POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 3, 2012
February 3rd, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 3, 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: Trump endorses Romney
Celebrity business magnate Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, telling reporters he will not mount an independent campaign if Romney is the Republican nominee.

CNN: Senate passes insider-trading bill
Aiming to restore voters' faith in Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that makes clear it's illegal for members of Congress, their staffs and many executive-branch employees to trade stocks and other securities based on inside information learned on the job.

CNN: NYC mayor gives Planned Parenthood $250K matching grant
The decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation not to renew funding for a number of Planned Parenthood projects stirred anger and explanation from both groups and their allies Thursday.

CNN: Audit of energy loans coming out soon
The White House is studying an audit of $35.9 billion in Department of Energy loans to clean-energy companies, and plans to release it by the end of next week, a spokesman said Thursday.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Kansas bill seeks to pair undocumented immigrants, jobs
The Kansas legislature on Thursday introduced a bill that would partner some undocumented immigrants with jobs in industries facing worker shortages.

CNN: Big rigs won't be getting any bigger - for a while
A House committee passed a measure Thursday maintaining current tractor-trailer sizes and weights for three years until a study can be completed on the potential costs incurred by allowing longer and heavier trucks on U.S. roads.

CNN: 'Fast and Furious' consequences coming, Holder says
Firings and charges against Justice Department officials who oversaw the agency's flawed gun-running operation are likely to come in the next six months, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

CNN: Report: Air Marshal Service discrimination not widespread
A long-awaited federal investigation looking into allegations of a hostile work environment within the Federal Air Marshal Service concludes there is no "widespread discrimination and retaliation" within the agency, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General obtained by CNN.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: U.S. goal is to end Afghan combat mission in 2013
The United States and NATO want to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year, transitioning primarily to a training role in which Afghan security forces will take the lead, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

CNN: Security Council talks disband without agreement on Syria
A Security Council meeting ended Thursday evening with no agreement on a draft resolution intended to pressure Syria to end its months-long crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.

CNN: Bombs hit evangelical Bible school in Sudan, group says
A Christian evangelical group said Thursday that a Bible school - backed by American evangelist Franklin Graham - was destroyed in the latest bombing raid to hit South Kordofan, an oil-rich Sudanese province that borders the newly created independent country of South Sudan.

CNN: Colombian police: 6 killed in blast
Six people were killed in an explosion targeting a police station in southern Colombia Thursday, authorities said.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Obama: Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy
What Would Jesus ... Deduct? President Obama offered a new line of reasoning for hiking taxes on the rich on Thursday, saying at the National Prayer Breakfast that his policy proposals are shaped by his religious beliefs.

CNN Money: Stocks stall ahead of jobs report
U.S. stocks ended mixed Thursday as investors digested a cautious economic outlook from the chairman of the Federal Reserve one day before a key report on the job market.

CNN Money: U.S. charges oldest Swiss bank in tax fraud case
The Justice Department charged Switzerland's oldest bank Thursday with helping American taxpayers hide more than $1.2 billion from the Internal Revenue Service.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The insider bill in the senate does not seem to include the supreme court who benefitted from the health care industry, big corporations, Wall Street, big banks and big oil.

    February 3, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  2. dencat

    Every member of Congress that did this stock trading should be sitting in prison for the next 10 to 20 years.

    February 3, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  3. diridi

    This Election is all about Rich v/s Middle Class America. Rich Influence v/s Middle Class Suppression. That's all. Wake up, America.

    February 3, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    CNN: Senate passes insider-trading bill
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    Republicans are playing politics with their "concerns" to include the executive branch. I say that because if their "concerns" were genuine, then they would also be talking about the judicial branch as well. They are just trying imply some dark motive on the part of Pres. Obama.

    February 3, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    CNN: Trump endorses Romney
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    Gov. Romney is always talking about his morals and values drive who and what he is. Okay, let's test that theory. While not openly saying so, Romney implies that his morals are founded from his faith. But, Romney's position on immigration is the complete opposite of those generally expressed by the Church of LDS. Obviously, faith is not Romney's motive when it comes to immigration. Could it be that profit is the motive? It seems he's pretty good at that, and that is all he talks about.

    February 3, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. mr. ciggar

    One thing I learn! People,Repubicans ( tea party,Gop) is not on the same page,but willing to destroy the USA before they black President save this Country ! SAD DAY FOR AMERICA !!!@

    February 3, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |