(CNN) - White House want cookie?
One of Sesame Street's most beloved characters made an appearance Wednesday at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The White House posted a short video on Twitter of their guest.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he's not ready to vote on the immigration reform package as it now stands in the Senate, adding the measure needs tougher provisions on border security in order to have a chance in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
On a personal note, the senator also said he's come to realize there's an important distinction between the terms "illegal" and "undocumented" when referring to immigrants.
(CNN) – Michael Bloomberg's quest to enact stricter gun control measures continued Wednesday with a request from the billionaire New York City mayor to top Democratic donors: Stop supporting Senate incumbents who voted against a measure in April that would have bolstered background check requirements on gun sales.
Those Democratic senators – Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana (who's not running for re-election) – "sided with a gun lobby increasingly out of touch with Americans' priorities," Bloomberg wrote in his letter.
Washington (CNNMoney) – Brandon Anderson's student loan will get costlier by $1,000, come July 1 - that's when interest rates on the loans are slated to double.
Anderson is among 7 million undergraduates with a personal stake in the debate in Washington over whether to hold down, or let the 3.4% interest rate to double for undergraduates borrowing subsidized federal student loans.FULL STORY
CNN: Colorado fires scorch state; thousands evacuated
Fast-moving wildfires lit up central Colorado, forcing thousands from their homes and scorching some 12,000 acres of brush and timber. Of the five fires burning, the most problematic was the Black Forest Fire. Tinder-dry conditions and gusty winds fueled the fire, just northeast of Colorado Springs, prompting mandatory evacuations over an area covering 24,000 acres and about 5,000 homes.
CNN: Ohio kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro due in court
An Ohio man accused of murder, rape and holding three women against their will for close to a decade will be arraigned on Wednesday. Ariel Castro, 52, was indicted last week on 329 counts. His case has attracted national attention because of the unusual length and depravity of the crimes of which he's accused. "The horrific brutality and torture that the victims endured for a decade is beyond comprehension," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. Two counts accuse Castro of aggravated murder for purposely causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.