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CNN: Gingrich's 'fiscal cliff' lessons from budget battles with Clinton
Newt Gingrich, a former Republican House speaker who knows something of negotiating with a Democratic president over budget issues, laid out his "fiscal cliff" advice to Republicans Tuesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight:” if necessary, go over the cliff without a deal.
CNN: Ryan encourages GOP to focus on the future in first major post-election speech
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan urged his party to advance a forward-looking vision in his first high-profile speech since his failed bid for the White House alongside Mitt Romney. The Wisconsin Republican also acknowledged that that he and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who would speak at the dinner and receive an award, are seen as 2016 presidential contenders themselves.
First on CNN: Republican advocacy group to step up efforts to pressure Obama
In the first advertising effort to support the Republicans in the ongoing fiscal cliff debate, the advocacy group Crossroads GPS will go on television Thursday trying to push the White House to offer more spending cuts as part of any deal. The group is buying $500,000 worth of time on national cable, including on CNN, as well on stations in the Washington area during the Sunday public affairs programs.
CNN: Conservatives blast Boehner tax increases; other Republicans withhold criticism
Leading conservatives blasted a controversial new House Republican proposal that breaks with years of GOP orthodoxy by calling for more taxes to be paid by wealthier Americans as part of a broader deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. But in a sign of how politically treacherous and awkward the offer has become, top Senate Republicans – many of them conservatives – withheld harsh criticism of the plan even as they refused to embrace it.
CNN: Newspaper takes heat over haunting subway photo
The man in the picture has his back to the camera. He's desperately clawing at a subway platform, looking right at the train that's bearing down on him as he stands on the tracks. It's a terrifying, heart-wrenching image, and it's generating a lot of criticism for the newspaper that used it on its front page - the salty, sensational New York Post. Why didn't the photographer help? Why did the newspaper publish the photo?
CNN Security Clearance: "Zero Dark Thirty" take on bin Laden raid courted controversy from start
The new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden didn't even have a title when controversy began swirling around how it was made. Now the movie is officially called "Zero Dark Thirty," and still some in Washington are concerned about what access the filmmakers had to classified information about the biggest intelligence effort in decades.
CNN: NFL linebacker's mother screams as his baby cries in 911 tapes
Inside the Kansas City home that Jovan Belcher fled, his baby daughter wailed, his mother was in hysterics and his girlfriend was quiet, barely breathing. This is what the NFL linebacker left behind on Saturday in a rush of violence that left many wondering why. Few answers came from 911 tapes released this week by police.
CNN: Man pleads guilty to terror charges in plot to blow up NY synagogues and churches
A man pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday to terror-related charges in connection with a plot targeting New York synagogues and churches, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. Ahmed Ferhani, 27, was arrested in May 2011, marking the end of an eight-month undercover operation by New York police officers.
CNN: Israel defies international criticism of settlement plans
Israel said Tuesday it won't bow to demands by world leaders to abandon plans for new settlements on Palestinian territory. "Israel will continue to stand by its essential interests even in the face of international pressure, and there will be no change in the decision that was taken," the Israeli prime minister's office said Tuesday.
CNN: Attorney: Internet pioneer John McAfee in Guatemala, will seek asylum
For weeks, John McAfee hid from authorities, donning a disguise and using disposable cell phones to communicate. On Tuesday, the 67-year-old Internet security pioneer emerged publicly in Guatemala's capital, hundreds of miles away from the Caribbean island in Belize where his next-door neighbor was found dead. McAfee's lawyer said he left Belize to escape police persecution and planned to file a formal request for asylum with Guatemalan officials Wednesday.
CNN: Turkish official: Iraq forces minister's plane to turn around
The Iraqi government in Baghdad denied permission Tuesday for Turkey's energy minister to fly to the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. The apparent ban on his flight comes at a time of heightened tension between Ankara and Baghdad. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iraqi counterpart, Nuri al-Maliki, have engaged in a public war of words, accusing each other of pushing their respective countries towards civil war. For months, Turkey has also offered sanctuary to Iraq's fugitive vice president, Tarek al-Hashemi, who was sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court for murder.
CNN: Do economic sanctions 'strengthen your enemy'?
Economic sanctions have effects, says an expert at Johns Hopkins University, but not all may be intended. "Sanctions historically are quite counterproductive in the sense that if you impose sanctions on your enemy, it tends to strengthen your enemy," Steve Hanke told CNN's John Defterios.
CNNMoney: Africa: Ripe for investment
When it comes to investing around the globe, most investors take a detour around Africa, but experts say that's a mistake. Over the past decade, Africa has been the second-fastest growing economy in the world, with GDP accelerating more than 5% a year on average, according to the World Bank.
CNNMoney: Whistleblowers lead to $3.3 billion in U.S. recovery
Whistleblower tips led to a record $3.3 billion recovered by the Justice Department this past year in cases involving frauds against the government, officials said Tuesday. Such cases were brought under the False Claims Act, a law covering frauds against the government that includes a provision allowing private citizens to file lawsuits on the government's behalf. These citizens are then entitled to collect a portion of any fines or penalties collected in their cases.
CNNMoney: Corporate profits hit record as wages get squeezed
Just four years after the worst shock to the economy since the Great Depression, U.S. corporate profits are stronger than ever. In the third quarter, corporate earnings were $1.75 trillion, up 18.6% from a year ago, according to last week'si gross domestic product report. That took after-tax profits to their greatest percentage of GDP in history. But the record profits come at the same time that workers' wages have fallen to their lowest-ever share of GDP.
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