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CNN Poll: 57% of Americans say Israeli attacks in Gaza are justified
A majority of Americans say that Israel's current military strikes against Gaza are justified, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that 57% of the public says Israel is justified in taking military action in Gaza against Hamas, with one in four saying the attacks are unjustified.
CNN: Video: Sen. Snowe says Americans 'fed up' with Washington gridlock
Retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe said Americans are "fed up with the posturing in Washington." A moderate Republican from Maine, Snowe shocked the political world in February when she announced that she would not seek a fourth term in the Senate because of its "debilitating partisanship, polarization and the overall dysfunction."
CNN: Poll: Americans follow 'fiscal cliff' debate more closely than other stories
As the conflict between Israel and Gaza escalates and the investigations into the former CIA Director David Petraeus and attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi dominate the news cycle, a new poll shows Americans are following Washington's debate over the so-called fiscal cliff more closely than the other stories.
CNN: Obama campaign seeks input on future, whatever that may be
While the election may be over, don't expect an end to the campaign emails–the latest of which hailed from President Barack Obama's re-election team Sunday evening. The email asked for feedback from supporters about the president's campaign and signaled the organization may stick around for future use as a policy advocate tool under Obama's second term, or even further down the road as a blueprint for national Democratic candidates.
CNN: 4 California men charged with supporting the Taliban
Four men from the greater Los Angeles area were allegedly on their way to train with the Taliban in Afghanistan and were plotting to kill American soldiers and bomb government installations, according to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles.
CNN: Indianapolis explosion now a homicide probe, officials say
The explosion that killed two people and hurt seven in an Indianapolis subdivision is now the subject of a homicide probe, authorities announced Monday. Police want to know about a white van seen in the neighborhood before the November 10 blast that leveled several homes, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said.
CNN: Investigators to re-create conditions ahead of Texas parade tragedy
In an effort to understand why a truck serving as a parade float crossed in front of a fast-moving locomotive last week, killing four war veterans on the float, federal accident investigators on Tuesday will re-create the accident conditions.
CNN: Beckham leaving U.S. soccer after title game
Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham will be leaving the team after its MLS Cup game December 1, team officials announced Monday. The famed British midfielder joined the Galaxy in 2007, raising the profile of Major League Soccer in the United States and helped lead the team to the league title in 2011. Monday's announcement comes 10 months after he signed a new two-year contract with the team, turning his back on a number of offers from leading European clubs.
CNN: Clinton to visit Israel and Ramallah as Israeli-Gaza attacks intensify
As explosions terrorized both Palestinians and Israelis for a seventh day Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will head to the region in an attempt to help resolve the incessant violence. Clinton will leave late Tuesday for a trip to Israel, Ramallah and Egypt, Deputy National Security Director Ben Rhodes said.
CNN: Iron Dome: Missile defense system a game changer, Israelis say
Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system is figuring prominently in the unfolding aerial conflict with Hamas' military wing in Gaza. Iron Dome is being credited with protecting Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities by blocking some of the rockets fired from Gaza.
CNN: Protesters, police clash in Cairo
Violence flared in central Cairo on Monday as protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police, who responded in kind. The protesters are angry at the government and the Muslim Brotherhood, a popular Islamist movement. They rallied near Tahrir Square, near the parliament building, just a block from the Interior Ministry.
CNN: Pakistani court throws out charges against Christian girl accused of blasphemy
A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed blasphemy charges against Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager whose case prompted an international outcry. "She is a free woman, like any ordinary citizen," said Abdul Hameed Rana, one of Rimsha's lawyers. The high court in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad found that the accusations against her were legally unsound, he said.
CNNMoney: Stocks enjoy biggest rally in months
U.S. stocks rallied Monday, logging their best gains in months, as investors started the holiday-shortened week optimistic that fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington are progressing. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 200 points, or 1.7%, with financial stocks Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase among the top leaders. The S&P 500 added 2% and the Nasdaq surged 2.2%.
CNNMoney: France loses another AAA rating with Moody's downgrade
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of France, stripping a key eurozone economy of its prized AAA status. The rating was cut one notch from AAA to Aa1. Moody's said its outlook remains negative, which means further downgrades are possible.
CNNMoney: Hostess shutdown on hold
Hostess Brands and a key union agreed Monday to try to mediate their dispute - an unexpected development that could spare the company from permanently shutting down. The Bakery Workers union, which represents 5,000 of the 18,500 employees at the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, went on strike on Nov. 9. The company had imposed paycuts and other concessions opposed by the union's membership.
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Amid fears of an imminent ground war, Anderson Cooper recaps the battle between Hamas and Israeli Defense Forces.
Clinton heads to middle east is so wonderful–yes, this nation is going in perfectly right direction. We need peace in the world–not wars which broke our treasury. Obama the best. God bless.