POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
January 16th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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: Details emerge on gun control proposal coming Wednesday
President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a package of gun control proposals that, according to a source, will include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will announce the proposals, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.

CNN: House passes $50 billion-plus Sandy aid package
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved measures Tuesday to send more than $50 billion in aid to the Northeastern states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy last fall, though some conservatives in the House were pushing for spending cuts that would offset the cost of the recovery package.

CNN: N.Y. governor signs nation's first gun-control bill since Newtown
Gov. Andrew Cuomo beefed up New York's gun-control laws on Tuesday by signing into law a new package of firearm and mental health regulations that mark the nation's first since last month's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

CNN: NRA airs new TV ad criticizing Obama on eve of White House gun announcement
The National Rifle Association released a new television commercial Tuesday night charging President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for being "skeptical" about placing armed guards at schools, while his own two daughters are protected by the U.S. Secret Service.


CNN: FBI: No credible threats to inauguration activities
As law enforcement agencies finalize security preparations for Barack Obama's second inauguration, an FBI official said Tuesday authorities have "no credible corroborated threats to any of the activities." Debra Evans Smith, the FBI's acting assistant director in charge of its Washington field office, said the FBI will have specialized personnel ready to go to meet any security challenge.

CNN: Oprah interview won't reduce sanctions against Armstrong, officials say
It will take more than a television interview to reduce sanctions against Lance Armstrong, the World Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday as Oprah Winfrey spoke out about her interview with the disgraced cyclist.

CNN: Widow of Colorado theater shooting victim sues psychiatrist
The widow of a victim killed in last year's Colorado movie theater shooting is suing the accused gunman's psychiatrist and the university where she works. The psychiatrist should have advised police to apprehend suspect James Holmes weeks before the theater rampage, Chantel Blunk said in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court.

CNN: NYPD: 'Bait bottles' with GPS devices could help track pharmacy thieves
The New York Police Department will attempt to fight prescription drug thefts by asking pharmacies around the city to plant Global Positioning System devices in fake pill bottles, according to Commissioner Raymond Kelly.


CNN: Japanese airlines suspend Dreamliner flights after emergency landing
Two Japanese airlines grounded their fleets of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which has been beset by a string of mechanical and other problems, after an All Nippon Airways flight made an emergency landing Wednesday.

CNN: Rebels still hold key town in Mali, French defense minister says
The Islamist rebels fighting to overthrow Mali's government are "determined, well-equipped and well-trained" and still hold a key town in the central part of that African country, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.

CNN: Pakistani Supreme Court orders arrest of prime minister in corruption case
The Pakistani government came under attack from two angles Tuesday as the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the country's prime minister and a rowdy anti-government rally took place near the national parliament. The Supreme Court issued the arrest order for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and a number of other officials over allegations of illegal payments for electricity-generating projects when Ashraf was minister for water and power.

CNN: Saudi activists say kingdom trying to silence them
Mohammed Al-Qahtani, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent human rights activists, has been on trial for several months in Riyadh. He faces nine charges, including breaking allegiance to the Saudi king, describing Saudi Arabia as a police state and turning people and international bodies against the kingdom. Al-Qahtani calls the accusations against him nonsense and says he has stoked the ire of the kingdom for running an activist group that is trying to expose human rights violations in the country.


CNNMoney: Obama budget office: Prepare for job cuts
The White House budget office has asked federal agencies to "intensify" preparations for massive cuts, should Congress not be able to come to a deal to avert them before March 1.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart to hire 100,000 veterans
Wal-Mart Stores said Tuesday that, over the next five years, it will hire every veteran who honorably left the military in the last year. More than 100,000 people are expected to find work through the program, making it one of the largest hiring commitments for veterans on record, the nation's largest retailer said.

CNNMoney: Stocks: Investors play waiting game
U.S. stocks ended mixed Tuesday, as investors sat on the sidelines ahead of corporate earnings later this week. Trading volumes have been extremely low this week. Even some decent economic reports released Tuesday morning weren't enough to draw investors into stocks.

In case you missed it…
Cell phone providers say they're ready to handle the texts, pictures and videos people send during the Inauguration. CNN’s Sandra Endo reports.

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