POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 9, 2012
February 9th, 2012
04:27 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 9, 2012

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

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL:

CNN: Romney promises to get more aggressive with Santorum
Suddenly facing new questions about the strength of his candidacy, GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney indicated Wednesday he's prepared to wage a more aggressive campaign against Rick Santorum, the surprise winner of all three of Tuesday's Republican contests.

CNN: Gingrich looks to Super Tuesday lift
Coming off a drubbing by conservative rival Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich plans to head to home turf as part of his strategy to revitalize his struggling presidential campaign with a strong showing in next month's Super Tuesday primaries.

CNN: Santorum raises $1 million in past 24 hours; website sees boost after wins
Rick Santorum's campaign confirmed Wednesday they raised $1 million in the past 24 hours, with $800,000 coming from online donations.

CNN: Analysis: Conservatives still resist Romney
Rick Santorum's Tuesday trifecta reflects a central truth of the 2012 campaign. The most conservative voters will never love Mitt Romney, no matter what he says or does. They doubt his authenticity and wish they could vote for someone else.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Washington state legislature votes to approve same-sex marriage
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington State voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, putting Washington on the path toward becoming the seventh state in the nation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

CNN: Arizona woman off ballot after high court agrees her English isn’t good enough
A woman trying to run for the San Luis, Arizona, City Council will not appear on the ballot after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a ruling that her English was not good enough.

CNN: School will continue using Fighting Sioux nickname
The dispute between the NCAA and the University of North Dakota over its Fighting Sioux nickname and logo took a new turn Wednesday when the school said the filing of petitions requires it to use the nickname and logo while the issue plays out, possibly in a statewide vote.

CNN: Loss of innocence befalls Los Angeles families at Miramonte School
Sergio Blanco faced the most painstaking moment of parenthood the past week when he had to ask his two of his young sons whether they were sexually molested at Miramonte Elementary School.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: No Libya play for the West in Syria
Amid growing outrage over civilian casualties in Syria, there are ever more urgent calls to aid - or at least protect - the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. There is renewed talk of creating safe havens and humanitarian corridors inside the country. And those demanding tougher measures are again asking why events in Syria should not prompt Libyan-style intervention by NATO and its Arab allies.

CNN: American is coach, protester in Egypt
The former coach of the U.S. national soccer team arrived with his wife, Lindsay, in Cairo about five months ago to take over Egypt's national football team.

CNN: U.S.-Egypt relations tested in latest crisis
As though there were not enough tumult in Egypt, a new crisis has soured its strongest Western ally and threatened to sever military aid a year after revolution felled a longtime dictator.

CNN: 'No negotiations' on Falklands, Britain vows
Britain on Wednesday dismissed a complaint from Argentina about the "militarization of the South Atlantic" as tensions rise regarding the Falkland Islands, over which the two countries fought a war 30 years ago.

BUSINESS:

CNN: Fisker is not another Solyndra ... yet
When Fisker Automotive announced it was laying off about two dozen workers at its Delaware factory, comparisons arose to Solyndra, the solar cell manufacturer that went bankrupt despite billions of dollars in U.S. government help.

CNN: Stocks inch higher as Greece remains in focus
U.S. stocks edged higher Wednesday as investors remained focused on Greece, where the government is scrambling to secure more bailout funds and avoid a default.

CNN: Big states set to make mortgage deal real
New York and California will join just about all the other states in a settlement with the nation's largest banks aimed at helping homeowners struggling with loans bigger than the value of their homes, according to a person familiar with the talks.

In Case You Missed It…
Khalil Abdallah, a CNN photojournalist, shares his experience covering the violent crackdown in Syria.


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