Scott Brown to hit campaign trail
June 21st, 2013
09:23 AM ET
2 years ago

Scott Brown to hit campaign trail

(CNN) – Scott Brown will be back on the campaign trail Monday in Massachusetts - not for himself but for the fellow Bay State Republican who hopes to take a page out of the former senator's political playbook.

Brown was a little known state lawmaker in January 2010 when he upset Martha Coakley, the commonwealth's Democratic attorney general, in a special Senate election to fill the remainder of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died the previous summer.
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Obama takes NSA controversy to nascent watchdog group
June 21st, 2013
06:02 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama takes NSA controversy to nascent watchdog group

(CNN) - A watchdog group meant to guard Americans' right to privacy against overreach by government cyber intelligence has been around for years.

If that makes you feel safer, consider this:

The group met Wednesday for the first time over the two-week old phone and e-mail record-gathering scandal involving the National Security Agency. It had no leader until May, and President Barack Obama meets with it for the very first time Friday.

The president wants to enlist the group to "structure a national conversation" on government cyber intelligence and civil rights.

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CNN Washington AM Note
June 21st, 2013
05:55 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

WSJ: Americans Worked Less, Watched More TV in 2012

With the economy struggling to find its footing, Americans spent less time at work last year and found more time for leisure activities such as watching television, a new government survey finds. The average American aged 15 or older spent three hours, 32 minutes a day doing work-related activities last year, according to the American Time Use Survey released by the Labor Department on Thursday. That is down from 2011, when time spent on work jumped from three hours and 30 minutes to three hours and 34 minutes. While such changes may not seem big, average yearly changes in time spent on different activities tend to be small, and even minor changes are significant. The survey, which has been conducted annually since 2003 and includes both employed and unemployed persons, suggests America's sluggish recovery continues to hamper workers. While the U.S. unemployment rate fell last year from 8.3% to 7.8%—it is now at 7.6%—other trends are likely holding down average hours spent at work. The number of part-time workers was higher in 2012 than the year before, for example.

CNN: Colorado's devastating Black Forest Fire 100% contained

One of the most destructive fires in Colorado history was 100% contained Thursday after burning 16,000 acres in nine days, a spokesman for the county said. Officials made the declaration after extinguishing small areas of smoke that kept popping up in one small corner of the Black Forest Fire, El Paso County spokesman Dave Rose said. Sheriff Terry Maketa allowed residents back in Thursday night. The 16,000-acre Black Forest Fire killed two people and destroyed more than 500 structures, and it prompted thousands of people to flee. "This is the worst fire in Colorado history in terms of damage," Rose told CNN. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire. Investigators scouring a 24-square-foot area where the fire is thought to have begun on June 11 have "all but ruled out natural causes," Maketa said.

ALSO SEE: Denver Post: Colorado wildfires burning at multiple sites, some at zero containment

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