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CNN: Romney, Obama navigate Arab world turmoil
Is this week's anti-American chaos in the Arab world going to be President Barack Obama's Jimmy Carter moment or Republican challenger Mitt Romney's John McCain moment? The unrest so far in Libya, Egypt and Yemen - embassies attacked, an American ambassador killed, spreading protests - evokes memories of another U.S. crisis more than 30 years ago. In 1979, Iranians celebrating their revolution invaded the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage to launch a crisis that helped doom Carter's re-election bid a year later.
CNN: Ohio trending for Obama; Florida, Virginia tied
President Barack Obama has a narrow advantage over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio according to a new poll released Thursday which also found the race for the White House locked up in Florida and Virginia.
CNN: More NH voters undecided in split race
A new poll in New Hampshire shows the number of likely voters there unsure of who will receive their presidential vote in November has spiked in recent weeks while the race remains locked in a statistical tie. The percentage of likely voters who were undecided or favoring a non-major candidate there had remained steady between 6% and 9% since February 2011, according to the WMUR Granite State Poll, but that number shot up to 15% in the most recent sampling.
CNN: Biden goes further on diplomat killings ahead of political speech
In the second time in as many days, Vice President Joe Biden began a political event on a somber note: commenting on the violence that killed four American diplomatic workers in Libya. Yet on Thursday, the vice president went further than he'd gone a day before, stating that the perpetrators of violence "have no real values."
CNN: Pennsylvania high court hears high-profile Voter ID case
Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court on Thursday took up a controversial case over the state's new voting law, which requires voters to show a photo ID before casting their ballots. At issue is whether the new requirement will disenfranchise voters during an election season that has already seen a series of high-profile legal challenges over voting procedures. The law's opponents say the measure undermines potential voters and was passed without sufficient evidence of prior identity fraud.
CNN: House passes revamped Stolen Valor Act
The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday overwhelmingly passed a new version of the Stolen Valor Act, a bill aimed at people who lie about receiving military medals and then attempt to profit from the deception. The first version of the Stolen Valor Act was struck down by the Supreme Court as a violation of the First Amendment.
CNN: Feds find cause to believe Portland police use excessive force on mentally ill
Federal civil rights investigators have found "reasonable cause" to believe that police in Portland, Oregon, use "unnecessary or unreasonable force" with persons who have mental illness, the U.S. Justice Department said.
CNN: New York health board approves ban on large sodas
New York City's Board of Health voted Thursday to ban the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and other venues, in a move meant to combat obesity and encourage residents to live healthier lifestyles. The board voted eight in favor, with one abstention.
CNN: U.S. warns of rising threat of violence amid outrage over anti-Islam video
After days of protests and related violence, concerns are growing that furor over an anti-Islam video could intensify even more Friday - threatening U.S. interests abroad and at home. People have taken to the streets in 10 nations and the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir, according to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, railing against "Innocence of Muslims" and the nation where it was produced, the United States.
CNN: What Muslim nations' leaders are saying - and not - about embassy violence
The United States has been clear about how it thinks leaders should react to the anti-American violence in Libya, Yemen and Egypt this week. The chaos has been spurred on in part by a movie posted on YouTube that unflatteringly portrays Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday there should be no debate that bloodshed in response to speech is not acceptable. But is it really that simple? Here's a look at the reactions from key regional leaders since the violence started - and what their words could really signify.
CNN: U.N. nuclear agency expresses 'serious concern' about Iran nuke activity
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog organization overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday stressing concern about Iran's continued nuclear activity while simultaneously urging Tehran to cooperate with international nuclear regulators.
CNN: Trial date set for police chief at center of China scandal
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, will stand trial Tuesday on charges of defection and bribe-taking, a court official told CNN on Friday.
CNN: China warns Japan on economic fallout of island dispute
A Chinese official warned Thursday that Tokyo's move to "buy" a disputed island chain in the East China Sea would hurt trade between Asia's two largest economies. The islands sit among popular fishing waters and are also believed to be rich in oil resources. Ownership of the chain would allow exclusive commercial rights to the seas surrounding the islands.
CNNMoney: Treasury bonds sell-off after QE3
Another round of quantitative easing may have been widely expected. But that didn't keep investors from running out of Treasuries and into riskier assets like stocks immediately after the Fed announced a third installment of bond buying Thursday.
CNNMoney: Federal Reserve boosts forecast for 2013
While the Federal Reserve lowered its forecast for growth slightly this year, the central bank sees the economy improving somewhat in 2013. The 19 members of the Federal Open Market Committee predict the economy will grow only 1.7% to 2% in 2012 - a weak forecast that led the Fed to take dramatic action to boost the U.S. economy earlier Thursday.
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Ben Wedeman reports from Egypt on what's motivating protesters clashing with police in Cairo.
Israel is playing in our election as usual–big drama. Watch out these thugs.
From what I've seen and heard - here in the U.S. and in foreign news, Romney is NOT a navigator.
He goes full bore, full-speed ahead, like a bull in a china shop and will kill years of diplomacy with one pre-recorded speech -- BEFORE THE FACTS ARE KNOWN.
No thanks, Romney. You're not presidential material. World-wide agreement.