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CNN: Economic woes give Republicans early campaign focus
Eight months before the Iowa caucuses, a spate of bad economic reports last week gave Republicans a chance to start framing the 2012 campaign on their topic of choice - President Barack Obama's record. With the unemployment rate ticking up to 9.1 percent, home prices falling further and consumer confidence down, GOP strategists and possible and declared presidential contenders harmonized their criticism of Obama administration economic policies that they say have stymied recovery.
CNN: 2012ers hit the road
While the presidential waiting game continues, potential and declared 2012 GOP candidates are traveling this week, mostly in early presidential-contest states. Here’s a look at the week ahead.
CNNMoney: Don't count on stimulus. It's not coming
Economic indicators are pointing to slower growth. More Americans are looking for jobs, and the housing market is in a confirmed double dip. In another time and place, lawmakers have might responded with economic stimulus measures to get the country back on track. This time around, it's not in the cards. Having spent the majority of the current legislative session operating at a truly glacial pace, Congress is sitting on the sidelines, waiting to see how the debate over the debt ceiling pans out.
New York Times: Steeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan
President Obama’s national security team is contemplating troop reductions in Afghanistan that would be steeper than those discussed even a few weeks ago, with some officials arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the war and the death of Osama bin Laden, which they called new “strategic considerations.” These new considerations, along with a desire to find new ways to press the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, to get more of his forces to take the lead, are combining to create a counterweight to an approach favored by the departing secretary of defense, Robert M. Gates, and top military commanders in the field.
CNN: Source: Jail time at heart of collapse of plea talks in Edwards case
The insistence that former Sen. John Edwards serve some jail time over allegations he broke campaign finance laws caused a collapse in plea negotiations between lawyers for the former presidential candidate and the Justice Department last week. Edwards wanted to have as "minimal" impact on his two younger kids as possible, a source with knowledge of the talks confirmed to CNN Sunday. Edwards has a 10-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.
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CNNMoney: State, local layoffs to hit record levels
Don't look to state and local governments to prop up the job market. To the contrary, this cash-strapped sector is set to go on a record-breaking layoff binge when the new fiscal year starts on July 1. State and local governments are forecast to shed up to 110,000 jobs in the third quarter, the first time the blood-letting has risen into the triple digits, according to IHS Global Insight.
Washington Post: States slow to adopt health-care transition
As many legislatures around the country have finished their work for the year, fewer than one-fourth of states have taken concrete steps to create health insurance marketplaces, a central feature of the federal law to overhaul the U.S. health-care system. …States that have moved gingerly so far on health exchanges have not necessarily rejected the idea outright. Only one, Louisiana, has told the federal government it does not intend to build an insurance marketplace for its residents. In states that refuse, the law allows the federal government to step in.
New York Times: A Disabled Boy’s Death, and a System in Disarray
A seemingly inexplicable willingness by supervisors to tolerate abuse seems to pervade institutions that house residents with developmental disabilities, a New York Times investigation shows.
CNN: High winds threaten to blow wildfires across Arizona
Crews battling one of the worst wildfires in Arizona history prepared Monday to hold a 30-mile line against the advancing blaze even as accelerating winds threatened to undo their efforts, officials said. The "Wallow Fire," as the blaze is known, has scorched 184,000 acres and has forced the evacuation of more than 2,200 people since the wildfire broke out May 29, officials said Monday morning. It is completely uncontained, officials said.
CNN: Wisconsin activists create Walkerville to taunt governor, tout change
Eighty years after Hoovervilles sprung up around the country, and four months after tens of thousands descended on the Wisconsin state capitol, progressives have a new home in what they're calling Walkerville. The Madison tent city is named in honor - or, more accurately, in defiance - of Gov. Scott Walker, who became an icon for conservatives and lightning rod for liberals after he pushed through a controversial new collective bargaining law earlier this year.
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CNN: What next for Yemen - implosion or a tribal bargain?
The rocket that hit Yemen's presidential compound Friday and injured President Ali Abdullah Saleh achieved what months of mediation had not - loosening Saleh's viselike grip on the presidency after 33 years. Late Saturday night, Saleh arrived in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment and the nation's vice president assumed his powers. Diplomats in the Gulf say the Saudis are not likely to help Saleh get back to Yemen, even if he were well enough to travel. …Which begs the almost unanswerable question: What next for Yemen?
CNN: Deadly clashes at Syrian border on Mideast war anniversary
Israeli troops fired on protesters trying to cross the fortified border between Syria and the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, with Syrian authorities reporting more than a dozen dead and hundreds wounded. The protests came on the anniversary of the 1967 Middle East War, when Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately confirm any casualties, though a spokeswoman said that Israeli troops used tear gas and live ammunition on members of an "angered mob."
CNN: Left-leaning Humala claims victory in Peruvian presidential election
Left-leaning Ollanta Humala claimed victory over right-wing Keiko Fujimori in Peru's presidential runoff Sunday. "Tonight we can say we have succeeded ... we have arrived to the presidency," Humala said while addressing a crowd in downtown Lima late Sunday night. The official results have not yet been released and were not expected until Monday. With more than 81% of the ballots counted, Humala had 50.7% of the votes, compared to Fujimori's 49.3%, the country's official electoral body reported.
CNN: Portuguese prime minister out after convincing election defeat
Pedro Passos Coelho, a businessman and opposition leader, is set to succeed Jose Socrates as Portugal's prime minister after his party scored a convincing victory in Sunday's election. …[Coelho] promised to tackle Portugal's burgeoning financial crisis, including taking steps to meet European Union requirements for deficit reduction and revenue hikes in order to receive bailout funds.
CNN: Test results expected in E. coli probe; German sprouts suspected
Test results expected Monday could determine whether sprouts grown in Germany are the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak that has killed 22 people. But authorities said they might not find any evidence of E. coli if it affected only a batch of bad sprouts and is no longer in the supply chain. On Sunday, officials said German-grown sprouts are the likely source for the E. coli outbreak.
CNN: Source: Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn will plead not guilty at arraignment
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former chief of the International Monetary Fund, is expected to be arraigned Monday on sexual assault charges in connection with an incident at a posh New York hotel last month. Strauss-Kahn, who was considered a front-runner in France's next presidential race before his arrest, is expected to plead not guilty. He faces seven charges, including criminal sexual acts and sexual abuse. Authorities say he sexually assaulted a housekeeping employee at New York's Sofitel hotel on May 14.
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Wall Street Journal: Goldman Plans to Fight Report on Mortgage Bets
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plans to accuse the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of drastically overstating Goldman's bets against the housing market in 2007, according to people familiar with the situation, in an attempt to counter a report from that subcommittee that is fueling investigations and suspicion of the securities firm. The subcommittee's 639-page report, released in April, denounced Goldman as an unusually strong example of wrongdoing by financial firms during the crisis.
CNN: Airline industry group slashes profit forecast for 2011
Airline industry profits will fall worldwide in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), thanks to rising fuel prices, political unrest and natural disasters. The main cause of reduced profitability is the high cost of fuel. Airlines pay an additional $1.6 billion in costs for ever dollar increase in the average yearly price of oil, the association said.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Investors brace for turbulence
Stocks could be volatile this week as the economic fallout of Friday's jobs report will continue to weigh heavily on investors' minds. This week's trading agenda is thin on economic reports and corporate earnings. Notable pieces of data include the Federal Reserve's "Beige Book" on Wednesday and weekly jobless claims on Thursday. But last week's bad news will likely set the tone for investors. May's jobs report fell way short of expectations, and other data, such as the Institute for Supply Management's closely-watched manufacturing survey, have also disappointed. The Dow fell nearly 3% last week.
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The economic woes have many people worried. However, the pundits who do not add in the terrible events of May are fudging the truth. Which company in Joplin MO will be hiring hundreds or will some of the residents be unemployed?
Tornadoes, floods, wild weather, wild fires, etc. all contribute to the poor economic news. The oil spill in the Gulf is not mentioned to often now. Of course, millions upon millions of dollars were spent on clean-up. Oil prices increased then, too. Add to that a Congress which has done nothing to improve the situation and do not remember that this recession began when billions were authorized for a war without any idea of who would pay the costs. Our Congressional leaders seem to be interested in keeping this recession long enough so that it can be a campaign theme in the next election. They are just so happy about this that they forget they represent constituents who want this country to move forward.
When will the pundits take the time to tell Congress it is time to move forward.
At some point everyone needs to sit down and work together. Anyone who does not push for this is really not on the side of the people.
[CNN: Economic woes give Republicans early campaign focus]
Yup, they’ll bring out the WITCHES and WARLOCKS and try a little “hocus-pocus”!
[CNN: 2012ers hit the road]
They’ll tell the same old story – beat on Obama – “Act” Big and Bold!
[CNNMoney: Don't count on stimulus. It's not coming]
And the government really feels Americans are looking forward to a rain-dancing drumming????
[New York Times: Steeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan]
Bring our men/women HOME – stop the “politicking” – We will understand!!
[CNN: Source: Jail time at heart of collapse of plea talks in Edwards case]
Edwards should think about his family and stop bringing them disgrace!!
Off to work – HAVE A NICE DAY!!