POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
June 15th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Boehner warns of possible War Powers Resolution violation over Libya
The Obama administration could be in violation of the War Powers Resolution if it fails to get congressional authorization by Sunday for U.S. participation in the Libya military mission, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. In a letter to President Barack Obama that his aides made public, Boehner, R-Ohio, complained that the administration has failed to address questions about the mission that were in a House resolution passed June 3. That resolution set a two-week deadline for a response.

New York Times: Candidates Show G.O.P. Less United on Goals of War
The hawkish consensus on national security that has dominated Republican foreign policy for the last decade is giving way to a more nuanced view, with some presidential candidates expressing a desire to withdraw from Afghanistan as quickly as possible and suggesting that the United States has overreached in Libya. The shift, while incremental so far, appears to mark a separation from a post-Sept. 11 posture in which Republicans were largely united in supporting an aggressive use of American power around the world.

CNNMoney: Bernanke: Stop holding debt ceiling hostage
Ben Bernanke renewed his calls to Congress to stop holding the debt ceiling hostage. "I fully understand the desire to use the debt limit deadline to force some necessary and difficult fiscal policy adjustments, but the debt limit is the wrong tool for that important job," the Federal Reserve chairman said at the annual conference for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in D.C. on Tuesday.

CNN: Perry rallies New York Republicans as he weighs presidential bid
Emphasizing that the country needs to embrace a conservative vision to help solve some of its problems, Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged an audience of New York Republicans Tuesday night to "stand with us over the next 16 months." Perry is seriously considering entering the GOP presidential field. Though his speech to the New York County Republican Committee didn't specifically mention that possibility, it contained what could be the outlines of a future campaign vision.

Los Angeles Times: Report describes gun agents' 'state of panic'
Federal gun agents in Arizona – con vinced that "someone was going to die" when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers - made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional report on the controversial law enforcement probe.

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CNN: Wisconsin high court upholds anti-union law
Wisconsin's top court Tuesday reinstated a contentious law that curbs the collective bargaining rights of most state employees. Opponents of the law said the fight will now be taken to those who supported it. The state's Supreme Court, by a 4-3 vote, set aside a ruling by a lower court judge who had placed a permanent injunction against the law. The court ruled the state Legislature did not violate the state's constitution when it passed the legislation.

CNN: Arizona residents evacuated by wildfire allowed to go home
After 13 days of staying in campers, trailers or with out-of-town relatives to escape a raging wildfire, the 200-plus residents of Nutrioso, Arizona, will be allowed to go home Wednesday morning. Officials with an interagency team fighting a massive blaze in eastern Arizona said late Tuesday the evacuation order issued June 2 for Nutrioso had been lifted.

CNNMoney: California budget comes in under the wire
California lawmakers unveiled a balanced budget Tuesday that cuts billions from education but likely allows them to keep collecting their paychecks. Legislators, who are expected to vote on the spending plan Wednesday, are under the gun to pass a balanced budget and send it to Governor Jerry Brown by June 15 or face losing their salary. The deadline was imposed by voters last November.

CNNMoney: Minnesota prepares for shutdown
Time is running out for Minnesota's parks, highway rest stops and public universities, not to mention 36,000 state employees. If Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers don't agree on a budget by June 30, the state government is expected to shut down. The state moved one step closer to this outcome on Friday by sending layoff notices to much of the state workforce.

CNN: New York governor proposes same-sex marriage bill
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a bill Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, effectively delivering on a promise he has made since taking office in January. The Marriage Equality Act would grant same-sex couples equal rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex," according to a news release from Cuomo's office.

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New York Times: Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid
Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials. Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan.

CNN: Attacks by Afghan troops on NATO soldiers rising, but motives complex
In late November, U.S. soldiers were supervising artillery training for Afghan troops in Nangarhar province, close to the Pakistan border. After they climbed a ridge to assess the impact area, an Afghan border policeman suddenly turned on them and opened fire. Seconds later, six Americans and their assailant were dead. It was one of the deadliest incidents of what the military call "green on blue" - a euphemism for attacks by members of the Afghan security forces on their allies in the international force known as ISAF.

CNN: Ex-editors of opposition Bahraini newspaper to go on trial
Three Bahraini opposition journalists are expected to go on trial Wednesday, accused by the government of a range of charges amid unrest in the Gulf state and an ensuing government crackdown. "Al-Wasat newspaper has been charged with fabricating news knowingly and with the aim of spreading some sort of discord and unrest amongst the population, which is not true," Mansoor al-Jamri, former editor-in-chief of the publication, told CNN's Nic Robertson.

Financial Times: New Greek bank plan 'set to cost $29B'
A German-inspired plan to reschedule Greek debt could force eurozone governments to provide up to an extra €20bn ($29 billion) to avoid a meltdown of its financial sector, European finance ministers have been warned. A briefing paper circulated by the European Commission, and seen by the Financial Times, warned the extra money may be needed to recapitalise Greek banks following a proposed maturity extension of Greek government bonds, which would be classified by rating agencies as a "selective default".

Foreign Policy: The Dark Closet
When Tom MacMaster, an American master's degree student living in Scotland, revealed himself to be the writer behind the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, it shattered the trust between the Middle Eastern blogosphere and the foreign media, and endangered the lives of queer people across the region who stepped out of the closet to answer questions about "Amina," MacMaster's fictional creation.

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CNNMoney: Facebook hires former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart
Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is joining Facebook as its vice president of global communications, the company announced late Tuesday. Lockhart, who ran the White House press office during President Bill Clinton's second term, will be in charge of Facebook's corporate, policy and international communications teams. He will report to Elliot Schrage, Facebook's communications chief.

Wall Street Journal: Pandora IPO Is High Note
Pandora Media Inc. priced an initial public offering that values the unprofitable Internet company at about $2.56 billion, the latest test of investors' appetite for a new wave of Web start-ups. The Internet radio company's offering—priced Tuesday well above its expected range—follows professional networking site LinkedIn Corp.'s hit offering and an IPO filing this month by local-commerce specialist Groupon Inc. Game maker Zynga Inc. is also believed to be close to an offering, while Facebook Inc. is expected to go public next year.

Wall Street Journal: Secrets From Apple's Genius Bar: Full Loyalty, No Negativity
Steve Jobs turned Apple Inc. into the world's most valuable technology company with high-tech products like the iPad and iPhone. But one anchor of Apple's success is surprisingly low tech: its chain of brick-and-mortar retail stores. …Behind Apple stores is Ron Johnson, 52, who J.C. Penney Co. confirmed Tuesday would become its new CEO in November.

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