POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
June 12th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 12, 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 fore more.


CNN: Justice Department says it will sue Florida over voting rolls purge
In the latest volley in the ongoing battle over Florida voter lists, the Justice Department has sent a letter stating it will take legal action against the state, citing violations of voting rights laws. "Because the State has indicated its unwillingness to comply with these requirements, I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in federal court," said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights.

CNN: Commerce secretary takes medical leave following weekend accidents
U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, under investigation for possible felony hit-and-run after allegedly causing two weekend car accidents in California, will take a medical leave of absence "as he undergoes tests and evaluations," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday night.

CNN: Romney: Strike down of health care law would be 'right thing'
Mitt Romney on Monday said he hopes the Supreme Court does the "right thing" and overturns President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform. "Gosh I hope they do the right thing and turn this thing down," Romney told donors in Atlanta, according to pool reports. "And say it's unconstitutional because it is."

CNN: House panel to take up contempt measure against Holder
A House committee announced Monday it will consider a measure next week to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to provide requested information on the department's handling of the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling sting operation.


CNN: Teenager who kick-started Sandusky child rape investigation 'ready' to testify
The alleged victim whose allegations triggered the criminal investigation into Jerry Sandusky is expected to take the stand Tuesday in the former Penn State assistant football coach's child rape trial, kicking off the second day of testimony in the high-profile case. Michael Boni, a lawyer for the person identified in court documents as Victim 1, told CNN on Monday night his client is "ready to go."

CNN: Police lay siege to home in Auburn killings
Alabama authorities closed in on the attic of a Montgomery home late Monday, believing they had trapped the man accused of killing three people and wounding three others near Auburn University. Police had already used "a powerful dose" of tear gas in an attempt to force out the suspect, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange told reporters. Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy said a tactical squad had taken control of the home's ground floor and heard noise, including coughing, in the attic.

CNN: L.A. Kings reign over New Jersey Devils to clinch Stanley Cup
A few players bled, some fans wiped away sweat, and others wept for joy as the Los Angeles Kings blasted away 45 years of futility with a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils to capture the Stanley Cup. The win marks the first National Hockey League championship for the Kings in the team's history.

CNN: Navy drone crashes in Maryland
A U.S. Navy drone crashed Monday in a marsh near Salisbury, Maryland. The RQ-4A Global Hawk drone crashed during a routine training flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, according to Jamie Cosgrove, a spokeswoman for the Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons Program at the base.


CNN: NATO to limit airstrikes in Afghanistan
NATO forces in Afghanistan will no longer use airstrikes against insurgent targets in civilian homes if "other means" to deal with the targets are available, a spokesman said Monday. Forces "will continue to conduct operations against insurgents who use civilian dwellings, but when there is concern over the presence of civilians; air delivered munitions will not be employed while other means are available," Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings said.

CNN: Syria: Battle for the cities
The Syrian government blamed last Friday's rebel attack on an electric power station in downtown Damascus on "armed terrorist gangs" - the same epithet it has used to describe the protest movement that erupted in the southern border city of Daraa more than a year ago. But the gunfire and explosions that echoed across the Syrian capital in recent days have underscored a turning point of sorts.

CNN: Concern over residents of remote Afghan village after quakes
Authorities in northern Afghanistan expressed concern Tuesday about scores of residents of a remote village where two earthquakes brought rocks crashing down on houses a day earlier. A 5.4 magnitude quake on Monday morning in Baghlan Province was followed less than half an hour later by a 5.7 magnitude one in the same area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

CNN: Venezuela's Chavez registers for re-election bid
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez filed the formal paperwork declaring his re-election bid Monday, as cheering crowds packed a plaza outside the election authority headquarters in Venezuela's capital.


CNN Money: UnitedHealthcare to keep some health care mandates
The nation's largest health insurer promises to continue offering some key mandates of health care reform - such as coverage of adult dependents up to age 26 - regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the health care law.

CNN Money: Family net worth plummets nearly 40%
The average American family's net worth dropped almost 40% between 2007 and 2010, according to a triennial study released Monday by the Federal Reserve. The stunning drop in median net worth - from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010 - indicates that the recession wiped away 18 years of savings and investment by families.

CNN Money: Stocks sink more than 1% as Spain enthusiasm fizzles
U.S. stocks had a promising start Monday, following the best week of the year, but gains were short-lived as early enthusiasm over a $125 billion bailout for Spanish banks fizzled, sending stocks tumbling into the red.

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  1. King

    in a global era when most successful country's government are being directly involved in their country's success, the repubs want to abandoned government all together, and leave the American people exposed to the rigors of the stock markets and global perils, as if American were some kind of aliens super beings. they want to strip education so China. can have all the future technical jobs, they want to kick 30 million Americans to the curve and kill millions of jobs, when they kill healthcare, they want to stop the massive infrastructure modernization and allow countries to past us by, am i still living in America of my father's or this a dream! how can American compete with China slave wages, 7 to 1 spenders, make that 7 to. 1, mittens cuts our fire fighters, teachers, and cops middle class jobs. Obama needs to focus here at home and rebuild our country putting millions to work.

    June 12, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Yes, this Nation's dire need is this Healthcare law. Folks, just drive all of the republican thugs out. These idiots are nasty "Thugs" of this nation. True, use on Obama12.
    PS: nation is on right track, going in right direction without WARS..

    June 12, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  3. New Age Independent

    Obama might as well just make it part of his campaign and say it. It would appear that he will do anything to steal the election, even if that means getting illegals to vote. He does not deserve to be President if he cannot even defend the rights of the legal voter. Florida is doing the right thing in this case. They are being prudent prior to an election to remove ineligible voters. Too many people have had their votes stolen from them. Obama should be protecting those people, not become the criminal himself!

    June 12, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |