Student Loan Fix Fails in Senate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_d4c903153d.jpgHemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A one-year student loan fix, backed by Democratic leaders, failed in the Senate Wednesday on a procedural vote. The vote was 51-49 in favor of moving the bill forward. It needed 60 votes to advance. The Senate is still debating student loans. Following the vote, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) took to the floor to express disappointment.

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John Kerry Gets Emotional over Wife’s Condition

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_843f538558.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Though Secretary of State John Kerry traveled back to Washington, D.C. from Boston, where he was at the side of his ill wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, to open a dialogue conference between U.S. and Chinese leaders, it was clear that his thoughts were with home. The secretary grew emotional as he spoke about her condition at the top of his remarks.

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George W. Bush Weighs In on Immigration Debate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_5639324169.jpgBrendan Hoffman/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Former President George W. Bush on Wednesday expressed hope that the immigration debate in Congress produces a "positive" result. Bush backed an unsuccessful comprehensive immigration reform bill as president in 2007.

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As Standoff Continues, Senate to Vote on Student Loans

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_a49f6f6ed2.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Interest rates on subsidized student loans have doubled, but Congress has shown no signs that it will send a fix to the president's desk any time soon. Republicans and Democrats have yet to reach an agreement on what to do about the higher new student loan rates, which kicked in last week as lawmakers spent their Fourth of July recess barbecuing, attending parades, and meeting with constituents in their home states and districts.

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Boehner to Meet with Republicans to Discuss Immigration Overhaul

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_a5a5116404.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Comprehensive immigration overhaul might have sailed through the Senate with a comfortable 68-32 vote before the Independence Day recess, but the post-holiday focus is now on the House, which seems reluctant to offer -- much less pass -- a wide-ranging bill of its own.

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