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CNN: Justice Department source rejects report that leaked documents show Holder erroneously testified
Documents leaked on Capitol Hill to CNN and other news organizations purport to show Attorney General Eric Holder knew about a controversial gun-running operation earlier than he had testified. But a high-level Justice Department official strongly rejected the notion that Holder had improperly testified at a Senate hearing in March.
CNN: West Virginia gubernatorial election in national spotlight
Voters head to the polls in West Virginia on Tuesday in a gubernatorial contest in which national Republicans are trying to tie the Democratic governor to President Barack Obama. And the contest is firmly in the national political spotlight, thanks to an infusion of big bucks that has fueled campaign ad wars over the past three weeks.
CNN: Obama: No regrets over Solyndra
President Obama Monday said he does not regret a half-billion dollar government loan to the now-bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra and vigorously defended his administration’s policy of providing assistance to similar entities.
CNN: Decrying partisanship, Panetta says U.S. military 'cannot tolerate' sweeping cuts
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns that excessive partisanship could well "hollow out" the military, saying "we cannot tolerate" if Congress fails to reach an accord on debt reduction and thereby triggers hundreds of billions of dollars in across-the-board cuts.
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CNN: Occupying Wall Street, demanding accountability
In less than three weeks, the movement has become a magnet for countless disaffected Americans. And at a time when an overwhelming majority of Americans say the country's on the wrong track, there's no shortage of new potential recruits.
CNN: Jury selection to begin in 'underwear bomber' trial
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an explosive device in his underwear aboard a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit. Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab has said he will represent himself in the trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, expected to begin October 11.
CNN: Program could shorten wait at airport security checkpoints
The Transportation Security Administration is expected on Tuesday to announce details of a pilot program meant to expedite screening at airport checkpoints. … The pilot test initially will be available only to certain frequent fliers on American and Delta airlines - flying out of certain airports.
CNN: Judge: Arizona shooting suspect improving, should stay on medication
U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns said in a motion issued Monday that there was a "substantial probability" that Jared Lee Loughner will be restored to competency and be able to stand trial for his role in a mass shooting in January outside a Tucson supermarket.
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CNN: Security Council may vote on Syria resolution
The U.N. Security Council could vote as soon as Tuesday on a resolution calling on Syria to immediately halt its violent crackdown on opponents who have staged protests against the continued rule of Bashar al-Assad.
CNN: Egyptian parties split on agreement with military council
The Egyptian cabinet is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss an agreement between political groups and the ruling military council on election policies, the status of the country's unpopular emergency law and other issues.
Al Jazeera: Karzai in India on crucial visit
Some analysts in India predict that [Afghan president Hamid] Karzai will elevate the role of India in stabilising his violence-torn country as he eyes a drawdown of US-led troops by 2014 after more than a decade of fighting. They argue that Karzai is losing patience with Pakistan, whom he accuses of funding anti-government groups, and is unable to count on the US.
CNN: Cleared of murder charge, American Amanda Knox expected back home in Seattle Tuesday
After four years locked up in an Italian prison, Amanda Knox will savor her first full day of freedom Tuesday with plans to go home to Seattle. …The ruling prompted a wave of euphoria by Knox, her family and supporters as well as negative reactions outside the courtroom.
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CNNMoney: Stocks tumble into the fourth-quarter
Stocks just closed out the worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis, and the swoon is hardly over. With worries about Greece's solvency still in the spotlight, stocks kicked off the fourth quarter with a huge sell-off.
Washington Post: Cozy relationships and ‘peer benchmarking’ send CEOs’ pay soaring
[T]he practice has long been controversial because, as critics have pointed out, if every company tries to keep up with or exceed the median pay for executives, executive compensation will spiral upward, regardless of performance.
CNNMoney: Detroit automakers revved up sales in September
Major U.S. automakers posted sales increases in September, in some cases even better than analysts had predicted. Some of the biggest gains came from SUVs and compact cars as buyers who had been putting off purchasing a new vehicle finally re-entered the market.
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I am interested in the WV governors race. It just seems that if your state is conducting business in a reasonable manner, while neighboring states are doing business with the sensitivity and orderliness of a Chinese fire drill, you might have a democratic governor. I wish Florida could have a do over in our governor's election, but 50% of the voters stayed home. Likewise, I'll wager that Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan have similar feelings about a do over. Bottom line, I miss the intelligence of Charlie Crist, and wish Cuban anchor baby, Marco Rubio was not in the senate.
Do you wonder if the NRA will support their usual republican candidate? During every presidential election, they always get their members to think that democrats will take away their guns. If the republican candidate is Chris Christie, will the NRA report that he is in favor of greater gun control measures than President Obama? The paranoid leaders of the NRA recently said that they were afraid because Obama has done nothing to take away their guns, and that means he is going to take away their guns.