The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.
CNN: Legislators squabble over extending the payroll tax cut
Senate Democrats this week will propose extending the payroll tax cut and imposing a surtax on people earning more than $1 million to pay for it, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said Sunday.
CNN: GOP senator calls for changing automatic spending cuts
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania called Sunday for reconfiguring the automatic spending cuts required by Congress due to last week's failure by the special joint deficit reduction committee to reach a deal.
CNN: Opinion: What Newt Gingrich offers the GOP
Newt Gingrich's candidacy received an unexpected boost when New Hampshire's Union Leader endorsed him this weekend. His candidacy comes at a time when Republicans have not devoted much time to intellectual introspection. For decades, the party became comfortable with the privileges of power.
New York Times: Gingrich Eager to Be More Than an Anti-Romney
After a surge that has brought his candidacy back from a punch line, it is time to translate the free-floating support as measured by polls into donations and a grass-roots organization that will turn out voters in early states.
CNN: Syracuse basketball coach fired amid sex abuse investigation
Syracuse University has fired Bernie Fine as an assistant men's basketball coach, the school announced Sunday night, hours after new reports arose regarding his alleged sexual abuse of boys.
CNN: U.S. student arrested in Egypt says he fainted from fear
One of three American college students arrested in Cairo passed out from fear when Egyptian authorities accused them of taking part in violence, he told CNN Sunday.
CNN: Convicted RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan seeks prison release
Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of the 1968 assassination of presidential candidate Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, should be freed from prison or granted a new trial based on "formidable evidence" asserting his innocence and "horrendous violations" of his rights, defense attorneys said in federal court papers filed this week.
CNN: Feds open 'formal safety defect' probe into Chevy Volt
Federal safety regulators announced Friday that they have opened "a formal safety defect investigation" into the Chevrolet Volt over concerns the electric car's battery may pose a significant fire risk.
CNN: Egyptians head to the polls for first vote since historic revolt
Amid worsening unrest, Egyptians will head to the polls Monday to cast their vote in the first election held since an improbable revolt toppled one of the world's longest-serving rulers.
CNN: Afghanistan announces second phase of security handover
Afghanistan's president announced Sunday a second group of areas where security operations would be handed over from NATO to Afghan troops, setting a potentially rapid timetable to put half of the country's population under Afghan control - including some areas that until recently were undisputed insurgent hotbeds.
CNN: Congolese vote in landmark election
Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo headed to the polls Monday as the giant mineral-rich country holds its second democratic presidential election in history following bloody weekend clashes.
CNN: Arab League votes to impose sanctions against Syria
Foreign ministers from 19 Arab League countries voted Sunday to slap economic sanctions against the Syrian regime, officials said.
CNN Money: Black Friday weekend: Record $52.4 billion spent
Earlier than ever store openings and steep discounts helped retailers notch record sales this Black Friday weekend, according to early reports.
Wall Street Journal: Europe's Leaders Pursue New Pact
Euro-zone leaders are negotiating a potentially groundbreaking fiscal pact aimed at preventing the currency bloc from fracturing by tethering its members even closer together.
USA Today: Businesses also in a holiday spending mood this year
Consumers won't be the only ones opening their wallets this holiday season. Businesses are expected to step up capital spending the next few weeks to take advantage of a tax break good through Dec. 31.
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