POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
June 26th, 2012
04:32 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 26, 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: Source: House vote to hold AG Holder in contempt set for Thursday
The U.S. House is expected to vote this week for the first time in history to cite a sitting U.S. attorney general for contempt of Congress, a GOP leadership aide told CNN on Monday. The vote is scheduled for Thursday, said the source, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

CNN: Supreme Court mostly rejects Arizona immigration law; gov says 'heart' remains
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration, but let stand a controversial provision allowing police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. In a decision sure to ripple across the political landscape in a presidential election year, the court's 5-3 ruling upheld the authority of the federal government to set immigration policy and laws.

CNN: Pentagon ordered to preserve materials related to leak investigation
Defense Department officials are under a Justice Department order to preserve all e-mails and documents that may be related to the ongoing investigation into leaks to the news media of national security information, a senior Pentagon official confirmed Monday. "We are complying with the preservation order," the official told CNN.

CNN: Forget $1 billion, the $3 billion campaign is here
We've heard projections of the $1 billion campaign. That was months ago. Now, see the $3 billion campaign. Campaigns, parties, and PACs have raked in over $2.9 billion so far this year, and spent over $2 billion, according to a Federal Election Commission analysis of the first 15 months of the 2012 cycle released on Monday.

NATIONAL:

CNN: FBI: Nationwide child prostitution sweep leads to 104 arrests, 79 children rescued
During a three-day law enforcement sweep targeting the problem of teenage prostitution, officers rescued 79 children and arrested 104 alleged pimps, the FBI announced Monday. Operation Cross Country 6 took place from Friday though Sunday with more than 2,500 state, local and federal officers working in 57 cities.

CNN: Zimmerman lawyer argues for new bond
George Zimmerman "accepts full responsibility" for misleading the judge about his finances, his lawyer said in a motion requesting a "reasonable bond" be set for his release from jail. Zimmerman, 28, is a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood in February. He told police he shot the teenager in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

CNN: Immigration fight changes Arizona, groups say
The biggest change in Arizona since the state adopted a tough immigration enforcement policy two years ago has been a more tolerant climate for immigrants, representatives from several groups said Monday. "There has been a change in Arizona, without a doubt," said Clarissa Martinez, director of immigration for the National Council of La Raza, which led a coalition of civil rights groups in a tourism boycott of the state after SB 1070 became law in the spring of 2010.

CNN: Georgia woman with flesh-eating infection dramatically improves
The young woman battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection in Augusta, Georgia, has taken another step toward recovery: Doctors have upgraded her condition from "serious" to "good." The change indicates Aimee Copeland's "vital signs are stable and within normal limits," that she is "conscious and comfortable" and that indicators are "excellent," Doctors Hospital said in a news release Monday.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: NATO, Turkey to huddle over downing of jet by Syria
Western military leaders will meet Tuesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, to huddle with Turkey over the downing of one of its military jets by Syria. The "consultations" are being held at Turkey's request under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's founding charter.

CNN: Malaysian court: Iranian can be extradited to Thailand over Bangkok blasts
A Malaysian court has ruled that an Iranian man suspected of being involved with a series of bombs that went off in Bangkok in February can be extradited to Thailand. Masoud Sedaghatzadeh is wanted by the Thai authorities for his alleged involvement in the Bangkok blasts along with several other Iranians.

CNN: Egypt's new president moves into his offices, begins choosing a Cabinet
Egypt's first democratically elected president moved into his offices Monday and began the work of putting together a government, an adviser to the transition team told CNN. President-elect Mohamed Morsi is picking people to serve in his Cabinet, but the process is deliberate and "won't end in a day," said Jihad Haddad, the adviser.

CNN: Extremist triangle a growing threat to Africa and America
The man in charge of U.S. Africa Command calls growing cooperation between "the three most violent" Islamic extremists groups in Africa a concern for Africa and America. Gen. Carter Ham, USAFRICOM commander, spoke Monday to a meeting of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He spelled out three major threats from al Qaeda-linked groups facing Africa and the troops in his command.

BUSINESS:

CNNMoney: Moody's downgrades Spanish banks, again
Rating agency Moody's downgraded 28 Spanish banks on Monday, after doing the same to the Spanish government earlier this month. The announcement comes on the same day that Spain formally requested loans from eurozone leaders to bail out its banking sector.

CNNMoney: Economists give Obama and Congress a 'D'
When it comes to handling the economy, neither Obama nor Congress make the grade. CNNMoney asked 20 economists to give the Obama administration and the current Congress a letter grade for their performance on the economy. And none of those surveyed gave either one an A.

CNNMoney: Sheryl Sandberg joins Facebook board
Sheryl Sandberg finally cracked the ultimate boys' club: Facebook's board. Facebook announced Monday that its chief operating officer has joined the company's eight-member board of directors.

In case you missed it…
Mitt Romney said states have a right to secure its borders, and that Pres. Obama has not presented an immigration plan.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. s

    Well Mittens yu have no plan on anything, always avoiding the question.

    June 26, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Obama12.
    PS. This election is rich v/s middle class america

    June 26, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |