POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 28, 2013
January 28th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 28, 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.

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL

CNN: A month of outrage later, Senate to vote on Sandy relief
The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on more than $50 billion in aid to Northeastern states battered by October's Superstorm Sandy, four weeks after a delay that sparked bipartisan fury.

CNN: Obama publicly thanks Clinton in '60 Minutes' interview
President Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton will go down "as one of the finest secretaries of state" as he sat next to her in their first joint interview Sunday night on CBS's "60 Minutes." "The main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say 'thank you,'" he said when asked why he wanted to do the interview with his former political foe.

CNN: GOP needs to back immigration overhaul, lawmakers say
The Republican Party's steep deficit among Latino voters last November will boost a new effort by the Obama administration to overhaul U.S. immigration laws, leading lawmakers from both parties said Sunday.

CNN: Pentagon laying off 46,000 employees
The Pentagon has begun laying off 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees in an effort to cut back on military spending, the No. 2 Pentagon official said on Friday. The moves are part of a Defense Department effort to reduce spending given the potential for billions in mandatory cuts beginning as early as this spring should Congress fail to reach a deal on deficit reduction.

NATIONAL

CNN: Anonymous threatens Justice Department over hacktivist death
In anger over the recent death of an Internet activist who faced federal charges, hackers claiming to be from the group Anonymous threatened early Saturday to release sensitive information about the U.S. Department of Justice. They claimed to have one such file on multiple servers ready for immediate release.

CNN: Coast Guard investigating potential oil spill in Mississippi River
Two tank barges loaded with light crude oil struck a bridge in the Mississippi River early Sunday morning. The Coast Guard said it was trying to determine how many gallons may have been spilled into the river near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The tank that was leaking contained 80,000 gallons of oil. A Coast Guard team has stopped the source of the spill, the agency said in a news release.

CNN: Gun control advocates march as nation reels from school shootings
Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who've had enough of gun violence. The demonstrators want reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles such as the one used in the recent Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. The protestors also want a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks

CNN: Mayor Bloomberg's giving to alma mater tops $1 billion
Michael Bloomberg's first gift to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, was a whopping $5 in 1965, a year after he graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering. Fast forward to Saturday, when the Baltimore university announced Bloomberg has now given a total of $1.1 billion. The latest commitment came in the form of a cool $350 million toward a "transformational" initiative aimed at cross-discipline solutions to societal problems.

INTERNATIONAL

CNN: Fire rips through crowded Brazil nightclub, killing 233
Workers combing through the charred wreckage of Kiss nightclub in southern Brazil on Sunday encountered the eerie sound of ringing cell phones as friends and relatives of the victims called in search of their loved ones. A fire swept through the packed, popular nightclub in Santa Maria early Sunday, killing at least 233 people - enough to fill a large plane - Brazilian Health Minister Alexandro Padilha told reporters. Of those, 185 have been identified so far.

CNN: Egypt's Morsy declares curfew in 3 cities, vows 'justice' for those behind violence
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy said late Sunday that he won't stand by in the wake of recent violence, declaring a limited state of emergency and suggesting more such moves could be in the offing. Morsy - who became Egypt’s first democratically elected president last year but since has become a target of critics accusing him of amassing power for himself and his conservative allies - imposed a 30-day curfew in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez. Under his order, people in those governorates cannot go out between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

CNN: Al-Assad's grip on power "slipping away," Medvedev says
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's odds of holding power "are slipping away" as the nearly 2-year-old revolt against his rule grinds on, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says.

CNN: French-led forces in Mali take Timbuktu airport, enter city
French-led troops in Mali have seized control of the airport in Timbuktu from Islamist militants and are fighting their way into the city center, a spokesman for the Malian military said Monday. The United States has also stepped up its involvement in the conflict by conducting aerial refueling missions on top of the intelligence and airlift support it was already providing.

BUSINESS

CNNMoney: Obama considers Wal-Mart charity chief as budget director
President Obama's top candidate to run his budget office, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, is one of the nation's top corporate philanthropists and a veteran of the Clinton administration. She currently runs the Wal-Mart Foundation, which helps fund food pantries and sustainable farming in the United States as well as economic development in Africa. It also helped Hurricane Sandy victims in the Northeast, according to press releases.

CNNMoney: Boeing keeps building Dreamliners it can't fly
Nobody is allowed to fly them. But Boeing can't stop churning them out. A federal probe into electrical fires has grounded all 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world. But Boeing has little choice but to keep its assembly lines running at their normal pace. A significant slowdown in production, let alone a full shutdown, would be too costly for both Boeing and its suppliers who are counting on making parts for the aircraft.

CNNMoney: Housing to drive economic growth (finally!)
The bursting of the housing bubble plunged the economy into a recession from which it has yet to fully recover. But economists say this could finally be the year that housing lifts us out of the doldrums.

In case you missed it…
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  1. Name lynn

    The litanos wants to start a new life in america, why cant the lations come a start a new life. If it was the people that during all the talking wanted to come to the united states of america to start a new life then what. People an the white house leaders talking. well.

    January 28, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  2. Name lynn

    Thats sad all those people got kill in the night club in brazil, my heart goes out to the families of those people. I stop going out to clubs years ago, i go to church my children an i go to now but churches not safe now either.

    January 28, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |