POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 24, 2011
October 24th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 24, 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: Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann continued to hit rival Herman Cain's conservative credentials Sunday amid a recent dust up over comments he made about abortion. Bachmann said the remarks made earlier this week were further evidence of the businessman's "troubling" policy shifts.

CNN: Sununu set to back Romney
[Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu’s] endorsement is highly prized and provides another sign the GOP establishment is backing Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, in the race for the presidential nomination.

Washington Post: Obama’s efforts to aid homeowners, boost housing market fall far short of goals
President Obama pledged at the beginning of his term to boost the nation’s crippled housing market and help as many as 9 million homeowners avoid losing their homes to foreclosure. …Nearly three years later, it hasn’t worked out.

New York Times: Jobs Plan Stalled, Obama to Try New Economic Drive
With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months, heralded by a new mantra: “We can’t wait” for lawmakers to act.

NATIONAL
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CNN: Gabrielle Giffords to undergo 'intensive' therapy in North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords arrived in North Carolina on Sunday to undergo "intensive" rehabilitation as she continues her recovery from being shot in the head in a mass shooting in January, her office said.

USA Today: Economic woes take toll on U.S. police departments
By year's end, nearly 12,000 police officers will have lost their jobs, and 30,000 positions in county and municipal departments will go unfilled, both direct consequences of a faltering economy that has forced deep cuts in local government budgets.

CNN: Arraignment set for man accused of plotting to kill Saudi ambassador
Manssor Arbabsiar, one of two men implicated in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, will be arraigned Monday in New York. The second man indicted in the alleged plot, Gholam Shakuri, remains at large.

The Hill: Civil rights groups charge Obama with hypocrisy over Alabama immigration law
The Obama administration is facing charges of hypocrisy for fighting a controversial Alabama immigration law while using the measure to arrest and deport illegal immigrants in the state.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: Rescuers rush to save survivors after deadly Turkish quake
The sun rose on a devastated scene in eastern Turkey early Monday as rescue workers scoured rubble from a massive earthquake hoping to find survivors. Search crews used flashlights, shovels, heavy machinery and clawed with their bare hands to lift debris.

CNN: Libya's new leaders declare liberation
Libya's interim leaders declared the nation's freedom Sunday, ushering in a new era after the death of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi. “Libyan lands have now been completely liberated," said Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council.

CNN: Tunisia puts election turnout at 90%
More than 90% of registered voters cast ballots in Tunisia's first national elections since independence, officials said. Workers have begun manually counting the votes, with final results expected Tuesday afternoon.

CNN: Clinton warns Iran against moving into Iraq
"No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward," she told CNN's "State of the Union" when asked whether Iran's relationship with Iraq is a concern.

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Europe's leaders nearing debt solution
Europe's top leaders said Sunday that they were getting closer to finalizing a plan to solve Europe's debt crisis. But with a final agreement not expected before Wednesday, the actual details remained under wraps.

Los Angeles Times: U.S. credit rating facing another cut soon, Bank of America warns
America’s credit rating is likely to take another hit before the end of 2011, threatening renewed market turmoil, Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists warn. In a report on Friday, BofA Merrill said it sees little hope of a breakthrough by the congressional “super committee” on deficit reduction.

Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Attracts More Potential Suitors
The swirl of potential deal activity around Yahoo Inc. is growing. Google Inc. has talked to at least two private-equity firms about potentially helping them finance a deal to buy Yahoo's core business, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In Case You Missed It…
New video shows the man who purportedly shot Moammar Gadhafi receiving praise. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/10/23/rivers-gadhafi-killer-celebrated.cnn


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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says
    Really? Bachmann “flops” and she “flips” and in many ways
    She’s no longer a “digit” in the polls; her endorsement would mean “nothing”
    Even her donors & campaigners are NO MORE – they jumped ship because she’s bluffing

    ►CNN: Sununu set to back Romney
    Who-Mu-Nu??? Jeez, another person who does not care about ME!!

    ►Washington Post: Obama’s efforts to aid homeowners, boost housing market fall far short of goals
    But is it Obama – Look at the banks – they LIE when they say they’ll help you modify your loans
    They take you through the mill then say NO because they rather see you tumble and fail
    The banks then turn around and sell your lifelong investment to the “greedy” 1% grabbing it at wholesale!
    Then the banks – not satisfied – comes after the victims because they wanted the sale at “retail”

    ►New York Times: Jobs Plan Stalled, Obama to Try New Economic Drive
    President Obama should stay in the news; keep the message strong and he will survive
    Contrive to bring those jobs back – set the message in stone and concrete
    Because what is helping you along the way is what’s happening on “Wall Street”

    Off to Work – HAVE A NICE DAY!!

    October 24, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. diridi

    I think this nation now needs Stringent Immigration Policies. Lot of unemployed computer guys are there, still importing, lot of doctors have no jobs, still calling....shame...shame...shame...

    October 24, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ron Paul reports that the unemployment number is closer to 20%. I wonder how high it has to get before elected republicans get off their butts and do something about it. Eliminating abortion does not seem to be building confidence for job growth in the private sector.

    October 24, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As a follow up to Ron Paul and his view on joblessness in the United States, it appears that churches and neighbors are not doing much job creation. When he says there is no role for government in job creation, is it possible that Ron is out of touch with reality?

    October 24, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Washington Post: Obama’s efforts to aid homeowners, boost housing market fall far short of goals
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    This is something the market is just going to have to settle out on its' own. Mortgages were allowed to be traded like stocks, and the prices on them went up during the housing bubble. I had felt that any fool could that the "mortagege stocks" were way overpriced. Like any bubble it burst, and stock prices fell. In this case, the stock values were the values of people's homes. The problem is that people are resisting the price decreases. It's called a correction. Selling prices and actual home values became totally disconnected during the housing bubble.

    October 24, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |