POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 11, 2012
June 11th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 11, 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: McCain: Obama responsible for leaks, Holder has no credibility
Sen. John McCain continued his blitz against the Obama administration Sunday, saying the president was responsible for the recent national security leaks–whether he knew about them or not. "It's obvious on its face that this information came from individuals who are in the administration," McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The president may not have done it himself, but the president certainly is responsible as commander in chief."

CNN: Axelrod weighs in on Obama’s private sector comments
While President Barack Obama walked back his remarks last week and said it was "absolutely clear" that the economy, in fact, was "not doing fine," his campaign's senior adviser on Sunday had a hard time making the same concession. Asked repeatedly about the president's initial comments, in which Obama said Friday the private sector was "doing fine" compared to the public sector, David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the private sector certainly needs more jobs but did not go as far as mirroring the president's clarification on the state of the economy.

CNN: Emanuel: Race will come down to 5 states
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the first White House chief of staff in the Obama administration, says he expects the presidential race to be a "close election" in November. "I think it's going to come down to a handful of states. ... It's five states, 500 precincts. That's what I believe," Emanuel said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."

CNN: Giffords stumps for former aide in rare public appearance
Former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a rare appearance before a cheering crowd of supporters at a "Get out the vote" concert in downtown Tucson. Giffords was joined by her husband, Mark Kelly, at the Saturday event for a special election race for the seat from which she resigned.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Jerry Sandusky trial to start in Pennsylvania
Opening statements in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape, are scheduled to start Monday. Sandusky, 68, has been under house arrest since being charged with sexually abusing 10 boys for at least 15 years. Prosecutors allege that he met some of his accusers through Second Mile, a charity he created for underprivileged children.

CNN: 3 dead, 3 wounded in shooting near Auburn University
Three people, including two former Auburn University football players, were killed late Saturday and three others were wounded in a shooting in an off-campus apartment complex in Auburn, Alabama, police said Sunday. A manhunt was under way in Montgomery, about 55 miles west of Auburn, for a suspect in the case, said Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson. He identified the suspect as Desmonte Leonard, 22, of Montgomery.

CNN: Hasidic NYPD recruit says he was fired over beard length
A Hasidic NYPD recruit is planning a lawsuit after being dismissed for refusing to trim his beard for religious reasons, his attorney said Sunday. Fishel Litzman, 38, was asked to leave the police academy on Friday, his attorney, Nathan Lewin, told CNN. He began the police academy in January, he said, was in the top 1% of his classes and is "highly regarded" by his peers.

CNN: 'Once,' 'Porgy and Bess,' 'Death of a Salesman' big winners at Tony awards
High-profile Hollywood actors and Broadway veterans alike on stage and in the crowd celebrated theater, and the best performances of the year, at the 66th annual Tony Awards Sunday night. For the third time, actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the salute to Broadway's finest. Harris, who was a child when he emerged as the title character in the television series "Doogie Howser, M.D.," now stars on the long-running CBS sit-com "How I Met Your Mother."

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Al Qaeda in Yemen advertises for Western recruits
Al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate has posted several messages on jihadist forums in a recruitment campaign directed at supporters already living in the West. It's a further sign of what has been a consistent campaign by what U.S. officials believe is at the moment the most ambitious and threatening element of al Qaeda, to communicate and influence potential empathizers residing in the West.

CNN: As elections loom, protesters rally in Mexico
Protesters marched and packed the main square of Mexico City on Sunday, slamming the candidate widely seen as the front-runner in next month's presidential elections. Enrique Peña Nieto, the Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate, leads in polls. His party - better known as the PRI - ruled for some 70 years, before losing the presidency in 2000. Demonstrators say his winning would be a step back for democracy in Mexico.

CNN: China to launch manned spacecraft in mid-June
China aims to get its citizens one step closer to the moon this month. The country's space program plans to dock its first manned spacecraft on its orbiting space laboratory in mid-June, China's state media reported Saturday. If all goes as planned, China will be the third nation after the United States and Russia to complete a manned docking.

CNN: Syrian opposition group's new leader calls out Russia, China, Iran
A central Syrian opposition group named a new leader Sunday and vowed new efforts to end the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Abdul Basit Sieda, a Syrian native now living in Sweden, is a minority Kurdish activist. His election to the helm of the Syrian National Council is widely viewed as an attempt to unite various ethnic factions.

BUSINESS:

CNN: Stock markets and euro cheer Spanish bank bailout
Asian stock markets forged higher Monday following Spain's move to seek a €100 billion euro ($125 billion) credit line to strengthen its troubled banking system. The euro also gained ground against the dollar after the eurozone's finance ministers said they would respond favorably to Spain's request for aid.

CNN Money: Chinese consumer prices ease
Chinese inflation continued to ease last month, another sign that more stimulus could be in the pipeline. Consumer prices in China increased at an annual rate of 3% in May, the National Bureau of Statistics reported Saturday. That's down from a 3.4% rate of increase in April.

CNN Money: Buffett lunch sells for record $3,456,789
An anonymous bidder is paying a record $3,456,789 to have lunch with legendary investor Warren Buffett, according to the charity that benefits from the auction. Glide, the San Francisco Bay anti-poverty organization, said there were 10 active bidders among the more than 110 inquires into the auction on eBay. The auction began Sunday and closed at 10:30 p.m. ET Friday.

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  1. King

    China will be investing a whole lot of money to mittens campaign because they know his business background, they know mittens will have a free trade agreement with them to repay his corporation sponsor. this will pit the American middle workers against Chinese slave labor. the Chinese consumers outnumber us 6 to 1 already, and when mitten cut middle class spenders jobs it will be 8 to1. imagine businesses staying in America with those odds, they will be exodussing all over America to China for their superior demand. America would have to kill our middle class just to compete, why you think the repubs already is starting the process. first it will be public middle class, by pitting private middle class against them, as what Wisconsin governor said "divide and conquered. private sector middle class you will be next, they just have to get those pesky unions out the way first.

    June 11, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |