POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
January 18th, 2012
04:21 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 18, 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: Democrats: 1 million signatures collected for Wisconsin governor recall
More than a million people have signed a petition to recall Wisconsin's governor, the state's Democratic Party said Tuesday.

CNN: Election-year politics will chart Congress' path this year
The fight over extending a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits resumes Tuesday as Congress returns to work after its winter break.

CNN: Romney reveals he pays about 15% in taxes
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney revealed Tuesday that he pays about a 15% income tax rate but continued to resist calls by his rivals to release his tax returns.

CNN: Jon Stewart defends controversial book about Obamas
If you think the more than weeklong controversy over a new book about the first couple had died down, well, you'd be wrong.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Why Wikipedia is going down at midnight
Go to Wikipedia at midnight, and you won't find any of the usual encyclopedia articles.

CNN: Donations drying up, Occupy Wall Street slows its spending
Occupy Wall Street is shifting some of its attention from the big banks to its own bank accounts.

CNN: Vigil held for Minnesota couple missing after cruise ship wreck
A Minnesota church held a vigil of hope Tuesday for a husband and wife who are among the two dozen missing after a huge cruise ship ran aground off an Italian island last week.

CNN: High court rejects appeals on public prayers, student speech
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from a North Carolina county that had regularly opened its public meetings with Christian prayers.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: More bodies recovered from stricken cruise ship
Italian rescuers and divers continuing their perilous work Tuesday located a second "black box" and the remains of five people in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

CNN: Diplomacy’s next frontier – space
With fears of a catastrophic galactic collision mounting, the United States will join a transnational consortium aimed at making outer space a more navigable enterprise.

CNN: Yemeni vice president assures elections will go on as planned
Yemeni officials on Tuesday downplayed rumors that next month's presidential elections in Yemen would be delayed, the same day U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faulted the Yemeni president for failing to fulfill his commitment to leave the country.

CNN: Syrian official defects, says regime will fight at all costs
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will fight at all costs to crush the revolt seeking his ouster, a member of the Syrian Parliament who defected to Egypt said Tuesday.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters
The tech industry is abuzz about SOPA and PIPA, a pair of anti-piracy bills. Here's why they're controversial, and how they would change the digital landscape if they became law.

CNN Money: Stocks end higher on strong economic data
U.S. stocks started the week higher Tuesday, as investors welcomed several signs of improving global economic growth.

CNN Money: Pay cuts coming for new Fannie, Freddie CEOs
The next CEOs at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are unlikely to receive the controversial, multi-million dollar pay packages given to their predecessors, the companies' regulator said Tuesday.

In Case You Missed It…
CNN's Richard Quest talks with Sophi Tranchell of Divine Chocolate about efforts to end slave labor in the cocoa trade.


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  1. king

    The repubs mission to destroy the labor unions, so that big corporations can pay folks 10 dollars an hour, will effectively kill the middle class. How many 10 dollars an hour families would you have to put into 1 home to beable to afford the mortgage? These repubs are ushering tax break money to the rich, draining the economy of capital in the fake premiss that they will invest their money back into the economy to create jobs. We've seen for the past 30 years that this just doesn't work. This is like fighting a war and giving the generals weapons to go fight the battle while the privates dictate stragedy. Give the people the money to grow the economy and let big corporations receive their money through competition.

    January 18, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |