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A Homeless Man Escapes The Streets By Taking Out $37,000 In Student Loans

For a lot of folks, student loans are the bane of their existence.

But for one man, they weren't a huge problem in comparison to the life he led before college. Meet Jeff, a guy who slept in his Jeep before becoming a student and who will likely be saddled with over $37,000 in debt by the time he graduates. Unfortunately, despite his background, his financial situation isn't unique when compared to his classmates.

It just so happens that student loan debt is a $1.2 trillion problem nationally.

Clearly Jeff is not alone. Here's more on his story:


FACT CHECK TIME: Lisa tosses a lot of numbers out there, and most of them are spot on. But here's a few that need a bit more explaining:

7 in 10 students depend on loans to pay for college.

Actually that figure is closer to 60%, per American Student Assistance, but honestly, that's still lots of folks.

An average student has $29,400 instudent loans.

While this number is a 2013 estimate reported by CNN,citing the Institute for College Access & Success, aWashington Post article says that these kinds of numbers are troublesome. The average only took into consideration the debt of students who borrowed money. It doesn't account for students with thick pockets who didn't borrow cash. Based on the Departmentof Education's data, students on average have closer to $10,000 in undergraddebt.

The government made a $41.3 billion profit onstudent loans in 2013.


OK, so thegovernment has acknowledged there's a problem here. Bills are in progress to nip this in the bud (like Elizabeth Warren's student loan refinancing bill) … but what about the colleges and universities themselves? What role dothey play in setting tuition prices? Where's the accountability there?


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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani wows audiences with his amazing musical talents.

Mozart was known for his musical talent at a young age, playing the harpsichord at age 4 and writing original compositions at age 5. So perhaps it's fitting that a video of 5-year-old piano prodigy Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani playing Mozart has gone viral as people marvel at his musical abilities.

Alberto's legs can't even reach the pedals, but that doesn't stop his little hands from flying expertly over the keys as incredible music pours out of the piano at the 10th International Musical Competition "Città di Penne" in Italy. Even if you've seen young musicians play impressively, it's hard not to have your jaw drop at this one. Sometimes a kid comes along who just clearly has a gift.

Of course, that gift has been helped along by two professional musician parents. But no amount of teaching can create an ability like this.

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