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Obamacare has inadvertently caused problems to as many as 1 million college loan borrowers so far -- as if students don't have enough to worry about.

The Department of Education has been transferring large batches of federal student loans to new loan-servicing companies -- leaving in the lurch some borrowers who are suddenly encountering problems with their loans, such as payments that are mysteriously adjusted up or down.
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Here are the top Florida Senate fundraisers through March 31, 2012:

Denise Grimsley (R)                        SD 21     $749,381

Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)                 SD 30     $512,844

Joe Negron (R)                                SD 32     $473,300

Don Gaetz (R)                                 SD 01     $472,260

Jack Latvala (R)                               SD 20     $441,622
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The reign of high-speed rail is mainly on the wane. At least, on one critical Washington priority list.

Ken Orski, HSR opponent and editor/publisher of Innovation NewsBriefs, claims the Democrat-controlled Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, usually "yes" men for the White House, has disallowed the whole of the administration's $4 billion FY 2013 request for high-speed rail.
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Now the news is out that, not only did Ann Romney stay at home to care for her five boys, she didn't get a lick of help from maids or nannies.

Read all about it on the website Politicker.

The Romneys' youngest boy Ben, 31, wrote this on his Facebook page: “Growing up, we never had a nanny or a ‘mommy’s helper.’ Never went to daycare."
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Did the pot teach the kettle black?

Seems DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hired Democratic strategist, CNN contributor and Ann Romney-insulter Hilary Rosen to coach her on media.
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Royal Dutch Shell says a sheen of oil, 10 square miles in size, has been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company said that it hasn't determined the cause of the sheen, estimated in size to be the equivalent of six barrels of oil.

Said Fox Business, Shell issued a statement Thursday saying its operations in the Gulf are "normal with no sign of leaks" and that there are "no well control issues associated with our drilling operations in the area."
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From the Washington Post's Wonkblog comes news of a report just out from IBISWorld that looks at 10 industries demonstrating, as the researchers put it, “exceptionally sour performance” in the United States. There are various reasons, from the advent of new technology to trade competition. Nevertheless, here's the list:

    1. Photofinishing.
    2. Newspaper publishing.
    3. Appliance repair.
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Two attorneys for George Zimmerman said Tuesday they're quitting the case because their client, the Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin, has disappeared.

It's unethical taking actions related to the case when you can't consult with your client, they said.
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Looking, perhaps, to exert a little influence on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Herman Cain appeared on the Steve Gill Show on Radio America Monday morning to push Florida Rep. Allen West as Romney’s vice presidential pick.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, representing Florida's 20th Congressional District and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, had plenty to say Sunday about the latest national jobs report.

Appearing on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Wasserman Schultz defended the progress the president has made recovering from the economy and accused the GOP of rooting for economic failure.
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