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Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1

The interest rate on government-backed student loans is going to double on Monday. Policymakers in Washington could not agree on a plan to keep it from happening. If they don't agree on a plan soon, 7 million students expected to take out new Stafford loans could be stuck with a much bigger bill.

Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.

For A Mom, Learning To Accept A Gay Son Was 'Nonnegotiable'

When Connie Casey learned her adolescent son was gay, she blamed herself and sent him to conversion therapy for several years. But when Samuel, now 22, went away to college, Connie says, she realized that "it was time to take a look at everything that I'd ever been taught to believe."

Senate's Immigration Joy Could Turn To Ashes In House

There's enough recent evidence to suggest that strong bipartisan support for legislation in the Senate doesn't necessarily lead to a similar result in the House.

Regulators File Charges Against Corzine Over MF Global Debacle

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says Jon Corzine failed to keep money that belonged to the brokerage's customers from unlawfully being used to cover MF Global's obligations.

Inspector General Changes Tune On IRS Scandal

The IRS inspector general now has a different account of what investigators knew about the ideologies of the groups that underwent extra scrutiny as they sought tax-exempt status.

Senate Approves Sweeping Immigration Overhaul, In Final Vote

In addition to putting millions of immigrants who entered the United States illegally on a path to citizenship, the bill includes measures that would punish employers who take advantage of immigrant workers, as well as provisions for border security. It remains to be seen how the immigration bill will be greeted in the House of Representatives.

How Head Injuries Seem To Affect The Risk For Stroke

Scientists were surprised to find that people who have had a concussion or other traumatic brain injury are more likely to have a stroke in the next few years. That's particularly true for people under age 50. But scientists don't know for sure if the brain injuries are the cause of the strokes.

Boston Bombing Suspect Indicted On 30 Counts

A federal grand jury indicted Dzohkhar Tsarnaev on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction and killing four people.

What's The Talk Of Your Nation?

In the final broadcast of TOTN, NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving, senior business editor Marilyn Geewax and science correspondent Richard Harris discuss the big stories they're covering. Callers talk about the issues that have their communities and social circles abuzz.