The First Big GOP Debate

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GOP presidential hopefuls debate in South Carolina in January 2008. (AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Michele Bachmann enters the race; Citibank hacked; Troy public library; President Obama visits Puerto Rico; $6.6 billion in possibly stolen Iraqi cash; Behind the "gay girl in Damascus" fraud.

Top of the Hour: GOP Debate, Morning Headlines

The second Republican debate took place Monday night with several leading candidates participating, like Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann, who said that she will definitely be entering the race. 


Republicans Spar at Presidential Debate

The Republican presidential candidates squared off last night in New Hampshire. It wasn’t the first debate – South Carolina beat the state to the punch. But it was the first one with former Massachusetts governor and front-runner Mitt Romney on stage, and a litmus test for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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Inside Citi's Hacking Fiasco

Earlier this week, we told you that hackers had infiltrated Citibank’s security system and gained the sensitive account information of more than 200,000 of their customers. What we didn’t know then was that Citigroup officials had discovered the security breach three weeks earlier and failed to notify their customers.


Violent Protests in Urban China Over Inflation, High Food Prices

In May, China's inflation rose to its highest level in nearly three years, up 5.5 percent from the same month last year. There has been a wave of violent unrest in urban areas in China over the past three weeks. The country has repeatedly deployed its massive security forces to contain public anger over economic and political issues. BBC China correspondent Martin Patience reports on how high inflation and extremely high food prices are affecting the country.


Ethanol Subsidies Up for Vote

Does the ethanol industry still need government subsidies? That is the question that will be debated in the Senate with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) forcing a vote on a measure to repeal ethanol tax credits. Ethanol supporters argue that the alternative energy source should not be targeted, but cutting the subsidies could save the federal government billions. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, reports.


Discovered Letters Inspire Readers at Troy Library

Forty years ago, E.B. White – the author of "Charlotte’s Web," "Stuart Little", and many other beloved children’s books – wrote a letter to the children of Troy, Michigan, at the request of a librarian in Troy’s new public library. "A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered." White was just one of the famous authors and public figures who responded to librarian Marguerite Hart’s request for letters to urge the children of Troy to read.

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Top of the Hour: Earning the Latino Vote, Morning Headlines

President Obama is in Puerto Rico on the first official visit by a U.S. president to the island since Kennedy visited 50 years agao. He will be addressing Puerto Ricans and Floridians, hoping to garner support for 2012.


Obama Visits Puerto Rico, But Speaks to Floridians

President Obama is touring San Juan, Puerto Rico, today as the first sitting president to make an official state visit to the island commonwealth in 50 years. He is making good on a promise he made while campaigning for the primaries in 2008. But he is also reaching out to constituents — while commonwealth Puerto Ricans can't vote in general elections, the growing population of Puerto Ricans living in Florida could be a deciding factor in swinging the sunshine state in 2012.


Where is Iraq's $6.6 Billion?

More than $6 billion of Iraq money is missing, and U.S. officials for the first time saying it could possibly be due to theft. At the start of the Iraq War back in 2003, the U.S. held billions of dollars of Iraq funds seized during the invasion. Once Saddam Hussein was ousted, President George W. Bush had billions of dollars in cash flown from the Federal Reserve currency repository in New Jersey to Baghdad to help rebuild infrastructure and the support of the Iraqi people. In all the chaos of the beginning of the war, records were not meticulously kept, and it was first believed the $6.6 billion was lost because of an error in accounting. It is now believed the funds were stolen, and the Iraqi government is threatening to sue if the money is not found.

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Why New Hampshire Matters for 2012

Republican presidential hopefuls debated last night in New Hampshire, one of the early states that is important to win in the primaries along with Iowa. The two states are the first to hold presidential contests. The influence of Iowa and New Hampshire have made candidates pander to those states' needs, which can be markedly different than the needs of the majority of the United States. David Leonhardt, economics columnist for The New York Times explains.


State Budget Vote Brings More Protesters to Madison, Wisc.

Large protests are expected in Madison today in response to an upcoming vote on the state's budget bill, which might include the now famous collective bargaining bill. So far, that bill has been tied up in the courts, says Shawn Johnson, State Capitol reporter with Wisconsin Public Radio. However, Republican lawmakers say if the collective bargaining issue isn't resolved in the courts today, they may put the measure in the budget bill. Meanwhile, there are other issues in the budget that have attracted protesters, including major cuts to the state's schools.


The 'Gay Girl in Damascus' Hoax, and Why So Many Fell For It

Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old American man living in Scotland admitted that he was behind the "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, which, for the past six years provided thousands of persecuted gay people with hope – particularly in the Middle East. The blog was supposedly written by a woman Amina Arraf, who, according to the blog, was kidnapped last week. In response, the international media went on high alert. But within days, it became clear that Amina Arraf, was in fact, not a lesbian, not Syrian, and not even a woman. How did MacMaster manage to dupe so many?


CIA to Launch Drone Strikes in Yemen

Yemen's President Ali Saleh is out of the country, but unrest continues in Yemen. As the country continues to experience a leadership vacuum and violent unrest, the United States will launch covert drone strikes in the country to target al-Qaida militants. Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal intelligence correspondent reports that the Yemen program is modeled after the CIA's covert program in Pakistan, which was secretly approved by President Obama last year.


Your Take: What Book Inspired You?

In Troy, Michigan 40 years ago, a librarian asked cultural and political figures to write letters about the importance of reading and books. She got almost 100 responses from people like Issac Asimov and Ronald Reagan. Takeaway listeners have been telling us which books inspired them. Peggy from South Carolina says in 1954 she was in the 4th grade and remembers reading a "series of little blue biographies of every person you could possibly think of and I read every one and I was completely hooked on knowing things." What has inspired you?