Lahaina, Hawaii (CNN) – Elle Cochran grew up far too enchanted by Maui's rocky coastline and beach-bum lifestyle to care a thing about politics and voting.
"You get up, work, go to the beach, sleep - and do it again," she said of life on this Hawaiian island, which, of course, is known for its surf. "It's just this routine."
President Obama's proposed budget cuts funding for a planned moon mission. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
(CNN) - American astronauts will not return to the moon as planned if Congress passes President Obama's proposed budget.
Obama's budget - which aims to tighten the nation's purse strings in certain areas while increasing money used to create jobs - would cancel NASA's Constellation Program, which had sought to send astronauts back to the moon by 2020.
Constellation also intended to study the idea of establishing a moon colony. The program was set to follow the U.S. space agency's shuttle missions, which are due to end in September.
On its Web site, the White House Budget Office says the program to send astronauts to the moon is behind schedule, over budget and overall less important than other space investments.
"Using a broad range of criteria, an independent review panel determined that even if fully funded, NASA's program to repeat many of the achievements of the Apollo era, 50 years later, was the least attractive approach to space exploration as compared to potential alternatives," the site says.
(CNN) - Cecilia Lopez, a student who is the first person from her family to go to college, sees something of herself in the first Hispanic woman to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"To me, as a student that comes from a low-income background, I think she's a true example of the fact that when you're wanting to achieve something, it's truly possible, regardless of your background," said Lopez, a 20-year-old senior at the University of Texas.
On Tuesday, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor, a woman of Puerto Rican descent, to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic person and only the third woman to serve on the nation's highest court.
In the wake of the nomination, Hispanics celebrated Sotomayor as a symbol of success and also as a reflection of the changing demographics of the country. In a sense, she is the Hispanic community's answer to Obama's narrative - a sign that, as Lopez said, anything is possible in America if a person works hard enough, no matter their race or economic situation.
(CNN) – In an appeal to the tech-savvy public, the White House's Web site opened itself to questions for President Barack Obama's online town hall meeting Thursday.
The meeting - a new take on President Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats - was streamed on the Internet from WhiteHouse.gov, another sign that Obama is reaching out to online followers as he tries to rally an anxious country in support of his solutions to the economic crisis.
By the time the call for questions closed at 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, 92,918 people had submitted 104,113 questions for the president. The questions spread across several categories, and more than 3.6 million rankings of the queries had been registered.
Obama had promised to answer some of the highest-ranked questions during the town hall meeting, which was held in the East Room of the White House.