POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, October 21, 2011
October 21st, 2011
05:13 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, October 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: Senate blocks votes on jobs bills
In a 50-50 vote, senators blocked a component of President Barack Obama's jobs bill - $35 billion for states and localities to hire more teachers and first responders while preventing current ones from being laid off.

Los Angeles Times: Changes seek to save key aspect of healthcare law
The Obama administration moved Thursday to salvage a much-touted initiative in the new healthcare law aimed at controlling costs, revising regulations to encourage doctors, clinics and hospitals to take greater responsibility for improving patients' care.

CNN: Obama pledges U.S. support for Libya after Gadhafi
As Libyans in the United States cheered the death of Moammar Gadhafi, President Barack Obama on Thursday called the fate of the former Libyan leader both the end of a "long and painful chapter for the people of Libya" and the hallmark of a successful U.S. foreign policy.

CNN: Dems boast better cash in September
In a push to regain control of the House of Representatives, the fundraising arm for House Democrats raised $6.64 million last month, compared with $3.8 million raised by the National Republican Campaign Committee.

NATIONAL
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CNN: NBA labor talks break off
Labor talks between NBA players and owners broke off late Thursday. No further negotiations are scheduled between the sides, which are deadlocked over revenue sharing and salaries. With the first two weeks of the regular season already canceled, the pressure is on to resolve the labor impasse.

CNN: 2 men accused of plotting to kill Saudi ambassador indicted
Two men implicated in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States have been indicted, the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.

New York Times: F.B.I. Scrutinized for Amassing Data on American Communities
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected information about religious, ethnic and national-origin characteristics of American communities, according to internal F.B.I. documents made public by the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday.

CBS News: Biographer: Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery
Apple CEO Steve Jobs refused to allow surgeons to perform what could have been life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer, says his biographer Walter Isaacson. In one of his deepest discussions with him, Isaacson says Jobs told him he regretted his decision to try alternative therapies and said he put off the operation because it was too invasive.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: Gadhafi killed in crossfire after capture, Libyan PM says
Libyans cheered the fate of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi into the early hours of Friday after his death in what Libya's transitional prime minister described as a crossfire that followed his arrest by revolutionary forces.

CNN: Syria, Yemen opposition warn dictators: You're next
Dictators around the Middle East should pay close attention to the fate of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, opposition activists from Syria and Yemen said Thursday as reports of Gadhafi's death flashed across the world.

CNN: Basque group ETA announces end to campaign of violence
The Basque separatist group ETA announced Thursday a "definitive cessation of its armed activity" in a statement published on the website of Gara, a newspaper that the group has used to convey messages in the past.

CNN: Clinton to continue 'frank' talks with Pakistani officials
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will continue "frank" talks with Pakistani officials Friday, a day after urging the nation's prime minister to strengthen efforts to combat terrorism, senior State Department officials said.

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Stocks claw back from deep losses
U.S. stocks ended mixed Thursday, as European leaders confirmed that they will meet multiple times over the next week to approve a key plan to resolve Europe's debt crisis. Investors also breathed a sigh of relief after the Greek parliament passed the latest package of austerity measures.

Bloomberg: EU Officials Said to See Risks Amid Call for Talks
European Union officials weighing deeper losses for Greek bondholders in a revamped bailout are concerned that any investor involvement risks further roiling markets, say people familiar with the EU’s deliberations.

Wall Street Journal: Fed Is Poised for More Easing
The idea would be to target any new efforts by the central bank at the parts of the economy that are most severely impeding a recovery—the housing and mortgage markets—by working to push down mortgage rates.

In Case You Missed It…
A look at what was happening in the hours and moments before Gadhafi's death. Anderson Cooper reports.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/10/21/cooper-gadhafi-takedown.cnn


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In the United States, it appears that we have one political party, the democrats, and we have one party that is out to destroy everything that made us great, the republicans.

    October 21, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Based on last night's vote, I know there will be a special place in hell for Kaddafy, Saddam, bin Laden, the Somali pirates and the elected republicans in the senate.

    October 21, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We should all be thankful that Lieberman has only one more year in the senate. What a worthless tool. Ben Nelson of Nebraska is not a democrat, but a corporate puppet of the insurance company. I don't think many will miss him when he loses his bid for reelection.

    October 21, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    CNN: Senate blocks votes on jobs bills
    That’s number ONE – now NEXT – it’ll be so “obvious” who’s out to KILL!!
    The Republican's goal is to make President Obama a "one-term President – FACE IT!!
    To do this, they ONLY have the Economy and JOBS left to corrupt – THINK ABOUT IT!!

    Los Angeles Times: Changes seek to save key aspect of healthcare law
    Shape it up and get it right – by 2016 the bill will be “immune” to the jigsaw
    Hillary 2016!!!

    CNN: Obama pledges U.S. support for Libya after Gadhafi
    Pledge support without spending dollars – with that, I will agree

    CNN: Dems boast better cash in September
    But don’t spend it on Democrats who are traitors, like Bennett and Tester!!
    We will get together and TAKE OUT all of those who feel they need to jump ship
    Get them out of office – get those who with stick with our values – we’ll create our own warship!!!

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

    October 21, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |