POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
December 14th, 2011
04:28 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 14, 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: House passes payroll tax plan opposed by Obama
Another Washington political showdown took shape Tuesday as the House of Representatives passed a Republican plan that would extend the payroll tax cut and speed the process for government approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

CNN: Keystone pipeline a tough decision for Obama
From the beginning, the Keystone XL oil pipeline project presented President Barack Obama with a choice certain to anger part of his political base.

CNN: Obama and the politics of disappointment
All politicians disappoint their supporters. It is a relentless truth in D.C. They make pledges they can't keep, say things they don't mean, and encounter stiff headwinds in office that were just distant breezes on the campaign trail. The bigger their failed promises, the bigger the disappointment.

CNN: Axelrod: Longer GOP primary helps Obama
President Barack Obama's top re-election campaign advisers predict that an extended Republican primary battle will produce a weakened GOP nominee, and that a longer process could drain the independent Republican super PACs of much of their money.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Sandusky prepared to fight child rape charges, attorney says
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing boys, remains "totally prepared and committed to proving his innocence" after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, his attorney said.

CNN: Police arrest 3 in Florida A&M University student's beating
Three members of Florida A&M University's marching band have been charged with hazing a fellow member of the famous Marching 100 who took her complaints to police.

CNN: More women in combat means more mothers with PTSD
It wasn't until five months after Army Staff Sgt. June Moss returned from the Iraq war in 2003 that her real battle began. The horrors of the war - witnessing decapitated and burned bodies amid mass destruction - led to post-traumatic stress disorder.

CNN: Google joins fight against slavery with $11.5 million grant
Google Inc. announced Wednesday that it's providing $11.5 million in grants to 10 organizations working to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Gary Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission, one of the grant recipients, called the move a "game-changing investment."

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: 5 dead, scores injured in Belgium grenade, gun attack
A grenade and gun attack in this eastern Belgian city left five people dead, including the attacker, and 119 wounded Tuesday, authorities said.

CNN: As troops leave, Iraq wants surge of American business
As the United States completes its withdrawal of all military forces from Iraq by the end of the month, Iraq's prime minister made a pitch to leaders of American commerce and industry Tuesday: Iraq is open for business.

CNN: Ahmadinejad: Iran has 'been able to control' U.S. drone
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that his country has "been able to control" the U.S. drone that Iran claims it recently brought down, Venezuelan state TV reported.

CNN: Alleged Libyan rape victim struggling to start anew in America
Hers is a struggle shared by all freshly arrived refugees in the United States. Learning English. Getting a job. Adapting to American culture.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Stocks pull back after Fed
U.S. stocks ended in the red Tuesday, giving up an earlier rally, after the Federal Reserve kept rates unchanged and issued a tepid outlook.

CNN Money: Keystone pipeline: How many jobs it would really create
The Keystone pipeline project is back in play as part of the payroll-tax cut debate, and Congressional Republicans say it would create jobs.

CNN Money: Existing home sales to be revised lower
If you thought the U.S. housing market couldn't get much worse, think again.

In Case You Missed It…
Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman tells CNN's Erin Burnett China is "no ally" of the United States.


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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    THe payroll tax cut /continuance is not opposed by Obama he opposes the the pork/Earmark, or blackmail/ green mail if you like of linking the oil pipeline to said payroll tax reduction extension/increase. You CNN along with a long winded writing above:-
    a) Mislead with your headline.
    b) Fail to point ot the CBO says the pipeline = 4-8000 jobs, temporary in nature, not the tens of thousands Cantor claims.
    Brevity is fine, but be accurate and concise, and put facts not just controversy in your reporting please.
    I dont want to be just the first to know I want truth and facts good or bad for either party.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 14, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: House passes payroll tax plan opposed by Obama◄
    Just the House’s way of creating more drama
    They know damn well the PIPE right now is just a DREAM
    It’s their way of “setting off” another “talking point” theme
    They don’t want this project to begin in two thousand-thirteen
    Yes, ►CNN: Keystone pipeline a tough decision for Obama◄
    But, in my opinion, VETO it – it’ll be his way of showing he has the power
    (The Republicans are trying to make a “punk” out of President Obama)
    I don’t know, I might need more time to think about this… I’ll come back in the next 8 hours!!!

    ►CNN: Obama and the politics of disappointment◄
    But WE the people who voted for him, still believe he has the anointment

    ►CNN: Axelrod: Longer GOP primary helps Obama◄
    I agree and I am sure others will agree – like “Dominican Mama for Obama”
    LOL …(too many Obamas)

    Off to work – HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

    December 14, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  3. diridi

    GOP idiots inserted Oil clause in tax bill, how clever to connive people...ha, Obama, just veto the bill....we need Oil independence, Again GOP is selling oil to Saudi....? just veto the bill, till they remove the insertion from the main bill....Obama2012.

    December 14, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. Food stamps for billionaires.

    Hard to believe that republicans think that the pipeline is a big job creator. But, based on their monumental jobs loss of 8 million in the last three years of Bush, 6500 pipeline jobs is a big thing to republicans. Add to that the republican attack on the middle class, those without health care, and those out of work, and you have a republican bill that makes the tea group drool. If only they could have included anti abortion language, and bigger tax cuts for big oil and billionaires, it would have been a perfect GOP bill.

    December 14, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  5. Food stamps for billionaires.

    Right after Newt gave Romney a verbal slap, he said he would run a positive campaign. It appears that little lord Romney has taken his Mittens off, as well. Neither of the GOP top two should be allowed anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    December 14, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. GI Joe

    President Obama presented his jobs bill - STAND-ALONE - why can't the GOP ever put something thru without all kinds of Pork attached?

    December 14, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  7. GI Joe

    As an afterthought - IF the pipeline was going to run thru blue states, would the GObP be in such a rush? Governors are still studying the proposal - why push it thru when Governors have NOT yet approved it for their state? Go figure $$$$$$$.

    December 14, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  8. eclectrician

    "Eye of Newt, and toe of frog!"

    December 14, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  9. GI Joe

    The wealthy didn't have to "pay for" their tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 – why now? Oh - it's not the GOP contributor$.

    December 14, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Think back to all the thing that were accomplished before we elected the dumbest group of republicans in 2010. Affordable health care, the stimulus job creation of 3 million, saving the auto industry and 2 million auto related jobs, putting an end to the Bush/republican job loss of 750,000 a month, equal rights legislation, an end to DADT, etc. Then 40% of the voters stayed home in 2010, and we elected puppets of billionaires, big oil, and Wall Street. It is hard for the president to stay above water in the rescue of America, when he has 275 elected dimwitted right winguts fighting him.

    December 14, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The House Republicans designed their payroll tax cut bill to be a non-starter with Democrats. They have added many things to the bill that should be in separate bills where they can be openly debated. For example, the bill not only cuts 40 weeks off the length of unemployment insurance, it will also require you to show a high school diploma or go attend GED class at your own expense. All of my diplomas burned up in a fire twenty years ago. Where are yours?

    December 14, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. Carla Nelson

    If I was Obama I would bring to the American people and them this is what is attached to this bill, and let them decide. If keeps the public aware of what is going on then he will have a winner.

    December 14, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Kick the obstructionists out in 2012 and we will have jobs and a decent country to live in again. Infrastructure jobs 1st.

    December 14, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |