CNN Washington AM Note
July 31st, 2013
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CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: What's next for Bradley Manning? Prison time could add up for convicted leaker
The sentencing hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning begins Wednesday, and in the coming days, the famed leaker will find out how much time he will serve behind bars. It could be years or decades. Judge Col. Denise Lind spared him the certainty of spending his entire life in jail Tuesday, when she acquitted him of the most grievous charge of aiding the enemy. Had she convicted him of that one charge, he could have spent life in prison without possibility of parole. But Manning was found guilty of 20 other charges under the Espionage Act. Twelve of them carry maximum sentences of 10 years each in prison.
SEE ALSO:
CNN: Report: FBI wanted to fly Edward Snowden's father to Moscow
NPR: What The Manning Verdict Says About Edward Snowden's Future
CBS: How did low-level employees access national secrets

CNN: Woman charged in vandalism at National Cathedral ordered held without bond
A woman arrested in connection with the splattering of paint in two locations inside the National Cathedral in Washington was ordered held without bond Tuesday. Jiamei Tian, 58, has been charged with felony destruction of property. When officers arrested her on Monday, she had green paint on her clothes and shoes, and paint cans were found in three bags she had with her, according to a police report obtained by CNN. If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

WSJ: Asians Step Up Participation in Immigration Debate
Despite their relatively large numbers, undocumented Asians have traditionally kept a low profile in the debate over immigration policy. But as Congress considers creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Asians are becoming more vocal on the issue, much as their more conspicuous Hispanic counterparts have for years.

Bloomberg: Bankrupt Detroit Receives Less U.S. Aid Than Colombia
President Barack Obama proposed giving Colombia about $323 million in aid next year, mostly to combat drug trafficking and violence. Detroit, with an 81 percent higher homicide rate, will get $108.2 million. As Michigan’s largest city entered a record $18 billion municipal bankruptcy on July 18, the message from Congress and the White House was that no new money would be forthcoming.

WHITE HOUSE:

CNNMoney: Government shutdown won't shut Obamacare: Report
Obamacare would keep running even in a government shutdown, a new congressional report suggests. The new health care law draws funding from sources that are not subject to the congressional budget process, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Also, the revenue collected under Obamacare is considered to be part of a category that ensures the "safety of human life or the protection of property," which makes it immune to government shutdowns, the report said.
SEE ALSO: The Hill: McConnell declines to weigh in on ObamaCare shutdown threat

Politico: Obama’s no-Congress strategy
President Barack Obama is planning to bypass congressional Republicans with a surge of executive actions and orders on issues like voting rights, health care, job creation, the economy, climate change and immigration. And this time, he really, really, really means it. Really.

Reuters: 'Obamacare' mandate delay will cost $12 billion, affect 1 million workers
President Barack Obama's decision to delay implementation of part of his healthcare reform law will cost $12 billion and leave a million fewer Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance in 2014, congressional researchers said Tuesday. The report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is the first authoritative estimate of the human and fiscal cost from the administration's unexpected one-year delay announced July 2 of the employer mandate – a requirement for larger businesses to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a penalty.
SEE ALSO: WSJ: Tea Party Pushes to Defund Obama's Health-Care Law

Reuters: Obama's corporate tax revamp plan seen as unlikely to go far
President Barack Obama's bid to slash corporate taxes on its face might seem to be a concession to win Republican and business support, but it landed with a thud among those groups and has little chance of becoming law. Some in Washington said the plan was most likely White House positioning designed to contrast the president's compromising spirit with Republican stubbornness ahead of partisan fiscal fights expected after Labor Day.
SEE ALSO: NYT: Lonely Bipartisan Push to Overhaul Tax Code Finally Gets Noticed

Yahoo: Former Obama Chief of Staff officially runs for Illinois governor
Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, the son and brother of former mayors of Chicago, formally announced on Tuesday he is running for governor of Illinois in 2014. Daley had said on June 11 he was exploring a bid. "I'm committed to running for governor, there is no exploratory piece of this anymore," Daley said in a video posted by his campaign on Tuesday. The announcement sets the stage for a fight for the Democratic nomination for governor between Daley and Governor Pat Quinn.

CAPITOL HILL:

CNN: McCain, Graham heading to Egypt at president's request
Republican Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, plan to go to Egypt at President Barack Obama’s request as soon as next week, Graham confirmed to CNN. Graham said the idea originally came from Secretary of State John Kerry, who thought it was important for military leaders to hear first-hand from members of Congress, especially members of the president’s political opposition, that key players in the U.S. are on the same page. Graham and McCain met several times with members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the past.

CNN: GOP attacks its female deficit in Congress
If you're a Republican woman, the GOP wants you. To run for Congress, that is. The Grand Old Party holds a majority of seats in the House of Representatives. Yet of 234 Republican members, only 19 are women. In an effort to boost that number, the House Republican campaign committee is launching "Project GROW," a program largely led by the party's female members designed to bring more women into the fold.

Politico: Confirmations complete filibuster deal
The Senate is racing to confirm as many of President Barack Obama’s nominees as it can before adjourning for a monthlong recess. On Tuesday, the chamber confirmed five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, the final pieces of a bipartisan deal to avert a historic rules change via the filibuster nuclear option earlier this month. The successful round of votes on board members marks the first time the NLRB has had five Senate-confirmed members in a decade, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
SEE ALSO: Politico: Gun manufacturer group to back Obama's ATF choice

NPR: Report: IRS Scrutiny Worse For Conservatives
House Republicans investigating IRS targeting of groups for extra scrutiny say they have proof conservatives had it worse. A House Ways and Means Committee staff analysis of the applications of 111 conservative and progressive groups applying for tax exempt status found conservative applicants faced, "more questions, more denials, more delays," says committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. That is, when the IRS sent groups letters asking for further information, conservative groups were asked more questions — on average, three times more.

Bloomberg: Summers at Fed Prompts Questions From Concerned Senators
The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat said he would “have a lot of questions” if former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers is chosen to replace Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. Senator Richard Durbin’s comments in an interview at the Capitol reflect anxiety within the Senate that President Barack Obama may nominate Summers. Durbin is among 19 Democratic senators and one independent who signed a July 26 letter to the White House praising Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen and urging Obama to nominate her to lead the central bank.
SEE ALSO: WSJ: Summers Hedges His Doubts on Fed's Bond Buying

POLITICAL:

CNN: Weiner spokesperson apologizes for trash-talking about ex-intern
Anthony Weiner¹s communications director apologized Tuesday night for bashing a former intern in a scathing interview laced with four-letter words. "In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation," Barbara Morgan said in a statement to CNN. "It was wrong and I am very sorry." Morgan added that she called and apologized Tuesday night to the former intern, Olivia Nuzzi.

CNN: Oprah to host fundraiser for Booker
Oprah Winfrey is lending her star power to a rising star in the Democratic Party. The influential TV personality and media titan will help host a fundraiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is running in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat. Winfrey's fundraiser will be Thursday in Jersey City, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $2,600. Booker's campaign confirmed the event to CNN.

USA Today: San Diego council nixes mayor's request to pay legal fees
The San Diego City Council rejected Mayor Bob Filner's request that the city pay his legal bills Tuesday and voted to sue the mayor to recover any costs the city incurs over a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications director. The council took the actions on a pair of unanimous votes on the same day an eighth woman went public with accusations the mayor made unwanted advances.

