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CNN: House Republicans plan another health care repeal vote
House Republicans are planning a vote Wednesday on repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law, even though they know the measure has no chance of winning Senate approval. The vote will be latest in a series of dozens of House GOP efforts to undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act, including previous votes to repeal the measure or cut funding for various provisions. Even when passed by the House, the measures have mostly died in the Democratic-led Senate.
CNN: House Ethics Committee launches inquiry of Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley
The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it is launching a formal investigation of Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, a seven-term House member who is running for a U.S. Senate seat. Berkley is facing questions about whether her efforts to block a federal agency from closing a kidney transplant center at a Las Vegas hospital conflicted with congressional ethics rules. Her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, is a nephrologist and had a contract with the University Medical Center.
CNN: Obama renews call for holding down middle-class tax rates
President Barack Obama revitalized his push for holding down middle-class tax rates Monday, calling on Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year. In a White House statement delivered while people described as working Americans stood behind him, Obama said his proposal would provide the certainty of no tax increase next year for 98% of Americans.
CNN: Santorum: Romney hasn't called me for VP vetting
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said in a Monday interview with an Iowa radio station that his party's presumptive nominee hasn't been in touch with his one-time rival as part of the vice presidential vetting process. "You'd have to ask (former Massachusetts) Governor Romney who he's considering," Santorum said, but "I haven't been in touch with the Romney campaign, so I suspect that we're not under active consideration at this point."
CNN: Nine Border Patrol stations to close; 41 agents to move to posts closer to borders
Nine Border Patrol stations will be closed within the next six months to move 41 agents closer to the southern and northern borders, according to a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. CBP Spokesman Bill Brooks said the interior stations that will be shut are in some instances hundreds of miles from a border. He said the decision is in keeping with a strategy to use resources wisely and "increasingly concentrate our resources on the border."
CNN: Past 12 months warmest ever recorded in United States
The mainland United States, which was largely recovering Monday from a near-nationwide heat wave, has experienced the warmest 12 months since record-keeping began in 1895, a top government science and weather agency announced Monday. The report from the National Climatic Data Center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, does not take into account blistering heat from this month, with 2,116 high temperature marks either broken or tied between July 2 and July 8 in communities nationwide.
CNN: Despite Sandusky scandal, Penn State draws $208.7 million in donations
In a year marred with controversy and national notoriety, Penn State University alumni and boosters finally have something to smile about. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the school earned $208.7 million in donations - the second-highest annual amount in school history - according to a release from the Development and Alumni Relations division.
CNN: Judge tosses Armstrong suit against anti-doping agency
A federal judge threw out Lance Armstrong's lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency with great force and speed Monday, blasting the seven-time Tour de France champion in a sharply worded ruling. Armstrong filed the case Monday morning in his hometown of Austin, Texas, in a bid to halt a doping case against him. In his brief order, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks wrote that the case was full of legally irrelevant claims "included solely to increase media coverage of this case" and stir up hostility toward the USADA.
CNN: Egyptian parliament to convene in defiance of generals
The Egyptian parliament is set to convene Tuesday in a move that may set the stage for a showdown between the country's military rulers, who dissolved the legislature, and President Mohamed Morsy, who has opted to override the military edict. Morsy, who took office on June 30, announced Sunday that he was recalling lawmakers, in defiance of the generals who have run the country since the 2011 revolution that ousted the longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.
CNN: Preliminary results trickle in for Libya's historic election
A party headed by a former interim premier led early results from Libya's weekend parliamentary elections, the country's first vote in decades. Mahmoud Jibril's National Forces Alliance had about 52% of the vote across four of the 13 districts where results were released late Monday. The NFA led in three of those - Janzour, Tarhuna and Zlitan. But it trailed the field in Misrata, where the Union for the Homeland - led by a prominent Misrata figure Abdurrahman Sewehli - led the pack.
CNN: Manhunt under way for Taliban who shot woman in public execution amid cheers
Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the arrest Monday of the Taliban who participated in the public execution of a woman accused of adultery. Shock and outrage have mounted since an amateur video surfaced of a burqa-clad woman sitting on the ground while a man standing a few feet away shoots her nine times before a cheering mob.
CNN: Ex-Israeli prime minister Olmert found guilty of corruption
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty Tuesday of one count of corruption but acquitted of two other counts. The charges involved alleged bribery from Olmert's time as mayor of Jerusalem, a post he held from 1993 to 2003. Olmert announced his resignation as prime minister in September 2008 amid the corruption investigation. He left office after a new government took power in March 2009.
CNNMoney: Consumer bureau proposes rules for risky, high-cost mortgages
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules Monday aimed at protecting more borrowers from getting stuck with mortgages carrying high rates and fees or risky terms. The government's consumer watchdog is seeking to allow more consumers to qualify for the protections offered by the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA) by expanding the definition of what qualifies as a "high-cost mortgage." It's also offering more safeguards for these borrowers.
CNNMoney: Alcoa cites strong demand from auto, aerospace industries
Aluminum producer Alcoa became the first Dow component to report second quarter results Monday, posting income that was in line with analyst expectations and saying that demand for its products is strong. "Although aluminum prices are down, the fundamentals of the aluminum market remain sound with strong demand and tight supply," said Klaus Kleinfeld, chief executive officer of Alcoa. "Alcoa is successfully capitalizing on accelerating demand in high-growth end markets such as aerospace and automotive."
CNNMoney: Stocks slide on earnings' fears
U.S. stocks skidded to a lower close Monday, as investors remained wary ahead of quarterly corporate results and another eurozone meeting. Industrial and energy shares led the declines, with Chevron, DuPont, Caterpillar and Exxon Mobil finished the day down between 1% and 3%.
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In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, George P. Bush says his father, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, is not being vetted for vice president.
The American Presidential election should just be an auction where the job goes to the highest bidder, then everyone can get on with their lives without all this garbage.
We need stricter immigration. Stop influx from India too.
the rich is getting million of dollars of tax cuts to do one thing, and that is to create jobs for the American people, but instead they allow the repubs to convince them not to do their part, just because they want to make Obama a one term president. these repubs find erroneous excuses, for why these businesses are making more money in anytime in history and still won't hire: they say it's regulations, yet bush had more regulations than this president have, they say its taxes ; yet taxes are the lowest in 70 years, they say it's uncertainty, but the only uncertainty and dooms day reterics! is being spew and cause by the most obstructionist force this government have ever seen. this president have no choice to take the tax money these rich folks are hiding in swiss accounts from the tax man, and use it to rebuild our crumbling country, and put millions to work, because the repubs are stopping them from creating jobs so they can take over the government.
CNN: House Republicans plan another health care repeal vote
Is this supposed to be yet another Republican "jobs plan" that reaches the Senate dead on arrival? Between light bulbs and "In God We Trust", the Republican House has not lived up to their 2010 campaign promises of "jobs, jobs, jobs." The economy and the middle class is running out of time for "trickle down" economics.