POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
November 8th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, November 8, 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:

CNN: What Election Day 2011 could tell us about 2012
Some statewide and local elections on Tuesday could serve as a barometer for next year's battle for the White House. With some compelling storylines, Election Day 2011 has will serve as an appetizer for next year's contests.

CNN: Cain to address new claim of sexual misconduct
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain will address the latest sexual harassment allegations against him at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, his campaign said.

CNN: Official: Duties change for top Obama aide Daley
A senior administration official disputed a Wall Street Journal story that said Bill Daley, the White House chief of staff, was turning over day-to-day management of the West Wing.

New York Times: On the Ropes with Herman Cain
Recent allegations of sexual harassment have drowned out pretty much anything else related to Herman Cain. And if that’s in any way a blessing, it’s only because it diverted attention from what may have been some serious violations of campaign-finance laws.

NATIONAL:

CNN: More charges, victims possible in Penn State sex abuse case
Pennsylvania's attorney general would not rule out Monday the possibility of additional charges or the discovery of more victims in the case of a former Penn State university football coach accused of sexually abusing boys between 1994 and 2009.

CNN: Conrad Murray found guilty in Michael Jackson trial
A two-year legal battle over who was responsible for Michael Jackson's sudden death came to a dramatic close Monday as a California jury found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

CNN: Former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier dies
Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier died Monday, after he was diagnosed with liver cancer, his family said in a statement. Frazier was 67.

CNN: Holder: 'Fast and Furious' tactics will not be tolerated
Attorney General Eric Holder will testify Tuesday that the controversial tactic that allowed illegal guns to be smuggled to Mexico "should never have happened, and it must never happen again."

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Berlusconi denies resignation rumors
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denied rumors Monday that he might resign. "The rumors of my resignation are groundless," a message on his official Facebook page said.

CNN: Greece awaits announcement of next prime minister
A new prime minister will be named Tuesday to replace George Papandreou, a Greek government spokesman said. This comes as European finance ministers have already requested assurances in writing that Greece's government-to-be would stick to austerity agreements.

CNN: Thousands refuse to leave as floodwaters threaten central Bangkok
Murky floodwater is slowing moving towards the heart of the Thai capital Bangkok as thousands of people ignore orders to evacuate the city.

BBC: Australia Senate backs carbon tax
Australia's Senate has approved a controversial law on pollution, after years of bitter political wrangling. The Clean Energy Act will force the country's 500 worst-polluting companies to pay a tax on their carbon emissions from 1 July next year.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Poverty rate rises under alternate Census measure
There were more than 49 million Americans living in poverty in 2010, under an alternative measure released by the Census Bureau Monday. That's 16% of the nation, higher than the official poverty rate of 15.2%.

CNN Money: Bank dumping: Do the megabanks even care?
Credit unions and small banks say they've seen big jumps in new account openings thanks to this weekend's “Move Your Money” and Bank Transfer Day” initiatives, but do the big banks even care?

Wall Street Journal: Is an Ivy League Diploma Worth It?
Daniel Schwartz could have attended an Ivy League school if he wanted to. He just doesn't see the value.

In Case You Missed It…
CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the IAEA report that shows Iran is capable of building nuclear weapon.


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