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June 25th, 2012
08:02 AM ET

Hurricane season off to 'robust' start – Alexandra Steele has latest on tropical storm Debby

Alexandra Steele on the latest damage from tropical storm Debby and the record number of storms this year in the season.

June 25th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Tropical Storm Debby drenching Florida coast – John Zarrella on how the state is preparing for a prolonged storm

(CNN) - Tropical Storm Debby threatened to spawn more tornadoes Monday as the stationary storm pummeled the Gulf Coast with fierce winds and heavy rain.

The storm has already killed at least one person after apparent tornadoes struck central Florida, officials said.

And with Debby coming to a standstill in the northern Gulf of Mexico, states surrounding the sprawling storm could endure high winds and intense rainfall for days.

As of Monday morning, Debby was centered about 90 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola in the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.

CNN's John Zarrella looks at the potential damage Debby could cause to the Florida coast on "Early Start" this morning.


Filed under: Severe weather
June 25th, 2012
07:53 AM ET

Congress, White House get a 'D' grade – Christine Romans on a CNNMoney.com survey of economists

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - When it comes to handling the economy, neither Obama nor Congress make the grade.

CNNMoney asked 20 economists to give the Obama administration and the current Congress a letter grade for their performance on the economy. And none of those surveyed gave either one an A.

While both received overall averages of D, Obama did a little better than Congress, scoring three B's and only one F.

This morning on "Early Start," Christine Romans explains why economists felt Congress and the White House should receive the bad grade.


Filed under: Congress • Economy • White House
June 25th, 2012
06:42 AM ET

All eyes on U.S. Supreme Court as rulings on health care, immigration expected this week – Mark Preston explains

As early as 10am today, the U.S. Supreme Court could hand down their ruling on the constitutionality of health care reform, President Obama's signature piece of legislation. The core question for the court: Can the government force individuals to purchase health insurance? Both sides have multiple responses prepped depending on how the court rules.

This week, the court is also expected to issue a ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN political director Mark Preston explains how possible rulings on each issue could shape the presidential election.

Filed under: 2012 election • Health care • Immigration • Politics
June 25th, 2012
06:31 AM ET

What's trending for June 25th, 2012

A bear cub gets stuck in a garage and a Missouri woman completed her bucket list with a leap out of an airplane.

Filed under: Trending
June 25th, 2012
06:16 AM ET

MYB: Romney's Bain Capital record under fire

Christine Romans on a "Washington Post" report claiming Mitt Romney's firm Bain Capital outsourced American jobs.

June 25th, 2012
06:06 AM ET

One for all and all for Egypt: CNN's Ian Lee on president-elect Mohammed Morsi's message of unity

Cairo (CNN) - Euphoric jubilation spilled into a second day Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where revelers celebrated the election of Egypt's first democratically elected president.

But with the hopes of the Egyptian revolution resting on President-Elect Mohamed Morsi's shoulders, the former Muslim Brotherhood member faces an array of challenges both at home and abroad.

For the moment, the presidency is largely a figurehead position as Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) maintains widespread control over the country - just as it has since Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule succumbed to a popular revolt last year.
Under an interim constitutional declaration, the military council said it retains the power to make laws and budget decisions until a new constitution is written and a new parliament is elected.

In his first speech since defeating former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, Morsi said he is "in charge," while also stressing he must answer to the people.

"We are all equal in rights, and we all have obligations to carry on for this country," he said Sunday night. "As for myself, I have no rights, but I have obligations."

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Ian Lee looks at how Egyptians are taking this message of unity.


Filed under: Egypt • Elections
June 22nd, 2012
02:03 PM ET

Does George Zimmerman's story add up? Defense attorney Midwin Charles looks at the differences between 911 call and reenactment of Trayvon Martin shooting

Defense attorney Midwin Charles compares audio from a 911 call to a new video of George Zimmerman reenacting Trayvon Martin shooting.

Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
June 22nd, 2012
01:50 PM ET

The quest to win Latino votes

The Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez on Mitt Romney and President Obama's speeches to NALEO conference attendees.

Filed under: 2012 election • Latino vote • Politics
June 22nd, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Sandusky's adopted son alleges abuse – Sara Ganim on why the trial jury never heard his story

Sara Ganim on Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matt's claims he was abused and why the trial jury didn't hear his story.


Filed under: Jerry Sandusky
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