POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 08, 2012
October 8th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 08, 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.

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CNN: Romney to deliver foreign policy speech
Mitt Romney will seek to bolster his foreign policy credentials in a major speech Monday, two weeks before the GOP presidential nominee takes part in a presidential debate focused on security. In his remarks, set to take place at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Romney will argue that last month's consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, "should not be seen as random acts."

CNN: Stakes get higher in upcoming Biden-Ryan debate
A former senator vs. a congressman. A Catholic vs. a Catholic. A policy wonk vs. an experienced speaker. The elements are in place for an interesting debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan. And Sunday marked Round II of the expectations game, as campaign advisers and surrogates sought to set the stage for Thursday's showdown.

CNN panel: What does the jobs report mean for the campaign?
In a week that looked like it would end with widespread criticism of President Barack Obama's debate performance, it instead closed with a slight boost to his campaign with Friday's surprising jobs report, according to a CNN roundtable.

CNN: Justices to re-examine use of race in college admissions
Heman Marion Sweatt and Abigail Noel Fisher both wanted to attend the University of Texas at Austin. Both claimed their race was a primary reason for their rejection. Both filed civil rights lawsuits, and the Supreme Court ultimately agreed to hear their separate appeals - filed more than half a century apart. Their cases share much in common - vexing questions of competition, fairness, and demographics - and what role government should play when promoting political and social diversity.

NATIONAL

CNN: Campus officer kills naked freshman at University of South Alabama
Authorities are investigating why a University of South Alabama officer fatally shot an 18-year-old freshman who they say was naked and acting erratically outside the campus police station early Saturday.

CNN Security Clearance: Congressional report: U.S. should 'view with suspicion' two Chinese companies
The United States faces a potential security threat from two Chinese telecommunication companies operating inside the United States, according to a congressional report to be released Monday. CNN obtained a draft report of the nearly year-long probe by the House Intelligence Committee into the business practices of Huawei and ZTE telecommunications firms.

CNN: Radical Islamist Abu Hamza al-Masri presented in U.S. court
After losing a lengthy legal battle to avoid extradition to the United States, Egyptian-born cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri confronted a host of terror charges Saturday when he was presented before a federal judge in Manhattan. The one-eyed radical preacher faces 11 terrorism-related charges and is one of five men who departed England late Friday, hours after the High Court in London ruled the men could be extradited "immediately."

CNN: California gas prices keep U.S. average high
Average U.S. gas prices edged up a fraction of a penny over the past two weeks, buoyed by a sharp increase in California as other parts of the country saw declines, according to a survey released Sunday. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline went up about 0.37 cents between September 21 and October 5, according to the Lundberg Survey of about 2,500 filling stations in the Lower 48 states. But that figure "masks a tremendous variation" across the country, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg said.

INTERNATIONAL

CNN: Chavez re-elected as Venezuelan president, defeating Capriles
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was re-elected Sunday to a new six-year term, overcoming an energetic challenge by a candidate backed by an opposition coalition, according to nearly complete results announced by election officials.

CNN: Syria says Damascus suburbs 'cleansed;' 121 reported dead nationwide
Syrian forces killed at least 38 people in a Damascus suburb Sunday, opposition activists said, as the government said it "cleansed" the area of terrorists. But opposition members painted a different picture of al-Hameh, saying forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad "carried out a massacre in the city." The bodies of 38 people were found "field-executed," reported the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists. They were among the at least 121 people killed nationwide Sunday, according to the LCC, as the Syrian civil war rages in its 19th month.

CNN: Iraqi authorities execute 11 inmates after terrorism convictions
Iraqi authorities executed 11 prisoners on Sunday after they were convicted of terrorism, Iraq's Ministry of Justice said in a statement. "They had carried out killings and explosions against Iraqi people," the ministry said. Authorities have executed dozens of inmates in recent months, despite a United Nations call for restraint.

CNN: Anti-drone peace march halted in Pakistan
A protest march against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, led by former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan, came to a halt on Sunday when authorities blocked access to the demonstration's final destination in the tribal region, officials told CNN. Authorities used steel shipping containers and security forces to seal off the road entering South Waziristan, where protesters had planned to hold a rally on Sunday, local government official Shahid Ullah said.

BUSINESS

CNNMoney: Chinese telecoms dispute Congress' findings
Two of China's largest telecom companies disputed the findings of a critical congressional report Monday, saying their products are safe for use in the U.S. The report, prepared by the House Intelligence Committee, is focused on the business practices of Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese companies that would like to expand their business operations in the U.S. "The risks associated with Huawei's and ZTE's provision of equipment to U.S. critical infrastructure could undermine core U.S. national-security interests," the report states. Huawei disputed the report's findings on Monday, calling them "baseless."

CNNMoney: The stock market rally is over
Despite a slowing global economy, political and fiscal uncertainty and ongoing turmoil in Europe, the U.S. stock market has delivered quite the performance this year, thanks in large part to stimulus efforts by the world's central banks.

Financial Times: Merkel pressed on eurozone rescue policy
Angela Merkel, German chancellor, is facing a new focus of domestic revolt from conservative critics of her eurozone rescue plans, with the launch of a group seeking to bolster support for eurosceptics in next year’s general election. Founders of the so-called Election Alternative-2013, including a number of mid-ranking supporters from Ms Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, say they plan to team up with the Bavaria-based Free Voters’ party to challenge the chancellor.

In case you missed it…
CNN's political junkies discuss what they'll be keeping an eye on in the week ahead. Although some got a bit off topic.


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  1. El Kabong

    And then he will give another foreign policy speech the next day and completely change everything based on public opinion and polls. Inturn completely denying he ever gave a previous speech.

    October 8, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |