(CNN) - Senate negotiators were closing in on an agreement Friday to extend for one year lower interests rates on some student loans, Senate aides from both parties told CNN.
The aides predicted a deal would be reached and the legislation approved before the July 1 deadline when Stafford loans are set to double from 3.4% to 6.8%.
(CNN) - Does the first dog, Bo, get his biggest headlines during wartime?
A new study, "The Politics of Pets in the White House," suggests that presidents carefully calculate when best to showcase their furry friends–and periods of military conflict tend to be primetime for presidential pets.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama amplified his campaign's recent attack against Mitt Romney on Friday, calling out his Republican rival over reports that Romney's former private equity firm advised companies on outsourcing American jobs overseas.
"We do not need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office. We need a president who will fight for American jobs and fight for American manufacturing. That's what my plan will do," Obama said Friday at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 22, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
LEADING… POTUS DEFENDS IMMIGRATION DECISION: President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned case for his re-election on Friday while defending his record on the economy and his newly stated immigration policy. "Giving them a reason to hope, that was the right thing to do," Obama told the crowd at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, about his announcement last Friday.
DEVELOPING… FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT: ROMNEY CAMPAIGN DIDN'T ASK US TO CHANGE OUR MESSAGE: Florida Gov. Rick Scott refuted media reports that the Romney campaign had asked him to stop talking about the economy recovering in Florida because it countered Romney’s message that Obama’s policies on the economy aren’t working. "I'm glad people understand how well we're doing," Scott said in an interview with CNN’s Jessica Yellin. "The Romney campaign has not asked us to tone down anything." Scott was speaking at the NALEO conference in Florida – the same conference that Romney addressed on Thursday.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida (CNN) – President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned case for his re-election on Friday while defending his record on the economy and his newly stated immigration policy.
He highlighted the new stance, unveiled last Friday, as "the right thing to do" and took aim at his Republican rival over his previous statements regarding the DREAM Act that would have provided a permanent legal pathway for children of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as young people.
Washington (CNN) – The Obama re-election campaign has purchased almost $5 million in additional ad time for several commercials attacking Mitt Romney's record as well as one touting President Obama's record on issues important to women, according to a media buying source active in seven battleground states.
The anti-Romney spots, called "Mosaic" and "Come and Go," started airing Thursday and go after the Republican presidential candidate both on his time as Massachusetts governor, claiming he raised more than 1,000 taxes and fees more than $1.5 billion, and for his tenure as head of the equity capital firm Bain Capital, saying he shipped jobs to China and Mexico.
(CNN) - What is your favorite moment of NBC’s “The West Wing?”
In an interview with PBS, Aaron Sorkin, the creator of the show, once said that his goal was purely to “captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention.” But in the lead up to “The Newsroom,” Sorkin’s newest show that is set to debut Sunday on HBO, some CNNers began to realize they were still captivated by the fictional portrayal of the building many of us cover on a daily basis, even though “The West Wing” went off the air six years ago.
Do you have a favorite episode, character or moment from “The West Wing?” If so, please share it with us in the comment section below or an iReport video including the tag “west_wing.”
(CNN) – Mary Cheney, the daughter of Dick Cheney, married her longtime partner Heather Poe Friday, according to a statement from the former vice president's office.
"Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized," Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne wrote in a statement. "Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness."
Lake Buena Vista, Florida (CNN) – Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday distanced himself from Mitt Romney's proposed immigration policies.
"We've got to have a whole policy. We can't pick and choose," the Florida governor said when asked about Romney's proposals that would allow illegal immigrants with higher education degrees or those who have served in the military to remain in the United States.
(CNN) - Cory Booker, the Newark, New Jersey, mayor who in April carried a woman out of a burning building, may have been involved in another incident, this time involving a pedestrian who was apparently struck by a vehicle.
"God bless my residents," Booker posted on Twitter on Friday. "Pulled up on pedestrian/vehicle accident. We got man stabilized & into ambulance. He'll b OK. Thanx 2 all who helped."