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CNN: With surging numbers, Asian-Americans look for congressional gains
Three times as many Asian-Americans have been running for Congress in 2012 than in the past two elections, a nonpartisan political group says, and it's a development that portends greater changes in demographic trends and reflects the recent political awakening of a minority group long confined to the margins of American society.
CNN: Democrats to Romney: 'Stop whining' over felony remark
The suggestion this week from a top Obama campaign official that Mitt Romney may have committed a felony by listing himself as CEO of Bain Capital after leaving the firm was picked apart Sunday, with Republicans decrying the remark as the worst type of divisive politics and Obama's team urging its rivals to "stop whining."
CNN: Governors, peering over 'fiscal cliff,' place blame differently
Two high-profile governors had vastly different assessments Sunday of who was to blame for the massive cuts to defense spending that are slated to go into effect at the beginning of next year. The so-called "fiscal cliff," which would force the Pentagon to cut $500 billion from its budgets over the next decade, came about after congressional negotiators failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan last fall. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, blamed the potential cuts on the White House, while Gov. Deval Patrick, Democrat of Massachusetts, said Republicans in Congress were to blame.
CNN: Portman gets high-profile surrogate gig
Sen. Rob Portman, widely speculated to be a potential vice-presidential pick for Mitt Romney, will undertake another high-profile surrogate task for the presumptive GOP nominee Monday: pre-butting President Barack Obama's campaign speech in Cincinnati. Portman will address supporters in Lebanon, Ohio, mid-day on Monday, hours ahead of Obama's visit to nearby Cincinnati.
CNN: Florida to use federal database to challenge legitimacy of voters
Florida election officials will have access to a federal law enforcement database to challenge the eligibility of a person to vote as part of its effort to purge non-citizens from its voting rolls, state officials said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow state officials access to the SAVE - Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements - database in an agreement that was announced Saturday by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Florida Department of State.
CNN: Gas prices down again, but skid may be ending
U.S. gas prices slid downward another 6-plus cents in the past three weeks, but the long decline that began in April may be nearing an end, according to a new nationwide survey. The price of a gallon of regular gasoline fell 6.8 cents per gallon since June 22, to an average of $3.41 across the continental United States, according to the new Lundberg Survey. The price of motor fuel has plunged 56 cents a gallon since April 5, but the latest dip is "a far cry" from the kind of skid seen in June, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg said.
CNN: More problems for F-22 beyond mysterious oxygen loss issue
Two recent in-flight emergencies involving troubled oxygen systems in the F-22 "Raptor" are unrelated to other, more worrisome breathing problems pilots have experienced for more than a year when flying the plane, according to U.S. Air Force officials. The Air Force has been investigating why a number of F-22 pilots have experienced a mysterious loss of oxygen while in the air, causing dizziness and confusion known as hypoxia, since spring 2011.
CNN: More storms looming for Penn State in wake of Freeh report
The release of a scathing report on how Penn State University dealt with a sexual predator who for years abused young boys on and off campus is far from the end of the school's troubles. The university is still under scrutiny by the Department of Education and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), inquiries that could further tarnish Penn State's reputation and that of its storied football program.
CNN: Ex-Syrian ambassador calls for foreign military intervention
The most senior Syrian diplomat to defect and publicly embrace his country's uprising is calling for a foreign military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad. He also accused the Damascus regime of collaborating with al Qaeda militants against opponents both in Syria and in neighboring Iraq. "I support military intervention because I know the nature of this regime," Nawaf al-Fares told CNN. "This regime will only go by force."
CNN: Protests as Clinton holds meetings in Egypt
Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade Sunday and shouted, "Monica, Monica, Monica" as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria. Clinton said she was in the city to answer critics who believe Washington has taken sides in Egyptian politics. There were already vocal protesters at the start of her visit to the consulate, forcing the ceremony to be moved inside.
CNN: UK government downplays Olympic security snafu
British government ministers fought back Sunday against accusations they had taken their eye off the Olympic security ball, rejecting accusations they were warned nearly a year ago about the security giant contracted to provide guards for the Games. G4S, the security contractor, admitted on Wednesday that it would not be able to provide more than 10,000 security staffers by the time the Olympics begin in less than two weeks.
CNN: Iran offers to host Syria talks
Iran has offered to host talks between Syria's government and opposition in Tehran, its foreign minister said Sunday. "Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic is prepared to facilitate talks between the Syrian government and opposition by hosting a meeting between the two sides in Tehran," state-run Press TV reported.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Earnings and Fed action in play
Earnings reports will be out in full swing this week, giving investors a lot of data to parse through. They'll also mine for clues of potential stimulus measures from the Federal Reserve. So far, it has been a shaky start to earnings season, leaving investors worried about the global economic outlook. Of the 31 companies that have reported results for the second quarter thus far, 18 have beat expectations, six have missed and seven have matched.
The Wall Street Journal: Missteps Doomed Barclays' Leaders
As Barclays PLC negotiated a settlement with U.S. and British authorities over its attempts to manipulate interest rates, the bank tried to keep regulators from publicly naming two top executives touched by the scandal, said people involved in the talks. Senior Barclays' officials reckoned that obscuring the involvement of Chief Executive Robert Diamond and Chief Operating Officer Jerry del Missier would shield the 322-year-old British bank and its executive suite from political fallout, these people said. The mission initially succeeded: the settlement announced June 27 referred to the men only as unnamed members of Barclays' "senior management."
CNN: Ford recalls 2013 Escape SUVs
The Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 8,000 of its 2013 Escape compact SUVs because of a potential problem affecting the brake pedal. The recall affects SUVs made between March 8 and June 7, 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are 8,266 Escapes involved in the recall.
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Ed Gillespie said Sunday that Mitt Romney retroactively retired from Bain after he begun his work in the 2002 Olympics.