month for job growth in two years, the Department of Labor said Friday. That number blew away economists' forecasts, and stocks rose following the news, although they have since fallen back.

The oft-quoted unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, down from 6.7% in March.

Also, today Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his proposal for a $15 minimum wage, a plan he said has broad support across the local government, business and labor communities.

Washington already has the nation's highest state-level minimum wage of $9.32. The Seattle proposal would be more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Mayor Murray's plan would take effect over several years and apply first to some large businesses starting in 2017, and ultimately to all businesses by 2021. FULL STORY.

Is Obama leading the U.S. into a healthy economy? At 6:30pm ET on Crossfire, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Andy Harris (R-CMD) go head-to-head in a debate joined by Newt Gingrich and Van Jones.

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We want you to weigh in: Do you agree with the Seattle Mayor that the minimum wage should be raised to $15/hour?

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Filed under: Andy Harris • Barbara Lee • economy • Fireback • In the Crossfire • Jobs • Middle Class • Minimum wage • Newt Gingrich • Obama • Van Jones
February 24th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Are GOP govs. frustrating Obama's agenda?

Tonight on Crossfire, two governors square off for a classic debate on state vs. government rights. Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will argue whether President Obama’s agenda is being frustrated by Republican governors.

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We want you to weigh in: Which last name carries more baggage in 2016?

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Filed under: 2014 Elections • 2016 • economy • Fireback • In the Crossfire • Jay Nixon • Middle Class • Minimum wage • Newt Gingrich • Pat McCrory • Van Jones
February 21st, 2014
09:50 PM ET

Rick Perry: Not govt's business to set minimum wage

Texas governor Rick Perry spars with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on raising the minimum wage.

Jones attacks red states, Perry defends
Gov. Rick Perry defends Texas against Van Jones' attack on red states.

Van Joes to Rick Perry: Aren't you living in a Texas mirage?
Van Jones questions Rick Perry on the jobs he is bringing to his state.

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Filed under: 2014 Elections • Debates • economy • Jobs • Middle Class • Minimum wage • Newt Gingrich • Pat Quinn • Rick Perry • Van Jones
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