POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 23, 2012
February 23rd, 2012
04:25 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 23, 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 jabs at Santorum's record in CNN debate
Rick Santorum found that his position at the top of polls made him the biggest target in Wednesday's CNN Republican presidential debate, possibly the last of the GOP primary and caucus campaign.

CNN: Obama signs payroll tax agreement into law
President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the agreement passed by Congress last week to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while preventing a cut in payments to Medicare doctors.

CNN: Season finale? How debates have become the ultimate 'event' TV
It's been 26 days since the candidates left the stage at the last CNN debate in Jacksonville, Florida, and the growling hunger pangs of the media have grown louder even as the candidates grow weary.

CNN: Palin advisers condemn 'Game Change' movie
In a rare show of public unity from a notoriously media-shy group, several current and former Sarah Palin advisers spoke out Wednesday about the upcoming HBO film "Game Change," which they said portrays the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee in a harsh and unfair light.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Home prices at lowest point in more than 10 years
Home prices fell to their lowest point in more than a decade in January, which helped to lift the pace of home sales, according to a report from an industry trade group.

CNN: Smithsonian breaks ground on black history museum
The Smithsonian Institution officially began construction Wednesday on a new museum dedicated to African-American culture and heritage - a complex committed to the celebration and study of one of the central components of the American story.

CNN: Indiana lawmaker: Girl Scouts in league with Planned Parenthood
An Indiana lawmaker who opposes celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America says the group "sexualizes" young girls, promotes homosexuality and is a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood.

CNN: Bras liberate women from sex slavery
Langas collects unwanted bras for a charity called "Free the Girls" which gives them to young women coming out of sex trafficking in Mozambique – not to wear, but to sell in used clothing markets where bras are a luxury item and command top dollar.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: 49 killed, hundreds injured in Argentina train crash
A train packed with rush-hour commuters plowed head-on into a barrier at a Buenos Aires station Wednesday morning, killing 49 people and injuring hundreds more, officials in Argentina said.

CNN: Global meeting on Syria faces pressure
Desperation and a rapidly growing death toll serve as a backdrop for a new effort dozens of countries are launching in hopes of finally stemming the brutal crackdown under way in Syria.

CNN: U.S. envoy meets North Korean officials for nuclear talks
A U.S. envoy is meeting with North Korean officials in Beijing on Thursday to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program, the first such talks since the death of the longtime leader Kim Jong Il.

CNN: Somalia conference opens with Al-Shabaab under pressure
Ahead of a key international conference on beleaguered Somalia, transitional government forces, backed by Ethiopian allies, seized a key southern town that was once a strategic stronghold for Islamic militants.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Mitt Romney's plan to cut your taxes
In a switch to a more aggressive tax plan, Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he now favors cutting marginal tax rates for individuals by 20%.

CNN Money: Stocks end lower as market takes a breather
U.S. stocks drifted lower Wednesday amid doubts over the latest bailout for Greece and concerns about global economic growth.

CNN Money: AT&T CEO pay docked $2 million for T-Mobile debacle
What's the cost of a $4 billion gamble gone wrong? For AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, the answer is, "$2 million." That's the sum by which AT&T's board cut his 2011 compensation as a direct response to the failed T-Mobile takeover bid Stephenson led last year.

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  1. LeeYWhite

    If you don't have health insurance and get sick, the tax payers have to pay for it anyway- so go get health insurance please- search online "Penny Health" and learn how you can get insurance at discount price.

    February 23, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: Romney jabs at Santorum's record in CNN debate
    And that’s not ALL he “jabbed” at – what a bunch of irate
    Men on stage trying their hardest to ignore and sequester
    An answer to a simple point about “contraceptives” – NO ONE but Paul answered my question!!

    ►CNN: Obama signs payroll tax agreement into law
    And that is the beginning of the BIG Republican brawl!!!

    ►CNN: Season finale? How debates have become the ultimate 'event' TV
    And it’s definitely entertaining – even the Wonder enjoyed it named Stevie!!! LOL

    ►CNN: Palin advisers condemn 'Game Change' movie
    What? Palin did not believe that the movie was “you betcha – GROOVY???”

    Off to work – Have a Nice Day!!!

    February 23, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  3. king

    What's with these repubs and the same old pushing money to rich, by taking money from the spenders, then wonder why businesses skip to China when they found out folks have Lee's money to buy their products. All these repubs want to do is get rid of labor unions; pay folks 10 dollars an hour so that multiple families have to house pool just to pay the morgage. All they want is war war war,which transfer to debt debt debt.

    February 23, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |