And the president is going to ask the Treasury and Education departments to work with tax preparers to increase awareness about tuition tax credits and flexible repayment options. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. President Barack Obama used the college commencement season Saturday to get behind Senate Democratic legislation that would let college graduates with heavy debts refinance their loans. The Senate is expected to debate the legislation next week, but it faces significant obstacles.
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And thats why I will continue to push to close Gitmo -- because American values and legal traditions do not permit the indefinite detention of people beyond our borders. However, the prisoner swap for Taliban-captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could make closing Guantanamo harder for Obama, because some lawmakers might now push for tougher restrictions. "Congress has passed a law and [Obama] has signed a law that he will not close Guantanamo, California GOP Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN on Sunday. Whatever his desires are, that does not conform to the law and he is the chief administrator of the law of the nation and should uphold his constitutional obligation to follow the law." National Security Adviser Susan Rice recently suggested an increased focus on Obama accomplishing some of his major political goals as he nears the end of his second term -- which would likely include closing Guantanamo. "It is a very important part of my job, particularly at this stage in the president's tenure, to not just be fighting fires and the headlines, which to some extent is unavoidable, but to make sure that the things he cares about -- his legacy interests, issues, accomplishments -- are nurtured and carried into the end zone," Rice recently told The Associated Press.
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But lets not argue about whats going on. The baseline fact of climate change is not something we can afford to deny. And if you profess leadership in this country at this moment in our history, Obama added, then youve got to recognize this is going to be one of the most significant long-term challenges, if not the most significant long-term challenge, that this country faces and that the planet faces. The good news, Obama went on to say, is that the public may get out ahead of some of their politicians. He expressed confidence that as the costs of the climate crisis grow more apparent to Americans, theyll begin to demand more seriousness about the issue from their elected representatives. In Obamas view, that kind of broad-based popular sentiment is key to enacting policies significant enough to stave off a climate crisis. Obama cited Abraham Lincolns famous quote on public opinion to argue that one of the most important things he and climate activists can do is shift the publics views. [P]art of my job over these next two and a half years and beyond, Obama said, is trying to shift public opinion.
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Currently, the program is only available to those who started borrowing after October 2007 and kept borrowing after October 2011. Obama plans to start allowing those who borrowed earlier to participate, potentially extending the benefit to millions more borrowers. President Obama calls on Congress to support a bill moving through the Senate that would allow people to refinance their student loan debt, sayin... "At a time when college has never been more important, it's also never been more expensive," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address released Saturday . He said he would pay for the initiative by closing certain tax loopholes for millionaires, an idea long sought by Democrats to pay for a variety of programs but repeatedly rebuffed by Republicans.
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A ceremony on Sword Beach after lunch provided a moment of humor. Obama and Putin took their student loans seats and an image on a large screen in the outdoor pavilion split into two Obamas picture on the left, Putins on the right. Putin saw the images first and cracked a smile. Then Obama saw them and grinned, glancing toward the Russian leader as the crowd packing the stands erupted in laughter. Charles Dharapak/AP President Obama walks through a portion of the Normandy American Cemetery where nearly 10,000 American soldiers are buried.