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“[P]ublic higher education in this country no longer exists,” writes Hiltonsmith. “Because more than half of core educational expenses at ‘public’ 4-year universities are now funded through tuition, a private source of capital, they have effectively become subsidized private institutions.”

While higher education spending used to fluctuate with the economy and tanked during the recession, it has not rebounded as the economy regains strength.

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Public university students today pay $3,000 more in annual tuition than their counterparts a decade ago. 

Why that is depends on whom you ask. Some pundits like to blame administrative bloat or the construction boom. Within higher education, many cite the decline in state support.

As the glow of finally deciding on a college begins to wear off, many students and families must wrestle with how they’re going to pay for school. 

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Millions of working people across the country face the frightening prospect of aging into poverty rather than retiring with dignity.

The lack of retirement security for middle-class and low-wage workers is a growing crisis that Washington has refused to address, even though it demands immediate attention.

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A Supreme Court that has given the green light to unlimited spending in political campaigns ruled Wednesday that judicial candidates don't always have the same right to solicit contributions as other politicians.

The justices ruled 5-4 that Florida's judicial code of conduct can ban candidates from asking for donations. As a result, in 30 states that elect state and local judges, restrictions on fundraising by judicial candidates can remain in place.

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So far, advocates have yet to coalesce around a detailed policy for debt-free college. The congressional resolutions are general statements of principle rather than detailed legislation.

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Blow into a dog whistle, and most people won’t hear a thing. But dogs do. And they come running. That’s how strategic, coded racism works, writes law professor Ian Haney López, in Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

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4) Increasing Pell Grants

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We all know that women across the United States make less money than men. But on top of that, the industries that employ majority women are also the most likely industries to lack basic labor laws. Caroline Fredrickson tackles the subject new book Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, which comes out this month from The New Press.