POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 13, 2012
February 13th, 2012
04:30 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 13, 2012

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

Compiled by Dan Merica

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL:

CNN: Surging, stagnating, staying relevant in GOP race
It's "lull week" in the Republican presidential campaign, an 11-day stretch with no primaries or caucuses and no debates, but lots of questions about who will eventually win the nomination to face President Barack Obama in November.

CNN: Romney victories mask lingering questions about his candidacy
Mitt Romney's twin victories Saturday in Maine and in a conservative straw poll were badly needed bright spots for his campaign at the end of what was perhaps the most humbling week of his presidential candidacy, a five-day stretch that exposed the former Massachusetts governor's frail relationship with conservatives.

CNN: Political clashes coming over budget, payroll tax cut
President Barack Obama's new chief of staff on Sunday stopped short of predicting Congress would agree to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of 2012.

CNN: Santorum: ‘This is a two-person race’
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday declared himself Mitt Romney’s main competitor, essentially dismissing Newt Gingrich as a frontrunner.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Adele wins more Grammys as tributes to Whitney Houston flow
Adele thanked her doctors "who brought my voice back" as she accepted one of four Grammy awards Sunday night, with two more wins possible before the evening concludes.

CNN: No 'signs of trauma,' but few other details on Whitney Houston's death
Stephanie Mayweather is out of answers. Standing outside a corner market in crime-ridden North Philadelphia, she throws her arms up in desperation.

CNN: Prosecutors, attorneys argue: Was there a second gunman in RFK's assassination?
In their first in-depth court filing, prosecutors this month addressed the existence of the tape and a controversial analysis of it by an audio expert: the sounds of 13 shots can be counted on the tape, even though there were only eight bullets in Sirhan's sole gun, which he had no opportunity to reload.

CNN: A bloody start to the year for Philadelphia
Stephanie Mayweather is out of answers. Standing outside a corner market in crime-ridden North Philadelphia, she throws her arms up in desperation.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Arab League proposes peacekeeping force, support for Syrian rebels
Arab League members Sunday called for a joint peacekeeping mission in Syria with the United Nations and urged members to support the Syrian opposition as it faces a bloody government crackdown.

CNN: Peru captures rebel leader
Peruvian troops have captured a leader of the Shining Path guerrilla group, state media reported Sunday.

CNN: Amid clashes, Greek Parliament approves austerity measures
Lawmakers in Greece voted early Monday to approve another round of austerity measures, sought in return for a new eurozone bailout of the debt-stricken country, while protests raged in the streets.

CNN: Gadhafi son under house arrest in Niger, Libya says
One of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's surviving sons has had his phone cut off and been placed under house arrest in Niger after warning of a revolt against Libya's new government, authorities in Tripoli said Sunday.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Greek parliament approves austerity package
Amid a growing public backlash, the Greek Parliament voted Sunday to approve a package of austerity reforms, marking a key step toward securing a second bailout for the debt-riddled nation.

CNN Money: Stocks: Investors keep wary eye on Greece
After a week dominated by hopes and fears about Greece, investors will continue to follow the plight of the nation at the center of Europe's debt crisis as it enters another crucial week.

CNN Money: Obama budget: Tax plans aim at rich
Raise taxes on those making more than $250,000. Limit deductions for the wealthy. Make an expanded college tax credit permanent.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While the severely conservative moderate liberal candidate dukes it out with the severely anti women's rights candidate, watch for Sarah to ratchet up her hate machine and emerge as the winner of a brokered convention.

    February 13, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. diridi

    Obama2012/Hillary16.

    February 13, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Dave

    Let me guess what the budget will say:

    1. It will blame Bush... again.... even theough teh economy tanked when Pelosi and the Dems took control of the government ... lead by Frand and Dodd

    2. It will claim to cut trillions , even though much will come over decades and there will be massive amounts of hidden taxes

    Please wake up and vote this ego out of office. He is clueless. he is in over his head. He has done nothing but stall the recovery. His policies are adding trillions to the debt.

    He has not done one thing the far left wanted him to do.
    The middle east is falling apart and turning to the muslim brotherhood and radical islam at every step, partly because of his lack of leadership

    Wake up and stop thinking "left or right" or "white or black" it is about leadership and experieince and know how.... all things he lacks

    February 13, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |