POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
June 20th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 20, 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: Republicans refine immigration message after Obama's scoop
Caught off guard by the Obama administration's shift in immigration policy last week, Republicans on Tuesday refined their response in an effort to lessen any political bounce for the president at what had been a tough time in his campaign. Certain GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney led the Republican counterattack, accusing President Barack Obama of undermining the possibility of long-term immigration reform by taking the partial step of halting deportations of some young illegal immigrants who came to America as children.

CNN: Holder may face contempt vote if documents not surrendered
The House Oversight Committee could proceed Wednesday in considering a contempt measure against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder unless he provides at least some of the documents the committee has sought in relation to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal firearms sting operation that allowed weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs. A showdown meeting Tuesday between Eric Holder and committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, failed to resolve their dispute.

CNN: Obama to Romney campaign: 'We have one president at a time'
President Barack Obama on Tuesday chastised Mitt Romney and his presidential campaign while in Mexico at a conference of world leaders. "I would point out that we have one president at a time and one administration at a time and I think traditionally the notion has been that America's political differences end at the water's edge," he told reporters at the G-20 conference in Los Cabos, Mexico.

CNN: Romney: Rubio is being vetted as VP possibility
Mitt Romney said Tuesday that a report that Sen. Marco Rubio was not being vetted as a possible running mate is "entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process," Romney said in Holland, Michigan.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Last chance for Sandusky to testify as abuse trial nears conclusion
The child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky will resume Wednesday with attention focused on whether the former Penn State defensive coordinator will take the stand. Wednesday is likely to offer the last opportunity for the defendant to testify, since Judge John Cleland informed the jury Tuesday afternoon that he expects the defense to rest its case by lunchtime.

CNN: Heat expected to fry mid-Atlantic states
A heat wave is expected to form over the mid-Atlantic region this week as forecasters warn heat indices could reach the triple digits. Eight states are under heat advisories beginning Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, southeast Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey are expecting the heat index to reach from 100 to 105 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Watling.

CNN: Grand jury: No indictment against father who killed daughter's alleged abuser
A Lavaca County, Texas, grand jury did not return an indictment against a father who killed a man he found allegedly sexually abusing his daughter, officials said Tuesday at a press conference in Hallettsville, Texas.

CNN: Miami Heat close in on NBA title with third-straight win
Russell Westbrook's impressive 43 points were not enough to end the Oklahoma City Thunder's losing streak in game four of this year's NBA finals. They lost 104-98, their third-straight loss against the Miami Heat.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Uncertainty grows over Mubarak's health as power struggle looms
Conflicting reports swirled in Egypt on Wednesday about the health of former President Hosni Mubarak as a power struggle looms over his successor more than a year after he was ousted in a popular uprising. MENA, a state news agency, reported he was clinically dead late Tuesday. The nation's military rulers quickly denied it. "He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition," said Gen. Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

CNN: Syria-bound Russian cargo ship turning back, British diplomat says
A Russian cargo ship reported to be carrying arms to Syria is turning back, Britain's top diplomat said Tuesday. "I am pleased that the ship that was reported to be carrying arms to Syria has turned back apparently towards Russia," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons.

CNN: Talks to form new Greek government going well, officials say
Greece is hopeful a government could be formed as early as Wednesday after the leaders of three political parties signaled that talks among them were going well. Representatives of New Democracy, Pasok and the Democratic Party of the Left, huddled at Parliament in Athens on Tuesday evening, state broadcaster ERT reported. They plan to meet again Wednesday afternoon.

CNN: Ecuador says WikiLeaks founder Assange is seeking asylum
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and has requested political asylum, officials and WikiLeaks said Tuesday. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino read a statement to reporters at a news conference in Quito. He took no questions.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: G20 pledges to support global economy
Global leaders promised Tuesday to support economic growth and create jobs as the financial turmoil in Europe continues to undermine confidence around the world. The Group of 20 leaders from the world's developed and emerging economies met in Mexico for two days of talks on the global economy and other international affairs.

CNN Money: Stocks rise on hope for Fed action
U.S. stocks finished up about 1% Tuesday, as investors breathed a delayed sigh of relief about Greece and were optimistic the Federal Reserve might act to boost the economy at the end of its two-day meeting. "When bad news isn't as bad as you expected, the market reflects that," said Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist at Key Private Bank.

CNN Money: Home-building permits at highest level since '08
Builders appear to be getting more bullish on residential real estate: In May, they applied for permits to build new homes at the highest rate since September 2008, according to a government report issued Tuesday. The increase in permits to an annual rate of 780,000 in the Census Bureau report mirrors a recent survey of builder confidence, which rose in June to its highest level since 2007, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

In case you missed it…
Rep. Ron Paul talks with Wolf Blitzer about Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention.


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  1. King

    The repubs and the NRA, created a gun running program back in the bush administration, and it went south when Obama took office. these repubs are always screaming about their second amendment rights, and how the dems are trying to take their guns to curve violence. now their guns obsessions have gotten a guard killed, now they want to blame attorney general for their insolence. what were these repubs thinking to create a policy to appease their.ttNRA donors. why isne issa investing the bush policy, and stop worrying about dems trying to take away their guns.

    June 20, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Under current conditions, let us all go for direct democratic ticket and Obama2012.
    I do not mislead nor misguide this nation.
    PS: every damn dirty stuff GOP said no, no to legislate even without reading. Not a single idiot in congress put forth nor drafted any useful legislation. Idiots.

    June 20, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. Jason Burrows

    Rove will never give that informtioan. If he dose romney will have to give most of the money back.

    June 21, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |