POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
February 29th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL:

CNN: Romney wins Michigan, Arizona on ‘big night’
A relieved Mitt Romney hailed his big night Tuesday after winning crucial primaries in Arizona and his childhood home of Michigan to revitalize his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

CNN: Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama’s faith commitment
The Rev. Franklin Graham on Tuesday apologized for publicly raising questions about President Barack Obama’s Christian faith, saying “I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama.”

CNN: Citing partisanship, Snowe stuns with departure news
While issuing a harsh critique of the partisanship that often has the Senate in gridlock, Olympia Snowe, a three-term moderate Republican from Maine, stunned her colleagues Tuesday when she announced she would not seek re-election.

CNN: Santorum to shift back to economic message after failing to topple Romney
Rick Santorum put a positive spin on his disappointing loss in Michigan, saying "we feel great" about the results as the focus shifts to Super Tuesday contests.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Prosecutor: Suspect admitted to shooting at school
Prosecutor David Joyce said Tuesday that 17-year-old T.J. Lane has admitted taking a .22-caliber gun and a knife into Chardon High School on Monday morning and firing 10 rounds, choosing his victims randomly. Asked by Judge Timothy J. Grendell during a preliminary hearing if he understood his rights, Lane said softly, "Yes, sir, yes, I do."

CNN: Portion of 9/11 remains dumped in landfill, report says
A Pentagon report released Tuesday on the military's Dover mortuary finds that not only did some remains of U.S. troops end up in landfills — so did remains from the 9/11 attacks.

CNN: Storm slashes through tiny Kansas town
Emergency teams combed the tiny Kansas community of Harveyville early Wednesday after severe weather raked the area, injuring at least nine people, state officials said. Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency for the town of 236 people about 20 miles southwest of Topeka that was hit by an "apparent tornado" Tuesday night.

CNN: Justices debate corporate responsibility for human rights abuses
Human rights groups met a somewhat skeptical Supreme Court on Tuesday as they presented arguments on whether foreign victims of torture and other crimes against humanity can sue corporations and other organizations in U.S. federal courts.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Interpol arrests suspected ‘Anonymous’ hackers
Police in Europe and South America have arrested 25 alleged members of the "Anonymous" hacking group, Interpol said, amid a suspected attack on its own website by the group's supporters.

CNN: Official: Assailants attack buses in Pakistan, kill 18
In an unusual attack in a relatively peaceful region of northwest Pakistan, assailants ambushed four passenger buses, pulled out Shiite males and killed 18 of them Tuesday, police said.

CNN: Violence ripples across Iraq, leaves 8 dead
A series of attacks across the Iraqi capital left seven people dead and nine wounded Tuesday, while another attack killed a local leader and wounded his guard in Falluja.

CNN: Syrian ambush hits activist lifeline out of Homs
Syrian troops inflicted heavy losses on a band of opposition activists who were trying to smuggle Western journalists and seriously wounded residents of Homs out of the country, survivors said Tuesday.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Dow closes above 13,000
U.S. stocks closed at multi-year highs, as investors weighed a small pullback in oil prices and improving consumer confidence against a worse-than-expected drop in durable goods orders.

CNN Money: Fed turns $2.8 billion profit on AIG bonds
Remember those pesky mortgage-backed securities the Federal Reserve had to take off AIG's hands at the worst of the financial crisis? The Fed just finished selling all of them, and their return on investment isn't too shabby. The sales of the $19.5 billion portfolio turned a $2.8 billion profit for taxpayers.

CNN Money: Obama: Auto bailouts worked
President Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's 2009 bailout of the auto industry in a speech to the United Auto Workers union, saying it prevented another Great Depression from hitting the Midwest.

In case you missed it…
The GOP candidates react during the Michigan and Arizona primaries.


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  1. king

    This is like dejavou, with these repubs policies. They will be hoarding the money to a select few, like what bush did back in the days, and leave the rest of us barely hanging on, then the select few will jump ship after the see that consumer buying is down, as they did with the bush tax cuts. fight fake wars, we might be heading for world war 3. How can the people of America which just came through a hanous period, so quick to go back in that direction.

    February 29, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |