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