POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, September 12, 2011
September 12th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, September 12, 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: Social Security marks the battle lines for CNN/Tea Party Debate
A battle over Social Security launched last week between the top two GOP presidential contenders doesn't show any signs of quieting down as candidates prepare for round two at the first-ever CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate on Monday night.

CNN Poll: Perry on top when it comes to electability
Hours before the start of the first-ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate, a new national survey indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining his lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

CNN: Obama to submit his jobs plan to Congress Monday
President Barack Obama will take to the Rose Garden on Monday to make a pitch for his jobs creation plan and announce he is sending it to Congress later that evening, the White House said.

Los Angeles Times: Job-creation plan largely ignores housing woes
President Obama's new jobs-creation plan all but ignores what many economists see as the single biggest problem in the stalling economy: the continuing depression in the housing market. Home sales, prices and construction have been bad and have been getting worse for so long that Washington and many Americans have grown numb to the problem.

NATIONAL
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CNN: Nation looks ahead with hope after remembering 9/11 victims
President Barack Obama on Sunday evening helped conclude remembrances of Americans who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a message of unity and resolve for the years ahead. "These past 10 years underscore the bonds between all Americans. We have not succumbed to suspicion and mistrust," Obama said at the "Concert for Hope" at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

CNN: Heavy security blankets New York on 9/11 anniversary
A heavy security presence permeated lower Manhattan on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as authorities continued their search for possible plotters of another terrorist strike.

CNN: More residents to return to their neighborhoods in fire-stricken Texas
Authorities expect to allow residents to begin re-entering some of their communities in fire-ravaged Bastrop County, Texas, this week as firefighters made some headway against the blaze at 50% containment.

Washington Post: Capital gains tax rates benefiting wealthy feed growing gap between rich and poor
As a result of a pair of rate cuts, first under President Bill Clinton and then under Bush, most of the richest Americans pay lower overall tax rates than middle-class Americans do. And this is one reason the gap between the wealthy and the rest of the country is widening dramatically.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: Saadi Gadhafi arrives in Niger as Libyan troops seek to strangle Sirte
Saadi Gadhafi, a son of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has arrived in Niger, an official said, as Libyan fighters tried to stamp out the last pockets of the former leader's loyalists.

Al Jazeera: Gulf states condemn Syria 'killing machine'
Ending a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the six foreign ministers of the Gulf Arab states issued a statement calling for an end to the crackdown on anti-government protesters and urging "the immediate implementation of serious reforms that meet the aspirations of the Syrian" people.

CNN: 4 terror suspects arrested in Sweden
A Swedish SWAT team backed by local police arrested four people overnight on suspicion of plotting terror attacks, the Swedish Security Service told CNN Sunday. The four were held in the city of Gothenburg for "probable cause" of preparing the attacks, the highest level of suspicion in Sweden, said Sara Kvarnstrom, a spokeswoman for the security force.

CNN: NATO: 77 U.S. troops injured after Taliban hit Afghan coalition base
All 77 NATO service members wounded in a Saturday attack against a coalition base in Afghanistan are U.S. troops, a spokeswoman for the International Security Assistance Force said Sunday. …None of the injuries is life-threatening, ISAF said, and those wounded are expected to return to duties "shortly."

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Stocks: All eyes on Greece and inflation
Next week all eyes will be on inflation and Greece. Markets dropped sharply Friday as rumors of a possible Greek default circled the globe. The default could come as early as this weekend. Whether or not something happens in Greece will largely rule market sentiment as the market opens in New York Monday.

New York Times: Market Swings Are Becoming New Standard
Day after day, stocks swing sharply by hundreds of points. …All of this anxiety has caused experts to ask whether there are new forces at work in the stock market that make trading permanently more erratic. In fact, big price moves are more common than they used to be.

USA Today: Retailers are starting the holidays even earlier this year
Santa's becoming a September fixture. Christmas merchandise has been at Costco stores since Sept. 1 and will begin showing up on some Home Depot shelves Sept. 19. Kmart and Sears will begin selling Christmas trimmings Sept. 25. And Walmart and J.C. Penney will start selling Christmas merchandise before month's end.

In Case You Missed It…
Americans from across the country honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/09/11/911-anniversary-highlights.cnn


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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    CNN: Social Security marks the battle lines for CNN/Tea Party Debate
    But the candidates – all of them – will backtrack and all of sudden want to SAVE IT – Too Late!!

    CNN Poll: Perry on top when it comes to electability
    But at the BOTTOM when it comes to the capability
    Of representing ALL and not just the far-RIGHT TP hostility!!

    CNN: Obama to submit his jobs plan to Congress Monday
    And it will be announced in a most elaborate way
    Hopefully it would also get passed without the bull crap and delay!!

    Los Angeles Times: Job-creation plan largely ignores housing woes
    Some homes will be SAVED and others will still be foreclosed
    But maybe once JOBS come back most Americans would be able to catch up, I suppose!

    Off to work – HAVE A NICE DAY! :-)

    September 12, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |