POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
September 21st, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, September 21, 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 to address year of 'seismic change' at U.N.
President Barack Obama will lay out the U.S. view of the "seismic change" seen around the world in the past year, particularly in the Arab world, when he speaks to the United Nations on Wednesday, aides said.

CNN: Obama jobs bill still waits for action in the Senate
Senate Democrats still have not decided when to take up the jobs bill President Barack Obama announced with great fanfare to a joint session of Congress almost two weeks ago. In addition, they are still working to determine if they will vote on the bill in its entirety or augment it with additional job growth ideas of their own.

CNN: Government shutdown looms over FEMA fight
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's not sure a potential government shutdown at the end of the month can be avoided because of a stand-off between the House and Senate over how much to spend on disaster relief.

CNNMoney: Solyndra executives won't testify before Congress
Solyndra Chief Executive Brian Harrison and Chief Financial Officer Bill Stover will exercise their Fifth Amendment rights at an upcoming hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

NATIONAL
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CNN: Last-minute push to save Troy Davis is promised
Supporters of death-row inmate Troy Davis have vowed to continue fighting to stave off Wednesday's scheduled execution, despite a decision by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to deny clemency.

CNNMoney: GM adding 6,400 jobs under UAW deal
General Motors will create or retain 6,400 jobs at U.S. plants as part of a new labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union. Union officials revealed some details of the pact Tuesday, including a $2.5 billion investment by GM (GM, Fortune 500) in its U.S. plants, the reopening of a closed auto plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., and a new full shift at a plant in Wentzville, Mo..

CNNMoney: Poker site accused of $440 million Ponzi scheme
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused executives at the online site Full Tilt Poker of operating a Ponzi scheme, siphoning more than $440 million in gamblers' winnings to board members and owners.

USA Today: Stiff penalites for stiff drinks: Utah tightens liquor laws
The endurance of the Zion Curtain shows that despite a liberalization two years ago under then-Gov. Jon Huntsman, Utah still has the nation's most restrictive, exotic and confusing liquor laws. …The Salt Lake Tribune editorializes that since Huntsman, now a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, left in 2009 to become U.S. ambassador to China, "the backsliding has been rapid."

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: Rabbani's killing raises many uncomfortable questions
The assassination Tuesday of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani in his home by at least one suicide bomber who hid a device in his turban hasn't just again reminded residents of Kabul that even the safest areas are vulnerable to insurgent attacks. It's surely made insurgents who have even the slightest whimsy to negotiate think again.

CNN: U.N. General Assembly welcomes new Libyan leadership; Palestinian issue looms
Libya's interim prime minister said on Tuesday that he expects the county to have a new government within 10 days. Mahmoud Jibril, head of the National Transitional Council's executive board, spoke at a Group of Eight conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

CNN: Report: Yemen VP calls for cease-fire amid deadly unrest
Yemeni Vice President Abdu Rabu Hadi has called for a cease-fire from all sides after a third day of bloody unrest, the state-run Saba News Agency reported Tuesday. Random clashes between government troops and fighters could still be heard in Sanaa in the hour after his appeal for peace was made.

CNN: 35 bodies found in Mexican roadway during rush hour
At least 35 human bodies were found in a roadway during rush-hour traffic in the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz Tuesday, the state attorney general said. …Seven of the dead had been identified by Tuesday evening. A government database indicated that they had criminal backgrounds including extortion, homicide and drug trafficking, he said.

BUSINESS
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Bloomberg: Bernanke Has Few Tools to Heal Economy
Low interest rates, the traditional medicine for a flagging economy, aren’t helping housing, which since 1982 has aided every recovery except the current one. Sales of existing homes dropped in July to the lowest since November, and the median price slid 4.4 percent from a year earlier.

CNNMoney: Stocks lose traction as investors turn cautious
Stocks erased most of the day's gains Tuesday, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 turning negative as investors turned cautious amid the uncertainty surrounding Greece's debt issues and ahead of the Fed's interest rate decision.

Financial Times: US accused of unfair antitrust tactic
US authorities are using a little-known immigration provision to secure guilty pleas by foreign businessmen in antitrust cases, a move defence lawyers say unfairly presses non-US executives into co-operating with investigations.

In Case You Missed It…
Fmr. Vice Pres. Dick Cheney reflects on his life and new book in an interview with CNN's John King.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2011/09/20/jk-cheney-book.cnn


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  1. Name king

    Lesson as far I'm concerned we the people have two choices. Stick with the people of America whose only priority is to be patriotic and rebuild America to it's glory days, or give the corporations rulership, "which the supreme cout already said corporations were people too" who priority is shared equally between us, china, India, brazil, and all these up and coming countries who they want to plant their seed of investments and watch it branch off as their new invested countries grows and grows, leaving Americans holding the empty tax bag. People we see what has happened in the past for one reason, and that is to help shape the outcome what we know will happen in the future. So don't be surprised!!!

    September 21, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: Obama to address year of 'seismic change' at U.N.
    Better yet – maybe he should let Perry and Romney speak again
    Since they got so much to say and they THINK it makes them seem LARGE
    With their RUDE and OUT OF PLACE remarks, disrespecting the REAL man in charge!!

    And soon will come Bachmann (which I just heard this morning) and then Palin (who’s always a few days late and a French Fry short in a Happy Meal) and then the rest of the rowdy candidates from the RIGHT who think they have the answer for everything, Everything, EVerything, EVErything, EVERything, EVERYthing, EVERYThing, EVERYTHing, EVERYTHIng, EVERYTHINg, EVERYTHING – and they DON’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ►CNN: Obama jobs bill still waits for action in the Senate
    Wait a minute – Democrats have the majority – NOT the nitwits
    When are they going to STICK together and GET IT????
    It does not matter what they do – the HOUSE is just going to FLIP IT!!!
    What’s the BIG DEAL because we all know once it reaches the HOUSE

    ►CNN: Government shutdown looms over FEMA fight
    Just another boring chapter brought to you by the “Congress of FRIGHT”

    ►CNNMoney: Solyndra executives won't testify before Congress
    This is a SOMETHING about NOTHING and is NOT President Obama’s MESS!!
    And taking the 5th only adds to more scrutiny and will be difficult to digest!

    Thanks CNN for posting my “oops” yesterday without the original blog – Wow, that didn’t make sense to whomever took the time to read it!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!! Off to work – HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

    September 21, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |