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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- This could be one of the longest weeks in President Obama's presidential career, and we're only two days in. As details of the audit showing the IRS may have unfairly targeted conservative groups emerged, another scandal hit the wires – this one involving the wires. The Associated Press says the U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed office and phone records from at least half a dozen of its reporters. The records are part of an investigation into who leaked information detailing how the CIA foiled a terrorist plot hatched in Yemen. Today Attorney General Eric Holder vehemently defended the Justice Department's probe:
"I've been a prosecutor since 1976. And I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that I've ever seen. It put the American people at risk... And trying to determine who is responsible for that, I think, required very aggressive action."
- Something big happened this weekend in Guatemala. A former dictator, Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, was found guilty of genocide -not by the International Criminal Court – but by his own country. Journalist Xeni Jardin has reported on this story for the news website Boing Boing:
"You know, we're dealing with the first time in history a head of state has been tried and convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. First time ever."
- The gruesome details of what went on inside Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic prompted a jury in Philadelphia to find the abortion provider guilty on three counts of murder. And now, both sides of the abortion debate are using the case as fuel for their fight. Pro-abortion rights groups say this kind of thing happens when access to safe and legal abortion procedures are limited, but Brian Fischer with the American Family Association sees things differently:
"I believe the pro-life community is winning the battle for the hearts and minds of the American people on this issue and the Gosnell trial is simply going to provide some additional impetus to that."
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