POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 3, 2011
October 3rd, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 3, 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: Health care, other hot issues promise a landmark high court term
Monumental. Unprecedented. Life-changing. For a town that oozes hyperbole, the stakes in an almost certain election-year Supreme Court review of health care cannot be overstated.

CNN: Cheney: Obama should 'correct' criticism of Bush's anti-terror tactics
Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised the Obama administration Sunday for using a drone strike to kill American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, but said President Barack Obama should now reverse past criticism of former President George W. Bush's actions against suspected terrorists.

Wall Street Journal: Disputed Trade Pacts Advance
President Barack Obama could send trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for approval early this week, setting the stage for final passage of the agreements in mid-October after five years of political combat.

CNN: Cain calls name of Perry hunting camp 'very insensitive'
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain called the name of a hunting camp used by rival candidate Rick Perry "very insensitive." The Washington Post reported Sunday that the word “N*****head” was painted across a rock at the gated entrance of the property, which was leased and frequented by the Texas governor.

NATIONAL
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CNN: As Wall Street protest enters 3rd week, movement gains steam nationwide
A spirited and leaderless protest in the Wall Street section of New York has entered its third week, helping to inspire a growing number of demonstrations united in their passion if not necessarily their reasons for hitting the streets.

USA Today: Ala. immigration law marked by Hispanic school absences
A federal judge's decision last week that left Alabama's strict new immigration law largely intact is already having a major impact throughout the state, as hundreds of Hispanic children stayed away from school.

New York Times: A U.S.-Backed Geothermal Plant in Nevada Struggles
In a remote desert spot in northern Nevada, there is a geothermal plant run by a politically connected clean energy start-up that has relied heavily on an Obama administration loan guarantee and is now facing financial turmoil.

CNN: Detention hearing set for man accused of Pentagon plot
A detention hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon for Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old U.S. citizen who is accused of plotting attacks on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol using model airplanes.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: Syrian opposition council: Save us from 'war'
A new alignment of Syrian opposition groups, the Syrian National Council, announced Sunday that it will "represent the Syrian revolution" inside and outside of the country in an effort to end the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

CNN: U.S. defense secretary: Israel must improve its relations in the Middle East
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that Israel must improve its relations with neighboring countries, saying the country is becoming increasingly isolated in the region.

USA Today: Majority of IEDs are traced to Pakistan
Pakistan is the source of explosives in the vast majority of makeshift bombs insurgents in Afghanistan planted this summer to attack U.S. troops, according to U.S. military commanders.

CNN: Amanda Knox pleads for her freedom as murder appeal ends
American Amanda Knox, her voice trembling, made an emotional plea to an Italian court to overturn her murder conviction, saying she was paying with her life for something she has not done.

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Greece budget deficits miss bailout targets
The Greek cabinet announced late Sunday that it adopted a draft budget for 2012, but the debt-ridden nation will miss key deficit targets for this year and next. …The Greek cabinet said in a statement that the main reason it would miss the deficit target is due to a deeper-than-expected recession.

CNNMoney: Stocks: Europe and jobs take center stage
On the first trading day of the fourth quarter, investors will be simultaneously attempting to gauge the fate of Europe's weighty debt problems and the health of the global economy. …The Dow lost 12% in the quarter, marking its worst quarterly performance since the first quarter of 2009.

Bloomberg: Groupon’s Stumbles May Force Company to Pare Back Size of IPO
Groupon Inc., the largest online- coupon site, may have to settle for a smaller initial public offering as management gaffes, restated results and regulatory scrutiny leave investors leery of owning the stock.

In Case You Missed It…
CNN's Phil Black reports on the frustration of Libyan fighters as they prepare to advance on holdouts in Gadhafi's hometown.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/10/03/black-libya-sirte-frustrated.cnn


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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: Health care, other hot issues promise a landmark high court term
    Right smack in the middle of the presidential campaign, and the decision will have one side squirm

    ►CNN: Cheney: Obama should 'correct' criticism of Bush's anti-terror tactics
    TORTURE was NOT the basis of the success and Cheney lately is a rather bit frantic

    ►Wall Street Journal: Disputed Trade Pacts Advance
    About time – and is this something that is a “done deal” or will “flip-flop” and “tap dance”

    ►CNN: Cain calls name of Perry hunting camp 'very insensitive'
    And brainwashing is a “tactic” by the RIGHT to hype Cain making him think his campaign is comprehensive

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

    October 3, 2011 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  2. Name king

    Hey lesson America has 2 choices; keeping government around our release the American people into the arms of the repugs and corporate greed. We've got a few short years before mother nature fights back with all her fury because of the destruction we are doing to our earth. Every time this president tries to bring in green jobs and a green way of loving the repugs backed by powerful corporate oil greed, destroy the plan. The gullible falls for their tricks every time, speeding up the time when the earth say no more and hit back with vengeance.

    October 3, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  3. Wadda Wingnut

    Is Cheney expecting President Obama to endorse the illegal Cheney/Bush water boarding and apologize to those two republican war criminals? I am confident that history will prove that Bush and Cheney did more damage to our country than any semi elected president and vice president, even though crazy right wingnut organizations give them awards for their stupidity.

    October 3, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |