Trump and DeVos call for massive cuts to college student aid programs

The Trump administration is seeking to slash nearly $4 billion in annual funding for student aid programs, but the two-year budget deal signed into law last week complicates that proposal. President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a fiscal 2019 budget Monday that rehashes many of the proposals floated by the White House last year. Among them are plans to ax loan forgiveness for public servants, alter the terms of income-driven student loan repayment and stop paying the interest on low-income students’ loans while they are in school. Those three changes alone could increase the cost of higher education for borrowers by more than $200 billion over the… Read More

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Analysis: Trump is playing a high-risk game with the economy

By Heather Long | Washington Post WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is beginning his second year in office with a high-risk strategy: Juicing the U.S. economy at a time when it already looks pretty healthy. As his latest budget, released Monday, makes clear, Trump wants growth of 3 percent – or more – a year for the next seven years, a feat that hasn’t happened since Ronald Reagan was president in the 1980s. Most economists say Trump’s economic dream is virtually impossible. The latest Survey of Professional Forecasters, for example, doesn’t predict growth will hit 3 percent at all in Trump’s first term. The United States is in a different… Read More

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Yankees spring training | Latest on Aaron Judge’s shoulder

There was some Yankees news on Tuesday, reporting day for Yankees pitchers and catchers in Tampa. Watch video TAMPA — It was pretty much a daily occurrence during the second half of the 2017 season for Aaron Judge to walk through the Yankees clubhouse after games with an ice bag on his left shoulder. Judge always played down his issue during interviews. Yankees positional breakdown “Maintenance,” he’d say. Not exactly. On Nov. 21, exactly a month after the Yankees’ season ended with a Game 7 ALCS loss and eight days after Judge unanimously was voted the AL Rookie of the Year, big No. 99 had arthroscopic surgery on his left… Read More

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Jersey City divided as new tax assessments finally roll out

How you feel about the reval depends on where you live. JERSEY CITY — New assessments released citywide as part of the long-delayed property revaluation are exposing anew divisions between residents of Jersey City’s Downtown and those who live in the city’s less affluent neighborhoods. Hundreds of Downtown residents have crowded community centers, churches and schools in recent weeks to express anger about the enormous tax hikes expected to accompany their new assessments. The owners of one Washington Street brownstone may see their annual tax bill increase by $36,066. The story is markedly different in areas of Greenville, the West Side and the Heights, where residents are seeing dramatic decreases… Read More

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Five young Giants who could shake up the desert landscape

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona–As the rest of baseball emphasizes youth, the Giants will once again field a roster that skews older and highlights veteran experience. Following a 64-98 season, San Francisco added 32-year-old third baseman Evan Longoria, 31-year-old right fielder Andrew McCutchen and 31-year-old outfielder Austin Jackson in an offseason loaded with intrigue. Though much could change between now and Opening Day, the Giants are poised to begin the year with six position players over the age of 30, while the rival Dodgers work with a lineup featuring a slew of regulars –Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Austin Barnes– who haven’t reached their third decade and two stars –Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger–… Read More

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