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CNN: Boehner wants to ‘lock arms’ with Obama on budget deal
House Speaker John Boehner says he’s ready to “lock arms” with President Barack Obama on a deficit reduction agreement tied to raising the federal debt ceiling. Such a deal, reminiscent of past political agreements between presidents and House speakers of different parties, will be necessary to get congressional and White House approval of a measure that allows the U.S. government to increase how much it can borrow, Boehner told the CBS program “Face the Nation” in an interview broadcast Sunday.
CNN: Gingrich says voters should judge his ability to lead now
The former House speaker, who announced his candidacy last week, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he has made mistakes in life, including an adulterous affair that led to one of his two divorces. …"I think that if people watch me, talk with me, get to know me, my hope is that a majority of Americans will decide that I can help this country get back on track in a way that no one else can," Gingrich said.
CNN: 2012ers hit the road
While the presidential waiting game continues, potential and declared 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential-contest states.
Newsweek: The Pakistan Whisperer
The role of unofficial diplomat-at-large by definition takes [Sen. John] Kerry into territory patrolled by the Big Guns (and Big Egos) of the president’s foreign-policy team. Now and again, toes get stepped on and unflattering narratives arise. …But however annoying he may be, Kerry has emerged as President Obama’s go-to guy when things get ugly in the region. Indeed, with lame-duck secretaries of state and defense and other key members of the foreign-policy team in flux—and Kerry’s universally assumed desire to succeed Clinton at State—his might just wind up being the loudest voice in the room.
Washington Post: N.Y. race is referendum on GOP Medicare plan
Special congressional elections tend to be sleepy affairs, campaigns so condensed and out of step with the normal political calendar that they’re often missed. But they can be mirrors of the national moment, too, and that’s what’s happening in the suburbs of Buffalo and Rochester, where a race to fill a vacant U.S. House seat has turned into a referendum on the Republican plan to overhaul Medicare.
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CNN: Obama to meet with Tennessee flood victims
President Barack Obama is scheduled to travel to Memphis, Tennessee, Monday to meet with families displaced by the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, as well as state and local officials, emergency responders and volunteers. The president's planned visit, just 17 days after he toured tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, Alabama, underscores the severity of the current Mississippi River and Ohio River floods, which have submerged towns and cities in Illinois all the way south to Louisiana.
New York Times: Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions From Health Law
It is an oddity of American health care: Many nursing homes and home care agencies do not provide health insurance to their workers, or they pay wages so low that employees cannot afford the coverage that is offered. …The new health care law is supposed to fix the problem by guaranteeing access to affordable coverage for all. But many nursing homes and home care agencies, alarmed at the cost of providing health insurance to hundreds of thousands of health care workers, have started a lobbying effort seeking some kind of exemption or special treatment.
Los Angeles Times: States make their own tuition rules for undocumented students
Anngie Gutierrez was a child when she arrived in the United States as an illegal immigrant 10 years ago. There's still no path to legal status for her, but in Maryland and a handful of other states, there is a more affordable road to college. Gutierrez, a high school junior in Hyattsville, Md., will benefit from a new state law that allows illegal immigrants who reside there to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland's public colleges. If she lived in Virginia, about 15 miles to the west, she would find that many public colleges require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition.
Washington Post: Navy calling on gamers to help with security
This month, the Office of Naval Research will roll out the military’s first-ever online war game open to the public, crowd-sourcing the challenges of maritime security to thousands of “players” sitting in front of their computers. The project … is a video game for policy wonks. It aims to replicate a traditional military strategy session on an exponentially larger scale, bringing together a diverse mix of government and outside experts that would be impossible even in the largest Pentagon conference room.
CNN: NASA fuels space shuttle Endeavour for Monday launch
NASA crews have started fueling the space shuttle Endeavour for a Monday morning liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida….The mission will be commanded by Mark Kelly. His wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, arrived safely at the space center on Sunday, NASA said, four months after being shot in the head during an apparent assassination attempt at a public event in Tucson, Arizona.
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CNN: IMF chief heads to court to answer sexual assault charges
The head of the International Monetary Fund was set to answer charges Monday that he chased a housekeeping employee down the hall of his swanky New York hotel suite and tried to sexually assault her. …[Dominique] Strauss-Kahn's accuser picked the IMF chief out of a line-up Sunday at a New York police station, singling him out as the man who had sexually assaulted her, according to a law enforcement source who has direct knowledge of the investigation.
TIME: Arrest of IMF Chief on Attempted Rape Charges Throws French Presidential Race Into Chaos
In fact DSK, as the French call one of the country's leading political figures, happens to be on the cover of virtually every French magazine this week as the country's possible next President, and several have recently featured photos of him with his wife Anne Sinclair, a U.S.-born veteran French television journalist. So it didn't take long for the news, which broke at about 2 a.m. Paris time, to throw next May's French presidential race into upheaval by quite possibly removing the only candidate clearly capable of beating Sarkozy.
CNN: Deadly border clashes mark Israel's founding, Arab 'catastrophe'
Clashes between pro-Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces erupted along Israel's borders Sunday, leaving at least 12 dead on a Palestinian mourning day marking the birth of the Jewish state. …The conflicts broke out on "Nakba Day." Nakba - Arabic for "catastrophe" - marks the period when more than 700,000 Arabs were displaced from their homes during fighting that followed the creation of Israel in 1948.
CNN: U.N. envoy holds cease-fire talks in Tripoli
The special envoy, Abdul Ilah al-Khatib, visited Tripoli in hopes of negotiating a cease-fire between government and rebel forces, Libyan officials told CNN. The talks included Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and Foreign Minister Suleiman al-Shehoumi, the United Nations said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon followed up with a call to al-Mahmoudi, the U.N. said.
CNN: 27 people found dead at a Guatemalan farm
Security forces in Guatemala have found 27 bodies, the majority of which were decapitated, at a farm in the northern region of Peten, Col. Rony Urizar, an army spokesman, said Sunday. Among the victims were two women and 25 men, he said. Peten is the northernmost part of Guatemala, which borders Mexico.
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CNN: Will IMF sex scandal hit EU bailout?
One man may not make an organization, but the timing of his arrest on alleged sexual assault charges could not have been worse. European Finance ministers begin two days of meetings late Monday to sign off on a bailout package for Portugal, consider offering Ireland a lower interest rate for its rescue plan and evaluate whether Greece warrants emergency funding.
Bloomberg: Asian Stocks, Euro Drop on Greece’s Debt Concerns
Stocks fell around the world for a fourth day and oil snapped a two-day advance on concern European finance ministers may fail to quell speculation about Greece’s debt restructuring. U.S. equity-index futures retreated. …Greece today will plead for a boost in its 110 billion-euro ($155 billion) financial lifeline from European governments and the International Monetary Fund in talks clouded by the arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Investors playing defense
Just two weeks ago, stocks were sitting at the highest levels in nearly three years. But the tide has started to change as investors brace for the conclusion of Fed's bond buying program at the end of June. Commonly known as QE2 , the central bank's program has pumped $600 billion into the financial system since it launched in November.
CNNMoney: America's CEOs: Jobs outlook better, but ...
Business leaders believe the economy is getting better and many even said they are hiring more workers as a result. But chief executive officers remain nervous about many things, most notably higher gas prices and debt problems in the United States and Europe. That's according to a CNNMoney survey of 24 CEOs conducted over the past few weeks.
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