POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, April 30, 2012
April 30th, 2012
04:29 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, April 30, 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: GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary
Days before the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top surrogates for President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to argue the politics of the attack.

CNN: Wife of campaign aide takes the stand in John Edwards trial
The wife of a former campaign aide for John Edwards takes the stand Monday in a federal court in North Carolina where she is expected to detail her role in helping conceal the one-time Democratic presidential hopeful's affair with a videographer.

CNN: Newt Gingrich to end presidential bid on Wednesday, source says
Newt Gingrich will end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., a source close to the former House speaker told CNN. Previous reports said Gingrich would likely quit the race on Tuesday.

CNN: Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser
In an appearance Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, former President Bill Clinton took a shot at the president’s likely Republican presidential rival, Mitt Romney. The president has “got an opponent who basically wants to do what they did before – on steroids,” Clinton said, according to pool reports. "Which will get you the same consequences you got before, on steroids."

NATIONAL:

CNN: Jury to get subway bomb plot case
The jury is expected to begin deliberations Monday in the case of a man accused of trying to detonate a bomb in the New York subway system. Prosecutors say Adis Medunjanin, a Bosnian-born American, conspired with admitted terrorists Najubullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay to detonate bombs in New York subways in 2009.

CNN: 'We're on a path to al Qaeda's destruction,' U.S. counterterorrism adviser says
Nearly a year after commandos killed Osama bin Laden at a compound northern Pakistan, U.S. officials "still have work to do" in order to defeat al Qaeda, a top counterterrorism official said Sunday.

CNN: RFK assassination witness tells CNN: There was a second shooter
As a federal court prepares to rule on a challenge to Sirhan Sirhan's conviction in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, a long overlooked witness to the murder is telling her story: She heard two guns firing during the 1968 shooting and authorities altered her account of the crime.

CNN: Officials: 1 killed, 16 hospitalized when storm collapses St. Louis tent
One person was killed and 16 others hospitalized Saturday afternoon when a sports bar tent collapsed during a storm that swept through the St. Louis area, fire officials said. The man killed was identified Sunday as Alfred Goodman, a 58-year-old from Waterloo, Illinois, according to St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: U.N. mission head in Syria: No number of monitors can ensure end to violence
The U.N. observer mission in Syria forged ahead Monday, even after the mission's leader admitted the group's efforts are futile unless all factions commit to full candor and peace. "Ten unarmed observers, 30 unarmed observers, 300 unarmed observers, even 1,000 unarmed observers cannot solve all the problems," Maj. Gen. Robert Mood told reporters in Damascus on Sunday, shortly after arriving in the besieged country.

CNN: Sudan president declares state of emergency along southern border
The president of Sudan declared a state of emergency Sunday for cities along the hotly contested border with South Sudan, where Sudanese fighter jets launched at least one attack against their neighbor's ground forces.

CNN: Suu Kyi to take Myanmar parliament oath, ending deadlock
The Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday that she would take a swearing-in oath at the country's parliament, apparently resolving an impasse that had been preventing her from taking up her seat in the legislature.

CNN: U.S. lends support in hunt for notorious African warlord
Though officials don't know exactly where Joseph Kony is, U.S. troops have been sent to the area to help find and defeat the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army. They have made progress. But as CNN has learned, much work remains to be done - both to locate Kony and to restore a sense of stability and safety to the region.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Stocks: Jobs, manufacturing and autos in focus
Investors will have to wait until Friday for the most important reading on the economy and the markets: the April jobs report. While the Labor Department's monthly employment report is typically one of the most watched economic readings during any given month, investors will be scrutinizing it more closely next week as signs of a slowdown have been trickling out.

Wall Street Journal: For Miners, Coal Is No Longer Hot
It's been a bleak spring for U.S. coal miners—and the question for Arch Coal Inc. and Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is whether they can even meet lowered expectations. Arch and Alpha, the No. 2 and No. 3 miners by production, report their earnings for the first three months of the year on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

Financial Times: Spain in talks over 'bad bank' scheme
Standard & Poor’s, the US credit rating agency, turned negative on 16 of Spain’s largest banks on Monday as the government holds talks to segregate problematic property loans into one or more asset management companies to relieve the burden on struggling lenders, according to officials and bankers.

In case you missed it…
House Speaker John Boehner, "If the election were today, I'm very optimistic that we will hold our majority."


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  1. king

    Let me see, chose Obama and allowing him to tax the rich a little bit more, so they can invest in the modernization of their country, on the other hand mitten wants to drain our spenders and pushing 4 time more money than bush to the rich. I wonder if mitten realize that we are not in a closed economy anymore, and that the trickle down theory have less chances of reaching us Americans than any other time in history, this is not the old Ford days mitten. Big international corporations are looking for cost savings, they've got a choice, hire Americans and pay them 40 dollars an hour, or hire the Chinese who has a better education system than us, and pay them 10 dollars an hour, I wonder what choice their share holders will have them chose. Mitten your ways of doing thing is over. Obama need to force some of these trillions off the sidelines and back into the economy modernization plan.

    April 30, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  2. Marlee

    It must be Monday! Top of the morning to you. Thunderstorms overhead in the heart of the Great Lakes. 9/11 happened because of politics and there it remains. I hope the debate opens up to health care for targets and responders. There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the attack and the victims deserve real American justice in a court of law.

    April 30, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |