POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, December 20, 2012
December 20th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, December 20, 2012

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CNN: Republicans consider adding spending cuts to 'Plan B'
Apparently scrambling for votes on their alternative to a fiscal cliff deal – known as Plan B – House Republicans late Wednesday were considering expanding the scope of their tax cut extension measure to include spending cuts. The measure, according to GOP sources, would be modified in an effort to win support from Republicans who were concerned the extension without spending cuts was a net tax increase.

CNN: Clinton to testify before House panel in January
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify in January before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told CNN on Wednesday. Clinton was slated to testify on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya before the panel on Thursday, but canceled her scheduled Capitol Hill appearances after her office acknowledged on Saturday she had recently suffered a concussion and would be working from home this week.

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

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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.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
December 18th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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CNN: Obama, Boehner move closer on taxes, spending cuts
President Barack Obama responded on Monday to House Speaker John Boehner's offer to compromise on tax rate increases with his own compromise on both tax increases and spending cuts, according to a source familiar with the discussions. Obama's latest offer brings the two sides billions of dollars closer to a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, which promises tax increases on income of all levels and across-the-board spending cuts in the new year.

CNN: Lawmakers seem prepared to tackle gun control: 'This one feels different'
In Washington and around the country, the legacy left by the 26 people - 20 of them young children - slaughtered in a school shooting on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, might indeed be meaningful legislative reform. Over the past few days, several lawmakers have promised to introduce or reintroduce gun control legislation, ranging from a reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons to banning the sale of high-capacity magazines.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, December 17, 2012
December 17th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, December 17, 2012

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CNN: Feinstein to introduce assault weapons ban bill
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday the president will soon have legislation "to lead on" in the gun control debate, announcing she will introduce a bill next month in the Senate to place a ban on assault weapons. "We'll be prepared to go, and I hope the nation will really help," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Gun rights legislation has gained renewed attention since Friday's deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 students and six adults dead.

CNN: Gun debate gains traction as some lawmakers say it’s time to act
Lawmakers tend to stay quiet in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings, hoping to avoid attempts to politicize such tragedy. But two days after the attack that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, lawmakers were eager to take on the gun debate Sunday – with many saying a tipping point had finally been reached to pass stricter laws. Another group of voices, however, argued that if Friday's tragedy proved anything, it was a need for more guns in the hands of people as a means for self-defense.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 14, 2012
December 14th, 2012
04:42 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 14, 2012

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CNN: Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as secretary of state
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who drew heavy criticism from Republicans over her statements after the September attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission, withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state on Thursday.

CNN: Sources: Hagel frontrunner for defense secretary
Former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has met with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as the president considers tapping him to replace Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to several knowledgeable sources.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, December 13, 2012
December 13th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, December 13, 2012

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CNN: By the numbers: Fiscal cliff
Time is running out for congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama to strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. If the two parties can't come to an agreement before the end of the year, a combination of broad tax hikes and deep government spending cuts take effect . Experts warn of a new recession if Washington goes over the fiscal cliff. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the fiscal cliff and its impact:

CNN: Poll: More negative view of GOP, Romney post-election
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted one month after Election Day and released Wednesday indicates the GOP's favorable rating slipping with 30% percent of respondents viewing the party favorably, down from 36% before the election. Forty-five percent now view the party unfavorably, up from 43% before the election. Before the election, Romney's favorable rating was at 43%. The number has since dropped to 35%. His unfavorable rating has remained at 44% from before November 6.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
December 12th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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CNN: Attorney General Eric Holder talks sequestration, defends voting rights
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that if the Justice Department were faced with budget cuts due to sequestration, he believes that he would be able to maintain public safety by shifting resources and that the federal prison system could operate "for months" if necessary. However, nearly all civil cases would have to be put on hold, he added during an extended interview with National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg.

CNN: Obama 'confident' GOP will relent on tax increases
With tax hikes and federal spending cuts only weeks away, President Barack Obama said he is 'optimistic' a deal will be met to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff and anticipates Republicans will not hold middle-class taxes 'hostage' in budget negotiations.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
December 11th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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CNN: McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing
Sen. John McCain is seeking a slot on the Foreign Relations Committee next year and could be in place to grill United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice at her confirmation hearing if President Obama nominates her to be secretary of state.

CNNMoney: Democrats try to stop Michigan 'right-to-work' law
The Michigan legislature is set to take up and likely approve a controversial "right-to-work" bill aimed at organized labor on Tuesday. Several prominent Michigan Democrats met with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday in an effort to convince him not to sign the bill, which cleared some legislative hurdles last week.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, December 10, 2012
December 10th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, December 10, 2012

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CNN: Obama, Boehner meet about fiscal cliff and agree - not to say much
Twenty-three days since they last met face-to-face and 23 days before the fiscal cliff becomes a harsh reality, the two men most pivotal to the contentious budget talks sat down Sunday. There was no evidence of a breakthrough, though President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at least did agree on something: what, and what not, to say.

CNN: Gingrich on 2016 run: 'One never knows'
His 2012 presidential bid ended in defeat during the primaries, but that may not have been the last of candidate Newt Gingrich. Asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he would run for the White House again, the former House speaker put on an enormous Cheshire cat grin and said: "I doubt that, but one never knows."

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 07, 2012
December 7th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 07, 2012

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CNN: McConnell move on debt ceiling backfires
The political posturing, and theater, related to the fiscal cliff continued Thursday as Senate leaders squared off over whether to make it harder for Congress to block future increases in the debt ceiling. At issue was a move by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and meant to put Democrats in a tough spot, that backfired. McConnell pushed for a vote on an idea he first proposed last year as part of the debt ceiling standoff.

CNN: Jersey Shore meets the fiscal cliff
After a series of meetings with both President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is rarely at a loss for words, declined to answer questions from reporters Thursday and left Washington in near total silence. As it turns out, the rising Republican star's quest for money to rebuild his state's battered shoreline may be colliding with another crisis – the fiscal cliff. In other words: bad timing.

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