POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, June 7, 2012
June 7th, 2012
05:24 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, June 7, 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.


CNN: FBI looks into possible White House leaks
The FBI has launched an investigation into apparent leaks of classified information involving a cyberwarfare program against Iran, a U.S. official said Wednesday. FBI spokesman Paul Bresson had no comment on the reported investigation.

CNN: Analysis: Wisconsin now tougher for Obama, but still uphill climb for Romney
Republicans scored a decisive victory Tuesday in the bitter Wisconsin recall election as Gov. Scott Walker beat back Democratic challenger Tom Barrett and his organized labor allies to keep his seat in Madison. But will it matter in November? Unfortunately for a pundit class that has been eager to ascribe sweeping national meaning to a race that hinged entirely on local issues, the answer is... maybe.

CNN: Jeb Bush says 'under no circumstances' would he take VP job
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush firmly put his foot down on the idea of being Mitt Romney's running mate, saying "under no circumstances" would he accept the gig. "I'm not gonna do it and I'm not gonna be asked and it's not gonna happen," he said in an interview to air Thursday on CBS "This Morning."

CNN: Pelosi reflects on 25 years in Congress
At an event to commemorate her 25 years in Congress, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi talked about the need for less money and more women in politics. "The answer to almost every 'How can we do better?' is one word: women. More women in power," Pelosi said at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington.


CNN: 12 jurors, 4 alternates seated in Sandusky trial
A jury of five men and seven women, along with four alternates, was chosen Wednesday in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape. Half of the 16 jurors and alternates have ties to Penn State, including one retired professor and one current professor, three graduates, two employees and one current student, showing the prominence of the university in the local community.

CNN: Police search New Jersey home of man accused in Etan Patz death
New York City police on Wednesday evening were searching the New Jersey home of Pedro Hernandez, who is accusing of killing Etan Patz more than three decades ago, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said. Police executed a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into Etan, the boy who disappeared on May 25, 1979, in New York.

CNN: Vacuum cleaner blamed for fire on nuclear submarine
A fire last month aboard a U.S. nuclear submarine that caused more than $400 million in damage may have been caused by a vacuum cleaner, the Navy said Wednesday. "Preliminary findings indicate the fire started in a vacuum cleaner used to clean work sites at end of shift, and stored in an unoccupied space," the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Congressional and Public Affairs Office said in a news release.

CNN: Massachusetts teen convicted of homicide in texting-while-driving case
A Massachusetts teen was convicted Wednesday of homicide as a result of texting while driving and will serve one year in prison. In a landmark case for the state, Aaron Deveau, 18, was found guilty on charges of vehicular homicide, texting while driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a 2011 crash that fatally injured Donald Bowley, 55, of Danville, New Hampshire, and seriously injured a passenger in Bowley's car.


CNN: Karzai condemns NATO airstrike; Panetta arrives in Kabul
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned a NATO airstrike this week that a provincial official says killed women and children, in a statement that came just as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived Thursday in Kabul for talks.

CNN: U.N. meets to discuss Syria amid reports of new massacre
International mediator Kofi Annan plans to brief the United Nations on Thursday as world powers seek ways to pile on pressure against the Syrian regime amid new reports of a massacre. Annan - the international envoy to Syria - will address separate meetings of the U.N. General Assembly and the Security Council in New York. The council comprises 15 countries while the assembly is made up of 193 members of the United Nations.

CNN: Dismembered man's family goes to Montreal, suspect still in Berlin
Family members of Jun Lin, the Chinese man allegedly killed and dismembered by Luka Rocco Magnotta, arrived in Montreal on Wednesday as the investigation into the grisly case continues. They are scheduled to meet with investigators, said Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere

CNN: Sources: U.S. mission in Benghazi attacked to avenge al Qaeda
The United States diplomatic office in the Libyan city of Benghazi was attacked Tuesday night, the embassy in the capital Tripoli said Wednesday. A Libyan security source told CNN a jihadist group that is suspected of carrying out the strike, the Imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman Brigades, left leaflets at the scene claiming the attack was in retaliation for the death of Libyan al Qaeda No. 2 Abu Yahya al Libi.


CNN Money: Forget politics. Bush tax cuts still loom
Washington awoke with hair on fire Wednesday after media reports - many of which later required corrections - suggested that the Democratic Party was suddenly split over extending the Bush tax cuts. Bill Clinton's interview Tuesday on CNBC came first. The former president suggested that a temporary extension of the tax cuts would be an acceptable - and indeed the most likely - outcome of talks over the expiring tax cuts. (He soon walked his statement back.)

CNN Money: Nasdaq plans $40 million payout for Facebook losses
Nasdaq said Wednesday that it plans to spend $40 million to compensate trading firms for losses caused by glitches that delayed Facebook's debut. Firms would be eligible to receive $13.7 million of that in cash, with the remainder coming from reduced trading fees over the next six months, according to a Nasdaq statement.

CNN Money: Fed's Yellen sees possibility of more stimulus
Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen has reiterated her view that further action by the central bank might be necessary to stimulate the sputtering U.S. economy. "An extended period of highly accommodative policy is necessary to combat the persistent headwinds to recovery," Yellen said Wednesday in remarks prepared for delivery to the Boston Economic Club Dinner.

In case you missed it…
CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to Congressman Peter King about the outrage over intelligence leaks.

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  1. Gurgyl

    The way people voted in WI is reflection of how ignorant and uneducated Americans are in the entire world.

    June 7, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  2. King

    Obama should let all of the bush tax cut expire, and use the money and go on a massive infrastructure modernization. Hey few will even realize that money is being taken from their check, but every one will know that cranes and construction workers are every where. This will give the people a sence of optimism that the country is heading in the right direction, and they will spend more, and boast the economy even more.

    June 7, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |