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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, April 10, 2009

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CNN: Obama wants another $83 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan

The Obama administration will ask Congress for another $83.4 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of September, Democratic congressional sources said Thursday.

CNN: Sources: Obama to move ahead on immigration reform

The White House is planning to start addressing the nation's immigration system as early as May, two senior administration officials said Thursday.

CNN: 'Unapproved' morphine to stay on market, FDA rules

A form of liquid morphine used by terminally ill patients will remain on the market even though it is an "unapproved drug," according to a decision by the Food and Drug Administration.

CNN: Obama announces new veterans' medical records system

The federal government is establishing a new system for updating medical records of servicemen and women during and after their military careers, President Obama announced Thursday.

CNN: GOP lawmakers blast Cuba visit by Black Caucus members

A pair of Republican congressmen ripped Congressional Black Caucus members for ignoring Cuba's "myriad gross human rights abuses" Thursday, saying this week's caucus trip to the island nation ignored the plight of political prisoners under the Castro regime.

CNN: Arizona State students scalping Obama commencement tickets

Many Arizona State University seniors are relishing the chance to invite relatives to see President Obama give their commencement address.

Washington Post: Obama Pledges New Data System for Veterans

President Obama said yesterday that his administration will create an electronic record for veterans that will "contain their administrative and medical information from the day they first enlist to the day that they are laid to rest."

WSJ: Economic Meeting Sets Stage for More Aggressive Action

President Barack Obama's meeting on Friday with top government economic officials likely sets the stage for more aggressive White House action soon on the economy, despite emerging signs of hope.

US News & World Report: Obama's Journey from Charismatic to Polarizing

When he ran for president, Barack Obama was one of the most inspirational candidates in a long time, able to draw huge numbers of new voters to the polls by engaging them with a message of change and hope.

Washington Post: For a Limited Time, Something Better Than a Slap Chop

You might have thought that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had retired her $6 million presidential campaign debt a long time ago. Apparently not, judging from an e-mail we got from Hillary Clinton for President announcing a lottery - only $5 a ticket - and offering as prizes a day with Bill Clinton in New York, a trip to the "American Idol" finale in Los Angeles or a flight here for you and a guest for a tour of D.C. with political operatives and commentators James Carville and Paul Begala.

NYT: Mayor Trusts Youngest Deputy to Run City, or Chase a Thief

Driving through the South Bronx last summer, Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler spotted a man illegally washing car windshields at a stoplight.

Washington Times: Climate bill could trigger lawsuit landslide

Self-proclaimed victims of global warming or those who "expect to suffer" from it – from beachfront property owners to asthmatics – for the first time would be able to sue the federal government or private businesses over greenhouse gas emissions under a little-noticed provision slipped into the House climate bill.

Washington Post: Judge in Stevens Dismissal Known for Tenacity

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan was irate when he accused the Justice Department of "hiding the ball" after its lawyers did not produce a document that undercut a key witness.

Chicago Tribune: Obama refinancing would be bad move, experts say

As President Barack Obama on Thursday talked up the economic benefits from the wave of home refinancing sweeping the nation, a mortgage broker said he and First Lady Michelle Obama would likely do well to stand pat with the 30-year mortgage they have on their stately mansion in Chicago.

Slate.com: Czar Obama

President Barack Obama's claim to czarlike powers in a perpetual global war against international terrorism has been blunted by a judicial appointee of former President George W. Bush. Last week, in the case Fadi al Maqaleh, United States District Judge John D. Bates denied that President Obama could make suspected "enemy combatants" disappear into the Bagram Theater Internment Facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan without an opportunity for exoneration. (While President Obama has abandoned the term enemy combatant for Guantanamo Bay detainees, he has retained the label for detainees held elsewhere.)

CNN: White House hit by swarm of bees

The Secret Service is always on the alert for aerial assaults — but on Thursday, White House grounds were hit by one unexpected airborne threat.

CNN: Sanford hits airwaves to make stimulus case

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is firing back against critics who say he should accept the entire $2.8 billion in federal stimulus funds allotted to his state, launching a one-minute TV spot in which he argues a substantial portion of the money will only saddle the state with further debt.

NATIONAL
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CNN: U.S. negotiators try to persuade pirates to free captain

Negotiators aboard a U.S. Navy warship are trying to secure the release of an American freighter captain who is being held by pirates on a lifeboat off the coast of Somalia, according to Maersk Line Ltd.

CNN: Despite U.S. policy, nothing stops ransom payment, expert says

Despite a hardline U.S. policy, there is no reason why federal officials can't negotiate directly with pirates who are holding a U.S. captain hostage off Somalia, a counterterrorism expert said Thursday.

CNN: Island DIY: Kauai residents don't wait for state to repair road

Their livelihood was being threatened, and they were tired of waiting for government help, so business owners and residents on Hawaii's Kauai island pulled together and completed a $4 million repair job to a state park - for free.

CNN: Whale makes appearance off New York's coast

'Unapproved' morphine to stay on market, FDA rules. A 30- to 40-foot humpback whale surfaced in the not-quite-pristine waters just north of New York City's Verrazano Bridge on Thursday morning, according to the Coast Guard.

NYT: More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home

When the woman who calls herself Queen Omega moved into a three-bedroom house here last December, she introduced herself to the neighbors, signed contracts for electricity and water and ordered an Internet connection.

Washington Post: New SAT Policy Can Keep Low Scores From Reaching Colleges

Legions of high school students equipped with No. 2 pencils have done battle with the SAT, but a new policy is easing the stress for college-bound teenagers. If they take the test more than once, they can send their favorite set of scores with applications and ignore the rest.

LA Times: Some rays of sunshine for the economy

After months of nearly unmitigated gloom, glimmers of improvement are emerging in the U.S. economy.

USA Today: Open house, anyone? 1 in 9 homes sit empty

The white notice taped to the front window of a luxury home in the Vasaro subdivision is a telltale sign.

Newsweek: The New Survivor Guilt

For Betsy Storm, things aren't so bad. The communications firm she runs is flush with clients, and even though her husband's company was acquired earlier this year, he's managed to hold on to his job and his salary. In this economy, the Chicago couple's story is something of an anomaly: two 50-somethings who haven't seen their savings completely vanish or had to kiss their retirement plans goodbye. And that's why Betsy feels terrible. "Within the last four months, my three best friends have lost their jobs," she says. "And it's awkward. My husband and I can't be too excited right now."

Denver Post: Training programs put older workers back on the job

This recession has beaten down many older workers and retirees. Sylvester Barron picks them up, dusts them off and helps the unemployed find jobs.

Boston Globe: Partners curbs doctors' drug industry ties

Doctors at Partners HealthCare may no longer accept gifts and meals from drug and device firms, or travel the country as paid members of company "speakers bureaus," as the state's largest hospital and physician network adopts tougher restrictions to counter industry's influence over the drugs and treatments physicians prescribe.

LA Times: New push for national registry for arsonists

As a federal prosecutor, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) struggled to tie an accused arsonist to a string of fires in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Washington Post: Stimulus Aid Being Doled Out, Slowly

Building repairs are underway on public housing in Imboden, Ark., and Cumberland, Ill., states across the country are receiving money to weatherize the homes of low-income residents, and the Silver Star Construction Co. is about to start work on two road-resurfacing projects in south-central Oklahoma with a total cost of $12 million.

USA Today: Spending cuts hit summertime fun

Tight budgets are squeezing some of the fun out of summer.

Boston Globe: Beth Israel faulted for staph outbreak in mothers, babies

Over the past six months, 18 mothers and 19 newborns have become sick with a dangerous bacterial infection soon after being released from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, triggering a state investigation that uncovered serious problems with the hospital's infection control practices.

NYT: With More Rooms Empty, Hotels Seek to Cut Worker Pay

With the city’s hotels in the midst of a sudden slowdown in business, operators are seeking wage cuts and other concessions from the unions representing 27,500 bellhops, housekeepers and waiters.

Washington Post: Food Safety Efforts Have Stalled in Recent Years, CDC Says

Efforts to reduce the number of food-borne illnesses in the United States have stalled in the past three years, and some illnesses are on the upswing, giving new urgency to efforts to reform the nation's food safety system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday.

LA Times: Global warming endangers U.S. corn production, study says

Global warming could rob the U.S. economy of $1.4 billion a year in lost corn production alone, a national environmental group estimated in a report released Thursday.

USA Today: Free clinics fill medical void

By his analysis, Edward Boyer should be dead. Boyer, who lost his health insurance with his factory job last May, is an insulin-dependent diabetic who says he can't afford his medicine. He has a new job, working part-time in the kitchen of a chain-store restaurant, but can't afford insurance, he says.

Washington Times: Pets left homeless as owners face foreclosure

Brownie, Sergeant, Sophia and Mia are new residents at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, near Leesburg, Va. These dogs and cats are there for the same reason: Their owners are moving.

LA Times: $40,500 reward offered in shooting of 2 California condors

The shotgun shooting of two California condors has prompted a large reward - as well as a spat between federal wildlife investigators and a private detective hired by an environmental group.

Boston Globe: For those who live and breathe chocolate, a puff

Chocoholics rejoice: A Harvard professor has invented a calorie-free way of experiencing the sweet obsession – by inhaling it.

Denver Post: Bad economy good deal for baseball fans

John Henry, a self-professed 49-year-old baseball fanatic, purchased six Rockies tickets Thursday morning at Coors Field. Because tickets for this afternoon's home opener against the Phillies were sold out more than a month ago, he settled for seats to Saturday night's game.

Times of India: Forget college, attend classes on YouTube

College too expensive? Try YouTube. It might seem counterintuitive to look for higher education alongside Avril Lavigne music videos, but the video-sharing site has become a major reservoir of college content.

Dallas Morning News: Flood of food stamp applications slows state's conversion to new software

State social services officials, buffeted by a recession-driven surge in food stamp applications, have postponed further expansion of a troubled software system for handling requests for public assistance.

INTERNATIONAL

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CNN: U.S. not lined up to defeat al Qaeda, top official warns

The nation's chief counterterrorism official says despite a "seriously diminished" threat to the homeland, the U.S. government is still not properly organized to support the "team" effort needed to defeat al Qaeda.

CNN: Japan extends sanctions against North Korea

Japan has tightened economic sanctions against North Korea to punish the communist regime for its recent rocket launch, Japanese government officials said Friday.

CNN: China executes 2 for attack before Olympics

Two men were executed Thursday for an attack on police that killed 17 in northwestern China in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, state-run media reported.

Telegraph UK: Al-Qaeda terror plot to bomb Easter shoppers

Sources told The Daily Telegraph that the arrests of 12 men in the north west of England on Wednesday were linked to a suspected plan to launch a devastating attack this weekend.

McClatchy: Celebrating freedom: Thousands of Iraqis rally against U.S.

Six years after the U.S. overthrew Saddam Hussein's government, tens of thousands of Iraqis gathered in the rain in Iraq's capital Thursday to mark the anniversary and renew calls for an American withdrawal.

WSJ: Is It Safe to Go to Mexico?

Teresa Bitler thought about spending Easter this year lounging on the beach in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, with her husband and two daughters. Then she changed her mind.

BBC: Water cut off in Mexican capital

Mexico City officials have shut down a main pipeline providing fresh water to millions of residents because reserves have fallen to record low levels.

NYT: Mugabe Aides Are Said to Use Violence to Gain Amnesty

President Robert Mugabe’s top lieutenants are trying to force the political opposition into granting them amnesty for their past crimes by abducting, detaining and torturing opposition officials and activists, according to senior members of Mr. Mugabe’s party.

WSJ: India Defies Slump, Powered by Growth in Poor Rural States

This country's path out of the global economic turmoil may start here, among a community of outcastes who dine on rats.

BUSINESS
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CNN: GM: The good, the bad and the ugly

If General Motors goes into bankruptcy, many of its most iconic brands, such as Buick and Pontiac, might not survive.

CNN: Wells Fargo predicts a $3 billion profit

Wells Fargo delivered a much-needed bit of good news for the banking sector Thursday, saying it expected to book a better-than-expected profit of approximately $3 billion in the most recent quarter.

CNN: Government speeds up purchase of 17,600 fuel-efficient cars

The federal government will speed up its timetable for the purchase of roughly 17,600 fuel-efficient vehicles in an effort to help struggling domestic automakers, the White House announced Thursday.

WSJ: Goldman Seeks New Stock Sale

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., riding a rising market, is considering making a multibillion-dollar offering of its shares to investors as part of an effort to repay a $10 billion government loan, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg: Fed Said to Order Banks to Stay Mum on ‘Stress Test’ Results

The U.S. Federal Reserve has told Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other banks to keep mum on the results of “stress tests” that will gauge their ability to weather the recession, people familiar with the matter said.

Financial Times: Universal and YouTube agree video deal

Universal Music and YouTube have finalised plans for a premium music video site, a landmark agreement between the largest record label and the Google-owned video sharing site it had once threatened to sue.

WSJ: Banks Get Boost From Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Co. fueled a sharp rise by bank stocks after the San Francisco bank said it expects a profit of about $3 billion in the first quarter.

NYT: Yelp Will Let Businesses Respond to Web Reviews

Small businesses will soon feel a little more love in their love-hate relationship with Yelp, the Web site whose users post reviews of restaurants, dry cleaners and other local businesses.

Business Week: How Microsoft Is Fighting Back (Finally)

For 25 years, Microsoft (MSFT) held unquestioned dominance in the personal computer business. But last year the maker of the Windows operating system started to look like a weary, vulnerable champ. Fueled by iPhone-mania and the iconic "I'm a Mac" TV ads, Apple (AAPL) was nearing a double-digit share of the PC market. At the same time, a new generation of sub-$500 "netbooks" that ran on the free Linux operating system was taking off.

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CNN: Bow or no bow?

Did America's president bow or didn't he? CNN's Jeanne Moos examines a gesture that's getting some bent out of shape.

CNN: Church in a bar

A Little Rock, Arkansas pastor plans to hold his church service in a bar. KTHV's Katherina Yancy reports.

CNN: Veterans and PTSD

Veterans groups talk about post-traumatic stress disorder to CNN's Kyra Phillips.

CNN exclusive: Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson talks to CNN's Pedro Pinto about life at MUFC, Cristiano Ronaldo and winning more European trophies.


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