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CNN: IRS is 'easiest' enforcer of health care law, DNC chief says
The Internal Revenue Service is the "easiest, most basic way" of enforcing the health care law's fee for those who can afford to but choose not to get insurance but it is not a "tax," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Monday.
CNN: NRA sends Democrats a message over Holder contempt vote
When the National Rifle Association decided to keep track of those House members on both sides of the aisle who voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last week, it was also sending a message to a number of embattled Democratic congressmen seeking re-election in conservative districts in the fall. The message: Vote right, or we'll let your constituents know.
CNN: Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?
While conservatives are still seething over last week's Supreme Court ruling saving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, top Capitol Hill Republicans are gleefully using the decision to fire up their base with promises of a repeal in 2013.
CNN: Protesters assigned time slots at DNC
Winners of a lottery Monday in North Carolina won't be expecting big checks–but assigned protest times at the Democratic National Convention in September. The city of Charlotte held a live lottery for those wanting to demonstrate at the convention as a way to organize the more than 40 applications for permits.
CNN: Purported e-mails suggest Paterno may have altered decision not to report abuse
Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno may have played a greater role than previously known in a decision made by university officials not to report a 2001 incident involving former coach Jerry Sandusky and a boy in a locker room shower, according to e-mails written by university officials.
CNN: Amid unrelenting heat, frustrations rise for tens of thousands still without power
Even as temperatures ticked down, barely, in some places Monday, frustrations rose for hundreds of thousands still sweating without power days after destructive heat-driven storms hit. About 1.7 million people scattered from the District of Columbia through 10 states from Indiana to Delaware had no electricity by 8 p.m. Monday.
CNN: Scientists edge closer to proving existence of elusive particle
At the start of a big week for the Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in all of physics, scientists in Illinois said Monday that they had crept closer to proving that the particle exists but had been unable to reach a definitive conclusion. The scientists outlined their final analysis based on more than 10 years of research and 500 trillion particle collisions using the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab Tevatron collider near Batavia, Illinois, whose budgetary woes shut it down last year.
CNN: C-130 firefighting air tankers grounded after fatal South Dakota crash
The U.S. Air Force is grounding all firefighting-equipped C-130 planes after the fatal crash of one in southwestern South Dakota, the military said Monday. Air Force spokesman Todd Spitler announced that C-130s with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS, won't fly until further notice. The South Dakota crash follows another crash of a non-military firefighing air tanker, along the Nevada-Utah border, several weeks earlier.
CNN: New Egypt president takes on military over parliament
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi is looking at ways to return lawmakers to office after parliament was dissolved, his spokesman said Monday, putting the new leader on a likely collision course with the country's powerful military only days after he was sworn in.
CNN: Political tensions flare after Mexican presidential vote
Hours after Mexico's presumed president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, said it was time for his country to leave behind the political rancor of campaign season, his closest opponent in the polls refused to concede and said the vote had been "plagued by irregularities."
CNN: Report describes brutal torture in Syria
"Basat al reeh." "Dulab." "Falaqa." They are Arabic names for torture techniques that send chills through the hearts of Syrians, particularly the untold thousands who are believed to have been detained during the uprising of the last 15 months. "We suffered torture all the time," said Tariq, an opposition activist from the port city of Latakia who spent 40 days in solitary confinement in spring 2011.
CNN: Exodus of lawmakers thins Japanese government's majority
Fifty rebel lawmakers resigned Monday from Japan's governing party, weakening the majority of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda as he pushes a controversial increase in the sales tax through parliament. Led by the influential Ichiro Ozawa, 40 members of the lower house and 12 members of the upper house have left the Democratic Party of Japan, said Kenji Yamaoka, a senior lawmaker allied with Ozawa.
CNNMoney: Online poker CEO arrested for $430 million Ponzi scheme
Federal law enforcement officials arrested Raymond Bitar, chief executive officer of online poker site Full Tilt Poker, on Monday in connection with a $430 million Ponzi scheme his site was accused of running last year. Bitar was at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he returned to the United States to face punishment for allegedly defrauding poker customers by lying to them about the security of their funds. He was charged with gambling, bank fraud and money laundering offenses.
CNNMoney: Facebook's first earnings report will be July 26
Facebook's first earnings report as a public company will be on July 26, a major milestone that could show how tough life can be as a grown-up company. The quarter was filled with drama for Facebook. In May, Facebook went through a botched initial public offering. The stock slumped and there have been shareholder lawsuits over alleged improper financial disclosures.
CNNMoney: Stocks end mixed after late-day recovery
U.S. stocks ended narrowly mixed Monday, recovering from earlier weakness, after a report showed manufacturing activity unexpectedly contracted in June for the first time in nearly three years.
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