Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders returned to Capitol Hill on Monday after a one week break and immediately blamed Senate Democrats and the White House for a hike on interest rates for an estimated seven million students who plan to take out government-subsidized student loans this year.
"It's time for the president to lead and it's time for him to bring his Senate Democrat leaders together and develop a solution. The House has done its job. It's time for the Senate and the White House to do its job," House Speaker John Boehner said at a news conference on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by other House GOP leaders and college-age students.FULL STORY
Austin, Texas (CNN) - The divisiveness of the abortion debate was on full display in the Texas statehouse Monday as SB1, also known as the fetal pain bill, was opened to public comment by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Thousands began lining up early in the morning, and the testimony was expected to last more than 16 hours.FULL STORY
Washington(CNN) – FBI nominee James Comey reported a net worth of more than $11 million in documents filed with the Senate committee due to weigh his confirmation on Tuesday.
Comey also reported to the Judiciary Committee that he will get a profit-sharing payout of more than $3 million from the hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, if confirmed.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 8, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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“I CAN IDENTIFY WITH THEM”: Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry tells us what he thinks about Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner’s attempted comebacks. Scroll down to What Caught Our Eye for more.
PERRY SAYS NO TO FOURTH TERM: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he won't run for re-election next year for an unprecedented fourth full term. “The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” he said. The announcement by the Republican governor opens the door to speculation that Perry will make another bid for the White House in 2016.
DEATH ON THE STREETS OF CAIRO: Top Egyptian security officials defended army and police actions in the clashes on Monday in Cairo that led to the deaths of more than 50 people, saying they were defending the Republican Guard headquarters against attackers. Health Ministry official Khaled al-Khatib put the number of fatalities at 51 and said 435 others were wounded when Egyptian security forces clashed with supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood outside the headquarters. – Karl Penhaul. Joe Sterling and Ali Younes
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to stop the National Security Agency's surveillance of domestic telephone communications data.
In an emergency appeal filed Monday, a privacy rights group claimed a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect the electronic records, and said only the justices could resolve the statutory issues at stake.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - When is a coup not a coup?
According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, when it is an "incredibly complex and difficult situation" involving key Middle East player Egypt that requires more time to figure out what response would be in the best interest of the United States as well as promoting democracy in Egypt.FULL STORY
Updated 9:32 p.m. ET 7/8/2013
(CNN) – Gracie Mansion isn't the only contested hotspot for political redemption in New York City this year.
The day after former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced his campaign for city comptroller, he was issued a direct challenge for the post by a woman who says she was the madam who supplied him with escorts.
Washington (CNN) – Politics is full of second chances.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford - now U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford - is living proof. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is trying to travel the same road to political redemption. And now add former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to the list, as he embarks on a similar journey.FULL STORY
San Antonio, TX (CNN) – Rick Perry may be giving up what he called "the greatest job in modern politics." But he's not leaving the Texas-sized political stage that launched his last run for the White House anytime soon.
After an event Monday in San Antonio where he announced he will not be seeking a fourth term as Texas governor, Perry was asked what he plans on doing with the time off he has coming.