POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 30, 2012
January 30th, 2012
04:27 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 30, 2012

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

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL:

CNN: Democrats prime recruits to try to take back the House
Just 15 months after taking a thumping in the 2010 midterm elections, House Democrats have seized on the current anti-Washington fervor and are confident they can win the 25 seats they need to regain control of the House.

CNN: Gingrich questions Romney's honesty
Front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich traded accusations of dishonesty Sunday as the increasingly vitriolic Republican presidential campaign headed for its biggest primary to date.

CNN: Obama to host Google 'hang out'
In the latest iteration of the administration's efforts to connect to supporters via social media, President Barak Obama will take part Monday in a Google+ 'Hangout," a chat room-like feature of Google+ that allows users to connect with each other via video connections.

CNN: Priebus: Obama’s our Capt. Schettino
The chairman of the Republican National Committee unveiled his latest attack on President Barack Obama on Sunday, comparing him to the captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Occupy DC protesters mull how to deal with overnight camping ban
Occupy DC demonstrators spent Sunday afternoon discussing how to respond to a call by the National Park Service to stop camping overnight at sites a few blocks from the White House.

CNN: Same-sex marriage debate flares up in New Jersey
A political battle is shaping up in the Garden State about whether to give gay and lesbian couples the right to wed - a move that, if approved, would make New Jersey the seventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

CNN: Florida interstate crashes 'horrendous,' victim says; 10 dead
After the crashes stopped, Steven Camps said all he could hear was the sound of crying as the air, heavy with smoke, shone red from vehicle fires.

CNN: It's the campaign anthem, left or right
Politicians have long utilized campaign songs, but it is unusual for Republicans and Democrats to share the same song. After Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)" in his 1992 campaign, it would have been inconceivable for a Republican opponent to use it at GOP rallies that year, or for Republicans four years later to use it. It would have reminded potential voters of the other guy.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Top U.N. nuclear team lands in Iran, state media reports
Top International Atomic Energy Agency officials arrived in Iran Sunday, state media reported, after the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog expressed fresh concerns that the Islamic republic was trying to develop nuclear weapons.

CNN: U.S. Defense Department can't account for billions for Iraq, audit finds
The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete list of U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, according to two new government audits.

CNN: Sudan: Rebels kidnap 70 workers, including Chinese nationals
Militants captured 70 construction workers, including Chinese nationals, in Sudan's volatile South Kordofan state, military officials said Sunday.

CNN: Arab League suspends Syria mission amid violence
At least 64 people were killed in Syria on Sunday, according to an opposition activist group, as the Arab League suspended a monitoring mission designed to protect Syrian civilians from government-sponsored violence.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: EU summit: Still searching for a solution
European Union leaders will gather Monday for their first summit of the year. The good news is that conditions for Italy and Spain are improving. But the fate of Greece is still uncertain.

CNN Money: Stocks face headwinds next week
The stock market is off to a good start this year, but next week brings a host of potential pitfalls that could slow the recent momentum.

CNN Money: Report: Facebook IPO filing next week
Facebook is planning to file IPO registration papers next Wednesday, according to the The Wall Street Journal. Few additional details so far, except that Morgan Stanley (MS) is expected to be lead underwriter with Goldman Sachs (GS) "also likely to play a major role.

In Case You Missed It…
Cuban President Raul Castro promises some change is on the way for his country. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.


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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: Democrats prime recruits to try to take back the House
    Make it work – don’t mess up like 2010 – stay strong in your bout!!

    ►CNN: Gingrich questions Romney's honesty
    ginGRINCH has no right to question “anyone’s” honesty, really!!

    ►CNN: Obama to host Google 'hang out'
    Wow, all of those brains in one room, that’s what “smarts” is all about!

    ►CNN: Priebus: Obama’s our Capt. Schettino
    Right, President Obama likes to “kill people” then desert and abandon ship for what – For Show?
    Lives were lost in Schettino’s bout, Priebus, what a insensitive thing to say
    But then again, it’s expected; Republicans will hurt anyone just to “so-call” win for the day!!!
    (There are people still missing and Priebus decides to joke about it – He’s the worst RNC leader the Republicans put forth thus far; this is not the first time he made insensitive statements or remarks!!!)

    HAVE A NICE DAY!

    January 30, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |