POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
June 19th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 19, 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: Holder, Issa to meet about 'Fast and Furious' before possible contempt vote
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to meet with a House committee chairman Tuesday about turning over documents that might postpone a contempt vote for the nation's top prosecutor. Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, are scheduled to meet to discuss Issa's demand for more documents relating to "Operation Fast and Furious," a federal firearms investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. Issa is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

CNN: Rubio to shelve GOP immigration plan
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is standing down for now on proposing his much-anticipated immigration plan, his office confirmed on Monday. The decision came just days after President Barack Obama announced similar policies to that of Rubio's proposal, which would grant legal status for minors brought here illegally, providing they pursue higher education opportunities or serve in the military.

CNN: Nominee for ambassador to Iraq withdraws from consideration
President Obama's embattled pick to be ambassador to Iraq withdrew his nomination Monday, a day before facing an uncertain vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Brett McGurk came under fire from Republicans and some Democrats for a variety of complaints; most notably for what senators said was poor judgment when he used an official government e-mail account to exchange flirtatious e-mails with a Wall Street Journal reporter while the two were stationed in Baghdad in 2008. The two were later married.

CNN: Congress: Same hours, half the work
The current Congress has worked just as many days as its legislative predecessors. It just has a lot less to show for it. According to a CNN analysis of congressional records that looked at bills that became law and the number of days lawmakers worked, members of the House have spent more than 150 days and Senate just over 140 days in session so far, comparable to previous Congresses at this point in the term.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Sandusky's defense to call more witnesses, unclear if he will take the stand
The defense will call witnesses for a second day in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial Tuesday but it was still unclear if the former Penn State assistant coach will take the stand. Closing arguments could begin as soon as Thursday, Judge John Cleland said Monday.

CNN: Prosecutors: Jail phone transcripts show Zimmerman, wife talking finances in code
Despite telling the court they were indigent, George Zimmerman and his wife discussed - in code, according to prosecutors - money raised online to help in his defense on second-degree murder charges, jailhouse phone calls released Monday show. Prosecutors had claimed the Zimmermans lied about their financial means before a Florida judge set his bond, which the suspect then posted to get out of jail. Zimmerman, accused in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is now back behind bars after the judge revoked his bail, citing the misrepresentations.

CNN: Baseball great Roger Clemens found not guilty of perjury
Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens was found not guilty Monday of lying to Congress during an investigation of steroid use among major league players. The case against Clemens involved one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. He was not charged with illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs, but his denial of such use was part of the case against him.

CNN: Official: Convicted former Rutgers student won't be deported
The former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate - who later committed suicide - will not be deported back to his native India, a U.S. immigration spokesman said Monday. "Based on a review of Mr. Ravi's criminal record, ICE is not initiating removal proceedings at this time," Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Ross Feinstein said Monday.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Greek party official: Coalition talks to be held Tuesday
Three of the top four vote-getters in Sunday's parliamentary elections in Greece will meet Tuesday at the presidential palace to form a coalition government, an official with the socialist party Pasok told CNN. The official spoke not for attribution because the talks were at a critical juncture.

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 stripped the position of much of its power. The move by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces - who have run Egypt since the ouster in February 2011 of Hosni Mubarak - came Sunday at the conclusion of a two-day presidential runoff.

CNN: Obama and Putin discuss Syria, other topics during two-hour talk
President Barack Obama said Monday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria and "agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war." In comments to reporters after almost two hours of talks, Obama said he and Putin had "candid, thoughtful and through conversation" about various issues including Syria and Iran.

CNN: Suspect in dismemberment killing arrives in Canada
A Canadian porn actor suspected of killing and dismembering a university student in Montreal left Germany and arrived in Canada on Monday, a police official said. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, was in police custody when he flew back aboard a Canadian military plane.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: IMF: Europe must focus on growth
Europe needs urgent reforms to revive economic growth and improve competitiveness, the International Monetary Fund said Monday. The call comes as world leaders gather in Mexico for the Group of 20 summit, at which Europe's debt crisis will be at the top of the agenda.

CNN Money: Spanish woes take center stage
With Greece's election over, the concern of investors and economists has shifted to the larger Spanish banking and sovereign debt crisis. The fourth largest economy in the eurozone, Spain has already asked for €100 billion ($125.8 billion) in assistance from the EU rescue fund to recapitalize its banks. Other European countries have voiced support for such a bailout in a effort to keep the problems at Spanish banks from spreading to other nations.

CNN Money: Microsoft unveils Surface tablet to rival iPad
Upending one of the world's most successful business strategies over the past three decades, Microsoft has developed a Windows tablet computer of its own design. The company on Monday unveiled the Surface, a PC tablet that runs a yet-to-be released version of its Windows operating system called Windows 8. The device is the first commercial PC that Microsoft has directly designed and sold.

In case you missed it…
Sen. John McCain talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the exploding conflict in Syria.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. n

    So Rubio, the deal is off. You were going to sell your people out for a chance at VP. Now, Romney and the koch's brothers won't return your calls. How is that working out for ya?

    June 19, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Recite all–Obama 2012... Obama12. No rich buying this election with 100 million saudi money paid to Adelain in Las Vegas casino...yes, yes, yes–Obama 12. All say and write obama12.
    PS: nation is on right track, roads are good.
    Shhh!!!not Iraq roads.

    June 19, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  3. w l jones

    Bug bug in bug out.

    June 19, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |