POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, January 5, 2012
January 5th, 2012
04:39 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, January 5, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.


CNN: Romney, Santorum on top as GOP race shifts to New Hampshire
A reshaped Republican presidential race shifted to New Hampshire on Wednesday as Mitt Romney won the endorsement of an old rival and Michele Bachmann dropped out after a disappointing Iowa showing.

CNN: What is Santorum's path forward?
Congratulations are in order for Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania senator rose from the ranks of the political dead Tuesday night to come within eight votes of a first-place Iowa finish. Saying he defied expectations could be the biggest understatement of the 2012 election cycle so far.

CNN: Bachmann ends GOP presidential bid
Michele Bachmann ended her bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, hours after a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

CNN: Paul: Gingrich a ‘chickenhawk’
Rep. Ron Paul said Wednesday that rival Newt Gingrich was a "chickenhawk" for voting to send American troops into war while never having served in the military himself.


CNN: Los Angeles arson suspect charged with 37 counts
A German man arrested in Los Angeles early Monday after a string of 52 fires - mostly in parked cars - was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson, prosecutors said.

CNN: Reno air race organizers hope to continue race after deadly crash
Nearly four months after a P-51 Mustang veered out of control and slammed into spectators at the Reno, Nevada, air races - killing 11 people, injuring scores of others and jeopardizing the future of the event - race organizers Wednesday said the show will go on.

CNN: Armed Texas eighth-grader shot and killed by police
A 15-year-old student was shot and killed by police after he brandished a weapon in the hallways of a south Texas middle school, officials said Wednesday.

CNN: Navy pilot deaths ruled murder-suicide
The killings of four people, including two U.S. Navy pilots, in a Coronado, California, apartment early New Year's Day was a murder-suicide, investigators said Wednesday.


CNN: Obama ending two-war strategy
The United States should give up the capability to fight two major ground wars simultaneously, according to a Pentagon review that will be presented this week, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

CNN: Syrian rebels plan 'huge operations'
The Free Syrian Army plans to kick off "huge operations" this week against "vital interests" of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the force's commander said Wednesday.

CNN: 31 killed in Mexican prison riot
At least 31 inmates were killed and 13 were injured when a riot broke out in a northern Mexican prison Wednesday, authorities said.

CNN: Police: Body in royal estate murder probe is young woman
A body found on Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Sandringham is that of a young white woman aged 15 to 23, investigators working on a murder probe said Wednesday.


CNN Money: Dollar vs. euro: Battle of currency chumps
In this corner, weighing in at 45 kilograms soaking wet ... he's all the rage in Paris, Milan, Brussels and Munich! The euro!

CNN Money: QE3 in 2012? 'Only as a last resort'
Debate over whether the Federal Reserve would pull the trigger on QE3 started even before QE2 ended last summer.

CNN Money: Stocks claw back in quiet trading
U.S. stocks clawed back from earlier losses to close mixed Wednesday amid renewed concerns about the debt crisis in Europe.

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