The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.
CNN: Fiscal cliff debate shifts to campaign-style tactics
It helped get him re-elected, so President Barack Obama is again employing campaign-style tactics to increase pressure on congressional Republicans to compromise to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Failure to reach a deal means tax increases and deep spending cuts take effect in five weeks, a scenario analysts fear could push the country back into recession.
CNN: Congressman proposes 2-year ban on bills about Internet
In an unusual step, a U.S. congressman is proposing a two-year ban on all new federal legislation regulating the Internet. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California who has been an advocate for Internet freedoms, has posted online a draft of his legislation, the Internet American Moratorium Act of 2012.
CNN: Accomplished and determined, Susan Rice at center of political storm
At one time, Susan Rice seemed to be on a trajectory that would take her to the secretary of state's office in President Barack Obama's second term. But the confusing timeline that she and the Obama administration have offered around the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, might have altered that political course, begun years ago with the help of a powerful family friend.
CNN: Mexico's president-elect focuses on economy during U.S. visit
Mexico's new leader had a message for U.S. officials as he toured Washington on Tuesday: Ties between the neighboring nations must go beyond the drug war. The two countries should team up to create jobs, Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto said at the White House.
CNN: Gay men sue counselors who promised to make them straight
Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality. His search led him to JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing. JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor. "This is the first time that plaintiffs have sought to hold conversion therapists liable in a court of law," said Samuel Wolfe, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
CNN: Tobacco companies ordered to publicly admit deception on smoking dangers
Tobacco companies have been ordered by a federal judge to publicly admit, through advertisements and package warnings, that they deceived American consumers for decades about the dangers of smoking. Federal Judge Gladys Kessler issued her ruling Tuesday in one of the last legal steps settling liability in the long-running government prosecution of cigarette makers.
CNN: New York man indicted in shopkeeper killings
A New York City man was indicted Tuesday on six murder counts, accused of using a .22-caliber rifle to kill three city shopkeepers. Salvatore E. Perrone, 64, could face up to life in prison if he is convicted, authorities said.
CNN: Tennessee latest state to chase multiple bomb threats
Courthouses and other government buildings in 30 Tennessee counties received bomb threats Tuesday, a state official said, making it the fifth state this month to see a similar round of false alarms.
CNN: Protesters to Morsy: Roll back your decree or leave
Egyptians swarmed Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand that their first freely elected leader respect their wishes, hoping to revive a democratic groundswell that swept the country's former strongman from power nearly two years ago. Protesters waved flags and banners, chanted slogans and called on President Mohamed Morsy to roll back last week's decree giving himself expanded presidential powers - or resign.
CNN: Arafat's body exhumed, tested for poison
Did Yasser Arafat die eight years ago of natural causes or was the 75-year-old Palestinian leader poisoned, as his widow believes? That's the question forensic investigators from at least three nations are trying to answer by testing samples taken from Arafat's body, which was exhumed Tuesday and reburied a short time later.
CNN: Defiant former Mexican mayor killed
The first time an assassin's bullet tried to find her, Maria Santos Gorrostieta escaped, but her husband was killed. That was in 2009, when she was mayor of Tiquicheo, a small town in the Mexican state of Michoacan, which has seen some of the most brutal drug-related violence. The bullets found her in January of 2010, but again, she survived. She remained defiant but the forces who wanted her dead prevailed this month, kidnapping her while she drove her daughter to school.
CNN Security Clearance: Second North Korean missile launch would be unprecedented
While new satellite images show preparations for what is believed to be a coming long-range missile launch by North Korea, a second attempt in 2012 would be unprecedented, a top satellite image analyst told CNN. There have been four launches of this scale since 1998, including a failed attempt in April of this year. A second launch in 2012 would be the first time North Korea has launched two systems of this class, their largest missile class, in less than three years.
CNNMoney: Federal Reserve official aims for 6.5% unemployment
Just how far should the unemployment rate fall before the Federal Reserve raises interest rates? Charles Evans, president of the Chicago Fed, wants the central bank to keep the federal funds rate near zero until unemployment falls to 6.5% - a jobless rate not seen since 2008.
CNNMoney: Treasury declines to brand China a currency manipulator
The Treasury Department said Tuesday that China's currency remains undervalued, but stopped short of branding the country a currency manipulator. In its semi-annual report on international exchange rates, the Treasury Department said Chinese authorities "have substantially reduced the level of official intervention in exchange markets" since last year, and have "taken a series of steps to liberalize controls on capital movements."
CNNMoney: Does Powerball really boost the economy?
Millions of Americans are buying tickets for Wednesday's $500 million Powerball lottery, and you'd think that would mean a big economic boost for the 43 states participating. That's not a sure bet.
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