April 24th, 2009
05:05 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, April 24, 2009

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CNN: Obama's approval rating high, but will it last?
Nearly two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, according to an average of the most recent national polls.

CNN: Defense Department to release abuse photos, ACLU says
The Defense Department will release "a substantial number" of photographs showing abuse of prisoners at prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

CNN: Holder buffeted by demands for memos, prosecutions
Attorney General Eric Holder was decidedly non-committal Thursday as he was buffeted on Capitol Hill by alternating demands to release — or not — more secret torture-related documents, and to prosecute — or not– Bush administration officials who wrote and approved those documents.

CNN: Senior McCain aide: The GOP is a 'shrinking entity'
John McCain’s general election campaign began as “the strategic equivalent of throwing a football through a tire at 50 yards” – and was doomed weeks before Election Day, his former chief strategist said Thursday.

CNN: The politics of 'torture' heating up in Washington
Who knew what, and when?

NYT: Ethics Panel Is Asked to Look Into Kennedy Leaks
The state’s top ethics panel is reviewing a request from three government watchdog groups to investigate the Paterson administration’s leaks of confidential information provided by Caroline Kennedy when she was seeking appointment to the United States Senate.

Washington Post: In Obama's Inner Circle, Debate Over Memos' Release Was Intense
As President Obama met with top advisers on the evening of April 15, he faced one of the sharpest policy divides of his young administration.

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April 23rd, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, April 23, 2009

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CNN: Pelosi now says she was told Harman was picked up on wiretap
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she had been informed that Rep. Jane Harman had been picked up on a wiretap — after Tuesday telling reporters she didn't know.

CNN: Obama misreads Cuban offer, Fidel Castro says
President Obama misinterpreted Cuban President Raúl Castro's offer to start talks with the United States, Castro's brother Fidel said Wednesday, appearing to dismiss the U.S. leader's call for Cuba to release political prisoners.

CNN: FEMA to remain within DHS, nominee says
The man tapped to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the agency will remain under the Department of Homeland Security. But it was not immediately clear if nominee Craig Fugate was representing only his personal opinion or administration policy.

CNN: Obama announces plan to lease federal waters for clean energy
President Obama marked Earth Day Wednesday by announcing a new initiative to lease federal waters for the purpose of generating electricity from wind and ocean currents.

NYT: U.S. May Fill Afghan Civilian Posts With Military Personnel
The Obama administration is finding that it must turn to military personnel to fill hundreds of posts in Afghanistan that had been intended for civilian experts, senior officials said Wednesday.

Washington Post: Probe Into Auto Adviser's Firm Expands
Government officials are expanding their investigation of Quadrangle, the private-equity firm founded by the Obama administration's lead auto negotiator, as new details emerge about an alleged kickback scheme involving the New York state pension fund.

WSJ: Banks Get New Offer for Debt in Chrysler
The U.S. Treasury, in an escalating back-and-forth that may determine whether Chrysler LLC avoids liquidation, has quickly responded to Chrysler lenders that rejected an earlier Treasury bid to slash the car maker's debt.

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April 22nd, 2009
04:56 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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CNN: Memo: Obama's Intel Director said interrogations yielded "high value" Info
In a previously undisclosed private memo, President Obama's intelligence director told colleagues that enhanced interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration yielded important information that helped America deal with the threat of terrorism.

CNN: Back to where it began: Obama revisits Iowa
Barack Obama heads to Iowa Wednesday, his first visit as president to the state that gave him his first victory in a long battle for the White House.

CNN: Harman: Alleged wiretap an 'abuse of power'
A key Democrat who reportedly was overheard on a National Security Agency wiretap discussing a deal with a suspected Israeli agent has called the wiretap an "abuse of power."

CNN: Borger: A little outrage, please, Mr. President
Inside the White House, the expectation was that the president's Latin American excursion would not be as much of a home run as his European economic summit. After all, he's less popular in that part of the world.

CNN: U.S. Senate confirms Hill as top envoy to Iraq
The U.S. Senate confirmed veteran diplomat Christopher Hill as U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Tuesday, voting 73-23 to put Hill in charge of the largest U.S. embassy in the world.

CNN: Shirtless Obama to appear on magazine cover
It's not every day a President of the United States lands shirtless on a magazine cover.

WSJ: New Military Command to Focus on Cybersecurity
The Obama administration plans to create a new military command to coordinate the defense of Pentagon computer networks and improve U.S. offensive capabilities in cyberwarfare, according to current and former officials familiar with the plans.

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April 21st, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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CNN: In CIA visit, Obama defends interrogation memo release
President Obama, visiting CIA headquarters Monday, defended his decision to release Bush-era memos on interrogation tactics, saying the country will ultimately be stronger as a result.

CNN: Preference for Hill over Zinni remains a mystery
Chris Hill is slowly overcoming GOP opposition that has delayed his nomination as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, but it's still unclear why the Obama administration revoked the offer they gave to someone else first — General Anthony Zinni.

CNN Poll: Americans still back Democrats, but not as much
As Congress comes back after a two-week recess, a national poll indicates the honeymoon may be over for congressional Democrats, although they maintain a decided advantage over the GOP.

CNN: Cheney: 'I don't think we've got much to apologize for'
The former vice president Dick Cheney is slamming President Obama’s efforts to set a new tone for relations with the U.S. on the world stage.

WSJ: Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project
Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project - the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever - according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.

NYT: Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyists
One of the leading House Democrats on intelligence matters was overheard on telephone calls intercepted by the National Security Agency agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage, current and former government officials say.

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April 20th, 2009
05:12 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, April 20, 2009

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CNN: Obama to gather Cabinet, seeking $100 million in cuts
President Obama returned to Washington on Sunday night with his eye back on his domestic agenda and a plan to save government money.

CNN: Senator says Obama's appearance with Chavez 'irresponsible'
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, told CNN Sunday it was "irresponsible" for President Obama to have been seen "laughing and joking" with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas on Friday.

CNN: Napolitano defends 'right wing extremism' report, regrets offense
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano continued to defend her agency's recent report warning of right-wing extremist groups, saying the U.S. has active intelligence suggesting such groups are actively targeting disgruntled veterans.

CNN: Obama 'gravely concerned' about U.S. journalist in Iranian prison
President Obama called Sunday for the release of a U.S. journalist convicted of espionage in Iran.

CNN: Ex-CIA chief: Obama risks national security
A former head of the CIA slammed President Obama on Sunday for releasing four Bush-era memos, saying the new president has compromised national security.

NYT: U.S. May Convert Banks’ Bailouts to Equity Share
President Obama’s top economic advisers have determined that they can shore up the nation’s banking system without having to ask Congress for more money any time soon, according to administration officials.

Washington Post: A Bigger, Bolder Role Is Imagined For the IMF
Inside a cavernous assembly hall in downtown Washington, dignitaries gather twice a year for routine meetings of the International Monetary Fund. Before long, though, the room could take center stage in the IMF's transformation into a veritable United Nations for the global economy.

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April 17th, 2009
05:14 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, April 17, 2009

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CNN: Bush-era interrogation memo: No torture without 'severe pain' intent
Interrogation tactics such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation and slapping did not violate laws against torture when there was no intent to cause severe pain, according to a Bush-era memo on the tactics released Thursday.

CNN: Ex-McCain aide to call for gay marriage support
Steve Schmidt, a key architect of John McCain's presidential campaign, is making his first public return to Washington a bold one.

CNN: Obama unveils high-speed passenger rail plan
President Obama unveiled his administration's blueprint for a new national network of high-speed passenger rail lines Thursday, saying such an investment is necessary to reduce traffic congestion, cut dependence on foreign oil and improve the environment.

CNN: Analysis: Don't expect deal with Mexico on assault weapons ban
President Obama visits Mexico with many issues on the table, but reinstating the ban on assault weapons in the U.S. isn't likely to be one on which the two countries can reach agreement.

CNN: Obama likely to get earful on Cuba at Americas summit
When President Obama arrives in Trinidad and Tobago this week for the Summit of the Americas, the one country in the region not present may be the one he hears the most about: Cuba.

Washington Post: Role of Bush NSA Plan Under Review
The Bush administration planned last year to direct the National Security Agency, which specializes in spying electronically on foreign adversaries, to take the techniques it has employed to defend military computer networks and use them to protect U.S. government civilian networks, according to current and former officials.

NYT: Obama Adviser Said to Be Tied to Pension Deal
The man leading the Obama administration’s efforts to restructure the auto industry has been described in Securities and Exchange Commission documents as having arranged for his investment firm to pay more than $1 million to obtain New York State pension business.

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April 16th, 2009
05:38 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, April 16, 2009

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CNN: Obama: Latin America on equal footing with U.S.
President Barack Obama on Thursday embarks on a trip to Latin America, where the leader of the world's lone superpower said he seeks to engage in talks with the region's leaders as equals.

CNN: Nationwide 'tea party' protests blast spending
Armed with signs reading "no taxation without deliberation" and "stop bankrupting America," tens of thousands of people spent national tax day at organized "tea party" demonstrations across the country, protesting what some view as excessive government spending and bailouts.

CNN: Obama heads to Mexico amid escalating drug violence
President Obama travels to Mexico on Thursday as the United States' neighbor to the south continues to wrestle with increasingly deadly drug wars.

CNN: Napolitano defends report on right-wing extremist groups
The Department of Homeland Security will never monitor ideology or political beliefs, the head of the agency said Wednesday, responding to criticism of a recent report on right-wing extremist groups.

