POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
November 13th, 2012
04:59 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, November 13, 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: ISAF chief Gen. John Allen under investigation amid Petraeus probe
The spiraling scandal that took down David Petraeus has apparently ensnared another powerful general, as authorities announced that Gen. John Allen is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to Jill Kelley, a woman who has been linked to the Petraeus scandal. Allen, who is the commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, has denied any wrongdoing, a senior defense official said.

CNN: Timeline of the Petraeus affair
The career-ending affair that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus had its roots in a multi-year friendship, a flattering book and a young writer who was taken with the four star-general's leadership style. The affair came to light during an FBI investigation of a complaint that author Paula Broadwell, 40, was allegedly sending harassing e-mails to another woman close to Petraeus, a U.S. official said. Here's a look at an anatomy of an affair:

CNN: Bowles: Now is 'magic moment' for debt talks
One of the co-authors of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction plan, which failed to gain the approval of President Barack Obama in 2010, said now that Obama has won a second term in the White House, the political climate will be friendlier to a debt deal.

CNN: Ryan says Obama won 'fair and square'
Rep. Paul Ryan described his election loss with Mitt Romney last week as a painful surprise but argued the president won re-election "fair and square," according to the congressman's interviews with local news outlets in Wisconsin on Monday. "It hurts to lose a big election like this, but I don't have any regrets whatsoever," Ryan told The Journal Times of Racine on Monday, adding that they "ran the kind of race we wanted to run" and campaigned on "specific solutions and big ideas."

NATIONAL

CNN Security Clearance: Pentagon, White House planning on post-2014 U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan
The Obama administration will make a decision within weeks on how many U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan as a residual force after the final combat troops leave at the end of 2014, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

CNN: Sandy amplifies struggles for low-income families
When Superstorm Sandy hit the eastern United States and the country's largest city, millions of residents across our five boroughs felt its impact and devastation. As our city begins to rebuild and recover, New Yorkers and others in the region who already struggle on a regular basis will have the hardest time getting back on their feet.

CNN: Holding Democratic 'blue wall' was crucial for Obama victory
With Florida finally called and the 2012 presidential election falling into the rear view mirror, here's a look at another reason why President Barack Obama won re-election: The Democrats held their "blue wall" - the cluster of eastern, Midwest and western states that have traditionally gone Democratic and were crucial to his victory.

CNN Security Clearance: U.S. looks to accelerate aid to new Syrian opposition group
U.S. officials are relieved now that Syria's disjointed opposition has finally succeeded in creating a united front. The United States has been pressing the opposition to unite and officials now say the Obama administration is urging the new National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces to quickly form a technical working group with which it can coordinate assistance.

INTERNATIONAL

CNN: Satellite images suggest North Korean working on missiles, group says
Undeterred by the embarrassment of a failed rocket launch earlier this year, North Korea appears to be pressing ahead with the development of long-range missiles, according to an analysis of satellite images by a U.S. academic website.

CNN: Israeli airstrikes hit Palestinian militant targets in Gaza
Israeli airstrikes on targets in Gaza continued into the early morning hours of Tuesday, the military said. The air force bombed a weapons storage facility and two sites where rockets had been launched, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. A military representative said militants have launched more than 115 rockets toward Israel since Saturday.

CNN: Radical cleric, alleged terror fund-raiser Abu Qatada wins deportation battle
Radical cleric Abu Qatada has won a legal battle that means he will not be deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan, the latest round in a long-running battle over British efforts to deport the man accused of funding terrorist groups and said to have inspired one of the 9/11 hijackers. He is expected to be released Tuesday, but his bail conditions are still being set, Britain's Judicial Communications Office said.

CNN: Arab League recognizes new Syrian opposition coalition
The Arab League formally recognized the new National Coalition Forces of the Syrian Revolution, state media in Qatar reported Monday. Various opposition groups agreed to form the new coalition Sunday. State-run news agency QNA reported the 22-member body approved the resolution to recognize the group, which unites Syrian opposition factions.

BUSINESS

CNNMoney: Labor to press Obama on tax hike for wealthy
A cadre of top labor leaders is headed to the White House on Tuesday to press their concerns about the fiscal cliff. Topmost on their list: Tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans, and protection from cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other programs for low income families.

CNNMoney: Obama-CEOs meeting expected to be tense
Top American CEOs will meet with President Obama on Wednesday to talk about the fiscal cliff. Among those making the trek to the White House are General Electric, CEO Jeffrey Immelt and American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, CNN has confirmed. It would be Obama's first public meeting with major CEOs since being reelected, and it's expected to be tense.

CNNMoney: Stocks finish flat on light volume, looming fiscal cliff
U.S. stocks finished little changed Monday amid thin trading volume and ongoing worries over the looming fiscal cliff as well as uncertainty over Europe and Greece. Trading volume was particularly light with many traders out for the Veterans Day holiday. About 2.5 billion shares exchanged hands on the New York Stock Exchange Monday. Over the past month, average daily volume has clocked in at more than 3.5 billion shares. While the stock market was open, the bond market and banks were closed, and no major U.S. economic data was released.

In case you missed it…
Retired Col. Steve Boylan spoke with Gen. David Patraeus after he resigned. Boylan tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper about it.


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  1. MarieMD

    The name of this woman's book says it all . . . . "All In". Really?
    Way to destroy lives and a military career.

    November 13, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |