POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
December 19th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 19, 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.


CNN Security Clearance: Benghazi review critical of State's diplomatic security
An independent review of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi criticizes the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security for its work in Libya before the event in which four Americans were killed, two sources who have read the report told CNN Tuesday. The senior management in charge of diplomatic security "does not come out well at all," said one of the sources.

CNN: NRA had been silent after shootings but may now be regrouping
As the nation sent up a collective wail of grief over the 26 people slaughtered in a Newtown, Connecticut, school last week, the nation's leading gun rights lobby remained silent. Until now. Late Tuesday, the group broke that silence with a statement.

CNN: Boehner proposes short-term tax fix; Democrats say no
Boehner on Tuesday proposed what recently was the unthinkable for Republicans - letting tax rates go up on income above $1 million as a short-term step to avoid some of the fiscal cliff while continuing to negotiate a broader deal. The White House and Democratic leaders immediately rejected Boehner's move, saying the focus should be on a comprehensive deficit-reduction agreement instead of a partial step that no one likes.

CNN: Michigan governor vetoes bill allowing concealed weapons in public places
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation that would have allowed concealed pistol license holders who undergo additional training to carry concealed pistols in schools and other public places, his office said Tuesday in a statement.


CNN: After shooting, cops take no-tolerance approach to copycat threats
Two teens who, in separate incidents, threatened to carry out similar attacks as the massacre in Newtown were promptly arrested this week - a sign that law enforcement officials have taken an aggressive no-tolerance approach against potential copycats.

CNN: No cyberstalking charges for Petraeus' mistress Broadwell
Paula Broadwell, a woman who was romantically involved with former CIA Director David Petraeus, will not face federal charges of cyberstalking another woman friendly with Petraeus. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa informed Broadwell's attorney Robert Muse of the decision in a brief letter dated December 14.

CNN Security Clearance: Feds: Florida man wanted to attack NYC landmark but lacked funds, bombs
A Florida man arrested on terror charges allegedly wanted to attack a landmark in New York City but didn't have the money or bomb-making components to carry out his plot, according to arguments made by federal prosecutors during a detention hearing Tuesday. According to a federal law enforcement official familiar with the case, the government alleges Raees Alam Qazi, 20, wanted to avenge deaths in Afghanistan and those killed by U.S. drone attacks.

CNN: Rejection, bullying are risk factors among shooters
If you're wondering who else in the United States might fit a "profile" of becoming a mass killer, just look around: They are everywhere, and they're most likely harmless. Experts in criminology can point to various mental, physical and situational factors that many shooters have in common, but most people who would fit into that box will never actually commit violent crimes.


CNN: Bolivia releases imprisoned American after 18 months
A flooring contractor from Brooklyn, New York, received news he had dreamed of for more than a year when a Bolivian judge released him on bail Tuesday. Supporters of the businessman, 53, who had been imprisoned for 18 months, say he faces death threats for exposing Bolivian government corruption connected with the case against him. Ostreicher was arrested in June 2011 on suspicion of money laundering tied to a rice-growing operation.

CNN: Cameroonian jailed for texting 'I'm in love with you' to another man
A Cameroon appeals court upheld a sentence against a man convicted of homosexuality for texting his male friend to say, "I'm very much in love with you." Roger Mbede, a university student, was arrested in March last year after the man who received the message tipped off authorities, Human Rights Watch said. A court sentenced Mbede to three years in prison at the time after he was beaten to coerce a confession, according to the group.

CNN: Polio workers come under fresh attack in Pakistan
Health workers administering polio vaccinations came under fresh attack in Pakistan on Wednesday, a troubling development in a nation that remains one of three in the world where the disease has yet to be eradicated. Three workers were killed in separate attacks, a day after five others died in similar circumstances. All of them were part of a massive vaccination campaign nationwide.

CNN: 17 killed as armed inmates attempt prison break in northern Mexico
At least 17 people were killed when inmates tried to escape from a prison in northern Mexico Tuesday, firing guns at guard towers and running through tunnels below the facility. The dead included 11 inmates and six guards, Durango state public safety officials said in a statement.


CNNMoney: Majority of Americans have received government aid
More than half of Americans have received benefits from government entitlement programs during their lifetimes, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. The study found that 55% of Americans have been on at least one of the six largest government safety net programs: unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, Medicaid and welfare.

CNNMoney: Money leaks and how to plug them
You keep a sharp eye on your budget. You buy ultra-low-cost index funds instead of actively managed ones, and you know that, unless you're behind the wheel of a Maserati, you can skip the premium gas. Still, you may be missing some "money leaks," those small expenses that you hardly notice but that add up over time.

CNNMoney: Instagram says it won't sell your photos to advertisers
One day after Instagram sent its users into a panic with a rule change that would have allowed it to sell users' photos to advertisers, the company backtracked, saying that sweeping change wasn't what it intended.

In case you missed it…
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  1. Marie MD

    Regrouping or reloading (their facorite word). There is NOTHING they can say about the shooting to take the stink of blood from their cold dead hands. They wait a week. what are they going to say now?
    Too little too late for one of the biggesty lobbying fools in DC.
    4H their biggest customer. Teaching and helping kids learn to shot semi automatic and AR rifles is what they love to do. They have to recruit fro somewhere.

    December 19, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Pass GUN-BAN LAW... Period.

    December 19, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |