The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.
CNN: Santorum and Gingrich target Obama
Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich ratcheted up their attacks against President Barack Obama on Monday as they competed for conservative votes ahead of primaries and caucuses in the Republican presidential race.
CNN: From senators to animals: Lawmaker who fell from grace now working as a vet
One minute, he's checking a cat's mouth for gingivitis. The next, he's carefully bandaging a dog's bloody, broken nail. This could be any hard-working veterinarian tending to ailing animals. But the embroidered name on his crisp white medical coat bears a familiar name: Dr. John Ensign.
CNN: Return of Rick Santorum, culture warrior?
Rick Santorum is sounding more fire and brimstone than a play-it-safe front-runner for the Republican nomination.
CNN: Some Republicans whisper about a plan B
In a whispering campaign not ready to go public, some senior Republicans are so anxious about the state of the GOP race they are actually considering the unheard of: a scenario that would lead to another candidate entering the Republican primary race, and potentially an open convention.
CNN: Strict new French Quarter curfew nets almost 200 Mardi Gras arrests
New Orleans’ infamous French Quarter is awash in memorable sights and sounds, especially during the busiest and most colorful weekend of the year –the one just before Mardi Gras Day. However, a strict tightening of the city’s curfew policy means revelers under the age of 16 must now be accompanied by a guardian if they’re going to visit the French Quarter after 8 p.m.
CNN: FedEx deliveryman predicted Jeremy Lin's fame
Far from the glamour of Madison Square Garden, aboard a FedEx delivery truck in this small Oregon town, sits the one man who saw Jeremy Lin coming.
CNN: Police charge man in machete robbery of Supreme Court Justice Breyer
Police on the Caribbean island of Nevis said Monday a local man has been arrested and charged in the recent armed robbery of vacationing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
CNN: Cal. teacher accused of staging 'bondage' photos of his students to be arraigned
A former southern California schoolteacher is set to be arraigned Tuesday amid allegations he bound young students, then photographed them with semen-filled spoons held at their mouths and three-inch cockroaches crawling across their faces, among other graphic depictions.
CNN: Eurozone approves new $173B bailout for Greece
Eurozone finance ministers sealed a deal Tuesday morning for a second bailout for Greece, including €130 billion ($173 billion) in new financing.
CNN: Grief, fear constant as Syrian families take shelter
Government forces have been shelling Homs since early February. The families in the shelter have found relative safety but little comfort.
CNN: Nuclear officials meet Iranian leaders amid rising tensions in region
Officials with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency begin a second round of talks Monday with Iranian officials over the country's nuclear program, a day after Tehran cut off crude exports to British and French companies in retaliation for a new round of sanctions imposed on the regime.
CNN: Senator 'optimistic' Egypt NGO standoff near end
A key U.S. senator said Monday he has high hopes for a positive resolution soon to the growing diplomatic crisis revolving around 19 American overseas aid workers facing charges as part of an Egyptian crackdown on nongovernmental organizations.
CNN Money: A third-party deficit hawk for president?
In the not-so-distant past, a crusading third-party presidential candidate ran a grass-roots, national campaign on a platform of fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets.
CNN Money: Greece's fate uncertain as bailout talks drag on
Eurozone finance officials remained behind closed doors late Monday as a crucial round of talks over a second bailout for Greece looked set to run late into the night.
CNN Money: The other foreclosure settlement: Millions of homeowners eligible
Millions of borrowers who suffered financial losses because their mortgage lenders played fast and loose while processing their foreclosures now have two ways of getting a payback.
In Case You Missed It…
On AC360, GOP strategist Ari Fleischer makes a bold prediction about Rick Santorum's chances of winning the nomination.