The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click the headlines for more.
CNN: Political gamble for Gingrich on immigration
Newt Gingrich said he was ready to "take the heat" for backing limited amnesty for longtime illegal immigrants. The heat came quickly.
CNN: CNN Poll: Blue collar Democrats’ supports for Obama drops
Although President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains steady, his standing among Democrats, and in particular among blue-collar Democrats, appears to have dropped, according to a new national survey.
CNN: Opinion: Is there a 'New Newt' in town?
In the cold light of morning, Mitt Romney still looks like the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination, but the buzz Tuesday night in the debate hall and since has mostly centered on Newt Gingrich.
CNN: GOP Sen. Thune endorses Romney in Iowa
A man who could have run for president but passed threw his support behind a fellow Republican who is running on Wednesday.
CNN: Report: 1 in 5 U.S. children at risk of hunger
Food insecurity - uncertainty about where the next meal will come from - is particularly hard on one group: children.
CNN: Annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade boasts host of new balloons
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as much a holiday tradition as turkey, football and dinner table debates, celebrates its 85th anniversary Thursday with a host of new floats.
CNN: Storms complicate Thanksgiving travel
It's not the kind of weather map or travel intelligence you want to see on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Two major storms in the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest are complicating matters on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
CNN: 3 children feared dead in Arizona plane crash
An airplane that crashed Wednesday evening into a rugged mountain east of Phoenix was carrying three children on a Thanksgiving trip, authorities said.
CNN: Military police try to halt Cairo skirmishes
Military police poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday in hopes of stopping clashes between protesters and police, as the Egyptian government said a truce had been declared through a group of clerics.
CNN: Egyptian official: 3 American students will be held another 4 days during probe
Three American college students suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails in Cairo's Tahrir Square will be detained another four days as an investigation continues, said a spokesman for the office of Egypt's general prosecutor.
CNN: Transitional Cabinet named in Libya
Libya's acting prime minister on Tuesday announced a new Cabinet approved by the National Transitional Council as the North African nation continues to reshape itself following the end of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule.
CNN: Russia: Address concerns or we’ll target missile shield
Russia may deploy missiles that it says could destroy NATO’s planned missile defense system in Europe – and withdraw from an arms control treaty with the United States – if Russia’s concerns about the shield aren’t addressed, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.
CNN Money: Investors have little to be thankful for
The Federal Reserve is essentially asking big Wall Street banks to estimate how much they will lose in case a plague of locusts descend on Europe and the United States.
CNN Money: Weak German debt sale is a 'disaster' for Europe
European bond yields rose Wednesday after a German bond auction flopped, undermining trust in eurozone government debt.
CNN Money: Groupon plunges below IPO price
Today's daily deal: Groupon's stock. Shares sank by more than 15% Wednesday to close at an all-time low of $16.97. That's several dollars below the $20 asking price of the coupon site’s initial public offering earlier this month.
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