POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, January 30, 2012
January 31st, 2012
04:32 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, 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: Will Florida determine a GOP front-runner?
After one month and three contests, it may be up to Florida to finally add some clarity to the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

CNN: Obama hosts Google 'hangout'
While reaching out to supporters through one of the latest high-tech means, President Obama expanded his social media experience by holding a Google+ video chat room interview Monday afternoon.

CNN: Romney hits 'flailing' Gingrich on eve of Florida primary
With a healthy lead in final polls the day before the Florida primary, Mitt Romney depicted chief rival Newt Gingrich on Monday as increasingly desperate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

CNN: Bill would upend new airline fare advertising rule
A new rule requiring airlines to include government taxes and fees in their advertised price is continuing to cause turbulence in the travel industry - and a congressman said Monday he'll introduce a bill to overturn it.

NATIONAL:

CNN: TSA discovery prompts New York scare - six hours later
A New York airport screener who removed two pipes from a traveler's bag and set them aside Monday morning prompted a security scare six hours later when the next shift saw the pipes and feared they might they might be pipe bombs, local and federal officials said.

CNN: Protesters vow to stand their ground at Occupy DC camp
U.S. Park Police began enforcing a ban Monday on camping in two Washington parks, with Occupy protesters at one site defiantly huddling under a large blue tarp that they dubbed the "tent of dreams."

CNN: City council hopeful: ‘My English is good enough’
When a judge ruled that Alejandrina Cabrera’s name couldn’t be on the ballot for City Council in San Luis, Arizona, because she couldn’t speak English well enough, it was not only a blow to her, but to her fellow citizens, Cabrera told CNN.

CNN: Mayor: East Haven, Connecticut, police chief to retire amid controversy
East Haven, Connecticut, Police Chief Leonard Gallo will retire after the arrests of four police officers for their alleged role in the mistreatment of Latinos, Mayor Joseph Maturo said Monday.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Where is Syria crisis heading?
Ten months into the uprising in Syria, deadly clashes between opposition fighters and government forces have now spread to suburbs just 15 minutes from the heart of the capital Damascus.

CNN: Islam doesn’t justify ‘honor murders,’ experts insist
Zainab Shafia's crime was to run off to marry a man her parents hated. Middle sister Sahar's crime was to wear revealing clothes and have secret boyfriends. Youngest sister Geeti's crime was to do badly in school and call social workers for help dealing with a family home in turmoil.

CNN: Al Qaeda benefits from Yemen turmoil
When President Barack Obama told Americans last week that al Qaeda operatives in Yemen "are scrambling, knowing that they can't escape the reach of the United States of America," he may have been telling only half the story.

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.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Obama's tax record
Republicans portray President Obama as the tax-hiker-in-chief. Obama portrays himself as a tax cutter for the masses but not the rich. The truth isn't so cut and dry.

CNN Money: Stocks trim losses, but end in red on Greek woes
U.S. stocks recovered most of their lost ground Monday afternoon but struggled to pull out of the red as concerns over Greece continued to weigh on the market.

CNN Money: Is Facebook worth $100 billion?
A long list of tech IPOs captured attention in 2011, but no company has been drooled over like Facebook. And finally, its debut looks to be imminent.

In Case You Missed It…
CNN's Piers Morgan talks to a panel of experts about new audio tapes that give details about the day JFK died.


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  1. king

    Obama need to fight like hell to keep the spenders in America strong. The repubs will cut the spenders money and hoard to the rich, who will not invest because our spenders will be week. Lesson folks, China and India has 5 to 6 times more spenders than we have. The only reason why we still have an advantage to keep our businesses and attract more businesses is our middle class spenders. If the repubs keep cutting our government workers, fire men, police officers and teachers, we will go down to China and India working wages. Hoe can we compete with so much more spenders even to keep American companies and our jobs here. Businesses is all about making money, and since we are in a global market, American businesses have to compete with foreign companies, so they have no choice but to go where the money is before other foreign companies eat their cake. Obama please keep fighting for us regular folks.

    January 31, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder how the right wingnuts will react to Mittens taking the democratic approach to saving social security and medicare while campaigning in 'the Villages' last night. I had predicted he would have been out of town by those Florida seniors for his endorsing the Ryan Plan. He flip flopped again

    January 31, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |