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: Democrats mildly resist GOP argument on Obama's presidency
Republicans raised the question in their convention of whether the country is better off than it was when President Barack Obama was elected, and it doesn't seem that Democrats have a convincing argument going into their convention this week.
CNN: Biden claims Romney wants war with Iran and Syria
Vice President Joe Biden claimed Sunday that Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, might engage in war with Syria and Iran if elected president in November. "He said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home," Biden said at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania. "He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he's ready to go to war in Syria and Iran."
CNN: Huckabee, Gingrich blast Rove for 'murder' comment, both citing Giffords
Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee both had harsh words for conservative strategist Karl Rove on Sunday after Rove joked about murdering GOP U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, whose controversial comments about rape and pregnancy drew the ire and condemnation of most Republicans. Both Gingrich and Huckabee referred to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as they condemned Rove's joke.
CNN: Marriott head praises Romney for bringing Mormonism 'out of obscurity'
The head of the Marriott hotel chain, in deeply personal and reflective remarks at a New Hampshire church Sunday, credited Mitt Romney with changing Americans' perceptions about Mormonism. J.W. Marriott Jr., a hotel magnate from one of America's most prominent Mormon families, spoke during services at the Wolfeboro branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – where Mitt and Ann Romney were also in attendance.
CNN: Isaac's aftermath: Power outages, flood threats plague Louisiana
Nearly a week after Hurricane Isaac slammed into the Gulf Coast, the effects of the storm were still being felt Monday: From the thousands forced into shelters by flooding to the tens of thousands still living without power in sweltering conditions. Evacuation orders, most voluntary, remained in place in a number of parishes as authorities grappled with new threats posed by rain swollen rivers and lakes.
CNN: 3 hurt when out-of-control monster truck crashes into stands in Oregon
An out-of-control monster truck crashed into the stands at a show in Oregon, injuring three spectators seated in the front row, authorities said. Onlooker Dustin Earls captured told CNN he was watching the third drag race of the event when one of the drivers started heading for a mud pit in front of the seating area. "The truck got a little wild and he hit the mud pit," Earls said. "I thought, 'This guy's just messing around; he'll hit his brakes right here.'" But the oversized truck didn't stop.
CNN: Union negotiator: NFL referees won't start season; no more talks planned
The big calls in the NFL's opening week won't be made by the league's veteran referees, the referees' top negotiator said Saturday. The NFL has so far failed to reach a labor agreement with its regular referees, and no further talks are scheduled. The league's 32 teams received a memo Wednesday indicating that "in light of the current state of negotiations, ... we will have replacement crews on the field when the regular season begins," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.
CNN: Police: N.Y. man attacks daughter with acid
A New York man was arrested after police say he poured acid on his daughter, burning her skin and sending her to the hospital in critical condition. As one of the primary caretakers of Jerome Lynch, 69, Darlene Lynch, 49, was checking on her father in his Brooklyn apartment early Saturday afternoon, when seemingly out of nowhere, the elder Lynch came up behind her and poured acid on her face and down her body, according to Dominique Goodwin, the man's niece.
CNN: Suicide attack targets U.S. Consulate vehicle in Pakistan; no staffers killed
An explosives-filled car slammed into a U.S. Consulate vehicle in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, but conflicting reports have emerged about whether any Americans were killed in the suicide attack. Two U.S. personnel and two Pakistani employees of the consulate were in the vehicle and were wounded, but no U.S. Consulate employees were killed, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.
CNN: Police: Muslim cleric framed girl in Pakistan blasphemy case
Pakistani police say a Muslim cleric planted evidence to link a Christian girl to blasphemy - a new twist in a case that has fanned flames of religious tension in the country and attracted worldwide interest.
CNN: South Africa drops murder charges against striking miners
Murder charges against hundreds of South African miners will be dropped pending further investigation, the country's top prosecutor announced Sunday. The country's acting national director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, said she was overturning a regional prosecutor's decision to charge the miners with murder over the deaths of 34 striking colleagues - whom most believe were shot by police.
CNN: Desmond Tutu says Blair, Bush should be 'made to answer' for Iraq
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Sunday that Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be "made to answer" at the International Criminal Court for their actions around the Iraq war. Writing in an op-ed published by The Observer newspaper, the Nobel laureate accused the former leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States of fabricating a motive to invade Iraq, namely that it possessed weapons of mass destruction, and said that they had acted like "playground bullies."
CNNMoney: New York AG probing private equity firms over taxes
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is probing whether private equity firms improperly used loopholes to avoid paying taxes, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
CNNMoney: Record Labor Day gas prices won't last
Gas prices are higher than they've been going into any other Labor Day weekend on record, but experts predict some relief at the pump is coming fairly soon. According to AAA, the national average price of regular gas jumped 9.4% in August - the biggest percentage gain in more than three years.
CNNMoney: China's manufacturing slump deepens
More bad news about China's factories: The country's manufacturing sector has contracted for the first time in nine months. The National Bureau of Statistics in Beijing said on Saturday that the China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index for August fell to 49.2 from 50.1 in July. Any reading below 50 indicates that factory activity is shrinking rather than growing.
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