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Will Obama’s Proposed Cuts to Heating Assistance Leave Poor

Out in Cold?

by Sergio Hernandez
ProPublica

Citing a need for stricter belt-tightening, President Obama has said he wants to slash almost $2.5 billion from a program that helps low-income families pay their energy bills. The White House says lower oil prices mean funding can be reduced without leaving Americans too far in the cold. But whether that’s actually the case is an open question. (mais…)

THE TROUBLED EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PROGRAM

The Reform for Disabled Borrowers That the Education Dept.

Refuses to Adopt

by Sasha Chavkin
ProPublica

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On Monday, we reported on the broken Department of Education programconfronting borrowers who become disabled after taking out federal student loans. Although former students who develop severe and lasting disabilities are legally entitled to get these loans forgiven, we found that they face a dysfunctional and unaccountable review process that has resulted in many borrowers being rejected for unclear reasons and led many others to simply give up. (mais…)

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