POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
June 5th, 2012
04:26 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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:

CNN: Wisconsin recall comes down to who gets more voters to polls
In the canon of political cliches, "it all comes down to turnout" is among the most tired. But in the case of the polarizing and closely watched Wisconsin recall election, the maxim happens to ring true. Public polling, internal polling and campaign strategists all tell the same story: Republican Gov. Scott Walker is clinging to a tiny lead over his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, heading into Tuesday's vote.

CNN: Obama and Bill Clinton: On same team but not always reading same playbook
How things change. In 2008, after a bruising primary battle with Hillary Clinton, then-Sen. Barack Obama was on the outs with former President Bill Clinton. This election cycle, Clinton is one of Obama's most visible surrogates.

CNN: Ballot shakeup in California among Tuesday's political flashpoints
Voters in California accustomed to casting ballots in party primaries will see something very different on Tuesday: All candidates, regardless of affiliation, will compete in the same preliminary contest, with the top two finishers moving on to compete in the general election. California is one of five states holding primaries Tuesday.

CNN: Veep contenders in the spotlight this week
Vice presidential candidates may be chosen for different reasons, but they all have one main job: show up where the main guy can't. By that count alone, two potential running mates for Mitt Romney will get some real world experience this week in two key states.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Jury selection set to start in Sandusky trial
Jury selection in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape, is scheduled to start Tuesday in Pennsylvania. A judge last week denied his attorneys' latest bid for a delay, allowing the case to move forward. Sandusky, 68, has been under house arrest since being charged with sexually abusing 10 boys for more than 14 years.

CNN: N.Y. governor proposes decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking state legislators to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana that are in public view. Saying the aim was to avoid unnecessary misdemeanor charges against thousands of New Yorkers - "disproportionately black and Hispanic youth," according to a statement from the governor's office - the legislation "brings consistency and fairness" to New York's marijuana laws.

CNN: Opting out of vaccinations could get tougher in California
The re-emergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases has prompted the California legislature to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids. The legislation would require that parents get counseling from a doctor before opting out of immunizations for their children.

CNN: Decoding the 'Flame' virus
Last week, groups of congressional staffers gathered in conference rooms in the nation's capital. They were coming to hear from a representative from Symantec about the current threat landscape in cyberspace. It's an annual event for the security software giant, one in which staffers are briefed on current and emerging threats. They, in turn, brief lawmakers who are looking for ways to "catch up" in the war in cyberspace.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Official: Pilot signaled trouble moments before crash that killed 163 in Nigeria
The pilot of the Dana Air plane that crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, radioed that the plane was having trouble just minutes earlier, an airline official told CNN on Monday. The details emerged as search and rescue crews worked to recover bodies from the wreckage, while authorities searched for the flight data recorders to try to piece together what brought down the plane Sunday, killing all 153 people aboard and at least 10 on the ground.

CNN: China 'wary' of U.S. focus on Pacific military power
The United States is "not in step with the times" in seeking to bolster its military presence in the Pacific region, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said Monday. Spokesman Liu Weimin's statement comes on the heels of the weekend announcement by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that 60% of the U.S. naval fleet will sail the Pacific by 2020.

CNN: Video captures mounting frustration of U.N. monitors in Syria
U.N. Commandant Mark Hearns calmly takes notes on a small pad as the scene around him grows increasingly chaotic. Men talk over each other in Arabic as translators scramble to keep up. At the heart of their questions: When will the killing stop? Hearns has no good answer. Video of a meeting Monday between Syrian rebels and U.N. monitors in the city of Al Qusayr near the Lebanese border offers a rare glimpse of the realities of monitoring the escalating conflict.

CNN: Buckingham Palace rocks in queen's honor
With a military band, a string orchestra and electric guitars on full blast, London's Buckingham Palace was transformed into a rock venue on Monday as some of the biggest names in music celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee. Former Beatle Paul McCartney headlined a colorful evening of flag-waving entertainment that also saw Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Tom Jones take the stage alongside younger acts.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: S&P: 1-in-3 chance Greece leaves euro
There is a one-in-three chance Greece will leave the euro currency union in the months ahead, according to Standard & Poor's. The ratings agency issued a report Monday that examines the likelihood of Greece leaving the eurozone and how an exit would impact the creditworthiness of other euro area governments.

CNN Money: Teen hiring off to good start for summer jobs
Teenage job seekers had a pretty good month in May, even as adults struggled. The government's May jobs report, which shocked both economists and investors with how weak it was overall, showed a seasonally adjusted increase of 67,000 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 with jobs. That's the biggest May increase in that reading since 1999.

CNN Money: Facebook stock down almost 30%
Facebook's stock continued its decline Monday, as the share price sank to its lowest point following its initial public offering, a decline of more than 30%. Facebook (FB), the social media brainchild of co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, dipped to $26.44 during Monday's trading.

In case you missed it…
Mitt Romney's former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey defends the presidential candidate against new attack ads.


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  1. Gurgyl

    GOP idiots vision is IRAN WAR, repeal Healthcare, ban Social Security, Medicare. It blinds your vision. Republican idiots are total disaster to USA And World!!!god bless. Their idea is to ship jobs overseas, bring all illegals, tie your hair, hold it's arial and play you as muppet-show. Learn comprehend understand. Show is in middle class America, god bless!!!!!!

    June 5, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    In case you missed it.....

    J.P. Morgan Chase was ordered to return $600 million to MF Global last week.

    June 5, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |