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.
For the latest political news:
CNN: Obama accepts GOP request to push back speech to Congress
President Barack Obama on Wednesday agreed to move his scheduled special address to a joint session of Congress back one day - from September 7 to September 8 - after consultations with House Speaker John Boehner, the White House said Wednesday night.
CNN: Panel tallies massive waste and fraud in wartime U.S. contracts
A nonpartisan panel reporting to Congress says the United States is wasting $12 million a day among contracts issued in support of American efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Commission on Wartime Contracting spent the past three years documenting whether American funding went where it was supposed to.
CNN: 9/11 Commission heads issue security-gap warning
The heads of the 9/11 Commission issued a new report Wednesday warning of continued shortfalls in anti-terror measures adopted in the wake of the 2001 al Qaeda attacks against the United States. Specifically, the report highlights nine commission recommendations that remain unfulfilled since they were proposed in 2004.
CNNMoney: DOJ files antitrust suit to block AT&T merger with T-Mobile
The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T on Wednesday seeking to block its $39 billion merger with T-Mobile. The merger would create the largest wireless company in the United States, combining AT&T's 98 million customers with T-Mobile's 34 million users, for a total of 130 million subscribers.
For the latest national news:
CNN: Residents review 'devastating' damage as waters recede in Vermont
Ten-foot-high flood waters poured through Eileen Ranslow's 40-year-old flooring business in Wilmington when Irene struck Vermont last week. The family business, where revenue has dwindled in the economic downturn, now faces at least $300,000 in damage.
USA Today: Suspicious packages swamp law enforcement
An unrelenting stream of suspicious package reports — and the need to investigate all potential threats in the post-9/11 world — is stretching federal and local law enforcement agencies in New York and Washington.
CNN: Texas bans tire-puncture devices used by drug runners
Caltrops - more commonly known as road spikes - are jumping-jack-shaped objects that, when tossed on roadways, always point up and have a devastating impact on tires. Drug runners have increasingly used the devices when fleeing from law enforcement officers, officials say. Beginning Thursday, caltrops are illegal in the Lone Star State.
CNN: Headgear ban sparks melee between police, Muslim park patrons
What was meant to be a celebration marking the end of Ramadan turned into a melee at an amusement park on Tuesday when a group of Muslim women were told they weren't allowed on certain rides with their headscarves.
For the latest international news:
CNN: Analysis: Battle for Libya not quite over
Ten days ago the vanguard of rebel forces streamed into the Libyan capital. Moammar Gadhafi's forces put up virtually no resistance and it seemed that the end of Libya's six-month conflict was imminent. …Ten days on, the picture is less clear and the future holds many questions.
CNN: Libya's rebel leadership faces credibility test, official says
Libya's rebel leadership will likely face tough questions about plans to create a new government when representatives from about 60 countries gather in Paris on Thursday to discuss the country's transition to democracy.
CNN: Clashes in Bahrain continue after boy's death
Clashes between police and Shiite Muslims in Bahrain stretched into Thursday morning, fueled by the killing of a 14-year-old boy by riot police in earlier demonstrations. The government of the Persian Gulf island state said it would "await a full investigation" by the Interior Ministry before drawing any conclusions about the death early Wednesday of Ali Jawad al-Sheikh.
CNN: Apparent string of errors unties WikiLeaks' bundle of secret cables
More than 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables are now available in full and unfiltered online, exposing scores of U.S. diplomatic sources and informants that were meant to be protected often for their own safety, according to whistle blower website WikiLeaks.
For the latest business news:
CNNMoney: Stocks end ugly August on slightly higher note
It was a brutal August, but at least Wall Street ended modestly higher on its last day as investors on Wednesday digested several economic reports on the labor market and manufacturing.
Wall Street Journal: Losing $207 a Pop, H-P Brings Back Its iPad Rival
Hewlett-Packard Co. said it will temporarily resume manufacturing of its ill-fated tablet computer just 11 days after killing its iPad rival as part of a sweeping corporate overhaul. The resurrection of the TouchPad follows a spike in demand after H-P, desperate to clear out unsold inventory that had piled up at retailers, slashed the price of the low-end model from $399 to $99.
CNNMoney: Business and unions agree: More roads and bridges
The two men [AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue]– perhaps Washington's most powerful and visible advocates for their respective sides - disagreed on a lot but came together in one key way: America has an urgent need for more spending on critical infrastructure like roads and bridges.
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