POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
February 8th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 8, 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: Santorum sweep changes GOP presidential race
Rick Santorum swept the three Republican presidential contests Tuesday in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, reshaping the race and raising questions about frontrunner Mitt Romney's ability to attract broad conservative support.

CNN: Santorum: GOP race now in 'no man's land'
As he was handily winning three Republican contests and stalling frontrunner Mitt Romney's clear path to the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum proclaimed to CNN that the 2012 GOP race was now "in a little bit of no man's land."

CNN: Both sides claim politics as payroll tax cut extension stalls again
Deja vu, round two, a bad sequel or simply "here we go again" are some ways to describe the latest fight over extending the payroll tax cut. But even facing an end-of-month deadline before the 2% tax holiday expires, lawmakers appear no closer to a deal.

CNN: Obama campaign returning contributions from donors tied to fugitive
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said Tuesday it is returning about $200,000 in donations collected by two Chicago men after a newspaper report described their brother as a fugitive with alleged links to violence and corruption in Mexico.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Appeals court rejects California's Proposition 8
A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

CNN: Komen Foundation VP resigns, blasts Planned Parenthood
Karen Handel, a vice president with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation who resigned Tuesday after a controversy over funding for Planned Parenthood projects, blasted the organization and defended her role in the debate.

CNN: School board fires second L.A. teacher charged with lewd acts on a pupil
The Los Angeles Unified School District board on Tuesday fired Miramonte Elementary School teacher Martin Bernard Springer just hours after he was formally charged with three felony counts of lewd acts upon a girl under age 14, a school spokesman said.

CNN: Funeral for Powell boys set for Saturday in Washington
Funeral services for the sons of Josh Powell are scheduled for early Saturday afternoon in Puyallup, Washington, where authorities say Powell set his house on fire, killing all three of them.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: U.S. military beginning review of Syria options
Although the U.S. focus remains on exerting diplomatic and economic pressure on Syria, the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities, CNN has learned.

CNN: Greek unions set to strike over new austerity demands
Greek union members are expected to go on a daylong strike Tuesday to protest new austerity measures sought by foreign lenders as the country negotiates to keep its finances afloat.

CNN: Saying he deserves a medal, Norway mass shooting suspect stays jailed
A Norwegian court concluded Monday that Anders Behring Breivik - the man charged with killing 77 people last July, an attack he claimed merited a medal of honor - can legally be kept in custody until his trial starts in April, according to court documents.

CNN: Argentina to file protest against Great Britain at U.N.
Amid escalating tensions over the Falkland Islands, Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner accused Great Britain of militarizing the South Atlantic and said Tuesday her country would file a protest at the United Nations.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Charity on the campaign trail
President Barack Obama and Oval Office hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have all released at least one year of tax returns. And they all gave big money to charity.

CNN Money: Stocks rise despite concerns about Greece
U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday, erasing earlier losses, on hopes that Greece is nearing a deal to secure more bailout money.

CNN Money: Greece facing 'dramatic dilemma'
Officials in Greece are under pressure to reach agreement on more austerity measures, as the threat of a default hangs over the country and protestors take to the streets.

In Case You Missed It…
CNN's Jessica Yellin describes how the White House is reacting to Rick Santorum winning the Missouri primary.


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