The Top 10 Stories of June 27, 2012

By Duane Shank 6-27-2012

Quote of the day.
“This is how science works. The E.P.A. is not required to reprove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question.” D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases contribute to global warming, and rejecting industry arguments that the EPA had improperly relied on scientific findings.
(Washington Post)

1. Presidential power under siege.
The White House and House Republicans traded shots Tuesday over the extent of presidential power as GOP leaders moved closer to an unprecedented contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder over the controversial Fast and Furious program, despite a fresh attempt to head it off.

2. Agreement reached to freeze college loan rates.
More than 7 million college students could be spared higher loan rates under a deal reached Tuesday by Senate leaders. The agreement would freeze the interest rate for a year, preventing it from doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, making college more affordable for students as tuition costs are rising.
(Washington Post)

3. Colorado wildfires spread, 32,000 flee homes.
A wildfire raging near some of Colorado''s most popular tourist sites has grown suddenly more ferocious, forcing 32,000 people from their homes, prompting evacuations from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

4. Possible outcomes in pending health care law case.
Saving its biggest case for last, the Supreme Court is expected to announce its verdict Thursday on President Barack Obama's health care law.
(Associated Press)

5. Immigration ruling leaves issues unresolved.
The Supreme Court’s mixed decision on Arizona’s tough immigration enforcement law has laid the ground for years of legal and political wrangling in many states over racial profiling and civil rights, making it likely that the court will be asked to revisit immigration.
(New York Times)

6. Afghan IEDs kill fewer troops.
U.S.-led troop deaths from makeshift bombs in Afghanistan are dropping sharply even though the number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by insurgents are near record levels.
(USA Today)

7. Drone strike kills five in Pakistan.
A US drone strike targeting a compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area has killed at least five people, security officials said.
(Al Jazeera)

8.  Rebels attack elite guards, Assad talks of state of war.
A surprise assault by Syrian insurgents on a Republican Guard base in Damascus, just a few miles from the presidential palace, elicited a furious military response on Tuesday, with government forces shelling surrounding neighborhoods in an escalation that brought combat in the Syrian conflict close to the heart of the capital.
(New York Times)

9. Morsi to pick woman and Christian as Egypt's vice-presidents.
Mohamed Morsi's first appointments as president-elect of Egypt will be a woman and a Coptic Christian, his spokesman has told the Guardian, as he moves to allay fears of the Muslim Brotherhood.

10. S. Africa's ANC holds major policy meeting.
[South African President] Jacob Zuma, speaking on Tuesday at the start of a major policy meeting of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg, said the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality posed long-term risks for Africa's richest country 18 years after the end of apartheid.
(Al Jazeera)

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