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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Britain is in the midst of a fierce debate over government regulation of journalists. Today Judge Brian Leveson recommended that the British press be regulated by an independent group with the legal power to issue fines. The report was issued by Leveson at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron. It was sparked by the phone-hacking scandal the eventually brought down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid. Leveson cautioned that he is not recommending a new Parliamentary body to regulate the press:
"It is important to be clear what this legislation would not do. It would not establish a body to regulate the press. That is for the press itself to organize and to do," Leveson told reporters in London.
- The U.S. Supreme Court may decide to weigh in on the battle over same-sex marriage. Tomorrow the high court is expected to consider several petitions dealing with the issue, including whether to take on California's Proposition 8. The justices could review a lower court ruling declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
"If they don't take Proposition 8 for review, then the 9th circuits decision stands, and the 9th circuit found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional," says In Session Correspondent Beth Karas.
- Superstorm Sandy will take center stage at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sandy capped off a year of devastating wildfires, droughts and floods. a report from the U.N. issued today concludes 2012 was one of the warmest years on record, but what's really being done about climate change? Eric Lowitt, the Managing Director of Nexus Global Advisers says politicians are beginning to pay attention:
"If you look at Hurricane Sandy and you look at the political response in New York to Hurricane Sandy, what struck me was how quickly both Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo came out to say perhaps we should start to invest in levees in New York Harbor...[so that] New York City and the surrounding area is better prepared.
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