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Feb 12, 2020. 11 comments

President Trump Thinks His Crime Friend's Crime Wasn't Even That Illegal

President Trump Thinks His Crime Friend's Crime Wasn't Even That Illegal
Barf Bag Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

On Monday evening, federal prosecutors in the Roger Stone case asked a judge for a nine-year sentence as punishment for his seven felony convictions, including threatening a witness and interfering with a congressional investigation into crimes possibly committed by his friend...

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Jan 15, 2020. 20 comments

Could Rebellious Teens Please Just Go Back to Worshipping the Devil?

Could Rebellious Teens Please Just Go Back to Worshipping the Devil?
Barf Bag Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

It’s really no surprise that some teenage boys love Trump. From what I can recall, they are burdened with all the baggage that comes from being taught that normal human feelings are wrong and bad along while being offered limited outlets for expressing any emotion that isn’t rage....

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Dec 04, 2019. 17 comments

Betsy DeVos Would Very Much Like Someone to Do Her Job For Her

Betsy DeVos Would Very Much Like Someone to Do Her Job For Her

Not troubling oneself with anything boring seems like the best part of being rich. Rich people can afford to hire less rich people to do all the tasks that make life tedious: managing a household, raising children, working at a business. Perhaps that’s why Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a very rich person whose family got that way by having other people sell their shitty Amway products,...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Oct 19, 2019. 20 comments

Let's Check in With the People Making Millions Off Your Student Debt

Let's Check in With the People Making Millions Off Your Student Debt

Student loan debt: I have it, you very well may have it, and millions of other people in the United States have it, too. Collectively, our student loan debt is hovering somewhere around $1.6 trillion, and to say that Americans are struggling is an understatement: some politicians are campaigning on relieving

most or all of our student loan debt, people are hosting elaborate celebrations ...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Oct 16, 2019. 20 comments

Woman Holds Funeral Photo Shoot for Her Student Loans

Woman Holds Funeral Photo Shoot for Her Student Loans

I can think of few bigger accomplishments than getting rid of one’s student debt. Anyone can get married or drive a car or win an Oscar, but paying down thousands of ever-interest-mounting loan dollars is a feat worthy of great celebration. Or a funeral photo shoot, if you’re Daily Beast writer Mandy Velez.

According to People, Velez, 27, threw herself the aforementioned shoot after paying off...

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Oct 09, 2019. 13 comments

Visualize Betsy DeVos and Aunt Becky as Bunkmates (in Jail)

Visualize Betsy DeVos and Aunt Becky as Bunkmates (in Jail)

A judge has threatened U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with jail time if she continues to steal money from students who were ripped off by a for-profit university.

At a hearing on October 7, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim said she was “astounded” at the Education Department’s failure to comply with a June court order to stop collections on students who had been promised refunds of...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Jun 25, 2019. 6 comments

Brands Love to Pay Your Student Loans for Clout

Brands Love to Pay Your Student Loans for Clout

On Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Ilhan Omar introduced two bills to eliminate the

entirety of the student loan debt in the U.S., following another student loan debt relief plan from Senator Elizabeth Warren released in April. But presidential candidates aren’t the only ones interested in doing something about mounting student loan debt; increasingly, brands want you to...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Apr 24, 2019. 19 comments

Your Debt Isn't a Personal Failure

Your Debt Isn't a Personal Failure

During a Monday night town hall on CNN, a college student in the audience asked Senator Amy Klobuchar why he should vote for her when she hasn’t backed student loan forgiveness like some of the other candidates in the field—notably Elizabeth Warren, who on Monday

announced a proposal to erase $50,000 in student loan debt for every person with a household income below $100,000. Klobuchar’s...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Apr 22, 2019. 18 comments

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Get Rid of Your Student Loan Debt

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Get Rid of Your Student Loan Debt

Elizabeth Warren, as Clio Chang recently

wrote at Jezebel , is “running as a candidate who says she can see the country clearly”—and more than any other candidate, she has bold and ambitious plans to tackle the twin evils of unchecked corporate greed and government retrenchment. She has put out plans for universal childcare , for taxing the ultra-wealthy, for protecting our public lands. And...

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Hannah Gold Hannah Gold Jul 13, 2018. 21 comments

There's a New, Dystopian Game Show Where People Compete to Have Their Student Loan Debts Paid

There's a New, Dystopian Game Show Where People Compete to Have Their Student Loan Debts Paid

The game show I’m about to describe to you is both incredibly fucked up and also, essentially, like any other game show, where people who need money, often desperately, compete for it.

TruTV’s new trivia game show, Paid Off, gives contestants the chance to pay off their hulking student loan debts, according to NBC News. About 45 million Americans are estimated to have student debt, including...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Jul 10, 2018. 15 comments

This Fucked Up Game Show Promises to 'Pay Off' Your Student Loans

This Fucked Up Game Show Promises to 'Pay Off' Your Student Loans

TruTV—the network that brings you such quality content as Impractical Jokers, At Home with Amy Sedaris, The Chris Gethard Show and a bunch of another comedy-based programming you’ve assured your friends you’ll check out someday—will soon gift the world Paid Off, a game show that’s just a bit too real.

Three contestants (anyone with significant student loan debt, primarily folks in their 20s...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Mar 01, 2018. 24 comments

Why Yes, Many Debt-Ridden Millennials Would Choose Money Over Love

Why Yes, Many Debt-Ridden Millennials Would Choose Money Over Love

When faced with the prospect of making more money or staying in a relationship that is fine to not fine to whatever, most millennials would ditch the ‘ship in a heartbeat, take the money, and run.

According to a study run by Comet, a financial services company, millennials are ready to prioritize their careers—and by extension, themselves—over a relationship. Forty-one percent of the 364...

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Hillary Crosley Coker Hillary Crosley Coker Aug 19, 2017. 24 comments

U.S. Marshals Arrest Houston Man at Home Over $1,500 in Outstanding Student Debt

U.S. Marshals Arrest Houston Man at Home Over $1,500 in Outstanding Student Debt

An astonishing story is coming out of Houston, where a man was just arrested at his home by federal marshals over $1,500 in outstanding student debt. Is Raylan Givens coming for you next?

Paul Aker told Fox 26 that he hadn’t received any paperwork regarding the overdue loan he took out in 1987, and was shocked when seven marshals appeared at his door last week with guns.

“I was wondering, why...

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Ellie Shechet Ellie Shechet Aug 18, 2017. 24 comments

DeVos Appoints Student Loan Company CEO to Run Office of Federal Student Aid 

DeVos Appoints Student Loan Company CEO to Run Office of Federal Student Aid 

Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Weird how they keep doing that?

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:Education Secretary and fundamentalist billionaire Betsy DeVos has appointed Arthur Wayne Johnson, the CEO of private student loan company Reunion Student Loan Finance Corporation, to run the Office of Federal...

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Hannah Gold Hannah Gold Aug 17, 2017. 24 comments

Saturday Night Social: Nicki Minaj Is Launching a Charity to Pay Off Even More Tuition and Student Loan Fees

Saturday Night Social: Nicki Minaj Is Launching a Charity to Pay Off Even More Tuition and Student Loan Fees

After

promising several fans on Twitter last week that she’d cover their student loans, college tuition fees, and school supply costs, the beneficent Nicki Minaj posted on Instagram on Friday that she’d made eight of those payments that day and intended to go on another shopping spree to free fans from student debt sometime in the next two months.

Minaj also announced that she’ll be launching...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Aug 17, 2017. 16 comments

18 States Sue Betsy DeVos For Delaying Student Loan Fraud Protections

18 States Sue Betsy DeVos For Delaying Student Loan Fraud Protections

Democratic attorneys general from Washington D.C. and 18 states, including Delaware, New York, and Hawaii, are suing the Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a recent decision to freeze Obama-era regulations that protect student borrowers from predatory for-profit colleges.

The rules, known as the Borrower’s Defense Regulations, were announced last fall and were...

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Rachel Vorona Cote Rachel Vorona Cote Aug 17, 2017. 24 comments

Donald Trump Proposes Budget That Mangles Food Stamp And Medicaid Programs

Donald Trump Proposes Budget That Mangles Food Stamp And Medicaid Programs

On Tuesday, Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal will be officially introduced, but we already know some of its more grisly details. Our

orb-fondling , foot-swallowing POTUS imagines a vastly restructured government without the Affordable Care Act, reshaped by tremendous lacerations to Medicaid, food stamp, and student loan programs.

But as the Associated Press reports, a politically...

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