January 5th, 2010
08:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to get update on terror plot inquiry

Obama will meet with top security officials Tuesday.
Obama will meet with top security officials Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will meet with his top security officials Tuesday to get an update on the inquiry into security lapses that allowed a bombing suspect to board a U.S.-bound flight.

Obama will meet with FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Tuesday, an administration official told CNN.

Obama will get an update from Mueller on the FBI's investigation. Obama will get information from Holder on the prosecution of the suspect in the botched Christmas Day airline bombing. And he will get an update from Napolitano on her review on detection capabilities, the official said.

After the meeting, Obama will make public statements about his findings and an initial series of reforms to improve the country's ability to thwart future attempts to carry out terrorist attacks, according to the official.

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January 5th, 2010
05:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party groups plan 'strike'

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Tea party protesters gathered on Capitol Hill in September 2009. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - Some Tea Party activists from across the country are planning a 'national strike' on January 20, the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's inauguration.

The idea of holding an economic protest sprung up during the holidays as the result of a conference call held by various Tea Party group leaders, according to Allen Hardage, a conservative grassroots organizer from Georgia.

"Tea Party activists are frustrated that despite a huge turnout over the last year Congress is ignoring them," says Hardage, who is national operations director for the planned strike. "The question is that if the elected officials ignore you, what do you do to exercises your right to self-governance? So we decided to hold a National Day of Strike where we go after the large donors of the people pushing this radical agenda."

Hardage says the idea of the one-day strike is to focus attention on the businesses that support the most liberal members of Congress as well as groups that advocate "big government" policies.
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January 5th, 2010
05:24 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 5, 2009

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

Compiled by Alison Harding

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For the latest political news: www.CNNPolitics.com

CNN: Congress prepares for final health care push
The new year will bring new challenges for President Obama, but the fight for health care reform continues to top his domestic agenda as Congress prepares to reconvene. The House of Representatives is scheduled to return from vacation January 12; the Senate meets January 19. At issue for both chambers: how to merge two sweeping bills that differ on several critical details.

Washington Post: IRS to regulate paid tax preparation
The Internal Revenue Service plans to test, register and screen people who get paid to prepare tax returns, stepping into a virtually unregulated business on which millions of Americans depend for crucial financial services.

CNN: Obama promises justice for Christmas terror plotters
President Obama on Saturday linked the man accused in a botched Christmas Day airline bombing to an al Qaeda affiliate based in Yemen.

Foreign Policy: State Department official: Visas Viper cable "just the tip of the iceberg"
The State Department's official cable about underwear-bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab wasn't the only report to come out of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria as part of the Visas Viper process, a State Department official tells The Cable.

Daily Telegraph: MI5 told US about Detroit bomber's terror links 'a year ago'
Britain told American intelligence agents more than a year ago that the Detroit bomber had links to extremists, according to Downing Street.

CNN: U.S. reopens embassy in Yemen
The U.S. Embassy in Yemen, which was closed over the weekend due to security concerns, reopened Tuesday. A statement posted on the embassy's Web site said that "successful counter-terrorism operations" conducted by Yemeni security forces had addressed specific concerns.

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