August 7th, 2012
11:50 PM ET

Muslim community shaken by Mosque burning

CNN's Gary Tuchman speaks to members of the Muslim community in Joplin, Missouri after a fire destroyed the city's only mosque.

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August 7th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Families remember Sikh shooting victims

CNN's Randi Kaye tells the stories of victims who lost their lives in the Sikh temple shooting.

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August 7th, 2012
10:52 PM ET

Syrian rebels preparing for govt. assault

CNN's Ben Wedeman says the Syrian opposition will battle the regime's reinforcements without their own heavy weaponry.

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August 7th, 2012
10:04 PM ET

Gunman's boss: He dressed like a neo-nazi

A former boss of the Sikh temple gunman says Page had a problem with female authority and filled out a KKK application.

August 7th, 2012
09:52 PM ET

Victim's son: Dad's soul is still alive

Amardeep Kaleka explains how he'll grieve his father, who was killed in the temple shooting, in Sikh tradition.

August 7th, 2012
09:35 PM ET

Criminologist: Sikh temple gunman became neo-Nazi in Army

Criminologist Pete Simi spent time with the Sikh temple gunman and says Page began to identify with racist ideology while serving in the Army.

TJ Leyden is a former skinhead who says his peers and commanding officer knew about his beliefs while he was in the Marine Corps. Leyden also says there are white supremacists actively recruiting within the military.

August 7th, 2012
09:10 PM ET

Ex-Stepmom: Sikh temple shooter was loving

Anderson Cooper speaks to the former stepmom of the gunman who attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. She says he was a "kind and gentle" child through his teenage years, and that he may have first embraced neo-Nazi views while in the military.

August 7th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

Letters to the President #1296: 'College savings'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day, even when I am off. Yes, that is strange.

Dear Mr. President,

Greetings once again from the college tour. As I mentioned yesterday, my younger daughter and I are out looking at colleges, with plans to buy one in the very near future. Ha! I'm kidding, of course, although when you look at the cost of attending you might think you were purchasing real estate.

Which brings me to an interesting observation: Have you noticed how aggressively the higher education system discourages families from saving money for college?

You may find that a strange statement. After all, the cost is so high, who would dare simply ignore that and count on help from someone else? Apparently the answers is "a lot of people." This is something I have been watching for years, since long before my own girls entered the college hunt.

Here is how it works: Two families, identical in every way, have babies. The Neversaves go on vacations, buy new cars, spend money like water, and never put a dollar into Junior's college fund. The Thriftys save like fiends; foregoing all sorts of immediate pleasures, so that when little Thrifty is ready for college, they'll have...oh say...$150,000 in the bank for that purpose.

So what happens? Both children from both families apply to the same college with the same grades, and both are accepted. The Neversaves fill out all the paperwork that says, in effect, "we have no money to pay for this" and a combination of the school and the government say in reply, "No problem! We don't want anyone to miss out on a good education. We'll pay! Or at least we will come up with a way to spread your bills out over a very long period of time with little interest."

But the Thriftys get a wildly different message. They're told. "You've done a wonderful thing saving so much money for your child to go to school. In fact, it is so wonderful, it is quite clear that you need no assistance. So hand ove the money. Thanks for playing. Next!"

Certainly kids should not suffer unduly for the bad planning of their parents. But what we have established is a system that encourages bad planning, because it punishes good planning so ferociously. The message is absolutely clear: If you save for college, you are a chump...because everyone who did not, will get the same education that you slaved to earn.

How we fix it, I am not sure, but I do know that as long as that terrible, mixed message reigns, the cost of college...and frustration about it...will only get worse.

Hope all is well with you.