POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, July 2, 2012
July 2nd, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, July 2, 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: House leaders duel over health care repeal
The Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House offered sharply divergent projections Sunday on President Barack Obama's health care law, which was deemed constitutional Thursday by the Supreme Court and which faces a repeal vote on Capitol Hill in just over a week.

CNN: Obama chief of staff: Time to get over debate
Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, said Sunday the Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care measure should put to rest the national debate over the law's practicality. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Lew said the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010, needs to be fully implemented before Americans assess its merit, and that detractors of the law, including Obama's opponent in the 2012 presidential election, were using it to divide the country.

CNN: Republicans cautious on Romney's role in Obamacare
Republicans wouldn't say definitively on Sunday whether presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney was facing a problem with voters skeptical about his health care law in Massachusetts, which bears resemblance to President Barack Obama's measure. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, said simply that Romney would "have to speak for himself" when it comes to the Massachusetts law, which members of Obama's administration have said was the model for their own legislation.

CNN: Ballot issues arise after Rangel's apparent primary win
While Rep. Charles Rangel of New York celebrates a major primary victory this week – his toughest challenge in 42 years – the state is stepping in on ballot complaints that could wind up changing the results. New unofficial numbers released Saturday night by the New York City Board of Elections show Rangel ahead of his main challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, by only two percentage points – 44% to 42% – with just 802 votes separating them and more than 3,000 votes unaccounted for.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Triple-digit heat to scorch much of U.S. as many grapple without power
Residents in central and eastern United States will sweat through another blistering day Monday as power outages from weekend storms continue to plague much of the country. The intense early-summer weather has baked areas from Missouri to New York to Georgia with record-breaking heat and unleashed fierce storms that knocked out power to millions over the weekend. At least 16 people were killed from the series of storms.

CNN: Evacuee: Colorado wildfire's destructive aftermath is 'kind of like the twilight zone'
As firefighters gained the upper hand Monday on a fast-moving wildfire in Colorado Springs, many residents began the process of picking up lives interrupted by an inferno that killed two people, destroyed nearly 350 homes and damaged dozens more.

CNN: Disturbing e-mails could spell more trouble for Penn State officials
With convicted serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky behind bars, new questions are surfacing about what Penn State officials knew about a 2001 incident involving the former assistant football coach's encounter with a boy in the shower - and whether they covered up the incident.

CNN: Georgia woman with flesh-eating infection to leave hospital
Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia woman who has waged a two-month battle against a flesh-eating bacteria, is expected to be released from the hospital Monday. "She's real excited," her father, Andy, said last week on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "She's been seeing those four walls inside that hospital for a long time."

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Peña Nieto projected winner in Mexican presidential vote
The political party that ruled Mexico for more than 70 years appears poised to return to power after election authorities projected Enrique Peña Nieto as the winner of the nation's presidential vote. A quick count based on samples from polling stations throughout the country gave Peña Nieto the lead, with between 37.93% and 38.55% of votes, the Federal Election Institute said late Sunday night.

CNN: Clinton: World may not succeed in Syria
There is no guarantee that a sweeping new international agreement on Syria will succeed in ending the conflict there, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conceded, as opposition activists said the number of dead had skyrocketed in recent months. "There is no guarantee that we are going to be successful. I just hate to say that," Clinton told CNN.

CNN: Japan restarts first nuclear plant after post-Fukushima shutdown
Japan restarted nuclear power production Sunday for the first time since shutting down all the country's reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown after last year's devastating tsunami. Kansai Electric Power Co. Ltd. (KEPCO) began an operation to restart the Ohi nuclear plant's No. 3 reactor on Sunday night, it said, despite protests from raucous demonstrators at the site.

CNN: Report: Iran to fire missiles during military drills
Iran will test-fire missiles during "war games" planned this week, the semiofficial Mehr News Agency reported Sunday. The three-day exercise, expected to begin Monday, will target desert bases made to look like airbases of "extra-regional powers," the agency said. "During the war games, long-range, medium-range, and short-range missiles will be used and will be fired from different points across the country at 100 designated targets," Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told reporters, according to Mehr.

BUSINESS:

CNNMoney: Jobs to provide fireworks on Wall Street
Investors are heading into a new month, new quarter and new half of the year this week with a lot to chew on. Fears may have eased somewhat about Europe after leaders struck a "breakthrough" deal on Friday to take steps to stabilize eurozone credit markets and strengthen the region's banking system. But investors are likely to turn their attention to the worrisome labor situation in the United States.

The Wall Street Journal: Prices of Raw Goods Plunge on Slowdown
The sudden economic downdraft has caused one of the biggest and broadest declines in commodities prices since the financial crisis, surprising producers and creating a glut of raw materials around the world. From crude oil to copper to cotton, prices were down an average of 9% since late February, based on the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index.

CNNMoney: Chinese manufacturing continues to slump
China's manufacturing sector is still expanding, but barely. The National Bureau of Statistics in Beijing said Sunday morning that the China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index for June fell to 50.2 from 50.4 in May. Any reading below 50 signals contraction in the manufacturing sector.

In case you missed it…
WH Chief of Staff Jack Lew on AG Eric Holder's contempt vote. Lew says Congress is using their powers in a political way.


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  1. Capt. Ann

    We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't. Which covers at least 10 million more people,without adding a single new doctor,but provides for 5,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it BUT EXEMPTED THEMSELVES FROM IT, and signed by a Dumbo President who SMOKES,with funding administered by a treasury Chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for 4 years before any benefits take effect,by a government which has already bankrupted social Security and Medicare,all overseen by a surgeon who is obese, and financed by a COUNTRY THAT'S BROKE!!!
    And be taxed like never before!

    July 2, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |