POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
April 18th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 18, 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: New poll, endorsements bolster Romney
A new poll Tuesday showed voters are willing to give Mitt Romney a fresh look now that he is the certain Republican presidential nominee, and the former Massachusetts governor picked up public backing from the top GOP leaders in the House and Senate.

CNN: Who's on first? Hearing shows GSA's dysfunction
After a preliminary report last year that detailed spending and travel abuses, and even after a final report in February that showed Jeff Neely may have illegally wasted government funds, no one stopped him from taking more trips on the federal dime.

CNN Money: Bowles-Simpson back on table
A key senator said Tuesday he would try to revive the so-called Bowles-Simpson plan as a starting point in negotiations over a long-term debt-reduction plan. Democrat Kent Conrad, the Senate Budget Committee chairman, announced he would present the plan as his opening bid at the committee's budget mark-up on Wednesday.

CNN: House conservatives appear ready, if not excited, to support Romney
With the two top Congressional Republican leaders – House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – officially endorsing Mitt Romney Tuesday, some conservatives on Capitol Hill who have been reluctant to get behind the former Massachusetts governor's campaign appeared ready to move on to the general election and support the all-but-certain nominee.

NATIONAL:

CNN: White House defends Secret Service amid prostitution investigation
The White House defended the Secret Service and its director Tuesday amid an embarrassing investigation into whether several agents brought prostitutes back to their hotel in Colombia ahead of a presidential visit.

CNN: Fort Bragg soldier reported missing
A missing Fort Bragg, North Carolina, soldier may be in danger, police said Tuesday. The GI's sister tearfully called for her safe return. Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, 23, left a bar, Froggy Bottoms, early Saturday, Fayetteville police said in a news release. The GI had been drinking and was given a ride home by a bar employee, according to a U.S. Army official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

CNN: For 747, transporting a shuttle is no heavy burden
It was a strange sight indeed - one large aircraft carrying another large aircraft strapped on top. But that's exactly what skyward-looking folks in Washington saw Tuesday as Space Shuttle Discovery, atop a Boeing 747, made an inspiring pass over the capital in its final flight.

CNN: Three-day-old baby snatched from mother in Texas is found
A 3-day-old boy was found hours after he was seized from his mother who was fatally shot outside a pediatrician's office near Houston, authorities said. Police detained several people of interest and are talking to them, but no charges have been filed, District Attorney Brett Ligon said.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Bin Laden widows, daughters face deportation from Pakistan
Osama bin Laden's three widows and two daughters could be deported from Pakistan on Wednesday after their period of house detention expired overnight. A Pakistani judge ordered earlier this month that the five women be deported back to their countries of citizenship after serving their sentence for living illegally in Pakistan.

CNN: Wives of U.N. diplomats tell Syria's first lady to 'stop being a bystander'
The wives of the British and German ambassadors to the United Nations have taken on Syria's first lady in an online video, calling on Asma al-Assad to "stop your husband" and "stop being a bystander."

CNN: WikiLeaks founder Assange to make debut as talk show host
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's talk show, "The World Tomorrow," is expected to make its debut Tuesday on a state-funded Russian television network. Assange and RT, an English-language international satellite news channel, have not released the guest lineup in advance, but have hinted that the first interview would be controversial.

CNN: Ban on Egyptian presidential candidates upheld
Ten candidates, including the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and a former spy chief, have lost their appeal against disqualification from upcoming presidential elections in Egypt, according to official news agency egynews.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Warren Buffett diagnosed with prostate cancer
Iconic investor Warren Buffett announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer in a letter to shareholders of his firm Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett, 81, said his "condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way," and that additional tests didn't reveal incidence of cancer anywhere else in his body.

CNN Money: Stocks log best gains in a month
U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday as worries about Europe eased and investors parsed through the latest round of earnings. The day's gains were the best since March 13 for all three indexes. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) added 194 points, or 1.5%. The move higher pushed the blue chip index back above 13,000, a key psychological milestone, for the first time in over a week.

CNN Money: IBM earnings beat expectations, but sales miss
IBM posted first-quarter earnings Tuesday that beat analysts' estimates. The tech giant reported a profit of $3.1 billion, an increase of 7% versus last year. Revenue for the quarter was $24.7 billion, up slightly from a year ago.

In case you missed it…
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  1. king

    Mitten wants to call Obama tax fareness divisive. Yet he refuse to look at the the ingredience that through our economy into two great depression, which are Income deparities. There is a saying that with power comes great responsibility. The problem is when you've got greed at forefront, responsibility usually lags way behind, We've seen this episode before. We cannot allow the country's growth to be dictated by the well to do folks, because they are like a vacuum, they suck up the economy's wealth and store trillions on the sidelines, leaving no money in the economy for small businesses, who hire 75 percent of working Americans. This economy grows with our middle-class, about 1/5 of Americas middle class are government workers. The repubs mad dash to destroy this sector
    might not be good.

    April 18, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  2. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Todays hot topics:

    Rmoney's lies
    Rmoney trying to pretend he's a regular guy in touch with average Americans
    GOBP cult members make outrageously racist or sexist statements
    Rich predators continue to corrupt our government, our economy and our nation.

    April 18, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |