POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 18, 2012
June 18th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 18, 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: Lawmakers mum on health care contingency plans
With a decision looming from the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, two lawmakers wouldn't describe in detail Sunday any plans for replacing the landmark piece of legislation. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," neither Republican Sen. John Barrasso nor Democratic Rep. Chris van Hollen could specify what preparations they were making should the Affordable Care Act be struck down.

CNN: Romney won’t say if he’d repeal Obama immigration rule
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, wouldn’t say Sunday whether he’d repeal President Barack Obama’s decision to stop deporting certain young illegal immigrants. In an interview, Romney would say only that his administration would seek longer-term solutions to the problem of illegal immigration, and that Obama’s new directive, announced Friday, was temporary fix.

CNN: Immigration change not political, Plouffe asserts
President Barack Obama's senior adviser maintained Sunday the White House's decision to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants was in no way designed to curry favor within the Latino community months ahead of November's general election. David Plouffe, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," said the move was one in a series of steps already taken to allow the Department of Homeland Security greater discretion in enforcing America's immigration laws.

CNN: McCain on campaign finance: 'The system is broken'
"Uninformed, arrogant, naive." Sen. John McCain used those three words in an interview Sunday to slam the Citizens United decision, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for political donations from corporations and special interest groups. Pressed on the issue of campaign cash and whether it is unduly influencing this year's presidential campaign, the Republican senator from Arizona maintained that allowing an "incredible amount of money" to enter political races opens the door for corruption.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Looming health care ruling will be among Supreme Court's most important
Winners and losers are the natural consequence of the American legal system. In the Supreme Court, five majority votes among the nine members are enough to fundamentally change lives and legacies. The high court in coming days will issue rulings in perhaps its most important appeal in a dozen years: whether the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama will be tossed out as an unconstitutional exercise of congressional authority.

CNN: After week of graphic testimony, Sandusky set to present his defense
For the first week of his trial, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky often left the Pennsylvania courtroom with a smile, even after testimony from eight people accusing him, in emotional and graphic terms, of sexually abusing them as boys. He should finally get a chance to present his case when the trial resumes this week, after a three-day break.

CNN: Rodney King dead at 47
Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47. Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy De Anda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.

CNN: Colorado fire tops 55,000 acres, could spread with hot, windy weather
Authorities warned of high temperatures and strong winds Sunday as hundreds of firefighters battle a northern Colorado blaze that has destroyed almost 200 homes. A warning is in effect until 8 p.m. local time, fire officials said, with temperatures expected to be in the 90s and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Egyptian military holds on to power despite presidential vote
An Islamist backed by the Muslim Brotherhood declared victory as Egypt's first democratically elected president even as the country's military rulers issued a decree that virtually stripped the position of power. The move by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces - the military rulers in control since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak - came Sunday at the conclusion of a two-day presidential runoff, adding to the political turmoil that raised questions about the stability of the fragile democracy.

CNN: Greek New Democracy leader hails 'victory for all Europe'
The leader of Greece's center-right, pro-bailout New Democracy party claimed "a victory for all Europe" after topping Sunday's parliamentary elections, a vote seen as a referendum on the survival of the continent's common currency. New Democracy's Antonis Samaras now finds himself facing a new round of coalition talks, six weeks after a previous election that failed to produce a government. In a brief address following Sunday's vote, he pledged to form a slate "determined to do what it takes and do it fast."

CNN: G-20 summit looks to boost sluggish global economic recovery
Leaders from the world's largest industrialized and emerging economies kick off the G-20 summit in Mexico on Monday with the aim of boosting a sluggish global economic recovery. Officially the summit will largely focus on one of the primary causes of the recovery's lethargy, a persistent weakness in the 17 countries that use the euro as their national currency.

CNN: Talks over Iran's nuclear program to resume in Moscow
Diplomats are scheduled to gather in Moscow on Monday to resume negotiations between Iran and world powers over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program after two previous rounds of discussions yielded little result. Western powers fear that Iran may be trying to build nuclear weapons, despite its insistence that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The West has been using sanctions and diplomacy to try to stop Iran from producing nuclear arms.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Greece election: What's next
A pro-bailout party in Greece won the most votes in Sunday's parliamentary election, which could ease any immediate concerns about the nation's future participation in the euro area. But it remains to be seen if the party, New Democracy, can form a viable government supporting the bailout given the deep anti-austerity sentiment in Greece. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on some key deadlines.

CNN Money: Asian stocks open higher
World markets started the week higher Monday in an initial positive reaction to Greek elections that put the main pro-bailout party on top. Japan's Nikkei rose nearly 2% in the first minutes of trading and was 1.9% higher two hours later. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 1.8% at the start of trading before pulling back a bit, and the Shanghai Composite opened 0.4% higher.

CNN Money: Euro bailout firewall not big enough
The recent €100 billion bailout of Spain's banks will leave Europe's financial rescue fund without enough money to bail out another big economy, an international banking group warned on Sunday. "[A]fter committing €100 billion for the Spanish saving banks, the Eurogroup's rescue funds, as currently authorized and structured, will have sufficient funds to help a small economy like Cyprus, but hardly enough to deal with any large country," the Institute of International Finance wrote in report to its members.

In case you missed it…
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum weighs in on President Obama's immigration policy.


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  1. Marie MD

    The bishop won't repeal anything because he will NEVER become president. This is a man who thinks that wearing garbage bags to a small crowd attending a BBQ is courageous. That is as stupid as his "the trees are the right height" or putting a dog on top of an SUV or bullying a gay prep school boy and cut his hair or Kolob is the planet where their god resides?
    Is it true that at sixteen his father gave him a trooper's uniform? This is from Letterman so it could be tongue in cheek. The comedy team took #43 from them but now there's the flip flopper.

    June 18, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    I think immigration needs to be tightened. A whole lot of India guys are abusing the system. They are bringing elderly filing SS, medecare, not cotributing a dime to system. This needs stopped forthwith. Lot of IT filing bogus papers for immigrations. Stop it if you have guts. God bless.

    June 18, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |