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June 14, 2013

Benton: Better week for Tebow than Baker

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Both Brown and Tisei are still smarting from their losses last fall. Brown was the incumbent senator who shocked the country with his victory in the special election for the seat long held by Ted Kennedy, while Tisei squandered what many considered the Republicans’ best shot in years at winning the 6th District seat in Congress.

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North Shore Congressman John Tierney, D-Salem, is teaming up with Warren in leading the effort to block a major hike in student loan rates due to take effect July 1.

Both appeared at a rally at Northeastern University in Boston Monday urging Congress to act. Without such action, interest on Stafford loans, which help income-eligible students pay for college, will double from the current 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Tierney, a Salem State University graduate, is opposed to a bill passed by the Republican majority in the House earlier this year that ties the interest rate on Stafford loans to whatever rate the government is paying to borrow money currently. He calls it a “political ploy” and has suggested the government should offer students the same low rates it makes available to “Wall Street banks.”

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How big a story was the Tim Tebow signing?

BuzzFeed Politics reported Tuesday morning that CNN had broken away from President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration reform to cover Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s first press conference of the Tebow era.

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