10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
AP Wire
Jun 25, 2013

 

1. WHAT'S ANGERING THE WHITE HOUSE

Hong Kong's decision not to detain Snowden has "unquestionably" hurt relations between the U.S. and China, the Obama administration says.

2. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL OPENS WITH STARTLING LANGUAGE

The prosecution begins by repeating obscenities that the ex-neighborhood watchman uttered to a police dispatcher moments before his deadly confrontation with Trayvon Martin.

3. IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL PASSES KEY TEST

Monday's vote clears the way for Senate passage of a bill calling for more than $30 billion in new border security and a chance at citizenship for millions.

4. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SURVIVES SUPREME COURT REVIEW

But the ruling regarding the University of Texas seems certain to generate more challenges to race-conscious admissions plans.

5. LEFT, TOO, CAME UNDER IRS SCRUTINY

The AP obtains an internal agency document showing terms such as "Progressive" and "Occupy" were used to help pick groups for closer examination.

6. 'BUNGA BUNGA' LANDS BERLUSCONI A 7-YEAR SENTENCE

Italy's ex-premier is also banned from politics for life after paying an underage prostitute for sex during one of his infamous parties, then forcing a cover-up.

7. WHY A SAFETY NET IS IN TATTERS

House investigators say Social Security is approving disability benefits at strikingly high rates, leaving the fund on the brink of insolvency.

8. SOUTH AFRICANS URGED TO PRAY FOR MANDELA

The nation's president says doctors are doing everything they can for the critically ill former leader.

9. WHICH HOLLYWOOD STAR IS DISPARAGING HIS OWN FILM

Jim Carrey says "Kick-Ass 2," in which he plays a superhero vigilante, contains violence that he cannot support after the Connecticut school shootings.

10. ANOTHER EARLY WIMBLEDON EXIT FOR NADAL

The Spaniard is bounced out in the first round by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium. Last year, Nadal lost in the second round.

 

Comments

Wingmaster

11. Leading from behind puts the US in difficult situations around the world and at home.

rukidding

We are not losing the race, just strategically placed for the stretch.

Vladtheimp

From the waaY back machine - this worked out well! http://www.politico.com/news/sto...

Lanivan

She'll have to be more careful when president....

Vladtheimp

Interesting how the IRS was able to target conservative groups for special scrutiny before the election, denying those groups tax-exempt status, but didn't think there was anything unusual when it sent $7,319,518 in tax refunds in 2011 to what theoretically were 2,706 aliens who were not authorized to work inside the United States and who all used the same bank account, or multiple tax refunds presumably to aliens not authorized to work in the United States who had filed tax returns using ITINs, including one address in Atlanta, Georgia where it sent 23,994 refunds worth $46,378,040. http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/au...

Maybe we need a different kind of immigration reform, coupled with comprehensive IRS reform.

Lanivan

Right on. Pity Darryl Issa spent so much time, energy, and millions on investigating his pet prediction of a White House conspiracy theory regarding IRS targeting of conservative groups (especially in lieu of the current major revelation from the IRS that they were also targeting LIBERAL groups in that same time frame, as well, just as it targets certain small businesses, etc, etc), when he could have directed his investigation towards something positive and productive, such as setting the stage for IRS reform. Certainly his investigations have highlighted the desperate need for 501(c)4 reform.

It's not surprising that the IRS is a bit loosey-goosey when it comes to tax refunds to illegals, what with the latest border control surge proposal. Who is going to freak out over a measly $7 million when you're talking $30 billion to hire 21,000 more rent-a-cops, drones, and fencing?

Vladtheimp

Nice try, Baghdad Barbie, but, as you agree, "facts is facts"

"A November 2010 version of the list obtained by National Review Online, however, suggests that while the list did contain the word “progressive,” screeners were instructed to treat progressive groups differently from tea-party groups. Whereas they were merely alerted that a designation of 501(c)(3) status “may not be appropriate” for progressive groups — 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from conducting any political activity — they were told to send applications from tea-party groups off to IRS higher-ups for further scrutiny.

That means the applications of progressive organizations could be approved by line agents on the spot, while those of tea-party groups could not. Furthermore, the November 2010 list noted that tea-party cases were “currently being coordinated with EOT” — Exempt Organizations Technical, a group of tax lawyers in Washington, D.C. Those of progressive organizations were not." http://www.humanevents.com/2013/...

Further, if you can defend the IRS sending $7 MILLION in tax refunds to one bank account, and $46 MILLION to one address, you will indeed, as you have proven in the past, attempt to defend any indefensible activity of Obama and his minions.

Wingmaster

If Lan was a man, I imagine her to sound like....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g...

Baghdad Barbie...careful she's gonna get mad when you pull her pigtails.

Lanivan

It's Vlad's vivid imagination used as payback....

Lanivan

Like Pavlov's dog, you automatically assume I'm defending Obama even when my ball's in your court, or whatever - at least on the issue of the IRS on steroids sending out tax refunds. It's appalling - it must be all the fault of the conservative Republican Bush appointee, who was the IRS Director at the time.

As for the tea party and the EOT, if I thought for one minute these applications represented primarily social welfare groups, I'd be all over it. Meanwhile, what does this have to do with Issa's magical intuition that drove him to distraction to connect the dots between the IRS targeting and the White House?

I'm concerned that the IRS changed the wording in the 501(c)4 provision from 'exclusively' to 'primarily' in 1959 - without congressional approval (pity - happened in 1959 before Obama was born, but I'm sure Issa can make some connection with the right amount of money).

Vladtheimp

Get all over this social welfare group: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/341199...

Lanivan

Did you sign up for next year's convention in Detroit?

 

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