POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
July 17th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, July 17, 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: Under attack, Romney accuses Obama of cronyism
As Mitt Romney's opponents continued to hammer him over details of his business record, the presumptive GOP nominee sought to change the conversation Monday with sharp criticism of President Barack Obama's record in office. After a weekend dominated by family time, Monday was also a banner day of fund-raising for Romney. He headlined two events that raised roughly $3.7 million, according to pool reports.

CNN: Cheney to visit Capitol Hill to discuss defense cuts
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is coming back to his old stomping grounds in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to highlight the impact that the automatic spending cuts to defense programs will have next year, according to two senior GOP leadership aides.

CNN: Obama, Romney focus on the economy
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney resumed campaigning Monday, with both men focusing on the economy as key to their chances of winning the votes of Americans in November. Obama told supporters in Cincinnati that he entered office four years ago seeking to restore "the basic bargain that made America the greatest nation on Earth." He cited the idea that "if you work hard, then you can get ahead; if you're responsible, then you can live out your dreams. You're not confined to the circumstances of your birth."

CNN: George H.W. Bush will not attend GOP convention due to health reasons
President George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife Barbara will not be attending the Republican National Convention this August in Tampa, his spokesman confirmed Monday. Bush, 88, is confined to a wheelchair due to a disease that limits his mobility and ability to travel from his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

NATIONAL:

CNN: Needles found in sandwiches, Delta says; FBI to investigate
The FBI says it has launched an investigation into the discovery of sewing needles in four turkey sandwiches on separate Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States. The objects were discovered in food on planes as they were en route from Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands to Minneapolis, Seattle and two flights to Atlanta, according to Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur. Two of the needles were found by passengers, she said, at which point Delta told all 18 flights from Amsterdam to stop serving the sandwiches.

CNN: Witness alleges she was abused by suspect in Trayvon Martin killing
A woman has accused George Zimmerman, the man charged in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, of having sexually abused her for about a decade, beginning when she was 6 years old and he was 8. "He would reach under the blankets and try to do things and I would try to push him off," said the woman, who is identified only as Witness 9 and whose account was released Monday in audio recordings that a judge ordered last week be made public.

CNN: Sources: New Sandusky accusations date back to 1970s
Three men have come forward to say they were sexually abused by convicted former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky as early as the 1970s, sources close to the case told a Pennsylvania newspaper. Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys in cases dating back to the 1990s. Two sources with knowledge of the investigation said police are aware these men have come forward, and one has already contacted investigators, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported Monday.

CNN: Coast Guard closes Detroit's Ambassador Bridge after threat
A major bridge between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, was shut down late Monday due to a bomb threat, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Ambassador Bridge was secured and cleared on both sides after the Detroit Police Department received the threat at 8 p.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jeff Ogden.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNN: North Korea promotes military official to key rank after removing army chief
North Korea said Tuesday that it had promoted a little known general to a key military rank, a day after it announced that it had relieved its army chief of all his government posts. The secretive state's top two military commissions have decided to give the title of vice marshal to Hyon Yong Chol, according to a report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

CNN: U.S. Navy ship fires at small boat in Persian Gulf
A U.S. military supply ship fired at a small boat in the Persian Gulf on Monday after it came too close, killing one person onboard and wounding three, Defense Department officials said. The USNS Rappahannock, a fuel resupply ship, fired on what two U.S. officials called a "small, white pleasure craft" 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Dubai port of Jebel Ali.

CNN: Clinton: Iran's proposals are "non-starters."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran's proposals at recent talks over the country's disputed nuclear program were "non-starters," and called on the international community to increase its pressure on Iran. "I made very clear that the proposals that we have seen from Iran thus far within the P5+1 negotiations are non-starters," Clinton told reporters at a news conference in Jerusalem following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Despite three rounds of talks, Iran has yet to make a strategic decision to address the international community's concerns and fulfill their obligations under the IAEA and the UN Security Council."

CNN: Egyptian kidnappers release American hostages, official says
Kidnappers in Egypt have released two Americans and their Egyptian tour guide after holding them hostage for three days, a security official said Monday. "They are at security headquarters with us now, in good condition. The negotiations succeeded, but we did not give in to the kidnappers' demands," said Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of security in northern Sinai.

BUSINESS:

CNNMoney: HSBC in spotlight over money laundering
Global banking giant HSBC will face scrutiny on Capitol Hill next week over its allegedly lax protections against money laundering by organized criminals and terrorist groups. On Tuesday, the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations plans to hold a hearing on the issue with representatives from HSBC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the government's banking regulator. A report from the subcommittee is expected to be released ahead of Tuesday's hearing.

CNNMoney: Biggest threat to global economy: Politics
The International Monetary Fund said Monday that the global economy should continue to limp along at a modest pace, assuming leaders in Europe and the United States do not make things worse. In the latest update to its World Economic Outlook, the IMF said it expects the global economy to grow 3.5% this year and 3.9% in 2013. That's "marginally lower" than what the IMF predicted in April.

CNNMoney: Microsoft and NBC end 16-year MSNBC partnership
Move over TomKat, there's another big breakup in town. MSNBC.com - the product of a nearly two decade long, odd-couple partnership between NBC and Microsoft - is now fully under NBC's roof. Comcast, the media giant's parent company, bought Microsoft's 50% share in the online news site. The deal was completed late Friday and announced on Monday.

In case you missed it…
Five members of Congress have launched a campaign to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood inside the U.S. government.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Gene Varner

    "Obama told supporters in Cincinnati that he entered office four years ago seeking to restore "the basic bargain that made America the greatest nation on Earth."

    O,K., good intentions, but you know what they say about "good intentions."

    Here's the real problem Mr. President:

    Annual GDP growth Of 1% vs. Annual national debt growth of 21%.

    July 17, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  2. Bob

    Didn't miss it. Guess Joe McCarthy is alive and well. Or, or is it Michelle McCarthy?

    July 17, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  3. King

    early 1920s great big financial disaster that brought a stock market crash, wide spread job lost which brought america and the world into a great depression, ,retraction of economy about 8 percent, took almost 20 years 4 presidents, and world war 2 to get out of.
    farward to 2008. second financial disaster, stock market crash,retraction of economy 9 percent, almost a million job lost a month. it took under 3 years to fix, the financial sector is the strongest it ever been, only that jobs are slower than expected. this financial disaster was shaping up to be even bigger than the great depression, and president obama stopped it without the help of the obstructionist repubs.

    July 17, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    This nation is going in right direction. Obama12.
    PS: no wars with any one.

    July 17, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |