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CNN: Controversial private fund-raiser video shows candid Romney
Mitt Romney on Monday said his controversial statements caught on tape were "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated," but he defended the main message of his remarks. In the footage, taped with a hidden camera, Romney argued nearly half of Americans will vote for President Barack Obama because they rely on government support, made apparent jokes about wishing he had Latino heritage, and talks about a Chinese factory his former firm purchased.
CNN: Democrats pounce on Romney's comments from secret video
Democrats were quick to denounce comments made by Mitt Romney in an old video that emerged online Monday. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in the footage. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing." Democrats, however, sharply took issue with Romney's "47%" comments, as well as other remarks he made in the video
CNN: Team Obama releases China ad following WTO case
Coinciding with the Obama administration's new trade enforcement case against China Monday, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad touting his tough stance on China while criticizing Republican candidate Mitt Romney for opposing the president's policies.
CNN: Obama to appear on Kansas ballot after 'birther' challenge dropped
Efforts to keep President Barack Obama's name off of the Kansas presidential ballot were halted Monday when a state board ended its probe over questions about the president's place of birth, the Kansas Secretary of State's office confirmed. The all-Republican board made its decision after the person leading the objection, Manhattan, Kansas resident Joe Montgomery, dropped his challenge on Friday saying he had received threatening phone calls.
CNN: Union to weigh offer in Chicago teachers strike
Chicago public schoolchildren will spend a seventh day out of classes Tuesday as their striking teachers weigh a tentative proposal to end their walkout. School officials went to court Monday to ask a judge to declare the strike illegal and order the teachers back to work. A Cook County judge will hold a hearing on that request Wednesday.
CNN: LSU students allowed back in dorms after bomb threat prompts evacuation
Students at Louisiana State University were allowed back into their dorms Monday night, hours after the Baton Rouge campus was evacuated due to a bomb threat. Law enforcement officers have been on high alert since a call came into the East Baton Rouge Parish 911 center at 10:32 a.m. (11:32 a.m. ET) with an unspecified threat about a bomb on school grounds, university spokeswoman Christine Calongne said.
CNN: Sex abuse files prompt calls for Boy Scouts ousters
A sex abuse support group called on the Boy Scouts of America to oust any official still with the organization who was involved in covering up child sex crimes. The demand by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests was in reaction to a Los Angeles Times story detailing previously sealed files that it said showed scouting officials "failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public."
CNN: Jets searched, cleared at JFK after threat
Federal aviation authorities stopped two arriving jetliners at John F. Kennedy International Airport after a telephone threat against them Monday but released them after a search, officials said. An anonymous caller reported that explosives and a hijacker were aboard the two inbound jets, an American Airlines flight from San Francisco and a Finnair flight from Helsinki, Finland, a law enforcement source said.
CNN: Group: Afghanistan attack that kills 9 is response to anti-Islam film
An insurgent group that carried out a suicide attack that killed eight foreigners and their interpreter in Afghanistan on Tuesday said it was in response to the anti-Islam film that has angered the Muslim world. Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, a group allied with the Taliban, said a 22-year-woman drove a car packed with 660 pounds (300 kg) of explosives into a van on a road leading to the Kabul International Airport.
CNN: 132 inmates escape Mexican prison on U.S. border
Mexican authorities are blocking roads leading to the United States and are offering a $15,000 reward for the capture of the 132 inmates who escaped from a prison in a border town, authorities said. The prison break occurred Monday afternoon in the border town of Piedras Negras in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila.
CNN Security Clearance: Iran claims nuclear sabotage
Iran's atomic energy organization is warning against "terrorists" and "saboteurs" that are trying to damage Iran's nuclear program. This time it was the power lines leading to its heavily-fortified nuclear enrichment facility – at Fordo – that came under attack, according to Iran.
CNN: Gambia frees 2 Americans imprisoned for treason; agrees to halt executions
Two American citizens serving long prison sentences for treason in Gambia will return to the United States Tuesday night after the Rev. Jesse Jackson made a face-to-face appeal for their release to President Yahya Jammeh. In a separate concession, Jammeh agreed to halt indefinitely dozens of executions he had originally planned to carry out by mid September, according to Jackson's non-profit Rainbow Push Coalition.
CNNMoney: Romney's China attacks worry business
U.S. business executives are growing increasingly worried by Mitt Romney's vows that he'll crack down on China's trade policy if elected. The Republican challenger's tough talk on China and trade was on display once again as he attacked the trade case filed Monday with the World Trade Organization by the Obama administration to limit Chinese auto parts exports as too little, too late.
CNNMoney: Chicago teachers strike could hit jobs report
As it drags on for a second week, the Chicago teachers strike is so large it could distort national economic statistics, including the Labor Department's key monthly jobs report. The strike's timing is key, in that it coincides with the period in which the government collects data for the national jobs report.
CNN: More Japanese plants, stores close in China amid rising anger
More Japanese factories and businesses in China shuttered Tuesday as an East China Sea island dispute threatens to drag relations between Asia's two largest economies to their lowest point since World War II. Meanwhile, Baidu - China's most popular search engine - waded into the dispute by showing a cartoon image of the Chinese flag over the disputed island on its homepage.
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