CNN: Clinton hits milestone in trying to clear campaign debt
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reached an important milestone Wednesday in her quest to pay the debt from her failed 2008 presidential bid: For the first time in eight months, her campaign committee reported having more money in the bank than it owes.

CNN: Clinton unveils initiative to combat 'scourge of piracy'
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday unveiled a diplomatic initiative to thwart attacks on ships off Somalia's coast and combat what she called the "scourge of piracy."

NYT: N.S.A.’s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress
The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.

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April 15th, 2009
05:14 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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CNN: Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail to get aboard
The Liberty Sun, a U.S.-flagged cargo ship bound for Mombasa, Kenya, was attacked Tuesday night by Somali pirates, according to the company and senior U.S. military officials.

CNN: Obama administration opens door for Iran
One of the main stumbling blocks to talk with Iran has been the condition that Iran suspends its uranium enrichment. Now, the Obama administration may take that option off the table, at least for now.

CNN: Pentagon looks to move battle against pirates ashore
As the Defense Department weighs options to prevent a repeat of the drama that unfolded on the seas this weekend, those who patrol the waters say pirates must be rooted out before they leave land.

CNN: First dog Bo meets White House press corps
Bo the Portuguese water dog made his White House debut under cloudy skies Tuesday afternoon, spending several minutes taking his new family on a lively romp over the South Lawn with frequent stops for hearty sniffs at his new surroundings.

CNN: New York governor to propose legalizing same-sex marriage
Gov. David Paterson will announce plans Thursday to introduce same-sex marriage legislation in the state Assembly, according to an assemblyman who was asked to be present for the announcement.

Washington Post: At Summit of Americas, U.S. May Face World of Blame for Economy
President Obama plans to take his message of partnership to Latin America and the Caribbean this week, but he will face a group of leaders far less forgiving than their European counterparts were about the United States' central role in the global financial crisis.

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April 14th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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CNN: Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions

President Obama lifted all restrictions Monday on the ability of individuals to visit relatives in Cuba, as well as to send them remittances.

CNN: Obama didn't raise U.S. terrorist attack risk, most say in poll

A new poll indicates Americans don't agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent assertion that President Obama's actions have increased the chances of a terrorist attack against the United States.

CNN: Activists gear up for national 'Tax Day Tea Party'

Legions of small-government, anti-tax activists around the country are mobilizing for a second wave of nationwide "Tea Party" demonstrations on Wednesday to protest the fiscal policies of the Obama administration.

CNN: Clinton to visit Haiti, announce $50 million in aid

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week turns the spotlight on the poorest country in the Americas: Haiti.

NYT: U.S. May Drop Key Condition for Talks With Iran

The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

Jerusalem Post Exclusive: Israel, US to hold largest-ever joint missile defense drill

In the face of Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear capability, Israel and the United States will hold an unprecedented and massive exercise later this year to jointly test three different ballistic missile defense systems, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Washington Post: Leaning on Fiat's Sense of Direction To Guide Chrysler

When corporate executives brief Wall Street analysts, they can usually be counted on to put their companies' performances in the best light. But Fiat's engaging chief executive Sergio Marchionne rarely minces words. After taking the wheel at the Italian automaker in 2004, he promised analysts he would do "radical surgery" because "we've got an organizational structure that needs to be snapped out of its stupor."

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April 13th, 2009
05:38 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, April 13, 2009

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CNN: General: U.S. should be out of Iraq by late 2011
Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, said Sunday he believes U.S. troops will be out of the country by the end of 2011.

CNN: Official: Obama granted use of appropriate force to rescue captain
President Obama granted two separate requests from the Defense Department to go forward with a military operation to rescue Captain Richard Phillips, an administration official tells CNN.

CNN: Obama daughters to get Portuguese water dog named 'Bo'
The frenzy over the First Dog is finally over. The Obamas are welcoming a Portuguese water dog to the White House that Sasha and Malia have named "Bo," according to two Democratic sources familiar with the secretive process.

CNN: Arizona State apologizes for degree flap, honors Obama
Arizona State University appeared to backtrack Saturday in the controversy over not giving President Barack Obama an honorary degree, and said it would pay tribute to the president by expanding its most important scholarship program and naming it after him.

Washington Post: An Early Military Victory for Obama
It was one of the earliest tests of the new American president - a small military operation off the coast of a Third World nation. But as President Bill Clinton found out in October 1993, even minor failures can have long-lasting consequences.

NYT: Plan to Change Student Lending Sets Up a Fight
The private student lending industry and its allies in Congress are maneuvering to thwart a plan by President Obama to end a subsidized loan program and redirect billions of dollars in bank profits to scholarships for needy students.

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