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CNN: Clinton’s remarks at the DNC
In his remarks at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton offered a spirited defense of President Barack Obama and officially entered his name into nomination for reelection. "In Tampa, the Republican argument against the President's re-election was pretty simple: we left him a total mess, he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in," Clinton said.
CNN: Romney campaign responds to Clinton DNC speech
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign issued a statement after former President Bill Clinton's address to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, saying Clinton "drew a stark contrast between himself and President Obama." "Bill Clinton worked with Republicans, balanced the budget, and after four years he could say you were better off," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams wrote. "Barack Obama hasn’t worked across the aisle – he’s barely worked with other Democrats – and has the worst economic record of any president in modern history.
CNN: Five things we learned from Day Two of the DNC
While we learned that rising stars in the Democratic Party come in younger (Sandra Fluke) and older (Elizabeth Warren) versions, it was a party elder and established superstar (President Bill Clinton) who stole the show on Day Two of the Democratic convention. Wednesday's session began amid controversy over language in the party's platform that saw a tumultuous voice vote. And another one. And another one. It's not the image Democrats wanted to project after a successful opening night. Here are five things we learned from Wednesday night:
CNN: Haley a Nazi? Democrat not backing down from analogy
The Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party is refusing to apologize after he compared his state’s Republican Gov. Nikki Haley to Adolf Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun. Dick Harpootlian, a tart-tongued Columbia attorney known for his off-color and sometimes inflammatory rhetoric, made the analogy after Haley showed up at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week to offer a GOP response to the proceedings in Charlotte.
CNN: Man in Joker makeup arrested at Florida theater
Police arrested a man wearing "Joker" makeup at a Florida movie theater Wednesday after someone reported the man acting suspiciously, the Melbourne Police Department said. The incident caused extra concern because of the July shooting at a Colorado movie theater in which suspect James Holmes, with his hair dyed various shades of orange, identified himself to police as the Joker. The shooting happened at the premiere of the latest Batman movie and left 12 people dead.
CNN: Judge upholds 'papers' provision in Arizona immigration law
A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request to block the "show me your papers" provision in Arizona's immigration law, bringing officials one step closer to enforcing one of the most controversial parts of the 2010 measure. Opponents had argued that new evidence of racial discrimination showed that the judge should block the provision, which allows local law enforcement, when performing other state law enforcement functions, to check on the immigration status of those people they stop for another reason.
CNN: David Copperfield buys rare MLK tape, will give it to Memphis museum
A lost interview of Martin Luther King Jr. recorded more than five decades ago, but recently found in a Tennessee attic, will soon be heard in the last room where the civil rights leader slept. Illusionist David Copperfield purchased the reel-to-reel tape Wednesday and will donate it to the National Civil Rights Museum, which is housed in the Lorraine Motel. King was shot to death standing on a balcony of the Memphis, Tennessee, motel on April 4, 1968.
CNN: BP to investigate new tar balls, oil on Louisiana coast
BP said Wednesday it is heading to the Louisiana coast to test whether tar balls and oil found on shore after Hurricane Isaac are from the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill. State officials reported tar balls and a large oil mat along the Gulf shore south of New Orleans, and the U.S. Coast Guard reported finding three oiled birds in the area on Monday. BP spokesman Ray Melick said the area is one where BP teams were already helping with cleanup from the 2010 spill before Isaac arrived.
CNN: Turkish woman awaits trial after beheading her alleged rapist
A woman in Turkey is awaiting trial after beheading a man who she says raped her repeatedly for months and is the father of her unborn child. Her lawyer says the woman killed the man to protect her honor. Nevin Yildirim, a 26-year-old mother of two, lives in a small village in southwestern Turkey. She said the man, Nurettin Gider, began the attacks a few days after her husband left in January for a seasonal job in another town, according to a source close to the case.
CNN: Former Gadhafi spy chief extradited from Mauritania to Libya
One of the most wanted members of Moammar Gadhafi's fallen regime was extradited Wednesday from Mauritania back to his home country, Libya's prime minister said. Abdullah al-Senussi, the late Gadhafi's brother-in-law, arrived Wednesday afternoon in the Libyan capital of Tripoli "after great efforts," Abdul Rahim al-Kib said. "Abdullah al-Senussi will receive a fair trial where international standards are respected ... a right Libyans were deprived of throughout the tyrant's rule," al-Kib said.
CNN: Clinton visits young nation of East Timor, misses husband's speech
Hillary Clinton on Thursday became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit East Timor since the developing Southeast Asian nation gained full independence from Indonesia 10 years ago. Clinton arrived in the capital, Dili, on Thursday morning for meetings with President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao. A day earlier, Clinton held talks with a string of Chinese officials in Beijing but appeared to gain little traction on the sensitive issue of the competing maritime claims of China and its neighbors in the region.
CNN: Former Chinese police chief charged with defection, bribe-taking
A former senior police official, whose attempt in February to seek asylum in a U.S. Consulate triggered the most serious political crisis in China in decades, has been charged with defection and bribe-taking, the authorities announced Wednesday. Prosecutors in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu also accused Wang Lijun of abusing his power and covering up a high-profile murder case, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
CNNMoney: More than 50 million Americans short of food
More than 50 million Americans couldn't afford to buy food at some point in 2011, according to federal data. Children in some 3.9 million households suffered from food insecurity last year, with their families unable to provide them with adequate, nutritious food at times.
CNNMoney: U.S. debt $417 billion below the debt ceiling
Republicans are trying to make political hay of the fact that the federal gross debt this week crossed the $16 trillion mark. But reaching that milestone was expected. And while notable, it overshadows the number that is of more immediate concern to Congress: the amount of debt subject to the legal borrowing limit.
CNN: Draghi leads ECB into critical eurozone debt meeting
The European Central Bank is expected to announce a new plan Thursday to buy eurozone sovereign debt without revealing a formal cap on borrowing costs, according to published reports, a move that's opposed by the central bank of Germany, the monetary union's largest economy.
In case you missed it…
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention. Watch the speech in its entirety.