POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
May 1st, 2012
04:21 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 1, 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: 'Even Jimmy Carter' would have ordered bin Laden attack
President Barack Obama on Monday appeared to call out Mitt Romney over what he said about going after Osama bin Laden on the campaign trail four years ago, as opposed to on the eve of the first anniversary of the raid that killed the terrorist leader.

CNN: Ex-aide's wife: Edwards said donations for mistress's expenses were legal
John Edwards sternly reassured the wife of his then-campaign aide that using money from his wealthy benefactor to pay his mistress's expenses was legal, she testified Monday. "'Get the money in,'" Edwards said during a conversation with Cheri Young that he had while running for president just less than five years ago, Young recalled Monday. "He was very short and very angry."

CNN: Justice Department approves proposed redistricting plans in Florida
The Justice Department announced Monday it has approved all redistricting plans for the state of Florida. The head of the Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez, sent a letter to the Office of the Florida Attorney General, as well as lawyers for the Florida House and Senate, saying the plans are adequate to meet the requirements of the Civil Rights Act.

CNN: McDonnell's Va. ads are about his state, not himself, spokesman says
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is not running for re-election next year. He can't by law. Yet a glowing ad buy from his political action committee has hit the airwaves and sparked questions as to why he needs the publicity.

NATIONAL:

CNN: No 'specific, credible threats' ahead of bin Laden anniversary
Authorities have "no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots" against the United States as a result of the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said Monday.

CNN: Jury begins deliberations in New York subway bomb plot case
A federal jury began deliberations Monday in the case of a man accused - with two others - of plotting to bomb New York's subway system. Prosecutors say Adis Medunjanin, a Bosnian-born American, conspired with admitted terrorists Najubullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay in the terrorist plot planned, but never executed, in 2009.

CNN: Judge to rule whether Strauss-Kahn civil suit should proceed
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will learn Tuesday whether a judge will dismiss a civil suit brought against him by the New York hotel housekeeper who accused him of assaulting her last year.

CNN: Task force meets to look at Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law
A task force created by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to examine the state's "Stand Your Ground" law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting meets for the first time Tuesday. Seventeen people will tackle the issue of whether the controversial law should be changed in light of the death of the unarmed teenager.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: Obama withholds comment on Chen case
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepared to depart Monday night for China, President Barack Obama was tight-lipped about the whereabouts of escaped Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his potential impact on the discussions to be held this week in Beijing.

CNN: Londoners shocked by Olympics missile possibility
The British Ministry of Defence might place surface-to-air missiles on a water tower in a densely populated London neighborhood as part of security for the Olympic Games this summer, a ministry official said Sunday.

CNN: Former Israeli PM calls for U.S. to lead any Iran strike
If international efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program fail, any military action against Tehran should be led not by Israel, but by the United States, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said this week.

CNN: Deadly onslaughts surge across Syria on Tuesday, opposition says
Dozens of Syrians were slaughtered by regime forces in early morning violence Tuesday, opposition activists said, despite the growing presence of U.N. monitors in the country. By 8 a.m., at least 25 people were killed, including an entire family and defected soldiers, said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists.

BUSINESS:

CNN Money: Occupy calls for 'a day without the 99%'
The Occupy movement is organizing a nationwide protest on Tuesday, asking Americans not to attend work or school on a day that's already a progressive holiday overseas. In what Occupy organizers are calling "a day without the 99%," protesters are planning to participate in a "general strike" on Tuesday: no work, no shopping, no banking.

CNN Money: Stocks finish worst month of the year
U.S. stocks finished in the red Monday, ending a mostly sour month on a weak note. The Wall Street adage of "sell in May and go away" got an early start in 2012. Following three months of solid gains, all three major indexes posted their worst monthly returns of the year.

CNN Money: Homeownership falls to lowest rate in 15 years
Homeownership in the U.S. fell to its lowest rate in 15 years during the first quarter as more delinquent borrowers lost their homes to foreclosure, forcing many to rent. The percentage of Americans who own their homes dropped a full percentage point over the past 12 months to 65.4% during the first three months of 2012, according to the latest Census Bureau data.

In case you missed it…
President Obama and Mitt Romney have a war of words over the campaign rhetoric surrounding Osama bin Laden's death.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Jimmy Carter? That's like saying Reagan didn't sc rew up our economy in the 80s.
    Please, you wouldn't have had the guts to order the strike. By the time you have flip flopped and changed your mind bin laden would have found out something was up and moved from that ugly house of his.

    May 1, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Bain capital no good, yes, obama2012.
    Debt is from reagan trickle down, 2wars..

    May 1, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens needs to be called out for his constant change in his positions. He was opposed to the auto bailout and going in Pakistan to get bin Laden, and yet he takes credit for our president making the tough decisions when the president is proven correct. I am beginning to think that Bain only gave Mittens the job because of his father's name, 'Romney.' In running for president, and with his lying, Mittens appears to be well beyond his pay grade.

    May 1, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When will real media start fact checking Mittens, and start reporting his lies?

    May 1, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |