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.
CNN: Rivals turn up heat on Romney as N.H. primary closes in
With one day to go until the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is facing attacks from all sides.
CNN: Stop-Romney movement sets skirmish lines in South Carolina
For most of 2011, South Carolina was the forgotten stepchild of the Republican race. As former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford put it, "Just a few weeks ago, most people I talked to wouldn't know where to find a bumper sticker."
CNN: Christie takes on protestors chanting at Romney rally
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired back at protesters at a rally Sunday for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.
CNN: Perry makes play for Christian voters in South Carolina
As he launched a last-ditch effort to rescue his flagging candidacy in South Carolina, Rick Perry made clear Sunday that he will make an aggressive play for Christian voters in a state where nearly six out of 10 Republican voters call themselves "born again" or evangelical.
CNN: Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans on covering this week.
CNN: Giffords leads crowd in pledge at vigil marking one year since shooting
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined thousands for a vigil Sunday night in Tucson, Arizona, one of several emotional events over the weekend to mark one year since a shooting rampage left her and 12 others wounded and six people dead.
CNN: U.S. drivers face 12-cent hike at the pump
Gas prices in the United States increased by more than a dime over the past three weeks, the first increase seen since mid-October, according to a survey published Sunday.
CNN: Poor, but feeding the rich
The 44-year-old mother of five grown children scoops up boxes of food. She doesn't have time to go a mile away to the Occupy protests and shake her fist. She's just trying to make sure her family can eat today.
CNN: Arab League to increase number of observers in Syria
Arab League officials decided Sunday to bolster the alliance's fact-finding mission to Syria, where thousands have been reported killed by security forces despite ongoing international pressure to halt the violent suppression of popular unrest.
CNN: U.S. expels Venezuelan diplomat in Miami
Venezuela's consul general in Miami has been declared to be persona non grata and must leave the United States, a State Department spokesman said Sunday.
CNN: Musharraf announces he will return to Pakistan late this month
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pledged in a speech Sunday to return to his country later this month, despite word from authorities that he will be arrested when he does so.
CNN: Guantanamo detainees’ bleak future
Ten years after the arrival of the first prisoners captured by U.S. forces after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will likely be in business for many more years – perhaps decades – to come, analysts say.
CNN: Stocks: All about Europe and earnings
Investors are gearing up for the unofficial start of corporate earnings season, but they're also bracing for another round of bad headlines out of Europe.
CNN: Tax gap: IRS comes up $385 billion short
Close to 15% of federal taxes - or $385 billion - went unpaid in 2006, according to new estimates by the IRS.
Wall Street Journal: Wall Street Prepares to Take Sharp Pay Cut
A dismal year means Wall Street is about to take a big hit to its wallet. As banks prepare to report fourth-quarter results and make final bonus decisions for 2011, total compensation is likely to be the lowest since 2008, when the financial crisis destroyed some firms and left many survivors on government life support.
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