POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 29, 2012
October 29th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 29, 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: Sandy disrupts campaigns; impact on race too early to tell
The massive hurricane barreling toward the East Coast has both presidential campaigns throwing out their fourth-quarter playbooks, canceling events in the storm's track and attempting to balance last-minute intensity with a show of compassion for people whose lives could be upended.

CNN: Kasich: Romney will win Ohio
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that he believes Mitt Romney will win Ohio, a crucial battleground state for the election. "I believe right now we are currently ahead. Internals show us currently ahead. I honestly think that Romney is going to carry Ohio. And you know I haven't been saying this. I now believe its going to happen," Kasich, a Republican, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

CNN: Polls break down presidential race in Florida
Two new polls released Sunday break down the state of the presidential race in Florida, whose 29 electoral votes are being fiercely contested in the final days of the campaign. The surveys indicated GOP nominee Mitt Romney ahead along the central I-4 corridor, while President Barack Obama is ahead in Miami Dade County, the state's largest.

CNN: Poll: Obama up three points in Minnesota
A new poll Sunday of likely Minnesota voters indicates a close race between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the state long considered a safe bet for Democrats. The Star Tribune survey, taken entirely after the final presidential debate, shows Obama with a three point advantage over Romney among likely Minnesota voters. Forty-seven percent of respondents said they would back the president and 44% said they support Romney. Obama's advantage is within the survey's sampling error.

NATIONAL

CNN: Coast Guard official: Hurricane Sandy 'could be bad, or it could be devastation'
Pelting rains, whipping winds, mass evacuations: There is no doubt that Hurricane Sandy, by Sunday, had already made a mammoth impact on the U.S. East Coast. And it should only get worse. That's the consensus view, among forecasters and officials, as the Category 1 storm continued to chug northeastward parallel to the shore.

CNN: Giants sweep Detroit, claim 2nd World Series title in three years
Don't mess with San Francisco when it comes to the Word Series. For the second time in three years, the Giants swept their opponent in four games to claim Major League Baseball's top prize. Completing their sweep of the Tigers took extra innings, but the Giants prevailed 4-3 Sunday night.

CNN: Driver wounded in southeastern Michigan in latest shootings
For the 23rd and 24th time in less than two weeks, shots were fired at seemingly random targets in southeastern Michigan and, for the first time, someone was struck, police said.

CNN: SpaceX Dragon completes 1st commercial cargo flight
The SpaceX Dragon has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a three-week flight to the International Space Station, completing the first commercial cargo mission to Earth's orbit, NASA announced Sunday. The unmanned capsule came down about 250 miles west of Baja California at 3:22 p.m., the space agency reported. The craft was launched October 7, the first of a dozen flights to the space station planned under a contract with NASA.

INTERNATIONAL

CNN: Airstrikes, casualties and fingerpointing leave Syrian truce in shambles
Syrian government airstrikes pounded opposition stronghold neighborhoods on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, leaving a temporary truce between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels in shambles. Here are the latest developments:

CNN: Pakistani drone critic questioned by U.S. authorities
A Pakistani politician critical of U.S. drone strikes said Saturday that American authorities detained and questioned him at a Canadian airport. Imran Khan, a former cricket star, this month led a march to the border of Pakistan's tribal region to protest drone strikes, which he says end up killing more civilians than militants.

CNN: Ruling party leads exit polls after closely watched Ukraine vote
Ukraine's ruling party took the largest share of votes in Sunday's parliamentary elections, according to exit polls, leading all opposition parties in a contest seen as a test for democracy in the former Soviet republic.

CNN: Myanmar fighting displaces at least 22,500, U.N. says
Fighting between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar has displaced at least 22,500 people and caused "large-scale" destruction of houses, the United Nations said on Sunday.

BUSINESS

CNNMoney: NYSE and Nasdaq to close
U.S. stock exchanges will be closed Monday as Hurricane Sandy bears down on New York. The New York Stock Exchange said in a statement late Sunday that it will close its markets Monday. Markets are likely to remain closed on Tuesday as well.

CNNMoney: Bubble trouble in junk bonds
As yield-hungry investors continue to jump head first into junk bonds, experts are warning that a potential bubble may be forming. So far this year, investors have plowed a record $49 billion into U.S. high-yield bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, more than twice as much as the previous record of $21 billion, set in 2009, according to fund flow tracking firm EPFR Global. "That alone is indicative of an overheating type of market," said George Rusnak, director of fixed income at Wells Fargo.

CNNMoney: Top U.S. supercomputer guns for fastest in world
A new kind of global arms race is unfolding - and this one is measured in petaflops. Titan, the U.S. Department of Energy's top open science computer, is going live on Monday with an upgrade that will likely make it the fastest supercomputer on the planet. At 20 petaflops - that's 20 quadrillion calculations each second - Titan outperforms by four petaflops the DOE's Sequoia supercomputer, which has held the crown since June.

In case you missed it…
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on how missteps in the GOP will impact the election.


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  1. Marie MD

    Maryland has early voting. Closed today and possibly tomorrow because of Sandy.
    We voted on Sunday to make sure our votes for the President count!

    October 29, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |