POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 4, 2012
June 4th, 2012
04:26 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 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.


CNN: Obama outspends Romney on online ads
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is spending record amounts of money for online advertising and more than twice as much as his Republican rival, a CNN analysis of campaign finance data shows. In the first few months of 2012, Obama's campaign bought nearly $16.4 million worth of online ads after spending almost $2.2 million last year - even though he didn't face a Democratic challenger.

CNN: Crunch time for recall volunteers
To Oriannah Paul and many on the right, embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a hero who stood on principles and took the state out of the red and created a surplus. To Lane Hall and many on the left, Walker is a man who should be removed from office for stripping collective bargaining rights and cutting education funding. The past 16 months have been a nonstop slugfest, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and in some cases splitting families in half ideologically.

CNN: Pelosi: Hillary Clinton's 'our shot' in 2016
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kept the “Hillary Clinton for president in 2016” refrain alive in an interview published Sunday. “Why wouldn’t she run? She’s a magnificent secretary of state,” Pelosi told the San Francisco Chronicle when asked about Clinton’s 2016 ambitions. “She’s our shot.”

CNN: Sen. Warner hits Mourdock's 'wacky' idea
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia on Sunday classified Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's views on bipartisanship as "wacky." Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" beside Republican Sen. Dick Lugar, who lost his party's primary to Mourdock in May, Warner warned of the GOP candidate's ideas.


CNN: Zimmerman to request new bond hearing
George Zimmerman's lawyers have vowed to file a motion asking a Florida judge for a new bond hearing for their client Monday, a day after the murder suspect returned to jail on a judge's order. The 28-year-old Florida man accused in the death of Trayvon Martin had been free on bond for weeks until Sunday afternoon, when he turned himself in to authorities in Seminole County, Florida.

CNN: Sandusky trial to start this week
Jury selection in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape, is scheduled to start Tuesday in Pennsylvania. A judge last week denied his attorneys' latest bid for a delay, allowing the case to move forward. Sandusky, 68, has been under house arrest since being charged with sexually abusing 10 young boys over a 14-year period.

CNN: Deliberations continue in Catholic child abuse cover-up case
Deliberations resume Monday in Philadelphia in the landmark trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric charged with endangering children by allegedly helping cover up sexual abuse. Lynn, a defendant with another Philadelphia priest, is accused of knowingly allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children.

CNN: Miss Rhode Island wins Miss USA crown
Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, won the title of Miss USA 2012 on Sunday night, beating a field of 50 high-heeled contestants at the pageant held in Las Vegas. Wearing a purple, flowing gown, the 20-year-old Boston University sophomore looked at ease in the final rounds of competition, dancing alongside singer Akon during his live performance with the five finalists.


CNN: Syrian president condemns Houla massacre, rejects accusations
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied Sunday that government forces were behind the "outrageous" massacre of more than 100 civilians, including dozens of small children, in the town of Houla. "Truthfully, even monsters do not do what we saw, especially in the Houla massacre," he told lawmakers. "The criminal or criminals who committed this crime and others are not criminals for an hour or criminals for a day, they are constant criminals and are surely planning other crimes."

CNN: Death toll likely to increase in Nigeria airplane crash that kills 163
Crews scoured the wreckage of an airliner Monday looking for data recorders to piece together what brought down a Dana Air flight in Lagos, killing all 153 people aboard and at least 10 on the ground. The rescue effort turned to the recovery of bodies in the West African nation's most populous city after the director of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said early Monday there were no survivors of the crash.

CNN: Paris police search for Canada killing suspect
Police in Paris are searching for a self-proclaimed porn star suspected of killing and cutting up a university student in Canada, authorities in Montreal said Sunday. Police Cmdr. Ian LaFreniere said sightings of the suspect, 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta, are being investigated in Paris, but that he could be anywhere.

CNN: Eyes of world on spectacular Thames royal pageant
The Thames became a sea of red, white and blue Sunday, as tens of thousands celebrated the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II - so perhaps it was only fitting that alongside all the flags, another great British tradition was very much in evidence: Gray skies and rain. Some 20,000 people took to the water aboard 1,000 vessels for a river pageant featuring dragon boats, a floating belfry and the royal barge. The event - inspired by regal riverside celebrations of the past - was the largest such celebration on the Thames for hundreds of years.


Financial Times: Growth worries rattle Asian markets
Asian shares tumbled, as investors dumped risky assets, rattled by growing concerns about the global economic recovery and the eurozone's future. The MSCI Asia Pacific index shed 1.4 pe cent with Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Exchange falling 2 percent to a fresh 2012 intraday low. Tokyo's broader Topix index slid 2.1 percent to levels last seen in late 1983. South Korea's Kospi Composite index dropped 2.3 percent while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index slid 1.6 percent.

CNN Money: Stocks: Investors pin hopes on central bankers
There is a sense of impending doom on Wall Street, and investors are hoping central bankers will brighten the mood with some stimulus next week. U.S. stocks got crushed Friday after the government said employers hired 69,000 workers in May, compared with a forecasted gain of 150,000 jobs.

The Wall Street Journal: Facebook Explores Giving Kids Access
Facebook Inc. is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame privacy concerns. Mechanisms being tested include connecting children's accounts to their parents' and controls that would allow parents to decide whom their kids can "friend" and what applications they can use, people who have spoken with Facebook executives about the technology said.

In case you missed it…
Wisconsin governor candidate Tom Barrett (D) on whether the recall election will have national implications in the Fall.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    CNN: Sen. Warner hits Mourdock's 'wacky' idea
    His idea of compromise is "my way or the highway". As long as we continue to send people like Mourdock to Congress, then we will never fix our economic problems. He hates government. But if he hates it so much, why is he trying so hard to be a part of it?

    June 4, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    It is time to restrict immigration even to India. Lot of cheating is going on. All fake resumes from IT, medicine. All donation medical graduates from India are all bogus. Nation needs to watch, unfortunately our universities and Hospitals are greedy. Stop it now. Mitt is for China and India. Enough of it. Obama12.

    June 4, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |