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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- The Obama White House is facing a barrage of criticism over multiple scandals: Benghazi, the IRS' targeting of certain conservative groups and the Justice Department's secret search of reporters' phone records. Today members of Congress grilled U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about all three of them. Holder remained calm and deliberate, until a few hours in when he became noticeably frustrated with Rep. Darryl Issa's line of questioning:
"No, I'm not going to stop talking now... that is inappropriate and too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress. It's unacceptable and it's shameful."
- Tomorrow is a historic day for the U.S. military. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines will submit their plans for ending the policy that keeps women from serving in combat. But today came some distressing news at a potentially awkward time. An Army sergeant assigned to a sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood is being investigated for alleged sexual assault. Anna Moore enlisted in the Army after 9/11 and planned to make a career of it, but she was discharged after reporting a sexual assault:
"About three days later I was called into my first sergeant's office. And my first sergeant told me to forget about the whole thing. And that it never happened. And he shredded the report right in front of me."
- The fate of immigration reform remains to be determined. This week, some U.S. senators are busy going through each of the bill's hundreds of pages to analyze details. Some states have more riding on the legislation's outcome than others – like California. A recent study shows a quarter of an estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally reside in that state. The ratio is even more dramatic in Los Angeles, where one in three people are undocumented. That includes Isabel Medina, who crossed the border illegally from Mexico in 1996. She says she and her husband had to come to the U.S. to raise a family:
"It's the place of the opportunities. And when you hear things like that, and you have a kid, you just think... you have to go there."
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