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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Obama To Call On Congress To Avoid Doubling Student Loan Interest Rates.”
The article’s author Travis Waldron writes:
President Obama will today launch a campaign aimed at preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling at the start of July, gathering college students at the White House in an effort to challenge Congress to prevent the rate increase. The White House has already re-upped its “don’t double my rate” campaign, which helped force Congress’ hand in passing a temporary fix in 2012, on social media.
The current rate on federal loans is 3.4 percent; that would double on July 1 without action from Congress.
Today The New York Times published an article titled “Police Attack Protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square.”
The article’s authors Tim Arango and Ceylan Yeginsu write:
Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators on Friday in Istanbul’s Taksim Square with water cannons and tear gas, sending scores of people, protesters and tourists alike, scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season.
The police action was the latest violent crackdown by the government against a growing protest movement challenging plans to replace a park in Taksim Square, Istanbul’s equivalent of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with a replica Ottoman-era army barracks that would house a shopping mall.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Denver Post published an article titled “Denver women’s prison has highest rate of reported staff sex assaults.”
The article’s author Kirk Mitchell writes:
An estimated 10.7 percent of inmates at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility claim staff members sexually assaulted them or were guilty of sexual misconduct, according to a new national study.
It was the highest rate in the nation, according to the report by the U.S. Department of Justice, and four times the national average of 2.4 percent.
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