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CNN Exclusive: Boehner expects temporary fix to avoid fiscal cliff
Throwing cold water on any major effort during the lame duck Congress to reach a deal that would avert the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner told CNN on Sunday the best outcome would be some sort of temporary fix to postpone the cuts, but admitted even that would be tough to get through.
CNN: Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum'
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Sunday argued Superstorm Sandy not only wreaked havoc on the Northeast this week, but blunted Mitt Romney's campaign as well. "The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum. I don't think there is any question about it," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."
CNN: Biden: Republicans will be less partisan under second term for Obama
Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday predicted a clear Election Day victory for the Democratic presidential ticket and argued Washington will see less partisan gridlock under a second term for President Barack Obama. In a rare televised interview–conducted by MSNBC's Chris Matthews–Biden argued many Republicans in Congress will assume a "get-out-of-jail free" card after the election. The pressure, he said, to stick to a "hard, right edge" in order to be win re-election will be softened.
CNN: Extra day of voting possible in New York
Voters in some New York counties may get an extra day to cast ballots if disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy prevent enough citizens from showing up at the polls, a state official said Sunday. County election officials could ask the New York state Board of Elections to allow polls to reopen for another day if Tuesday's turnout is less than 25%, according to state board spokesman Thomas Connolly said.
CNN: FBI to question suspect in Benghazi attack
The FBI is expected to question a suspect in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "in the coming days," according to a U.S. government official with direct knowledge of the investigation. The United States first became aware of Ali Ani al Harzi when he apparently posted details of the attack on social media while it was happening.
CNN: New York faces 'massive housing problem' after Sandy, governor says
Officials say thousands of New Yorkers left without heat after Superstorm Sandy might need to leave their homes as temperatures plummet, but it's not clear where they'll go. Between 30,000 and 40,000 people in New York City could need housing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday. Officials are working on coming up with a solution, he said, but they haven't yet.
CNN: Runs will go on for some in NYC; many to pitch in with storm recovery
The New York City Marathon - scheduled for Sunday - was canceled Friday amid burgeoning criticism as the area recovers from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, city and race officials said. An impromptu gathering of runners was scheduled through social media to run in Central Park on Sunday, with the aim "to acknowledge all your training and efforts to prepare and come to the NYC Marathon." Relief organizations such as World Vision also reported that many runners exchanged their sneakers for work boots, working with the organization to deliver food kits.
CNN: Amputee scales 103 floors with mind-controlled 'bionic leg'
When Zac Vawter put his mind to climbing the 103 floors of Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, his legs did the rest. Even the one that isn't human. The Seattle resident scaled the skyscraper's stairway heights on Sunday thanks to what the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago calls the "world's first neural-controlled bionic leg."
CNN: Bales to hear case against him in deadly Afghanistan spree
Starting Monday, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will hear details of the military prosecutors' case against him regarding a deadly shooting spree in Afghanistan in March. Sixteen civilian villagers died in the rampage, and six others were injured. The attack triggered protests in Afghanistan and Pakistan and condemnation from Afghan President Karzai and President Barack Obama. The Taliban threatened revenge.
CNN: South Korea shuts down 2 nuclear reactors after parts scandal
South Korea said Monday that it had shut down operations at two nuclear reactors after discovering that they were using parts supplied with forged quality certificates. Halting the reactors to replace the parts will result in "an unprecedented level" of strain on the nation's power supply as it heads into the winter months, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said in a statement.
CNN: Syrian opposition gathers in Qatar as fighting rages
A leading Syrian opposition group launched a public effort Sunday to reshape itself ahead of talks with other opposition factions, but called any move to diminish its role an "attempt to damage the revolution."
CNN Security Clearance: New pictures show second Chinese stealth fighter being test flown
CNN has obtained detailed photographs of a new stealth fighter being tested in China. It is the second such stealth fighter China has tested in as many years and appears destined to become the communist nation's future aircraft carrier-based fighter jet, according to weapons analysts.
CNNMoney: Economy central for China's new leadership
China's ruling Communist Party is preparing to shuffle its top ranks, an opaque process that will affect the country's economy and stability for years to come. The transition, set to start just two days after Americans go to the polls, will set a new cast for the powerful Politburo Standing Committee - a small group of officials who will wield tremendous power over China's tightly-controlled economy for years to come.
CNNMoney: Behind the gas panic: One expert explains
Superstorm Sandy has left a gasoline panic in its wake. The storm had barely left the Northeast last week, when a frightening sight became common in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut - dozens of shivering people standing in lines with jerry cans for gasoline to power up their darkened homes with generators, and cars stretching out miles deep, some waiting four hours to fill up. Amid this chaos, it's hard to believe that there's actually no gas shortage, as one well-known oil and gas expert explained to CNNMoney. Rather it's fear and panic that has gripped residents from these states.
CNNMoney: Stocks: All eyes on the election
The American presidential election on Nov. 6 and its outcome will be at the forefront driving markets this week. Investors will likely hit pause leading up to Tuesday's hotly contested political race, and analysts are expecting markets to react as soon as the results are in.
In case you missed it…
Tom Foreman is in CNN's Virtual Senate to explain the impact of the Senate race.
CNN: Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum'
Blame the stiorm and not the crazy Jeep ad that the Romney campaign released...and still defends.
Boehner and McConnell have "temporarily fixed" us into a mess.
He should have taken the deal offered by the Pres. 2 years ago to cut deficits by 4 Trillion and charge the wealthiest 1% more in taxes.