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Supreme Court takes right turn
In an amazing turn of events it appears the Supreme Court has started to come to its senses and recognize our Constitution is still an important document. Two significant decisions last week have hard line left wingers having heart palpitations.

In one case, the court reigned in the unholy alliance between public sector unions and the Democrat party in the Harris v. Quinn decision saying unions cannot collect dues from "quasi-employees." The case involved a group of home health care workers in Illinois. The "workers" were primarily family members who were being paid with Medicare funds to provide care to disabled family members. The state ruled since they were being paid with state funds they should be considered employees subject to the SEIU union contract covering health care workers and therefore subject to mandatory union dues. The "workers" objected and took the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

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It's time to give college graduates a future with freedom from debt
The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the "Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act" (S. 2432) garnered a 56-38 majority but fell short of the 60 votes needed to open debate.

Republicans cast 37 of the 38 "no" votes. Only three Republicans joined 53 Democrats and Independents in voting to debate the bill.

For members of the college and high school classes of 2014, and for past graduates, this effort to tackle the student debt issue is sorely needed. For whether their degrees are in math, science, history or English, our graduates are coming out of college schooled in something else entirely: the crushing weight of student loan debt.

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What's a negative interest rate?
The concept of negative interest rates seems so strange. Can a bank actually charge you for depositing money with them? That's not the way it's supposed to work.

Here's another way to look at it: You pay me; I'll keep your money safe. In this era of low interest rates and freaked out investors, that's essentially what savings accounts have become. When you look at it like that, it doesn't seem quite as strange.

No, your local bank isn't going to start charging you to keep money with them anytime soon. Yes, they'll continue to pay you absolutely nothing. But the European Central Bank is taking that a step further by charging a 0.10% interest rate to banks that hold money with them. The idea is simple: By charging the banks to keep their money with the ECB, hopefully the banks won't park their money there. Instead, they'll start putting that money to more economically productive things, like loaning it out.

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Four tips for giving your pet a safe and happy July Fourth Hint: Pets and fireworks don't mix
Independence Day is all about celebration: picnics, parties, parades and, of course, fireworks. While lots of people enjoy this noisy summer holiday, it can be overwhelming for your pets, and possibly hazardous. Pets can become disoriented and frightened by the noise and commotion associated with parades and fireworks displays. In fact, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds of the Fourth of July that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.
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