POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 15, 2011
August 15th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 15, 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: The post-Ames, post-Pawlenty GOP field
Republican contenders faced an altered political landscape Sunday in the race for the presidential nomination as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann surfed a wave of attention coming off the Ames Straw Poll and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out.

CNN: Perry and Bachmann duel for spotlight in Iowa
All eyes at the dinner, held at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo, were fiercely trained on the two candidates who plan to lay claim to Iowa in the coming months: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Perry was making his Hawkeye State debut one day after formally entering the race and aiming to live up to the hype surrounding his newfound candidacy.

Washington Post: Geithner, Bernanke have little in arsenal to fight new crisis
The men, battle-hardened and more experienced, now have little more than the power of persuasion. No longer can they muster the same range of policy tools and supporters they had in 2008 should the European crisis become an even greater menace to the U.S. economy.

National Journal: Ready to Roll
President Obama needs to get out of town. He’s got to get far from the maddening Congress, the Joint Special Committee, and the whole fiscal and temperamental monsoon that has consumed Washington. The president, like countless city denizens fed up with the daily grind before him, needs to get out to the country. The solution: road trip.

CNN/ORC Poll: Dem support for Obama's re-election fades
Barack Obama's base is behind another term for the president, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. Seven in 10 Democrats say they'd like to see Obama as their party's presidential nominee next year. That figure may seem promising, but support for Obama's re-nomination has fallen 11 percentage points since June.

NATIONAL
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CNN: Crews sifting through debris, search for answers to stage collapse
Crews on Sunday sifted through debris of a concert stage that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, trying to determine what caused the accident that killed five people and injured 40, authorities said.

CNN: Hackers target San Francisco's rapid transit system
Members of a well-known hacking group - according to a statement and Twitter messages - took credit Sunday for an online attack targeting San Francisco's embattled transit system. …This is in response to the system's decision to cut off cellphone signals at "select" subway stations in response to a planned protest last week.

CNN: Fewer teens detained on night two of Philadelphia's earlier curfew
Despite a stabbing incident involving two teenagers Saturday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter gave an overall positive review Sunday to the city's early juvenile curfew, which went into effect this weekend.

New York Times: State Challenges Seen as Whittling Away Federal Education Law
With several other Western states also rebelling against the requirement that 100 percent of American students be proficient in English and math by 2014, some education officials and experts see signs that years of federal dominance of public school accountability may be drawing to a close.

CNN: More evidence shows autism raises risk for later siblings
It's already known that children with older siblings who have autism spectrum disorder or ASD, have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves, and a new study in Pediatrics finds that risk is even higher than previously expected.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: Gadhafi gives audio address amid claims of rebel advances
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gave a live audio address early Monday, urging supporters in Tripoli to "be ready to fight to liberate our pure and good land." The address, which was also aired on Libyan state television, came hours after rebels claimed advances in a number of cities in western Libya, including al-Zawiya, the region's third-largest.

CNN: Former Egyptian President Mubarak due back in court Monday
The trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, accused of ordering the killing of anti-government protesters, is set to resume Monday. Mubarak is charged with using violence to quash the Egyptian uprising that led to him being forced from power in February.

CNN: Opposition: Syrian forces shell port city, kill 25
Syrian security forces backed by gunships killed at least 25 people in a crackdown on anti-government protesters in the flashpoint port city of Latakia that entered its third day, opposition groups told CNN Monday.

Financial Times: Pakistan lets China see US helicopter
Pakistan allowed Chinese military engineers to photograph and take samples from the top-secret stealth helicopter that US special forces left behind when they killed Osama bin Laden, the Financial Times has learnt.

CNN: Militants launch deadly attack on Afghan governor's compound
At least six militants - strapped with explosives-laden vests - stormed a provincial governor's compound in central eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing at least 19 other people, officials said. The six militants also died, bringing the death toll to 25.

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Stocks: Volatility will continue this week
Brace for more turbulence. This week could be just as bumpy as last week's wild ride, as Wall Street continues to deal with the fallout of S&P's downgrade, the problems in Europe and the fate of the U.S. economy.

Bloomberg: SEC Said to Scrutinize S&P Methodology, Possible Leaks of U.S. Rating
The Securities and Exchange Commission is scrutinizing the method Standard & Poor’s used to cut the U.S.’s credit rating and whether the firm properly protected the confidential decision, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

CNN: World Bank chief: Global economy in 'new danger zone'
The head of the World Bank warned Sunday that many key market players have lost confidence in recent weeks, pushing the fragile global economy into a "new danger zone." Speaking to members of the Asian Society in Sydney, Australia, Robert Zoellick said events the past few weeks in Europe and the United States already have had an adverse impact, and could signal even bigger problems ahead.

In Case You Missed It…
The Norway shooting suspect, cooperating with police, returns to the scene of the crime. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/08/14/vassileva.norway.reenactment.cnn


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