POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
June 6th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 6, 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: Walker's Wisconsin win big blow to unions, smaller one to Obama
In a vote that could have implications on both the November presidential race and on organized labor, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker successfully overcame a recall vote that would have removed him from office, CNN projected based on exit polling data and partial vote results.

CNN: Senate Republicans block pay equity bill
An election-year Democratic measure designed to ensure that women don't face pay discrimination was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers. The motion, which needed 60 votes to succeed, got only 52, not one from a Republican.

CNN Money: Bill Clinton: Congress will punt on fiscal cliff
Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that lawmakers will most likely put off making a set of crucial spending and tax decisions until 2013. Republicans pounced on Clinton's comments, arguing that he had indicated support for an extension of the Bush tax cuts, a position that would run contrary to that of President Obama. But in a statement released Tuesday night, Clinton aides said the former president backed Obama's plan and was simply expressing doubt "that a long-term agreement on spending cuts and revenues would be reached until after the election."

CNN: Texas a cash cow for Romney
Mitt Romney picked up Texas-sized donations on Tuesday during a fund-raising blitz through the Lone Star state. The Republican presidential candidate expected to raise $15 million from four campaign fund-raisers Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston, a major donor to his campaign told attendees at one event on Tuesday.


CNN: First nine jurors selected for Sandusky trial
Five men and four women have been selected to be jurors in the Pennsylvania trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape. About 220 potential jurors reported for duty Tuesday, after the court whittled the number to about 600 based on answers to questionnaires sent to prospective jurors' homes. Of those, about half were sent home and asked to return Wednesday.

CNN: Judges open door for Supreme Court showdown over same-sex marriage
The divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California may become another landmark case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appeals court judges refused Tuesday to revisit an earlier ruling. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied a request to re-examine the issue, months after judges gave gay and lesbian couples constitutional blessing to wed in the state. A stay on same-sex marriages in California remains in place until the issue is exhausted in the courts.

CNN: Alleged murderer and rapist added to FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list
The FBI has added an alleged murderer and rapist to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Fidel Urbina, a 37-year-old former Chicago resident was named to the roster Tuesday. Urbina was arrested in March of 1998 by the Chicago Police Department and charged with kidnapping, raping and brutally beating a woman. Urbina was free on bond and awaiting trial when he allegedly assaulted and bludgeoned to death 22-year Gabriella Torres.

CNN: L.A. County Board to vote on repealing support of WWII Japanese internment
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Wednesday on repealing a resolution made seven decades ago supporting the internment of Japanese Americans shortly after Japan's Pearl Harbor attacks, which led the United States to enter World War II.


CNN: White House: Al Qaeda No. 2 leader is dead
Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No. 2 man in al Qaeda and a longtime public face of the terrorist network, is dead, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday. Al-Libi's death was "another serious blow to core al Qaeda," said Carney. "His death is part of the degradation taking place in core al Qaeda in the last several years," Carney said.

CNN: Syria says it will allow U.N. to deliver humanitarian aid
The Syrian government has said it will let the United Nations enter the country and deliver humanitarian aid to people in need, a U.N. official said Tuesday. "After a long time of very intense negotiations, we now have an agreement in writing with the Syrian government on the scale, scope and modality of humanitarian action in Syria," John Ging, director of operations at the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said in Geneva, Switzerland.

CNN: Airline's license suspended in Nigeria crash; data recorder found
Nigerian aviation authorities suspended Dana Air's operating license Tuesday as torrential rain hampered recovery efforts after a deadly weekend plane crash. "As soon as we have concluded the recertification of the airline, if they are capable, then their license will be reinstated," said Sam Adurogboye, a spokesman for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

CNN: Human remains sent to schools in Canada
What appeared to be a human hand and foot were sent separately to two area schools, Vancouver police said Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether the gruesome discoveries are connected to the case of Luka Rocco Magnotta, the Canadian porn actor accused of killing and dismembering a man and mailing body parts to politicians.


CNN Money: CBO: Hard choices ahead on debt
The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday painted a stark picture of the country's fiscal future, which will be determined in part by tough choices lawmakers face in the coming months on the federal budget.

CNN Money: Hedge funds place record bets against the euro
Hedge funds are taking increasingly larger bets against the euro, as the debt crisis in Europe continues to heat up. A record number of hedge funds made so-called short bets, or wagers that the euro would weaken, according to the latest report from the Commodities Future Trading Commission that tallied the data for the week ended May 29.

CNN Money: Stocks end higher on upbeat report
U.S. stocks finished higher Tuesday, but the gains were limited as investors weighed an upbeat U.S. economic report against Europe's ongoing debt problems. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 26 points, or 0.2%, snapping a four-session losing streak. The S&P 500 added 7 points, or 0.6%, and the Nasdaq rose 18 points, or 0.7%.

In case you missed it…
ABC news reports that Jerry Sandusky allegedly sent love letters to his suspected victims. CNN's Jason Carroll has more.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    So Republicans have not only continued thier war against unions but also thier war on women in the senate vis filibustering the equal pay for women act because it s supporting lawyers, against companies. Give me a break. which party use the courts and lawyers most in politics dare I say health care cases against DADT, gay marriage free contraception for women, Romney againt Lilly Ledbetter, You got raped and dont wnat the child fo gods sake dont live in Texas lady you got no choice they are going to do an extremely invasive medical procedure without your consent.
    Sorry GOP you have declared war on women and it will cost you votes. you wanna talk about divisive politics and policy?? The above are classic divisive.
    My wife just left for work ( the only one with job in the household) so I'm now going to get the kids stuff ready for school and have my morning coffee. Then its wash day and a bit of house cleaning.
    You think y'all my wife's gonna vote republican??She did in 2008/10 but not this time, she's had enough already of Romney and especially Santorum

    June 6, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    What??? Roads are with potholes, ban your SS, Medicare?? Cut education? Then go IRAN WAR for contracts and self-interest like halibutton???mitt is myth!!!

    June 6, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  3. King

    Austerity and union illimination, policies here we come, I wonder how that turned out for Europe. I guest gambling with folks money will be back in session. Too bad the people cannot see what coming.

    June 6, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |