(CNN) – A bill currently awaiting Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's signature could radically change the way in-state public university students pay their way through college.
Passed unanimously by the Democrat-controlled state Senate Monday after it had already cleared the also Democrat-controlled House, the bill would create a program called "Pay Forward, Pay Back" by which students wouldn't pay a dime at the time of study at any public institution for higher education in Oregon. Instead, students who qualify as Oregon residents would sign a binding contract that would require they pay a percentage of their post-college income back to the state every year for up to 24 years.
Washington (CNN) - In President Barack Obama's two presidential campaigns, his predecessor loomed large; Obama and Democrats regularly laid the blame for the downtrodden economy at George W. Bush's feet.
When pressed on their pledge to turn the faltering economy around, Obama and Democrats often pointed out that they had inherited the product of the Bush administration's policies.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been known to break out in song in recent years.
But he got perhaps his biggest audience yet Thursday when he belted out the national anthem with members of the Army Chorus prior to the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball game in the nation's capital.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
– Interim President sworn in
– Stock market surges in Egypt after coup, state-run media say
– “A heavy setback for democracy in Egypt,” Germany says
– Military deposes Mohamed Morsy as president, suspends constitution
– More than 30 killed in clashes on Wednesday, state media reports
Morsy, a Western-educated Islamist elected a year ago, "did not achieve the goals of the people" and failed to meet the generals' demands that he share power with his opposition, Egypt's top military officer, Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, said Wednesday in a televised speech to the nation. Adly Mansour, head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court, replaces Morsy as Egypt's interim president, El-Sisi said. – Ben Wedeman, Jethro Mullen and Chelsea J. Carter
(CNN) - With signs of patriotism abounding for the Fourth of July, a new survey indicates seven in 10 Americans think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed by the way the United States has turned out, 237 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
But that doesn't mean Americans themselves are displeased. The same poll, released Thursday by Gallup, shows the number who say they're very or extremely proud to be American remains steady at 85%.
(CNN) – The Obama administration will not label Westboro Baptist Church a hate group, saying it's not the government's practice to apply the designation.
More than 367,000 petitioners had called on the White House to "Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group." For months the Westboro petition was the top petition on the White House's "We The People" website.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Obama used his weekly address Thursday to sound a happy birthday for the United States of America.
"On July 4, 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal – free to think and worship and live as we please," Obama said. "It was a declaration heard around the world – that we were no longer colonists, we were Americans, and our destiny would not be determined for us; it would be determined by us."
(CNN) - Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains and canceled fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the country.
The Statue of Liberty, closed since it was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in October, received its first visitors just before 9 a.m.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Even as the automatic spending cuts of the sequester continue to lack the major repercussions originally anticipated, there will be a glaring example of their impacts visible above many U.S. military bases this Independence Day.
Multiple bases, including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and North Carolina's Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base have been forced to cancel their July 4 fireworks displays in order to save money, according to Time.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's statement about the Egyptian military's seizure of power is as telling for what he doesn't say as for what he does: he doesn't mention the word "coup."
He doesn't call upon the military to restore power to "the democratically elected civilian government," but rather to "a democratically elected civilian government."FULL STORY