POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 13, 2012
August 13th, 2012
05:09 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 13, 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: In hometown to raise campaign cash, Obama targets Romney’s running mate
President Barack Obama congratulated Paul Ryan Sunday for being selected as Mitt Romney's running mate, but cut short the plaudits to blast the Wisconsin congressman's economic proposals. "I know him. I welcome him to the race," Obama said at a fund-raiser in Chicago. "Congressman Ryan is a decent man. He is a family man. He is an articulate spokesman for Gov. Romney's vision. But it's a vision that I fundamentally disagree with."

CNN: Ryan will release two years of tax returns; says he gave Romney team 'several years'
Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday he gave Mitt Romney's vice presidential vetting team "several years" of personal income tax returns, and that he would release two years of those returns to the public – the same number as Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.

CNN: The race to define Paul Ryan
Ask Sarah Palin. It happens every campaign cycle. And now, the race to define Rep. Paul Ryan has begun. At two separate events in North Carolina Sunday, Mitt Romney sought to portray his new running mate as a reluctant budget warrior who went to Washington to change the status quo.

CNN: Romney fund-raising jumps after V.P. roll out
Following the roll out of his vice presidential pick, Mitt Romney's fundraising numbers got a Republican enthusiasm-fueled boost. On Sunday, Andrea Saul, Romney's campaign press secretary, wrote on Twitter that fund-raising had spiked for the candidate after revealing Paul Ryan as his running mate.


CNN: 19 months after mass shooting, ex-Rep. Giffords moves back to Tucson
Nineteen months after she and 18 others were shot at a political event - six of them fatally - former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned home Sunday to her native southern Arizona, her husband said. Giffords has spent most of the time since the January 8, 2011, attack at medical facilities in Houston recovering from being shot in the head at a "Congress On Your Corner" event outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson. She has returned to her hometown several times since that shooting, though not permanently until now.

CNN: Mandatory evacuations ordered as wildfires advance toward California town
Firefighters were battling two wildfires in Northern California that grew late Sunday to more than 5,000 acres, forcing people from their homes in Lake County, a fire official said.

CNN: Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized in North Carolina
Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted to a hospital overnight for treatment of a pulmonary infection believed to be bronchitis, a North Carolina hospital and his evangelistic association said. "Upon admission, he was alert and in good spirits," said the statement, which was released both by Mission Hospital in Asheville and the The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

CNN: What we've done on Mars, and what's next
The much-celebrated Mars rover Curiosity is headed for Mount Sharp, where it will help scientists explore the question of life on Mars as it climbs up and up. Meanwhile, however, NASA's budget for planetary exploration is slated to go down, down, down.


CNN: New 'massacre' reported in Syria as snipers fire on 'anything that moves'
Syrian forces committed a "massacre" in suburban Damascus on Monday, a day after 110 people died across the country, opposition activists said. Regime forces killed at least 10 people at the entrance of Jdeidet Artouz early Monday, but residents are unable to reach the bodies because "regime forces have been firing at anything that moves," the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. The LCC reported 17 people killed throughout Syria on Monday.

CNN: Egypt's Morsy sends defense minister, top general to 'retirement'
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy shook up the country's powerful military leadership Sunday, replacing top generals and reasserting power the military claimed for itself before he took office. Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the defense minister who took power after the 2011 ouster of longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak, was given a top medal and "sent to retirement," Morsy spokesman Yasser Ali announced Sunday evening on state-run Nile Television. So was Lt. Gen. Sami Anan, the chief of staff of the armed forces.

CNN: 'Gang' shoots, kills international peacekeeper in Sudan's Darfur region
One international peacekeeper was shot dead and another was wounded early Sunday after a "gang" attacked their police post inside a refugee camp in Sudan's embattled Darfur region, the African Union – United Nations Mission said. The incident came amid continued fighting, much of pitting armed militia groups against Sudanese government forces in the region, which is near Sudan's border with the new nation of South Sudan. Late last week, for instance, U.N. officials said all 25,000 people living in another Darfur refugee camp - this one the Kassab camp, in north Darfur - fled due to ongoing violence

CNN: Mayor-elect murdered in Mexico
Unknown assailants shot and killed a mayor-elect in the central state of San Luis Potosi on Sunday, authorities said. Edgar Morales Perez was murdered alongside his campaign manager, Juan Francisco Hernandez Colunga, who also was killed. They were in a vehicle on their way back from a party early in the morning when they were ambushed, state officials said.


CNN MONEY: Paul Ryan economics: 5 things to know
In picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has made clear what this year's presidential election will be about: Taxes, spending and the future of government programs in people's lives. Ryan is the leading Republican thinker on budget issues in the House and his 2013 budget proposal - released in March and called "Path to Prosperity" - takes aim at many of President Obama's policies and proposals.

CNN MONEY: Iraq oil production surpasses Iran
Oil production in Iraq surpassed that of its regional rival Iran last month, highlighting the impact of continued investment in Iraq and Western sanctions on Iran.

CNN: Gas prices see biggest jump of the year
Gas prices jumped 18 cents over the past two weeks, the biggest jump of the year, according to a survey published Sunday. The average cost of a gallon of regular is $3.69 nationwide, the Lundberg Survey found.

In case you missed it…
Mitt Romney made a slight gaffe during his introduction of Paul Ryan as his running mate. So did candidate Obama in '08.

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  1. King

    it's amazing how these people would settle for one of the leaders of the most obstructive con gress in American history. here is a guy that rubber stamped bush's budget busting policies, and didn't even pay for it. and now the bill is here, they want to blame the president. where is this man heart, to deliberately crash this country's economy because of politicals. all Ryan's slick talking will not erase his character, of being sabataging maniac, to destroy Obama.

    August 13, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |