POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
February 1st, 2012
04:31 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 1, 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: Romney claims victory in Florida, builds new momentum
Mitt Romney easily won the Florida primary Tuesday to cement his front-running status for the Republican presidential nomination.

CNN: Five things we learned from Florida
Mitt Romney scored an impressive win in Tuesday's Republican presidential primary, solidifying his front-runner status in the race for the GOP nomination. Here are five things we learned from Tuesday's vote.

CNN: Analysis: Organization trumps momentum in Florida
Former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm once said ready money is the most reliable friend you can have in American politics. This week, Florida proved the rule.

CNN: Top officials weren't behind botched gun probe, Democrats say
Democrats say a House committee has found no evidence showing that top Justice Department officials were behind a gun-trafficking investigation that let hundreds of high-powered weapons reach Mexican drug cartels.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Park police can enforce camping ban, judge rules
Living in a public park as a means of protest is not protected by the First Amendment, a federal judge said Tuesday in rejecting an Occupy DC demonstrator's request to keep park police from enforcing a ban on camping.

CNN: Prosecutors ask for out-of-county jury in Sandusky case
Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case asked Tuesday that jurors be selected from another county besides Centre County, Pennsylvania.

CNN: Ruling favors Halliburton indemnity claim in Gulf oil spill
A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that Halliburton is not liable for the some of the compensatory damages sought by third parties in the worst oil spill in U.S. history, leaving BP responsible for the majority of those claims.

CNN: Bird flu data should be kept under wraps, science panel says
Details of a genetically altered strain of the deadly avian flu virus are "a grave concern" to public safety and should be kept under wraps, a federal advisory board declared Tuesday.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Iraqi vice president predicts return to sectarian violence
Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi has lashed out at Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, predicting that Iraq could soon return to widespread sectarian violence that could require the return of U.S. forces.

CNN: Ciudad Juarez plans to protect police by housing them in hotels
In this violence-plagued border city, officials are stepping up security - for police.

CNN: Experts advise ending Concordia underwater salvage
Technical experts directing the salvage operation aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship are recommending that the underwater part of the operation be called off because it is becoming too dangerous, Italy's civil protection agency said Tuesday.

CNN: Afghan police: Man kills wife for giving birth to daughter instead of son
Police in the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz are looking for a man they say strangled his wife after she bore him a third child that was not a son.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Worst place to lose your job: Florida
If you lose your job in Florida, chances are you won't find another one any time soon.

CNN Money: S&P, Dow wrap up best January in 21st century
January offered up an apology to discouraged investors. Unlike 2011, when markets spiked and sunk several hundred points each day but ultimately closed out the year relatively flat, all three indexes mostly climbed higher throughout the month with occasional dips.

CNN Money: Facebook readies for blockbuster IPO
Facebook's long-awaited IPO filing is imminent, according to several news reports.

In Case You Missed It…
ITN's Bill Neely reports on increasing tensions in the Falkland Islands between Britain and Argentina.


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  1. king

    The repubs policies is to hoard money to the top and cut our economy spending demand structure. Lesson when you hoard money to the top and they trickle down 10 dollars an hour jobs, 2 and 3 families have to house pool just to pay 1 house morgage. This is what killing our housing markets, because the repubs governors are steady getting rid of our middle class spenders shouting smaller government. Lesson the unions are the only entity keeping our middle class alive, which is the only weapon we have left of keeping American businesses in America and attracting new ones. China and India has 5 to 6 time more spenders we have. If the repubs are successful on destroying our middle class with these right to work states, how long will businesses stick around when they can flee to China and get 6 times more customers, spending the same amount of money as America will be left spending. Businesses is a money making machine, which has no conscience nor patriotism, every thing else are second hand.

    February 1, 2012 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  2. diridi

    Rich v/s Middle Class election....

    February 1, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |