POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
September 5th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, September 5, 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: Obama praised; Romney pilloried at Democratic convention
A Democratic National Convention vital to President Barack Obama's re-election bid will hear from former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday after the first lady and other opening night speakers urged supporters to fight for a man they portrayed as a strong leader committed to equal opportunity for all. Cheering delegates also heard plentiful criticism of Republican challenger Mitt Romney as Democrats launched their response to last week's GOP convention.

CNN: Five things we learned from Day One of the DNC
Democrats opened their convention with attacks against Republicans and a robust defense of President Barack Obama and capped it with a loving portrait by his wife, first lady Michelle Obama. Here are five things we learned…

CNN Fact Check: About those 4.5 million jobs ...
Anyone watching the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night heard the number 4.5 million several times. "Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action, and now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs," San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the party's keynote speaker, said. It's a big-sounding number, given the still-sputtering job market. So we're giving it a close eyeballing.

CNN: Rising star in Democratic Party first Latino to deliver keynote address
A young rising star. A keynote speech on the Democratic Party's biggest stage. Is it 2004 again? San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gave the most significant speech of his political career on Tuesday night when he became the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.


CNN: FBI denies claims of Apple ID hack
The FBI on Tuesday said there is "no evidence" to support claims by a hackers group that they accessed information about millions of Apple users on a bureau computer. The hackers have posted online what they claim are the IDs of more than 1 million iPhones and iPads. And they say that's just part of the more than 12 million IDs - and other information such as users' names, cell phone numbers and billing addresses - they got from the laptop of an FBI agent.

CNN: Massachusetts judge rules for inmate's sex-change surgery
A federal court judge on Tuesday ordered Massachusetts officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transsexual prison inmate, after determining that it was the only adequate treatment for the inmate's mental illness.

CNN: Program to allow Mexican trucks on U.S. roads off to slow start
A year after Mexican trucks were first permitted to conduct long-haul operations in the United States, so few trucks have signed up for the pilot program that government auditors fear they won't be able to complete a congressionally mandated study of the program's safety. Only six Mexican trucking companies - most with a single truck - are participating in the program thus far, with some 24 other companies under review.

CNN: Jury to decide fate of Drew Peterson
The fate of Drew Peterson, a former Chicago-area police sergeant accused of killing his ex-wife, now rests in the hands of the jury as deliberations are set to begin in the headline-grabbing case Wednesday. Peterson, 58, is charged with murder in the death of Kathleen Savio, his third wife, who was found dead in her dry, clean bathtub March 1, 2004. The case did not arise until after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, went missing in October 2007.


CNN: Karzai's choice for Afghan intelligence chief suspected of torture, trafficking
The man tapped as Afghanistan's next intelligence chief faces allegations of drug trafficking and torture that stem from his work as a powerful official in the rough-and-tumble Taliban-birthplace of Kandahar, according to testimony from a top Canadian diplomat and other sources familiar with the new appointee.

CNN: 1 dead after shooting at Quebec premier-elect's victory speech
One person was killed and another critically injured after a shooting at a victory speech by Quebec's newly-elected premier, Montreal police said. Pauline Marois, who will be the first female premier of Quebec, was rushed off stage when gunfire rang out around midnight Tuesday, CNN affiliate CBC reported. She was not harmed.

CNN: Colombia peace talks set for October
Peace talks to negotiate an end to Latin America's oldest insurgency will begin in October in Oslo, Norway, officials said Tuesday. Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, have signed a framework for the talks, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a televised address Tuesday.

CNN: Bahrain court upholds verdicts against group accused of coup attempt
A Bahrain appeals court has upheld all verdicts against 13 defendants accused of plotting to overthrow the regime and breaching the constitution, authorities said Tuesday. Seven of the sentences upheld are for life in prison, and one of the people sentenced is Abdulhadi al-Khawajah, a prominent activist who ended a 110-day hunger strike earlier this year.


CNNMoney: Zuckerberg won't sell his Facebook stock for a year
Some of Facebook's early investors sold off their stock at the first chance they got, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg is hanging on to his shares for at least the next year. Zuckerberg, who owns about 444 million shares plus an option for another 60 million, disclosed his plans in a Facebook regulatory filing late Tuesday.

CNN: Hyundai and labor unions reach deal to end costly strikes
Hyundai Motor's labor union voted to accept a wage deal with the company Monday, ending four months of negotiations. The strikes, in July and August, were very costly to South Korea's largest automaker, cutting production by more than 80,000 vehicles. This cost it 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion), Hyundai said in a statement.

CNNMoney: Netflix stock slumps 6% after Amazon signs Epix deal
Netflix shares fell by as much as 11% on Tuesday after one of its formerly exclusive content partners struck a deal with rival Amazon. Amazon announced it's inked a deal to stream movies from Epix on its Prime Instant Video service. Epix is a Viacom-owned company that owns the digital rights to many Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate movies.

In case you missed it…
First lady Michelle Obama set the tone in her remarks opening night of the Democratic National Convention. Watch her speech in its entirety.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Obama12. Period.
    PS: mitt is national joke, tax cheat, Bain capital and china, India, cheap labor...

    September 5, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |