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CNN: Poll: Obama expands advantage over Romney
Three days after the Democratic convention wrapped up, President Barack Obama opened up his largest margin over Mitt Romney since early July in Gallup's daily tracking poll. According to the poll released Sunday, Obama has 49% among registered voters nationwide, while Romney has 44%.
CNN: Obama outraises Romney for first time in months
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and supporting committees brought in more than $114 million last month – the first time the incumbent has outraised his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, since April. Obama’s Campaign Manager Jim Messina announced the figure for August late Sunday night.
CNN: Ryan vague on which loopholes to cut
Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Sunday attempted to clarify the plan that he and Mitt Romney have put forth to reduce the deficit, saying they aim to raise revenue not by increasing tax rates, but by ending certain loopholes and deductions for the wealthy. The House Budget Committee chairman, however, did not elaborate on which loopholes he would plug, saying those decisions should be made in a public debate.
CNN: Romney says GOP made 'mistake,' weighs in on Eastwood, health care
Mitt Romney said congressional Republicans were wrong to accept a deal last year that could ultimately result in across-the-board spending cuts, including massive cuts to the military. "I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it," Romney said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it."
CNN: Chicago teachers to go on strike; 400,000 students out of school
Just days after their school year started, 400,000 Chicago students will be out of school indefinitely as their teachers go on strike Monday in the country's third-largest school district. Almost 30,000 teachers and support staff are off the job after their union and school officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite 400 hours of negotiations. The strike is Chicago's first in 25 years.
CNN: Shell starts preparatory drilling for offshore oil well off Alaska
Royal Dutch Shell has begun preparatory drilling for an offshore oil well in the Arctic, the oil company announced Sunday, the first step in a long-controversial project. U.S. authorities granted Shell permission to begin work on the well in the Chukchi Sea, about 90 miles off the Alaskan North Slope, in late August.
CNN: Police motorcyclist in presidential motorcade dies after Florida accident
A police motorcyclist in President Barack Obama's motorcade died Sunday in Florida following a serious highway accident, police and the top White House spokesman said. The crash happened near the front of the president's motorcade, and Obama himself did not see it unfold, according to Carney. The president was notified of the death, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters after Air Force One landed in Washington. His thoughts and prayers are with the officer's family, according to the spokesman.
CNN: Gas prices jump back up in Hurricane Isaac's wake
Gas prices have jumped nearly 8 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, and are approaching the high for the year, according to a survey published Sunday. The average price of regular is now $3.84 a gallon, just 13 cents below the peak that was reached this year in April, the Lundberg Survey found.
CNN: Somalia to pick president, set up first stable govt. in 21 years
Somali lawmakers are scheduled to choose the next president Monday, moving the nation a step closer to its first stable central government since the 1991 ouster of a dictator. The new parliament, which was selected last month, will hold a ballot to choose the president from about two dozen candidates. The scheduled vote is the latest in a series of political transitions in the nation.
CNN: Attacks targeting Iraqi security forces and Shiite areas leave scores dead
At least 79 people were killed and roughly 270 others wounded Sunday in a fresh wave of violence largely targeting Iraqi security forces and predominantly Shiite areas, government officials said. The blasts and shootings across Iraq come on the heels of a particularly brutal few recent weeks in the Middle Eastern nation. More than 70 Iraqi security force members, for instance, were killed last month, according to the Interior Ministry.
CNN: Millions plunged in darkness as power goes out in Havana, other parts of Cuba
Millions of people suddenly lost power Sunday night around the island of Cuba - including all of Havana. More than 2 million residents of the capital were in the dark late Sunday, except for those at hospitals and elsewhere with generators, according to a government spokesman, who was not identified per government policy. Residents elsewhere in the socialist-ruled nation - including in Ciego de Avila in central Cuba - also said they didn't have any power, except for a few pockets of light.
CNN: Is stability the price Iraq will pay for sentencing Sunni VP to death?
The fallout over the death sentence handed down to the vice president of Iraq - the country's top Sunni politician - has generated a political split along sectarian lines in the country, raising fears the conflict will translate into violence in the streets.
CNNMoney: China: Inflation jumps as economy slows
After four straight months of declines, consumer price inflation has finally edged up in China. Chinese consumers paid 2% more in August than they did a year ago, the government's National Bureau of Statistics reported Sunday. That's up from a 1.8% increase in July - a two-and-a-half year low.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Decision time for the Fed and Europe
Investors will once again look for further measures to stimulate the U.S. economy as the Federal Reserve meets this week. They'll also be watching Europe, as the German Constitutional Court hands down a ruling that could impact the European Central Bank's plans to preserve the euro.
Financial Times: Hollande acts over wealth tax crisis
French president Francois Hollande said on Sunday there would be "no exceptions" in the imposition of his incoming 75% marginal tax rate on incomes over €1m ($1.23M) but that the measure would be dropped after two years because the economy was likely to have recovered by then.
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