The Hill: Grimes launches Ky. Senate campaign with elaborate event
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes moved to make up for lost ground in an elaborate Senate campaign kick-off event on Tuesday, during which she characterized herself as a fighter for Kentucky up against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who she said has "gone Washington." Grimes faced intense scrutiny following what many Republicans characterized as a botched campaign announcement earlier this month, which critics said was an early indication she's unfit for the campaign, let alone to serve in the Senate. McConnell's campaign highlighted the rollout in a video of "Alison's top gaffes" made in July, which they released before her event started.
SEE ALSO: Politico: Alison Lundergan Grimes slams Mitch McConnell, D.C. ‘dysfunction’

Politico: Dave Camp weighing Michigan Senate bid
GOP Rep. Dave Camp is considering a possible Senate run in Michigan in 2014, a move that could put in play another Democratic seat heading into next year’s midterm elections. Camp has met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about the race, he said in an interview. “I have talked to McConnell,” Camp told POLITICO on Tuesday. “I’m looking at it.”

NATIONAL SECURITY:

CNN: Israel, Palestinians launch sustained peace talks
Secretary of State John Kerry got the money shot he wanted on Tuesday - the chief negotiators for Israel and the Palestinians framed by his lanky embrace as they shook hands to launch "sustained, continuous and substantive" talks on a long-sought Middle East peace treaty. Now the question is whether the negotiations expected to last nine months will bring an even more historic image, with President Barack Obama bringing together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to sign a final-status agreement that creates a sovereign Palestinian state in what is now part of Israel.
SEE ALSO: CNN: Kerry 'feels the clock ticking' on Mideast peace agreement

WX Post: Effort to get NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s father to Moscow collapses
The FBI tried to enlist the father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to fly to Moscow to try to persuade his son to return to the United States, but the effort collapsed when agents could not establish a way for the two to speak once he arrived, Snowden’s father said Tuesday. “I said, ‘I want to be able to speak with my son. . . . Can you set up communications?’ And it was, ‘Well, we’re not sure,’ ” Lon Snowden told The Washington Post. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, folks, I’m not going to sit on the tarmac to be an emotional tool for you.’ ”

Military Times: Col. George Bristol, key figure in Benghazi investigation, to meet with Congress
A retiring Marine who held a key military post during the deadly attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will meet with members of Congress on Wednesday in a classified briefing. Col. George Bristol will appear before the House Armed Services Committee’s oversight and investigations subcommittee, said an official familiar with the committee schedule.

Military Times: Congressman asks SecDef to review officer's case in connection to urination video
A congressman has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review the legality of the case against the only officer to face trial in connection with a video showing Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican whose district includes Camp Lejeune, sent a letter to Hagel on Monday requesting that he examine the Marine Corps’ case against Capt. James Clement.

TRANSPORTATION, REGULATION and JUSTICE:

CNN: Govt. report: TSA employee misconduct up 26% in 3 years
Their job is to keep air travelers safe in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. But just how good of a job are they doing? A new government report says misconduct by Transportation Security Administration workers has increased more than 26% in the last three years. Some of the most serious violations include: Employees sleeping on the job, letting family and friends go without being screened, leaving work without permission, and stealing.

WSJ: Unions Vie for Votes in Merger of Airlines
The Transport Workers Union has accused the International Brotherhood of Teamsters of forging hundreds of workers' signatures, amid a fight to represent mechanics at soon-to-be-merged US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. The TWU filed the allegations last week with the National Mediation Board, the agency overseeing an election that will ask the 12,000 mechanics at American whether they want to remain in the TWU or join the Teamsters.

WX Post: FDA backs low-nicotine cigarette research as it weighs new regulatory power
Few experts argue that lowering levels of nicotine is the only solution to cutting the deadly toll of tobacco. And some say doing so too quickly risks unintended consequences, such as creating a black market for high-nicotine cigarettes or pushing smokers to compensate by smoking more or seeking equally harmful alternatives. But to advocates of the idea, the power to set limits on nicotine could hold the key to ending the checkered history of the cigarette. “Imagine a world where a cigarette wasn’t addictive,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Bloomberg: Pfizer Unit Pleads Guilty to Pay $491 Million Over Drug
A Pfizer Inc. unit will pay $491 million and plead guilty to a federal charge tied to its illegal marketing of the kidney transplant drug Rapamune for use in other organ transplants, U.S. prosecutors said. Pfizer’s Wyeth unit pleaded guilty to one count of misbranding the drug and agreed to pay a $157.5 million fine over its push to sell it for unapproved uses, the Justice Department said yesterday in a statement. Wyeth also will forfeit assets worth $76 million, government lawyers said.

WSJ: Court Allows Cellphone Tracking Without Search Warrant
Authorities only need a court order and not a more stringent search warrant to obtain cellphone records that can be used to track a person's movements, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an order by a Houston federal judge who had said cellphone data is constitutionally protected from intrusion and can only be acquired with a search warrant.

REGIONAL HEADLINES:

WSJ: Small College in Kentucky Reaps $250 Million Gift
Tiny Centre College in rural Danville, Ky., said Tuesday it received a gift believed to be worth $250 million in stock from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, one of the largest gifts in U.S. higher-education history. The gift, which consists entirely of stock in closely held Universal Computer Systems Holding Inc., likely breaks the record for gift-giving to liberal-arts colleges, according to a list maintained by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

NYT: High School Official Had Sex With Four Students, City Says
An administrator at a Manhattan high school admitted to having sex with four female students, according to a report by the New York City Department of Investigation. The administrator, Malik Taylor, 31, had sexual intercourse with students who ranged in age from 16 to 19, and also sexually harassed four other students while he worked as a community assistant and a dean at the high school, the Business of Sports School in Midtown, according to a report by the special commissioner of investigation for the city’s schools.

Delaware News Journal: Hackers steal identity info at UD, affecting 72,000
A cyberattack on a University of Delaware computer system exposed more than 72,000 people to identity theft and could cost the school millions of dollars – and the full extent of the security breach hasn’t yet been determined. Hackers exploited a security flaw in Web-based software used by the university and stole names, addresses, Social Security numbers and university identification numbers of current and past employees – including student workers, school officials said Tuesday.

Democrat and Chronicle: Cuomo signs casino act, sends it to voters in November
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that would create four casinos if approved by voters in November. The Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act is aimed at boosting tourism upstate, Cuomo said. The state Legislature approved the plan in June.

New Orleans Times-Picayune: Child sex trafficking a troubling trend in New Orleans area, authorities say
During the recent three-day sting, New Orleans area investigators recovered four juveniles and arrested at least 16 adults on prostitution-related charges. "There was no special event in town," Michael J. Anderson, special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans Division said. "We weren't doing this during Mardi Gras or the Super Bowl. We had the numbers that we did on a fairly normal weekend. "We've got a serious problem here that's a year-round issue," he said.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Driver on phone when Spanish train derailed, court says
The driver of a train that derailed in northwestern Spain last week, killing 79 people, was on the phone with railway staff when the train crashed, court officials announced Tuesday, citing information from data recorders. The train was going 153 kph (95 mph) when it derailed, the superior tribunal of Galicia said. That's nearly twice the speed limit on the curve where the accident happened.

CNN: Zimbabwe votes in fiercely contested election
Zimbabweans vote Wednesday in general elections as President Robert Mugabe seeks to extend power to a potential 38 years. Mugabe has been at the helm since 1980, the only leader the nation has known since it gained independence. His main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, is the current prime minister. Before election day, the opposition accused the government of military intimidation and arrests.

NYT: Morsi’s Visitors Leave a Mystery on Where He Is
Mohamed Morsi, deposed as president by the Egyptian military on July 3, is in good health, a trickle of visitors allowed access to him and his aides in recent days has revealed. Where he is, however, remains a mystery that has enraged his family and supporters, and aggravated Egypt’s crisis The most recent person to visit him, Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top foreign policy official, was not blindfolded on Monday when she was taken to him, aides said. But she was flown by helicopter in the dark of night on the condition that she not reveal anything about Mr. Morsi’s whereabouts.

WX Post: Syria’s Kurds mobilize to fight rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda
A powerful Kurdish militia said Tuesday that it is mobilizing against al-Qaeda-linked rebels in northeastern Syria after a Kurdish opposition leader was killed in the area, activists and party officials said. The fight between the Kurds and the extremists has become a war within a war in Syria’s oil-rich region. Recent clashes between Kurdish gunmen and members of al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have left dozens dead on both sides.

