POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
January 11th, 2012
04:27 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL:

CNN: GOP race moves south after Romney wins New Hampshire
All six Republican contenders are heading to South Carolina on Wednesday to contest the next presidential primary despite Mitt Romney's convincing victory in New Hampshire.

CNN: Paul sees two man race, he and Romney
With a projected second place win in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, presidential hopeful Ron Paul said the presidential race is between he and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

CNN: Romney leaves N.H. with wind at back
Mitt Romney handily won his firewall state of New Hampshire on Tuesday, holding on to a substantial lead in the state after several difficult days on the campaign trail.

CNN: Exit polls: Romney dominates more moderate New Hampshire
"Moderate" may be a four-letter word in most Republican circles, but not in New England.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Outgoing Mississippi governor issues nearly 200 pardons
In his last days in office, outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour approved full pardons for 199 people, including 14 convicted murderers, according to documents released by the Mississippi Secretary of State's office Tuesday.

CNN: Family suing bus company in FAMU hazing death
The family of Robert Champion, who died in November after he was beaten on a bus, allegedly as part of a Florida A&M University band hazing ritual, will sue the bus company, their attorney said Tuesday.

CNN: Icebreaker, tanker near Nome; other Alaska towns buried in snow
A Coast Guard icebreaker and a tanker carrying 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products could arrive in icebound Nome, Alaska, as early as Thursday, the Coast Guard said.

CNN: Death-row American's lawyer calls for compassion from Iran
The lawyer for Amir Hekmati, an American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage, has called for the ex-Marine's case to be judged on humanitarian, not political grounds.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Opposition calls al-Assad speech defending government 'worthless'
Syrian opposition activists called President Bashar al-Assad's defiant and rare address Tuesday a "worthless" and "meaningless" speech.

CNN: Lawyer takes on Iran case
The family of an American ex-Marine sentenced to death on charges of espionage has hired a high-profile attorney with success in negotiating with Tehran to seek his release, CNN has learned.

CNN: Daniel Ortega begins third term as Nicaragua president
Daniel Ortega marked the beginning of his third term as Nicaragua's president during an inauguration ceremony Tuesday - an event both buoyed by his pledges of moderation and marred by months of discord over voter irregularities.

CNN: Court-martial begins for last Marine charged in Haditha civilian killings
Prosecutors have begun the court-martial of a Marine squad leader accused in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, a Marine spokesman said Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, 31, of Meriden, Connecticut, is the last person to be tried in a case that critics have likened to a war atrocity.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Romney's Bain blowback
Is private equity an acceptable form of capitalism? That's the curious debate that has broken out within the Republican Party as primary frontrunner and former Bain Capital executive Mitt Romney creeps closer to a presumptive victory in New Hampshire.

CNN Money: GOP tax plans: What would Buffett pay?
How would millionaire and billionaire investors like Warren Buffett fare under the GOP presidential hopefuls' tax plans? Here's a good bet: Much better than Buffett would like.

CNN Money: Dow, S&P 500: highest levels since July
U.S. stocks advanced Tuesday, on the back of gains in global markets, as investors grew optimistic following upbeat comments about Europe and a decent start to quarterly corporate results.

In Case You Missed It…
Tom Foreman talks to South Carolina voters about using the "dial" to weigh in during candidate speeches.


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