POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, August 4, 2011
August 4th, 2011
04:21 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, August 4, 2011

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

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL
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CNN: Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding dispute
President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday urged Congress to immediately pass a temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration to put nearly 4,000 federal employees back to work and restart more than 200 airport construction projects.

CNN: Obama calls for end to 'partisan games' at 50th birthday bash
President Barack Obama was back in full-throttle campaign mode Wednesday night, attending two high-profile fund-raisers in Chicago during which he took aim at congressional Republicans after weeks of drawn-out debt negotiations.

CNN: Obama: Feds to fight violent extremism with local partnerships
The federal government will fight domestic violent extremism advanced by al Qaeda by empowering and relying on America's vast network of local community institutions rather than creating new programs with additional spending, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.

New York Times: Jockeying Anew in Congress in Next Budget Fight Phase
Republicans and Democrats maneuvered for advantage on Wednesday in the next battle over federal spending, trying to influence the choice of members and frame the agenda for a powerful “supercommittee” that is supposed to recommend at least $1.5 trillion of additional deficit reduction measures.

CNN: Oregon Rep. David Wu officially resigns
The resignation of Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon officially went into effect at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday night. He stepped down after he was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser's daughter. Wu announced last week he would resign but postponed his formal resignation until after the House voted on the debt-ceiling bill Monday.

NATIONAL
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CNN: Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey
Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation announced Wednesday an immediate voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey meat because it may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. "I'd say it's one of the larger recalls," said Joel Brandenberger, president of the Washington-based National Turkey Federation, where he has worked for more than 20 years.

CNN: 72 charged in online global child porn ring
More than 50 members of a child pornography ring who engaged in what authorities describe as "horrific" and "unspeakable" crimes have been arrested for sexually exploiting children from 12 years old to as young as infants. Top federal law enforcement officials say agents busted the global online pornography ring following an intense international investigation that began in 2009.

CNN: Bloomberg to spend millions of his money to help black, Latino males
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to announce the launch of a major policy initiative Thursday to aid the city's minority youth, his office said. And he'll be footing a good chunk of the bill himself.

Austin American-Statesman: Grid operator warns that brownouts may be in Texans' futures
An exceptional heat wave on Wednesday continued testing the limits of the state's primary electricity grid, breaking records for peak usage and raising the specter of rotating outages if the upward trend isn't broken soon. An official with the grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, on Wednesday declined to give odds on whether rotating outages, also known as brownouts, might become necessary.

CNN: Army prepares to cut thousands of civilian jobs
The U.S. Army, already looking to shrink its force by 27,000 soldiers, is now also trying to cut more than 8,000 civilian jobs. The plans call for the civilian jobs to be eliminated between now and October 2012, according to an Army official and a memo obtained by CNN.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: U.N. Security Council condemns Syrian government crackdown
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters and calling for an immediate end to violence by all parties. "The Security Council expresses its grave concern at the deteriorating situation in Syria, and expresses profound regret at the death of many hundreds of people," the eight-paragraph statement says.

CNN: U.S. hands over Libyan Embassy to rebel movement, official says
The U.S. State Department has signed an order handing over the Libyan Embassy in Washington to the Transitional National Council, a senior department official told CNN. The official said move would allow the Libyan rebel movement to reopen the embassy, accredit diplomats and regain control of the embassy's frozen bank account, worth about $13 million.

CNN: Ailing Mubarak wheeled into courtroom cage for trial
He was once a powerful symbol of autocracy in the Arab world, but Wednesday, a frail Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into a Cairo courtroom cage to face trial for allegedly ordering the killing of anti-government protesters. Dressed in a white prison uniform, Mubarak, 83, was placed in a mesh and iron cage, a standard procedure in Egyptian criminal trials.

CNN: Japan's government moves to intervene in the yen
For the third time in a year, Japan's government has intervened in the yen, its unit of currency, according to Japan's finance minister. "While Japan is dealing with the reconstruction of the tsunami zone, if the surging of the yen continues, it could negatively affect Japan's economy and financial stability," Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters.

CNN: Tropical Storm Emily churns south of Dominican Republic, Haiti
Tropical Storm Emily unleashed potentially life-threatening heavy rains across Haiti early Thursday as nearly 12,000 United Nations peacekeepers waited on emergency standby. "We have propositioned stocks, food, medical kits, cholera kits, tents, tarpaulins both here in Port-au-Prince and in departments to prepare for the storm," said Kevin Kennedy with the United Nations.

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Dow snaps eight-day losing streak
After trading sharply lower most of the day, stocks slowly climbed back to end Wednesday's session modestly positive, ending an eight-day losing streak for the Dow. …It was a big comeback for the market, where the Dow had been down as much as 166 points earlier in the session.

CNNMoney: Auto engineers: Mileage rules will hurt safety
Stringent fuel economy requirements like those set for 2025 will be impossible to meet without sacrificing the safety of the vehicles we'll drive in the future. That's the prevailing opinion of most automotive engineers surveyed by the industry publication Wards Automotive.

Bloomberg: Hackers Take $1 Billion a Year from Company Accounts Banks Won’t Indemnify
In increments of a few thousand dollars to a few million per theft, cybercrooks are stealing as much as $1 billion a year from small and mid-sized bank accounts in the U.S. and Europe like Experi-Metal, according to Don Jackson, a security expert at Dell SecureWorks. And account holders are the big losers.

In Case You Missed It…
CNN's Nima Elbagir visits a camp in Somalia where food and aid is distributed to people who are in need.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/08/03/elbagir.somalia.feeding.camp.cnn


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  1. MAC

    The republicans are right about the FAA Bill. Cutting 17 million dollars is a start, to get rid of subsidizing these pork barrel airports up to 3,500 dollars per passanger is nothing but PORK. Obama is no adult in the countries problems, he needs to look in the mirror, especially when it comes to reponsible spending. Obama and the democrats make a drunken sailor look like s thrifty Scotsman, I should know since I have been both! In 10 years the national debt IAW ABC Evening News will be over 26 trillion dollars. That is not childish, it is total insanity, selfishness, and inmaturity.

    August 4, 2011 06:04 am at 6:04 am |