POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
July 4th, 2012
04:29 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, July 4, 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: RNC chairman: I'm not the GOP police
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, said in a Tuesday interview that he would not abandon GOP Rep. Allen West, who said on Sunday that President Barack Obama wanted Americans to be "slaves." "He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having that title of American. He'd rather you be his slave," the Florida congressman said of Obama at a rally in Port St. Lucie, according to CNN affiliate WPTV.

CNN: Obama campaign rails against Romney over foreign investments
The campaigns for Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama played ping pong with political jibes Tuesday over a news report detailing Romney's overseas investments and bank accounts. Team Obama heavily pushed the article that appeared in the August issue of Vanity Fair, calling into question the lengths Romney went to in managing his finances and asking if the former private equity CEO was in violation of tax evasion.

CNN: Grassley letter to Holder demands more Fast and Furious answers
The House may have voted contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder, but that has not ended the investigation into who at the Justice Department knew about Operation Fast and Furious - and when. Tuesday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Holder demanding to know who at the Justice Department was aware of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives memo on questionable tactics, which was forwarded to ATF headquarters and possibly to the Justice Department one day before Justice sent a faulty letter to Grassley denying any "gunwalking."

CNN: Pawlenty, Jindal to stump for Romney along Obama's bus tour path
Former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will go to Ohio and Pennsylvania later this week at the same time President Barack Obama travels through both states on a bus tour, a campaign official for Mitt Romney said Tuesday. As part of a bracketing strategy, the official said both surrogates will be on Romney's campaign bus, making stops Thursday and Friday in "several of the same areas" as Obama "to make sure the Romney message gets out."

NATIONAL:

CNN: Unruly JetBlue pilot found not guilty by reason of insanity
A JetBlue pilot arrested after an apparent meltdown aboard a March flight has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. A federal judge in Amarillo, Texas, made the determination Tuesday after a psychologist testified that pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon "suffered from a severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability" to understand his actions.

CNN: More than 1.2 million customers lack power amid unrelenting heat
Monday, it was the pool. Tuesday, Myra Murray took her family to a recreation center. "We've just been going from place to place with the kids, just trying to give them some way to cool down ... and now to eat," Murray told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV. She spoke at one of the six sites District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray opened to distribute boxed lunches to residents, many of whom lost the means to prepare meals and saw refrigerated items spoil.

CNN: Study warns of continued rise in wildfires in western U.S., elsewhere
If you look at the images of destruction from Colorado, it's not hard to see why officials have called the Waldo Canyon Fire the most destructive in state history. Last week, it was like a monster roaring down a mountainside, swallowing houses whole. And that's not even the biggest blaze at the moment. A fire in Montana's Custer National Forest is raging over 186,800 acres. As many as 13 new large fires were reported Sunday, the National Interagency Fire Center said. In all, 14 states, mostly in the West, are dealing with active fires.

CNN: Andy Griffith buried shortly after death, source says
The body of Andy Griffith, a North Carolina native and actor who for years won over audiences with his folksy appeal, was buried Tuesday morning less than five hours after he died. He passed away at around 7 a.m. ET at his home on Roanoke Island, authorities reported. At the request of his family, Griffith's body was lowered into a grave on the island at about 11:30 a.m. ET, according to a funeral spokesperson who declined to be named, citing the sensitivity of the matter.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Al-Assad: I wish the Turkish jet shootdown didn't happen
Syria's besieged leader says he regrets that his soldiers shot down a Turkish jet last month but said they thought the plane belonged to Israel. "I would not wish it for any plane other than an enemy one. Especially for a Turkish plane, I say 100%, if only we did not shoot it down," President Bashar al-Assad told Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper in an interview published Tuesday.

CNN: Pakistan reopens NATO supply routes to Afghanistan
Pakistan has decided to reopen supply routes that the United States and its allies have used for their troops in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. Clinton also apologized for a "friendly fire" incident last November in which coalition forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at a checkpoint.

CNN: Attorney: Sarkozy's home, offices raided
Police on Tuesday raided the Paris home and offices of Nicolas Sarkozy, his attorney said, amid an ongoing investigation into whether the former French president received illegal campaign contributions. Sarkozy was not present during the raid, having left Monday for a family vacation in Canada, according to his attorney, Thierry Herzog.

CNN: What is the Higgs boson and why is it important?
Scientists say they are closer to proving the existence of the Higgs boson - a never-before-seen subatomic particle long thought to be a fundamental building block of the universe. Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider under the Alps are unveiling their latest results on the so-called "God particle" at an eagerly awaited seminar at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

BUSINESS:

CNNMoney: IMF warns on U.S. economy
Boost the U.S. economy now and worry about cutting deficits later, the International Monetary Fund recommended Tuesday. The U.S. recovery remains "tepid" and according to the IMF, is expected to grow only 2% this year. Meanwhile, the fiscal cliff looms in 2013, threatening to reduce the economy's growth to only 1% next year.

CNNMoney: Strong June auto sales for U.S. automakers
U.S. automakers reported strong sales in June, with each beating sales they reported a year ago. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors sold 601,320 vehicles last month, up 14% from June 2011. Automakers are on pace to end the year with 14.4 million vehicles sold, according to TrueCar, which tracks industry data. The estimate is in line with previous expectations.

CNN: Barclays bank CEO Diamond resigns amid scandal
The chief executive of Barclays, one of the world's largest banks, resigned Tuesday in the wake of a scandal, the bank announced. Bob Diamond's resignation is effective immediately, the bank said. Diamond has long been a controversial figure, and has been a vocal backer of huge bonuses for bankers.

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  1. Jerry

    When you don't have a REAL record to run on; what else can you do?! Mr. Obama is the most clueless/divisive president in American history. The next minute HE will turn around and ask Republicans to give HIM some respect and help HIM pass his idiotic spending bills and other proposals.

    You have to respect people in order to ask to be respected. No more of Mr. Obama and his administration's lying games!!! No more giving away of our hard-earned tax dollars to his cronies for kickbacks, political contributions and support (Solindra, etc., etc., etc.) No more of HIS hypocritical rhetoric!!!

    July 4, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  2. 2020

    Allen West, mentally challenged.

    July 4, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |