POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, May 21, 2012
May 21st, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, May 21, 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.


CNN: Boehner and Pelosi say they feel good heading into November
Current House Speaker John Boehner and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi engaged in an elections expectations debate Sunday, with both forecasting a party victory in November. Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged there will be some tough battles for Republicans, but said most GOP members are doing “very well.”

CNN: Donations to pro-Romney super PAC slowed with primary season
While Mitt Romney’s major challengers suspended their campaigns and the primary season essentially ended in April, donations to the super PAC supporting Romney's candidacy and its spending slowed down as well, according to a monthly financial report filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.

CNN: Gingrich is millions in the hole
Newt Gingrich ended his campaign earlier this month with nearly $4.8 million in campaign debt, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission that reflected campaign activity through the end of April. Debts of $1 million to a charter airline company, $466,370 for security services, $181,977 for public relations consulting and $165,000 for web advertising were among the largest single figures owed.

CNN: Axelrod: Fund-raising pitch cited Wright threat to combat super PACs
David Axelrod on Sunday defended a fund-raising push on behalf of President Barack Obama's re-election that played off the threat of a proposed Republican-backed ad plan that would have linked the president to comments made by his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.


CNN: Deportation, 10 years in jail possible for convicted ex-Rutgers student
Dharun Ravi could face 10 years in prison and be deported to his native India when he is sentenced Monday for spying on and intimidating his gay Rutgers University roommate, who then killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge. The September 2010 death of Tyler Clementi, and Ravi's trial earlier this year, thrust the issue of cyberbullying and prejudices against homosexuals into the national spotlight.

CNN: Police, protesters clash outside NATO summit
Protesters and police clashed outside the NATO summit in Chicago, where world leaders met to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan. Police hit protesters with batons as they pushed against a line of officers, video from CNN affiliate WLS showed. The clashes came toward the end of a day of peaceful protests.

CNN: Authorities try to control inmates in fatal Mississippi prison riot
A prison riot that claimed the life of a guard continued into the late night hours Sunday at Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, Mississippi, with no clear word from authorities about what caused it. The deceased 23-year-old guard died of injuries to the head, said Adams County Coroner James Lee.

CNN: Georgia victim of flesh-eating bacteria breathing on her own again
Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia woman who lost both hands and feet to a bacterial infection, is now breathing on her own, her father said. "Aimee is being Aimee. She's cracking jokes, speaking frankly, displaying her usual early morning grumpiness and she has been off of the ventilator for over 10 hours," Andy Copeland said in a blog post Sunday night.


CNN: NATO takes up Obama timetable to end war in Afghanistan by 2014
NATO countries are expected to sign off Monday on U.S. President Barack Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan that calls for an end to combat operations next year and the withdrawal of troops by the end of 2014. Against a backdrop of massive demonstrations that saw violent clashes between protesters and police, NATO and world leaders gathered at the summit in Chicago to sketch out the end of an unpopular war and figure out how to pay for shoring up Afghanistan's security forces.

CNN: Lockerbie bomber dies more than two years after release
Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection with the Lockerbie airline bombing that killed 270 people, died Sunday, the Libyan government and family members said. He was 60. The former intelligence officer, who had suffered from prostate cancer, will be buried Monday, according to a Libyan foreign ministry spokesman.

CNN: Italy quake kills 7; survivors huddle in tents, cars
Thousands of survivors huddled in tents or in their cars under rainy skies early Monday following a weekend earthquake that killed seven people across northern Italy. Aftershocks rattled the country's industrial heartland throughout Sunday evening following the magnitude-6.0 quake that struck around 4 a.m. (10 p.m. Saturday ET). The head of Italy's Civil Protection Department, Franco Gabrielli, said 11,000 people had been displaced after the quake, with the government putting 3,000 of them up in tents or hotels.

CNN: Chinese human rights activist Chen arrives in U.S.
Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng arrived Saturday evening in the United States, bringing an end to a diplomatic firestorm that erupted after he escaped from house arrest and took to YouTube to complain about abuse he said his family suffered at the hands of authorities.


CNN Money: JPMorgan Chase loss only going to get worse
One thing seems clear about JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion loss. It's no longer $2 billion. It's likely much higher. The number being bandied about now is closer to a range of $6 billion to $7 billion, according to several people working on trading desks that specialize in the derivatives JPMorgan Chase used to make its trades and from two sources with knowledge of the bank's positions.

CNN Money: Nasdaq 'embarrassed' over Facebook trading issues – Reports
The chief executive of Nasdaq OMX said he was "embarrassed" after technical glitches caused Facebook's widely-anticipated IPO to be delayed Friday, according to several news reports. Issues stemming from a number of late order cancellations slowed the start of trading in Facebook, Robert Greifeld told reporters in a press conference Sunday.

CNN: China firm buys AMC to form world's largest cinema chain
China's Dalian Wanda Group and AMC Entertainment announced Monday a $2.6 billion deal to take over the U.S. theater group, forming the world's largest cinema chain, according to a new release on the deal. The move is the latest in a raft of deals between U.S. entertainment companies and Chinese firms, linking the world's largest theater market with the world's fastest growing.

In case you missed it…
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen weighs in on the mission in Afghanistan moving forward.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Put strictures on immigration. Go to Raleigh north Carolina see how many illegals from India and notice. Obama12.

    May 21, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. king

    Lesson these repubs philosophy is that we are not a consumer country, news flan repubs we are. Their only philosophy is that we are a big business countrylesson repubs without consumers big business will go to China. When bush came out with his tarp program and gave it to the corporations, our economy sank like a brick, big businesses thanked bush for the bail out but they stated that the people wasn't buying their products. When Obama stepped in and Gage the money to the spenders, the economy took off like a rocket ship, they slowed down when Scot brown was elected, which gave the repubs Senate to stop Obama's agenda in its track, because they now had the number to philabus everything Obama put forward. Lesson all this Europe austerity movement will be a death trap for this country, we need spenders. Obama lets start with the infra structure modernization and put pressure on these obstruftionist repubs right at the election to chose, being in office or modernize our country.

    May 21, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |