EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling on Congress and colleges to help make the cost of higher education more manageable.<br />
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says higher education is "the surest ticket to the middle class." But he says paying for that education is a constant struggle for many families.<br />
Obama reiterated his call for Congress to pass legislation letting students refinance their loans at lower interest rates. And he highlighted his plan to tie federal financial aid for colleges to the school's performance.<br />
In the weekly Republican address, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville calls on Senate Democrats to pass bills approved by the GOP-led House. He says the Senate has failed to take action on more than 340 House-passed bills, including some with bipartisan support. (See separate story. Third link below.)
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, released Wednesday a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he's elected to the White House.