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Graduating students arrive for Commencement Exercises at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts May 20, 2013.  (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Higher student loan rates are only part of the higher education crisis

07/06/13 01:40PM

Student loan rates doubled from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, and while the Senate is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to bring Stafford loan rates back down before students return to school in the fall, the fundamental problem of how to pay the ballooning prices for higher education still needs to be addressed. "We have to decide how we are going to fund students to be able to go to college," panelist L. Joy Williams said on Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki. "We have to change out that model." read more

File Photo: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after being presented the Department of Defense's highest award for public service at the Pentagon February 14, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary Clinton recently retired from...

GOP attacks Hillary Clinton for her...age?

07/06/13 12:54PM

The latest Republican attacks against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton suggest the Republican Party is still having trouble figuring out a good strategy for the 2016 election. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, and others spent last week criticizing Clinton for being too old to be a good candidate in 2016. read more

July 7: What you need to know

07/06/13 10:08AM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll cover the continuing GOP identity crisis and what it means for the party's future. We'll also be talking about North Carolina and the new developments in conservative cuts to social programs and civil rights. Finally we'll talk about the blue states that have very conservative governors and what that means for the citizens of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and more. Joining Steve at the table will be: Dave Weigel, political reporter,, msnbc contributor (@daveweigel) Sean Trende, senior elections analyst, Real Clear Politics (@SeanTrende) read more