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CNN: What’s behind Gingrich’s jump in the polls?
It's the biggest headline in a national poll full of headlines: Newt Gingrich has surged and is now basically tied with Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
CNN: Cain stumbles over Libya
Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain took a moment Monday to clarify his position on Libya: He needs more information.
CNN: Congress faces Friday shutdown deadline
Congress is facing yet another government shutdown threat this week as it confronts the expiration Friday of its latest short-term spending bill.
NY Times: Students lose zeal for aiding Obama again
As students look towards graduation this June and the job hunt ahead, the emotions they feels is fear, and many students cannot imagine having the time or spirit to work for Mr. Obama like they did in 2008.
CNN: Police move in to evict Occupy protesters from New York park
Police moved in to New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, surprising many protesters who have camped there for almost two months.
CNN: Sandusky admits he 'horsed around,' but insists he's innocent
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky insisted in an interview Monday he is "innocent" of charges that he sexually abused young boys, denying to NBC's Bob Costas that he's a pedophile.
CNN: Dire warnings from Pentagon over potential defense cuts
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta turned up the heat on Congress Monday, warning that looming automatic budget cuts would undermine national security and set off a financial chain reaction from the hallways of the Pentagon, to the battlefields of Afghanistan, to civilian assembly lines.
Sports Illustrated: NBA season in serious jeopardy, but not lost yet
If you have even a passing interest in the legal world, David Boies is a name you should already know. He’s possibly the most famous litigator alive. So when he walked in with the NBA players’ union on Monday, you knew the news was bad enough to jeopardize the season.
CNN: Iran may reconsider atomic watchdog cooperation
Iranian lawmakers want Tehran to reassess its cooperation with the U.N. atomic agency after the latter published what Iran calls a "politically motivated" report on its nuclear program, state-run Press TV reported
CNN: New fighting reported in Syria; Jordan's king on Syria's president: 'I would step down'
A day after a neighboring Arab ruler indirectly called for Syria's dictator to step down, his opponents inside the country did battle early Tuesday against government troops, an opposition group said.
CNN: As China's rich grow in numbers, so do their mobile aspirations
Despite the global financial crisis, China's rich are getting richer. And the newly affluent are getting more outwardly mobile, too.
CNN: Does Azerbaijan's 'Black City' have a golden future?
What I first noticed when arriving in Baku, beyond the world's tallest free-standing flag pole, was the oil derricks in the Caspian Sea, visible from western hotels steadily rising along the coast.
CNN Money: Stocks slide as eurozone issues persist
U.S. stocks slid Monday as investors grew wary over whether political transitions in Greece and Italy will help resolve Europe's debt crisis.
CNN Money: Buffett buys IBM, Intel and DirecTV
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway disclosed Monday that he bought positions in chipmaker Intel Corp., satellite television service DirecTV and old-school tech giant IBM.
CNN Money: Ads pulled from ESPN's Penn State games following scandal
The sexual abuse scandal at Penn State has prompted at least one advertiser to pull out of broadcasts featuring the now-tarnished football program.
In Case You Missed It…
Anderson Cooper talks with legal experts about Jerry Sandusky's lawyer's strategy, and the public perception of the crimes.
There have been calls for Penn State to cancel its' season. I think that is the wrong thing to do. Cancelling games is not surgical enough. There would be too much collateral damage to innocent parties. Current Penn State players would not get the opportunity to put their skills on display for pro scouts, and likewise for players on the opposing teams. The opposing team would lose revenue, just as Penn State would. It is a bit premature to start demanding punitive, knee-jerk actions against Penn State. We should let the investigations proceed, let the facts come out, see where it is headed and go from there.
Any future punishment against the school should be focused on the school's administrative hierarchy, not on the players who are currently enrolled at the school. Special accomodations should be made to allow players to transfer without enforcing the NCAA rule specifying that they must sit out a year without scholarship. This is an administration failure, not a failure directly related to the football program. The parties just happen to be part of the program. We need to keep punishment separated from the innocent student-athletes currently in the program..
On student apathy:Nobody, (probably including the president), is happy with the economy; and I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of things that the president would like to see improve; BUT, I think, considering the hand that he was dealt coming in( and that being the hand he was FORCED TO PLAY, not the one that he would have chosen), he has , over all,done a better job than many people give him credit for, and has accomplished quite a few things.
All people, especially young people, become disillusioned and apathetic , sometimes, when everything doesn't turn out the way that they had hoped, but half of a loaf is better than nothing, and in many things the president has established a framework to be built upon.I think that the worst thing that any of the president's supporters can do is to become apathetic, sit out the campaign or election altogether, and by doing so, help elect someone that will turn the clock back on progress, or dismantle what strides President Obama has made.Romney, Gingrich , Perry and the rest will take us in the wrong direction.Take a page from seniors' play book, the most reliable voting bloc; and keep fighting for what you believe in until you achieve it.