POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 25, 2012
June 25th, 2012
04:26 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 25, 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: All sides preparing for political fallout from health care decision
Karen Harned has been going to the Supreme Court every day it has met since June 11 so there would be no chance she would miss the health care law ruling. Harned is director of the small business legal center of the National Federation of Independent Business, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that seeks to strike down the law. She and her group have worked through all of the possibilities and are ready to react to the court's ruling immediately.

CNN: House vote to hold attorney general Holder in contempt possible soon
The U.S. House could, for the first time in history, vote this week to cite a sitting U.S. attorney general for contempt of Congress. The House Oversight Committee recommended the vote against Attorney General Eric Holder last week after he refused to hand over all of the requested documents in its investigation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' controversial Fast and Furious gun-running sting.

CNN: 'Obamacare': The word that defined the health care debate
"Obamacare." The sleek, slang word used by some to describe the health reform law signed by President Barack Obama has taken on a roller-coaster trajectory of its own, first coming into favor with Republicans as a criticism of the law, and more recently, as the subject of Democratic efforts to reclaim it.

CNN: Romney adviser: Obama immigration measure subject to repeal
Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, would not say on Sunday whether a President Romney would leave President Barack Obama’s recent immigration directive in place, but said all executive actions will be subject to “review and repeal.”

NATIONAL:

CNN: EXCLUSIVE: Director of national intelligence expected to roll out new measures against leaks
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is expected to roll out new measures aimed at ending leaks of classified information after a spate of recent leaks. Those leaks affected an ongoing intelligence operation against the al Qaeda arm in Yemen back in May, and included recent disclosures about the classified drone program and a cyber warfare program known as Stuxnet, aimed at an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility.

CNN: Tropical Storm Debby stalls in Gulf of Mexico, lashing nearby states
Tropical Storm Debby threatened to spawn more tornadoes Monday as the stationary cyclone pummeled the Gulf Coast with fierce winds and heavy rain. The storm has already killed at least one person after apparent tornadoes struck central Florida, officials said.

CNN: Lawyer for Gitmo detainees: 'Less hope now than ever'
David Remes used to be a partner at a top Washington law firm, but he left four years ago to defend, for free, prisoners at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The U.S. Supreme Court had just opened its door to Guantanamo prisoners in Boumediene v. Bush. The case recognized the prisoners' right to challenge their detentions in court, even if they weren't U.S. citizens and even though they were imprisoned abroad.

CNN: Wildfires burn across Colorado, thousands evacuated
Dry and hot conditions allowed a spate of wildfires to burn across Colorado on Sunday, forcing thousands of people into shelters and cutting off access to some of the state's largest national forests. Some 11,000 people were evacuated in and around Colorado Springs after the 2,000-acre Waldo Canyon Fire began there Saturday. The Waldo Canyon Fire was 0% contained Sunday.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Egypt's new president vows unity, but powers are limited
Euphoric jubilation spilled into a second day Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where revelers celebrated the election of Egypt's first democratically elected president. But with the hopes of the Egyptian revolution resting on President-Elect Mohamed Morsi's shoulders, the former Muslim Brotherhood member faces an array of challenges both at home and abroad.

CNN: Syrian downing of Turkish plane condemned; NATO to meet
Western leaders roundly condemned the downing of a Turkish military fighter jet by Syria ahead of a NATO meeting on Tuesday on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday said she had spoken with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu about Friday's incident.

CNN: More than 130 killed in Syria as regime forms new government
Another wave of deaths engulfed Syria on Saturday, and top security officials kept their jobs after the regime formed a new government. At least 131 people died Saturday, including 31 in the turbulent city of Deir Ezzor, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

CNN: Saudi Arabia to let women compete in Olympics for first time
Saudi Arabia will let its female athletes compete in the Olympics for the first time, its embassy in London said. Until now, Saudi Arabia was one of three countries that did not allow women to participate in the games. The other two - Qatar and Brunei - also reversed course this year and said they will send athletes to the London games that begin July 27.

BUSINESS:

CNNMoney: Will health reform ruling help or hurt deficits?
From the start of the debate over the current health reform law in 2009, one of the big questions was its impact on deficits. When it passed a year later, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that it could reduce deficits modestly in the first 10 years and then much more significantly in the second decade. How those estimates will change after the Supreme Court rules on the fate of the Affordable Care Act is anyone's guess.

CNNMoney: Stocks: Global economy in focus
The global economy will be front and center next week as investors continue to worry about the next steps in the European debt crisis. While Greece eased fears last week by announcing it had formed a coalition government, concerns over Spain's banking system continue to fuel investor anxiety.

CNNMoney: U.S. gas prices plunge again
U.S. gasoline prices have dropped by nearly 15 cents a gallon since early June as crude oil continues to fall on global economic fears, the latest Lundberg Survey reported Sunday. A gallon of regular gasoline dropped to an average of $3.48 per gallon in the continental United States. That's down 14.6 cents from the last biweekly Lundberg Survey, which canvasses about 2,500 filling stations across the Lower 48.

In case you missed it…
Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) Illinois, on the battle for the Latino vote.


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  1. King

    when will these repubs take assault weapons off the steer, and stop blocking every effort that the dems take to do so. they claim they are concerned about the dead border agent, they are trying to blame Eric holder for, yet at the same time, they are doing nothing to decelerate the hundred of thousand of assault weapons going to Mexico. how much of the NRA ass left to be kissed by these repubs. the repubs knows they've got 65 percent of the white votes, who holds the power in our country, they thinks they can do anything, and don't be accountable for it. they've crashed this country, then sat on the sidelines and did nothing to save us, and still dragged the dems in the 2910 election. they know they've got this power, and this is why they can sit back and watch people suffer until the next election without coming up with a jobs bill, because they know these are the same folks that will he voting for them.

    June 25, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    One thing for certain, if the court strikes down the ACA, there will never be a republican plan to help over 50 million uninsured. It is a shame that the republicans only honor the oath they swore to Grover Norquist, and not the one they swore to our country.

    June 25, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I read that there were 1400 guns lost under Bush's "Operation Wide Receiver." Where is the wingnut outrage?

    June 25, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gasoline is down 79 cents a gallon in the last 2 months in Ft. Myers. Thanks President Obama.

    June 25, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    This healthcare law is this nation's dire need. Yes, on Pres. Obama12.

    June 25, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |