POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 20, 2011
June 20th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 20, 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.

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL
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CNN: Key Senate Republicans disagree with House GOP on War Powers debate
Two influential Republican senators said Sunday they oppose any effort by House Republicans to cut funding for U.S. participation in the Libya military mission. The comments by conservative Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina came on the 90th day of the Libya campaign - which House Speaker John Boehner says is the deadline in the War Powers Resolution for the Obama administration to get congressional authorization it has yet to seek.

CNNMoney: Debt ceiling: Time's running out
It's T minus two weeks until July 1. That's the chosen deadline for the small bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiating a debt-reduction "framework" to accompany an increase in the country's debt ceiling. Even that deadline, however, will make it hard to end the debt ceiling drama by Aug. 2, when the Treasury Department says it will no longer be able to pay all the country's bills in full without being allowed to borrow.

CNN: Sec. Gates: U.S. engaged in 'preliminary' peace talks with the Taliban
The United States has been engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, 11 days before he is set to resign. "There's been outreach on the part of a number of countries, including the United States," he said. "I would say that these contacts are very preliminary." Gates affirmed that "a political outcome is the way most of these wars end" and described the communication as being handled by the State Department for "a few weeks, maybe."

Wall Street Journal: Texan Perry Sizes Up Roadblocks to GOP Bid
Aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry said they are scrambling to determine the logistical challenges he would face in making a late entry to the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, the latest sign he is serious about joining the contest. Among their considerations is whether Mr. Perry has enough time to raise sufficient cash, which generally requires personal contact with donors and fund-raisers. Aides also have made inquiries in Iowa to assess his chances there in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Variety: What's Left for the Right? Conservatives Try to Break Through in Film
With varying degrees of success, a genre of unabashedly conservative documentaries has emerged in the past five years or so, inspired by Michael Moore and other filmmakers from the left who have been among the most savvy in making an impact. Most of these projects from the right sell on the Internet, video-on-demand or via streaming, but "The Undefeated" represents a test of just how far a conservative documentary can go at the multiplex. The movie will roll out in at least 10 cities in AMC Theaters starting July 15.

NATIONAL
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CNN: Opposing sides set to square off over Georgia immigration law
Supporters and critics of Georgia's controversial new immigration law will face off in federal court Monday. Several immigrant and civil rights organizations say the law, which aims to crack down on illegal immigration, is unconstitutional. They filed a class-action lawsuit earlier this month, asking a federal judge to stop the law before it goes into effect July 1. Attorneys representing the state have filed a motion to dismiss the case.

CNN: Firefighters catch small break after brutal weekend
The thousands of firefighters battling to control dangerous wildfires in Arizona will get a small measure of relief early this week as winds calm and humidity levels rise, the National Weather Service said Monday. Critical conditions are forecast Monday across large sections of New Mexico and Texas, and to a lesser extent in Oklahoma and Kansas. On Sunday, critical to extreme conditions could be found in the same four states, plus Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

CNN: Same-sex marriage bill enters last day of New York legislative session
With the clock ticking on New York's legislative session, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hoping lawmakers will use its last day to take up his proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. Currently, 31 senators, including two Republicans, are in favor of the bill. Its backers need one more GOP member to vote in favor for it to pass.

Wall Street Journal: 'Fracking' Disclosure to Rise
The natural-gas industry, bowing to longtime pressure, will disclose more information about the chemicals it uses in the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing. On Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a bill that will require companies to make public the chemicals they use on every hydraulic fracturing job in the state. While a handful of other states have passed similar measures, Texas's law is significant because oil and gas drilling is a key industry in the state and the industry vocally supported the measure. Environmental groups said the law doesn't go far enough, but they agreed it was an important step.

CNN: McIlroy romps to U.S. Open triumph by eight shots
Rory McIlroy enjoyed a triumphant march Sunday to his first major title as a two-under-par 69 gave him an eight-shot victory in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Maryland. McIlroy's 16-under aggregate of 268 was a record for the U.S. Open, breaking the mark set by Tiger Woods, who was 12-under in winning at Pebble Beach in 2000.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: European ministers laud Greek austerity measures, promise new loans
Applauding budget-cutting measures taken and proposed by Greece's government in the face of intense public pressure, European finance ministers announced Monday that Athens is on track to receive fresh loans in mid-July. …No specifics were given on the extent or parameters of the loans, which would be the second round in the bailout aimed at keeping Greece solvent - and preventing its economic crisis from worsening and spreading through Europe and beyond.

CNN: NATO acknowledges strike in Tripoli may have killed civilians
NATO acknowledged Sunday that an errant airstrike in Tripoli may have caused "a number of civilian casualties." Libya's government had claimed earlier Sunday that nine people were killed and six injured when a NATO strike hit a residential neighborhood in the Libyan capital.

CNN: Syrian leader takes to airwaves amid calls for his ouster
Syria's embattled president is scheduled to take to the airwaves Monday to address his unsettled nation, even as he faces growing criticism from leaders in the United States, Europe and elsewhere over a violent government clampdown on demonstrators. It will be President Bashar al-Assad's third speech in recent months, according to the official SANA news agency.

CNN: Thousands of Spaniards call for economic reform in new protest
Tens of thousands of protesters converged on central Madrid Sunday as the so-called May 15 movement pushing for political and social change in Spain again took to the streets. Madrid's was the first major demonstration of the day and drew some 37,000 people, Spain's state-run news agency reported, citing a consulting firm it hired to estimate the size of the crowd.

CNN: China floods destroy 8,400 homes, displace more than 292,000 people
Epic flooding has wreaked havoc in several Chinese provinces, destroying at least 8,400 houses in Zhejiang province alone. At least two people have died and more than 4.4 million have been affected by the flooding as of Monday morning, according to the Zhejiang Flood Control Office. About 292,000 have been evacuated, according to the agency's website.

BUSINESS
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Boston Globe: Banks tap fund to repay TARP
Hundreds of small banks that received US aid after the financial crisis appear to have found a creative way to repay the funds: obtain money from a different government program. Most of the 627 banks that still hold money from the controversial Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, have filed applications to roll the obligations into the government’s new Small Business Lending Fund, according to Treasury officials and the banks.

CNN: New web naming rules to change Internet browsing
Coming soon to a website near you: dot-anything. A group charged with overseeing the development of the Internet voted Monday to relax the rules on website naming conventions - potentially triggering a virtual domain name gold rush to rival the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. … The group said it will begin to accept applications for new domain endings in January 2012.

Wall Street Journal: Stock awards and bonuses push up compensation totals
Hefty stock awards and bonuses drove total compensation up more than 20 percent for Washington’s highest-paid chief executives last year, reflecting a nationwide trend among the largest public companies. The awards came in a year when many top executives were busy steering their companies out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. And for many, the packages are the last before new government rules take effect this year mandating nonbinding “say-on-pay” votes by shareholders.

In Case You Missed It…
David Axelrod says when he met Jon Huntsman in 2009, the Republican was "effusive" about President Obama's policies.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/06/19/exp.Sotu.axelrod.pt2.0619.cnn


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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    CNN: Key Senate Republicans disagree with House GOP on War Powers debate
    Anything that would SEPARATE them from the NORM – go far right is their drive – ISOLATE!

    CNNMoney: Debt ceiling: Time's running out
    This is a NON-story because it will be handled with the right kind of clout!!

    CNN: Sec. Gates: U.S. engaged in 'preliminary' peace talks with the Taliban
    Hand the doggone country over to them and get us out of that land!!
    Because they will take over anyway once we leave – what’s so difficult about that to understand!!

    Wall Street Journal: Texan Perry Sizes Up Roadblocks to GOP Bid
    This guy sounds like a Bush-CLONE with a sidekick of a Farrell-TONE – another NOBODY-KID!!

    Variety: What's Left for the Right? Conservatives Try to Break Through in Film
    The RIGHT is all mixed up – nothing concrete – they will all fail at the helm!!!

    Off to Work – HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

    June 20, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |