POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, September 17, 2012
September 17th, 2012
05:14 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, September 17, 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: Giuliani: Obama's Middle East policy 'falling apart'
Widespread unrest in the Middle East signals a major failure of President Barack Obama's policies in the region, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani asserted Sunday. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate claimed the so-called "reset" strategy toward the region that was part of Obama's 2008 campaign has proven ineffective and dangerous.

CNN: Romney ads focus back on economy
A pair of television ads released Monday by Mitt Romney's campaign shift attention back to the nation's economy, with one spelling out in broad strokes the GOP nominee's plan to help middle-class Americans, and the second hitting President Barack Obama for what are portrayed as failed policies.

CNN: Pelosi says Ryan pick makes it easier for Dems to take House
Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate will give Democrats a better shot at retaking control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, said in an interview airing Sunday. Pelosi, a Democrat, said Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare was a nonstarter among senior citizens, meaning Democrats are better poised to assume the majority in the lower chamber.

CNN: Christine O'Donnell considering another Senate bid
Christine O'Donnell, the tea party favorite whose unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 was punctuated by a television ad proclaiming "I am not a witch," says she's considering another run to represent Delaware in 2014. "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run," O'Donnell told Delaware Online.


CNN: Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week; mayor takes fight to court
Chicago school kids won't be back in class until at least Wednesday after teachers union representatives decided not to end a week-long walkout - despite a tentative contract deal reached by union leaders and school officials. The move left Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowing to go to court to force teachers back to work, calling Sunday's actions by the union "a delay of choice that is wrong for our children."

CNN: Occupy movement a year old
Police encircled Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park on Sunday as protesters geared up to observe the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. A loosely organized group of demonstrators first gathered in New York one year ago Monday as part of a movement that thrust "the 99 percent" into the political lexicon. The protests spread to dozens of cities across the United States.

CNN: Feds: Chicago-area man charged over attempted terrorist attack
The FBI said Saturday it has arrested an 18-year-old American man who allegedly tried to blow up a car bomb in front of a downtown Chicago bar. Adel Daoud, of the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was taken into custody Friday night after a "rigorous" undercover operation, the FBI said. He made an initial appearance Saturday before a U.S. magistrate judge and has a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.

CNN: From dry rivers to dead deer, drought's impact felt everywhere
Well before Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and brought localized heavy flooding, the weather story of the summer was not about an abundance of water - it was the lack thereof. And it still is. Farmers and residents in 40 states know this all too well, as this summer's blend of low rainfall and extreme heat has created a crisis for many. Over a recent six-week stretch, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 1,692 counties as disaster areas due to the drought.


CNN: Netanyahu urges U.S. to set 'red line' for Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that the United States must establish a clear "red line" that Iran cannot cross with its nuclear program if it wants to avoid war. "I think the issue is how to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear weapons program. They're moving very rapidly to completing the enrichment of the uranium that they need to produce a nuclear bomb. In six months or so, they will be 90% of the way there," Netanyahu said on CNN's "State of the Union."

CNN: NATO releases details of brazen raid on base in Afghanistan
Afghan insurgents who staged a daring, well-planned raid on Camp Bastion, the military base where Britain's Prince Harry is deployed, were wearing U.S. Army uniforms, NATO said a day after the attack. It's extremely rare for Afghan insurgents to use U.S. uniforms in their attacks. The last time CNN can identify was more than two years ago, when NATO repelled attacks on two bases in Khost province in August 2010.

CNN: More arrests in U.S. Consulate attack, Libyan official says
Libyan authorities have made more arrests in connection with the attack on the U.S. Consulate that left the U.S. ambassador and three others dead, the president of Libya's parliament said Sunday. Mohamed al-Magariaf, the head of Libya's General National Congress, said around 50 people have been arrested, though another senior government official said the number was not that high.

CNN: Iran says it has had forces as 'advisers' in Syria
Iran has had forces in Syria as "advisers," the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Sunday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. A spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry said the country has no such personnel in Syria now. Here are key developments in the Syrian civil war…


CNNMoney: Obama hits China with trade complaint
The Obama administration will file a complaint Monday with the World Trade Organization, alleging that China has illegally subsidized automotive exports and undercut American suppliers. The complaint accuses China of providing $1 billion in illegal subsidies to auto and auto-part exporters between 2009 and 2011, according to a senior administration official.

CNNMoney: Stocks: Attention shifts to housing
Investors will look toward the housing market this week, after the Federal Reserve announced it would buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities each month until conditions improve.

CNN: Panasonic closes China plants after violent protests
Panasonic halted operations at three factories in China after angry protesters ransacked Japanese businesses over the weekend amid rising tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Violence against Japanese companies was seen in Xi'an, Dongguan, Changsha and Guangzhou, according to local media reports.

In case you missed it…
CNN's Miguel Marquez talks to an actress from the controversial anti-Islamic film, who provided photos of the filmmaker.

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soundoff (4 Responses)

    Mitt the twit beat this horse to death and is still losing. Americans trust our great President Obama, not Mitt the twit and Lyin Ryan.

    September 17, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I think mr. 9/11 we were never attacked under the shrub's administration should look at the record of attacks on Americans during his eight war criminal years before he starts lying (not that the teapublikkklans can help it) the President who gave the order to kill bin laden and other al qaida operatives.
    NOBODY, except for the men who knew what a trailer would do against a prophet, can stop what is going on right now in the MIddle East. I have a feeling that they did it on purpose. Maybe the twit campaign was behind it. He sure was ready with the dumb untimely comments. Hey, I can start a rumor just as good as they can.

    September 17, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  3. MontanaTrace

    pelosi: what an embarrassment

    September 17, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    The guy that released Muslim movie is GOP idiot from Israel drama. Obama12.
    Obama is dealing this very good. Knock on the wood!

    September 17, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |