POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 22, 2011
August 22nd, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 22, 2011

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

Compiled by Greg Clary

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CNN: Rove's Palin prediction
Karl Rove predicted Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is likely to run for president and will make her decision known soon. Rove, the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush and co-founder of American Crossroads, a conservative political action committee, said Palin's upcoming trip to Iowa and recent web video are evidence she is gearing up for a run.


Wall Street Journal: Calls Rise To Broaden GOP Field
After a week of intense campaign activity that was supposed to clarify the Republican presidential field, the clamor for new entrants has intensified, with fresh hints from Sarah Palin that she could jump in and pressure mounting on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to join the race.

CNN: Perry defends stance on Fed, immigration
Rick Perry wrapped up his first week in the spotlight as a declared presidential candidate by returning to South Carolina to larger crowds and more questions about his record than when he launched his campaign here last weekend.

CNN: Trailing in the polls, Huntsman goes on the attack
He's behind in polling so far, so Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman went after the front-runners Sunday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn't sound presidential and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is unrealistic, complained Huntsman, a former Utah governor, on the ABC program "This Week."

CNN: Axelrod: Right-wing politics preventing economic action
President Barack Obama’s senior campaign strategist warned Sunday that Republicans catering to tea party politics threatened much-needed progress on job creation. David Axelrod told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Obama would unveil a reasonable jobs plan in September calling for steps previously endorsed by both parties. However, he said, Republican leaders must put aside the kind of political gamesmanship that “brought us to the brink of default” during the debt ceiling negotiations to act in the best interest of the country.

CNN: Gibbs questions GOP contenders
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was an equal opportunity critic Sunday, taking swipes at the records of Republican presidential candidates. Gibbs, who left the White House earlier this year but remains close to President Barack Obama, was most critical of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a relative newcomer to the race.

CNN: Similar July fundraising for House committees
The Democratic fundraising arm for the House of Representatives raised more money than its Republican counterpart in July, but the GOP committee holds an advantage in cash on hand, according to their latest reports.

CNN: Biden: U.S. has never defaulted on its debt and never will
The United States, the world's biggest economy, has never defaulted on its debt and never will, said Vice President Joe Biden as he wrapped up his five-day visit to China on Sunday.

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CNN: Attorney for Strauss-Kahn accuser believes charges to be dropped
An attorney for hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo, who has accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, said Sunday he thinks charges against Strauss-Kahn will be dropped.

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CNN: Rebels say Libya is now under its control
An amateur league of ill-trained rebel fighters appeared to be on the brink of toppling Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule Monday after capturing at least two of the leader's sons and infiltrating the Libyan capital.

CNN: War crimes court wants Saif Gadhafi, prosecutor says
The International Criminal Court will hold talks Monday with Libyan rebels on transferring Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, one of the two captured sons of embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, to its custody, Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told CNN. Moreno-Ocampo said the younger Gadhafi's arrest was "very important" for the war crimes court, which issued a warrant for his arrest in June on charges of crimes against humanity.

CNN: Al-Assad rejects calls for ouster as U.N. team visits Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday rejected calls for his ouster and promised steps toward political reform, even as protesters and human rights groups said Syria was continuing its bloody crackdown aimed at ending an uprising.

CNN: Barrage of rockets from Gaza strike Israel; sites in Gaza targeted
A barrage of rockets and mortars fired into southern Israel continued Sunday, the latest in a four-day escalation of violence sparked by a series of attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers Thursday.

CNN: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic under hurricane warnings
Authorities posted tropical storm warnings for parts of the Bahamas and hurricane warnings for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Sunday, as Tropical Storm Irene picked up steam near the Caribbean islands.

McClatchyDC: Months after tainted elections, Afghan panel seeks ouster of nine
After months of controversy over the last year's tainted elections, an independent Afghan commission announced Sunday that nine members of Parliament will lose their seats and will be replaced by new members.

BUSINESS
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Wall Street Journal: Oil Prices Set to Slip if Rebels Win Libya
A rebel victory in Libya would likely put added downward pressure on oil prices, which are already falling amid concerns about the slowing economy, experts say. But the impact may be limited until Tripoli's new leaders manage to get the crude flowing again after prolonged fighting, which could take months.

In Case You Missed It

The White House issues a statement as President Barack Obama receives updates on the situation in Libya. CNN's Dan Lothian reports
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/08/21/libya.lothian.obama.cnn

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