BBC: UN criticizes Chile for using terror law on Mapuche
A senior United Nations lawyer has launched a blistering attack on Chile for its treatment of the country's Mapuche indigenous minority. Ben Emmerson, the UN's special rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, said a long-running dispute over land rights could boil over into serious violence at any moment. He said Chilean police were guilty of "a systematic use of excessive force". The Mapuche make up 9% of the Chilean population.

BUSINESS:

CNNMoney: How Amazon's new jobs really stack up
Amazon has been touting its plan to hire 7,000 new workers, and even President Obama is speaking at a company distribution center Tuesday on his jobs tour. So how do Amazon's new jobs really stack up?
SEE ALSO: BusinessWeek: What Amazon's Hiring Announcement Doesn't Mean

Bloomberg: Tin Exports From Indonesia Seen Falling Most in Eight Months
Tin exports from Indonesia, which surged in June before new purity rules in the world’s largest shipper came into force, will probably contract in July by the most in eight months, according to a survey. Shipments may fall 28 percent to 8,000 metric tons compared with June, the median of estimates from six exporters and an analyst in a Bloomberg survey showed. That’s the steepest drop since November, when sales fell 28.1 percent, and compares with 8,298.5 tons in July 2012, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

WSJ: Home Prices Jump, but Headwinds Build
Home prices during the first half of 2013 posted their largest gain since the housing boom peaked seven years ago, but rising mortgage rates and the potential for more supply could eventually slow the run-up. Nationally, home values rose by 5.8% in June from one year ago, according to Zillow Inc., the real-estate website, the largest gain since 2006. So far this year, prices are up 2.7%, the strongest year-to-date gain in June since 2005. The speed with which prices have risen over the past year has taken many economists by surprise.

DealBook: Over a Million Are Denied Bank Accounts for Past Errors
Mistakes like a bounced check or a small overdraft have effectively blacklisted more than a million low-income Americans from the mainstream financial system for as long as seven years as a result of little-known private databases that are used by the nation’s major banks. The problem is contributing to the growth of the roughly 10 million households in the United States that lack a banking account, a basic requirement of modern economic life.

CNBC: 6% Treasury yields? May come sooner than you think
The Federal Reserve will lose control of interest rates as the "great rotation" out of bonds into equities takes off in full force, according to one market watcher, who sees U.S. 10-year Treasury yields hitting 5-6 percent in the next 18-24 months. "It is our opinion that interest rates have begun their assent, that the Fed will eventually lose control of interest rates. The yield curve will first steepen and then will shift, moving rates significantly higher," said Mike Crofton, President and CEO, Philadelphia Trust Company told CNBC on Wednesday.


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  1. Tampa Tim

    The problem with sending McCain and Graham to Egypt is that they will promise military aid to anyone who will listen to them. Much like their promise to give more arms to Ghaddafi in Libya.

    July 31, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    CNNMoney: Government shutdown won't shut Obamacare
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    Senators Paul, Cruz and Rubio need to read that report.

    July 31, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Reuters: Obama's corporate tax revamp plan seen as unlikely to go far
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    President Obama proposed lowering the base rate and closing loopholes, but Republicans were against it before he even had a chance to announce it. I find the opposition odd because Paul Ryan proposed the exact same thing in his Ryan Plan.

    July 31, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Ngoc-V-Le/Le-Roy

    United States OF America.. HEALTHCARE:REFORM.WE NEED Associated,Community REFORM FIRST.That is to be Good and Better Don't let Associated and Community to be with a PLOT.Healthcare need go to Under GOV'T Control Lowcost to the PEOPLE!..Don't Let CHNA Communist People living in the U-S. THEMSELVES play the Role and Control OUR COUNTRY By Business,Economics.U-S.on the TOP international....

    July 31, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |