POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
December 7th, 2011
04:19 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 7, 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: Obama channels Roosevelt's 'New Nationalism'
More than a century after Teddy Roosevelt's famous "New Nationalism" address, President Barack Obama sounded similar themes Tuesday in the same town in the Republican heartland of Kansas, delivering a populist speech that called for extending the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year.

CNN: Gingrich tops 4th straight poll in Iowa
Newt Gingrich leads the pack of GOP presidential candidates in a fourth straight poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus goers.

CNN: Take Back the Capitol protests at lawmakers' offices
Dozens of protesters staged sit-ins in front of lawmakers' offices Tuesday and several hundred more camped out on the National Mall as part of a new movement calling itself Take Back the Capitol.

CNN: Questions raised about Romney’s disposal of records
New questions are being raised about Mitt Romney's last days as governor of Massachusetts and the way he handled records of his administration. Those same questions are following Romney on the campaign trail, raising concerns by some about how transparent he would be if elected president.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Mine owner flouted safety rules before disaster, U.S. says
The operators of West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine dodged federal safety rules and hid violations before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men, a scathing report on the disaster concluded Tuesday.

CNN: Woman immigrant in same-sex marriage won’t be deported
A New York woman releases a deep sigh of relief as she reflects on a court ruling that her spouse will not be torn from her by the looming threat of deportation.

CNN: Brief glitch let Facebook users see private photos
What's been described as a bug in some new computer code briefly allowed Facebook users to snoop on the private pictures of other members.

CNN: Georgia girl, 7, died of head trauma, stabbing, investigators say
A 7-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin outside her Georgia apartment building died of blunt force trauma to the head, was stabbed and had been sexually assaulted, authorities said Tuesday.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Dozens killed in rare Afghanistan attack
Twin suicide bombings killed dozens of people Tuesday in Afghanistan, most of them in a mass-scale sectarian attack on Shiite worshippers unlike anything the country has seen in its decade-long war.

CNN: Arab League calls meeting on Syria demands
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Arabi called for a meeting of foreign ministers to consider their response to Syria's conditional agreement to allow observers into the country, according to a source close to the secretary-general.

CNN: 250 Putin protesters, Russian opposition leader arrested at rallies
Police arrested at least 250 protesters and an opposition leader in Russia's capital Tuesday in a second day of demonstrations against parliamentary election results.

CNN: China's police join the microblogging masses
China's police have long played a game of cat and mouse with China's millions of microbloggers, plowing through terabytes of celebrity gossip and other electronic drivel to drill down to anything that may constitute an anti-state opinion.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Obama: New income inequality rhetoric, old policies
President Obama traveled to the heart of Republican Kansas on Tuesday, where he presented Americans with a choice: a "fair shot" with him, or a return to "you're on your own economics."

CNN Money: Dow posts gains on hopes for euro bazooka
U.S. stocks ended mostly higher Tuesday as investors remain optimistic that a lasting solution to the eurozone debt crisis will be announced this week.

CNN Money: Citi plans 4,500 layoffs
Citigroup will lay off roughly 4,500 employees over the next few months, CEO Vikram Pandit said Tuesday, as Wall Street continues to bleed jobs amid tough economic times.

In Case You Missed It…
Mexico demands an investigation after report claims DEA agents possibly laundered cartel money. Rafael Romo reports.


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  1. Name king

    Lesson we need to circulate money into the American economy. What good does it do when you concentrate money at the top, because usually at the top money seize to circulate unless it is being invested back into the economy. It's amazing to keep hearing the repubs talking points, that the reason why businesses are not investing is because of Obama care which doesn't take affect until 2014, EPA regulations which are some of the lowest in history, and taxes which is the lowest in over half a century. It's amazing how they never or even disputes the real reasons of demand, why businesses are not investing back into the economy. They've been cutting jobs left and right ever since they took over congress and the nations governorship. Yet they scream every day about jobs jobs jobs. Its amazing how the American people lesson to the voodoo economics and even give it credibility. We need to rebuild our country to have folks who spend money to have money in their pockets, so repubs stop with crap and set the American people for success.

    December 7, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |