BET Wire: Obama Schools Colleges on Affordability

Plus, the president boosts Cory Booker's Senate bid.

In Case You Missed It - Republicans leave President Obama scratching his head; Ben Carson kind of blames the spread of measles on immigrants; one lawmaker thinks it's OK if your food service worker doesn't wash his hands after a bathroom break ? and more. ? Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)

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In Case You Missed It - President Obama begins campaign to make college more affordable; a Chicago activist, Tio Hardiman, wants to be Illinois' first Black governor; GOP lawmakers blame Obama for the government's response to Hurricane Katrina and more. — By Joyce Jones

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On the Road Again - Obama launched a two-day bus tour on Aug. 22 to unveil a college-rating plan to lower costs and student loan debt. "The bottom line is this: We've got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt," he said at the University of Buffalo. (AP Photo: Keith Srakocic)

Obama Backs Booker - Obama on Aug. 21 gave his blessing to Newark Mayor Cory Booker's U.S. Senate bid. Booker "has dedicated his life to the work of building hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed," the president said in a statement.  (Photos from left: Allan Tannenbaum-Pool/Getty Images, Kris Connor/Getty Images)

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Obama Backs Booker - Obama on Aug. 21 gave his blessing to Newark Mayor Cory Booker's U.S. Senate bid. Booker "has dedicated his life to the work of building hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed," the president said in a statement. (Photos from left: Allan Tannenbaum-Pool/Getty Images, Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Foot in Mouth - A mayoral candidate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was forced to drop out of the race after his use of the n-word last year came back to haunt him. Republican James Knox used the slur to describe a Black county elections worker with whom he'd argued.   (Photo: NCGOP.org)

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Foot in Mouth - A mayoral candidate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was forced to drop out of the race after his use of the n-word last year came back to haunt him. Republican James Knox used the slur to describe a Black county elections worker with whom he'd argued. (Photo: NCGOP.org)

High Hopes - Chicago community activist Tio Hardiman wants to become Illinois' first African-American governor. But Hardiman, who announced his bid on Aug. 17, has no policy experience and also will have to explain a domestic violence incident from earlier this year.  (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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High Hopes - Chicago community activist Tio Hardiman wants to become Illinois' first African-American governor. But Hardiman, who announced his bid on Aug. 17, has no policy experience and also will have to explain a domestic violence incident from earlier this year. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Just Said No - By a vote of 108 to 47, Florida state legislators overwhelming rejected a request for a special session to repeal the state's Stand Your Ground law.   (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

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Just Said No - By a vote of 108 to 47, Florida state legislators overwhelming rejected a request for a special session to repeal the state's Stand Your Ground law.   (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

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Lying Ears? - Maine Gov. Paul LePage is denying reports that he said at a Republican fundraiser that Obama "hates white people," despite what two sources told local newspapers. "I never said that," he told reporters, and accused them of engaging in gossip. (Photo: Courtesy of Paul LePage/Jim Bowdoin)

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Any Excuse Will Do - Louisiana Republican lawmakers will blame Obama for anything, including the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina. In a recent Public Policy Poling survey, TPM reports, 28 percent blame former President George W. Bush, while 29 percent point the finger at Obama, who was a freshman U.S. senator at the time. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Dream On - Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Michigan) told a constituent at a district town hall meeting that impeaching Obama "would be a dream come true." He also said he's working with lawyers to dig up enough evidence to kick the president out of office.    (Photo: Courtesy of Kerry Bentivolio)

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Dream On - Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Michigan) told a constituent at a district town hall meeting that impeaching Obama "would be a dream come true." He also said he's working with lawyers to dig up enough evidence to kick the president out of office.  (Photo: Courtesy of Kerry Bentivolio)