Van Jones (right) of the American Dream Movement sings during a rally in front of the Capitol on Thursday, urging lawmakers to come to a fair deal on the budget.
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Van Jones was President Obama's special adviser for green jobs when he was hit with a wave of criticism from conservative pundits about his past associations. The controversy forced him to leave his post in September 2009, but it wasn't the last we'd hear of him.
That same conservative wave went on to make a major splash in Congress through the Tea Party. Jones decided to fight back, founding a group called the "American Dream Movement."
China is stepping up Internet censorship, telling hotels and cafes they need to monitor public Wi-Fi usage or face fines and punishments.
China is already one of the most heavily censored places in the world — along with places like Burma (Myanmar), Iran and many Middle Eastern countries.
Now, new software being developed at the University of Michigan may help Internet users find away around the blockages. Alex Halderman is an assistant professor of computer science at the university, and one of the developers of the new system, called Telex.
White House officials and congressional Republicans are reaching toward a potential end to their bitter debt limit showdown, raising hopes that a deal could be in place by Tuesday to avert a possible federal default.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN Sunday that he was optimistic a debt ceiling deal will be reached soon, even going so far to say he was close to being able to recommend an agreement to Republican lawmakers.
House Speaker John Boehner is playing a key role in the debt-ceiling negotiations. He's had to wrangle support from a divided caucus and from those across the aisle. Voters in his district are keeping a close eye on the man they elected to represent them.
Ohio's 8th Congressional District tends to lean conservative, and since 1990 it's turned to Boehner to represent the Southwest Ohio area of rural farms and upscale suburbs.
By now, all 50 states have passed their budgets and education spending is getting one of the hardest hits. In North Carolina, the cuts are so severe, Gov. Beverly Perdue warns "they will do generational damage" to public education.
Deep cuts in funding for education were inevitable in North Carolina for three basic reasons: The state is $2.5 billion in the hole, education takes up over half of the state budget, and there's a new Republican majority in the legislature.