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Border Security; Patenting Human Genes; Student Loan Rates

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The Senate today rejected an amendment to the immigration overhaul bill that would have increased border security before providing a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented residents in the United States. Sen. Chuck Grassley called the process flawed and said that before handling those who are already here, measures should be taken to ensure more don’t come into the country illegally. We talk to The Hill Reporter Ramsey Cox.

Coming up later in the program, the Supreme Court has declared that the human genome cannot be patented, at least as it occurs in nature. In what might be something of the Court trying to find a middle ground, justices did say something they create out of gene isolation could be patented making it a win for Myriad genetics – one of the players in this case – because they created a synthetic form of the genes. We will talk to Andrew Torrance, Law professor at the University of Kansas.

Then, there’s a little-covered battle over student loan interest rates playing out in the final weeks leading up to a July 1 deadline. That’s when a prior Congressional agreement on rates expires leaving rates to double adding to the ever increases student loan debt load. Republicans want a new agreement that leaves rates more amenable to free market rates while Democrats are insisting on something more static. For more on this we now have Dylan Matthews, Reporter for the Washington Post where he focuses on taxes, budgets, and other elements of US economic and fiscal policy and currently contributes to the Post’s Wonkblog

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