Hillary Clinton will be getting $225,000 to speak at a university fundraiser later this year. Students at the same school, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have recently been outraged that the institution is raising tuition by a staggering 17 percent.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the details on the speaking gig. "Hillary Clinton will be paid $225,000 to address an Oct. 13 fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a reminder of how much cash the potential Democratic presidential candidate is scooping up on the speaking circuit as she draws GOP criticism for saying she’s 'not truly well off,'" the paper reports.
"The dinner is $200 per seat, but donors also can buy full tables for 10 at various contribution levels, including for $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000. The top contribution of $20,000 gets an invitation to a chef’s reception and four photo sessions with Clinton and autographed copies of her book."
And the Las Vegas Sun has reported on the outrage over the tuition hike:
[S]tudents argued that UNLV’s annual tuition has nearly tripled in the past decade, from $2,370 in 2002 to $5,745 in 2012. Today’s decision marks the 12th tuition increase since 2002. ...
At UNLV, tuition increases have outpaced the rate of inflation, causing more students to graduate in debt. In Nevada, the average college student graduates with nearly $20,000 in loans, which is about $6,000 lower than the national average. Last year, the nation’s student loan debt surpassed $1 trillion — more than the nation’s credit card debt.
Benjelloun, a UNLV senior majoring in pre-medicine, worked at his family’s restaurant and held on-campus research jobs to help pay for college. With rising tuition costs, Benjelloun said he fears his five younger siblings will find a college education more difficult to afford.
“I have five younger siblings who want to go to college,” he said. “I’m worried this (tuition increase) will make it harder for them.”
The world continues to experience much turmoil and angst over the possible proliferation of nuclear arms, particularly relative to North Korea, Iran, and even Russia. Just today comes word that North Korea made its most provocative statement yet, threatening a preemptive nuclear strike on the United States.
With the quiet announcement that the United States is earmarking $50 million from the defense budget immediately for France and Niger, two countries in the forefront of the battle for Mali against Islamist hordes and Tuareg secessionists, the Obama administration appears to be indicating that it views with a jaundiced eye the potential of our enemies to burst out of the Sahara, cross the Niger river, and wreak havoc throughout the Sahel and beyond.
Just before Hillary Clinton testified on Capitol Hill about the terror attack in Benghazi, her 2008 presidential campaign filed paperwork revealing that millions of dollars worth of debt had finally been repaid.
President Barack Obama has signed a law that will allow cash prizes to be offered for information leading to the arrest of some foreign criminals, the White House announced. The law is officially called the "Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012."
President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year.