November 9th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: November 09, 2009


The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

For the latest political news:

CNN: King Monday Memo: Remembering a defining moment of the 20th century
It is a week to remember a defining moment of the 20th century - the fall of the Berlin Wall. And a week to remember the victims of an Army post massacre, a horrific rampage that has Army leaders openly worrying about discrimination against Muslims in their ranks.

CNN: Obama: Health care baton now passes to Senate
President Obama on Sunday praised the "historic" House vote to pass a bill overhauling the nation's ailing health care system, and said now it is time for the Senate to "take the baton" and complete its work.

CNN: Casey: I'm 'concerned' about backlash against Muslim soldiers
The Army Chief of Staff hesitated Sunday to get into any details of the investigation into Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood. At the same time, Gen. George Casey said he was ‘concerned’ that the incident could result in a potential backlash against Muslim soldiers.

CNN: House passes amendment prohibiting abortion funding
The House of Representatives on Saturday night passed an amendment to pending health care legislation that prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option and in the insurance "exchange" the bill would create.

CNN: Obama, Netanyahu to meet Monday, White House says
President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday evening after a rough stretch in U.S. efforts to settle the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

New York Times: Iran Is Said to Ignore Effort to Salvage a Nuclear Deal
The Obama administration, attempting to salvage a faltering nuclear deal with Iran, has told Iran’s leaders in back-channel messages that it is willing to allow the country to send its stockpile of enriched uranium to any of several nations, including Turkey, for temporary safekeeping, according to administration officials and diplomats involved in the exchanges.

CNN: Gorbachev gives Obama advice on Afghanistan
As the American public and the global community await the completion of the Obama administration’s extensive review of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, said Sunday that, instead of sending more troops, Obama should begin to the lay the groundwork to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Los Angeles Times: Obama faces a tall agenda on Asia trip
With unemployment topping 10% and his healthcare plan still facing Senate action, President Obama has plenty to keep him busy at home. But on Thursday, he will head to Asia for more than a week, a trip that underscores the White House's conviction that a close partnership with China and other Pacific Rim nations is crucial to American interests.

CNN: Update: Lone GOP vote came after call from President Obama
Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao was the only Republican to vote in favor of the Democratic health care bill that passed the House late Saturday, a vote that came after President Obama called to personally to ask for his support, Cao told CNN.

New York Times: The Medical Industry Grumbles, but It Stands to Gain
For any industry, there has to be at least some good news any time Congress votes to expand the market by tens of millions of customers.

CNN: Hundreds protest health bill amid looming vote
Foes of the House Democrats' health care bill rallied outside the Capitol Saturday afternoon, hours before what many of them anticipate will be a setback for their position – approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill.

Wall Street Journal: With Feds, BofA's Lewis Met His Match
Kenneth D. Lewis never imagined his eight-year run as chief executive of Bank of America Corp. would end this way.

Washington Times: Political foes unite against big banks
An unusual alliance of conservatives and liberals is pushing to break up or downsize banks deemed "too big to fail," rather than create a new regulatory regime led by the Federal Reserve to try to keep them from getting into trouble again.

CNN: McDonnell weighs in on health care reform debate, taxes
Fresh off his win last week in Virginia's gubernatorial race, Republican Robert McDonnell wasted no time Sunday taking issue with health care reform, the Democrats' biggest domestic policy item of 2009.

CNN: Lieberman will seek committee hearing on Fort Hood shootings
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Sunday he intends to launch a Senate committee hearing on whether the Fort Hood shootings were a terrorist act and if the Army should have taken pre-emptive steps due to reported signs of Islamic extremism by the suspected gunman.

Wall Street Journal: Benefits Requests Jump
A U.S. program that pays generous benefits to jobless people displaced by global trade has been swamped with applications in recent months, leaving thousands of potential beneficiaries in limbo.

New York Times: No Clear Map for Democrats on Path to New Energy Plan
On health care, President Obama and fellow Democrats face a straightforward calculus: sign an overhaul bill into law or suffer grave political damage.

CNN: Palin will headline media dinner
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's sharp criticism of the media won't stop her from breaking bread with journalists next month at a dinner here in the nation's capital.

CNN: Rep. quotes infant on House floor: 'Maddie wants patient choice'
In the midst of a heated debate on health care legislation, Rep. John Shadegg, R-Arizona, brought the cute, bald 7-month-old daughter of his Chief of Staff to the floor and gently bounced her in his arms as he expressed his opposition to the Democratic health care reform bill.

Wall Street Journal: Japan's Mixed Signals Add to Uncertainty Over U.S. Installations
When President Barack Obama meets Japan's new prime minister in Tokyo on Friday, he will face a government that appears uncertain about how to resolve the major issue complicating ties between the two allies.

For the latest national news:

CNN: Fort Hood victims: Sons, a daughter, a mother-to-be
Thirteen people died after a mass shooting Thursday at Fort Hood, a sprawling Army post in Texas. Here's a look at the victims.

CNN: Fort Hood attack stirs painful memories for '91 massacre survivor
It was an autumn afternoon in Killeen, Texas, when a lone gunman wielding two handguns methodically shot victim after victim. By the time the rampage was over, a terrified community was left looking for answers.

CNN: Fort Hood shooting investigators appeal for help
Army investigators on Sunday asked troops and civilians for help in the probe of a deadly mass shooting at Fort Hood last week, saying some who fled the gunfire might have evidence.

Houston Chronicle: Legally, 'we're in for a long haul'
As Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan lay under heavy guard at Fort Sam Houston on Sunday, military prosecutors and the accused Fort Hood gunman's family were preparing for what could be a long and complicated legal proceeding.

CNN: Fort Hood suspect's religion was an issue, family says
The bumper sticker reading "Allah is Love" was torn off and the car was keyed.

New York Times: Fort Hood Gunman Gave Signals Before His Rampage
It was still dark on Thursday when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan left his aging apartment complex to attend 6 a.m. prayers at the brick mosque near Fort Hood. Afterward, he said goodbye to his friends there and asked forgiveness from one man for any past offenses.

CNN: Work, family were center of slain Fort Hood civilian's life
Joleen Cahill had a gnawing feeling in her stomach.

CNN: Hurricane Ida moves into U.S. Gulf Coast
Hurricane Ida moved into the southern Gulf of Mexico Sunday, prompting a declaration of emergency in Louisiana and concern along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

CNN: Cleveland vigil targets 'horror' house
Candles in hand and singing hymns, hundreds of Cleveland residents stunned by the discovery of 11 bodies in a local home gathered outside the house Sunday night to remember the victims.

Washington Post: H1N1 exposes weak leave policies
When Great Falls resident Carolyn Cuppernull's 10-year-old daughter came down with swine flu, she didn't have to take time off work to stay home with her.

CNN: Tragic cases could change juvenile sentencing laws
Sixty miles and the twin tragedies of young lives lost to violence link this industrial hub to the tough streets of North Philadelphia.

Washington Post: Playing in Peoria
NEA chief finds art in a midsize Midwest town anything but middling

For the latest international news:

CNN: Suicide bomber kills 3 in Pakistan
A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a police checkpoint in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, killing at least three people, police said.

CNN: Iraqi parliament passes key voting law
Iraq's parliament on Sunday passed a long-awaited election law that the government said will allow national elections to take place in January.

CNN: China pledges $10B in loans to Africa
Wen Jiabao, China's premier, has pledged $10bn in new low-cost loans to Africa over the next three years and defended China's engagement against accusations it is "plundering" the continent's oil and minerals.

New York Times: Mandela Endures as South Africa’s Ideal
The icon is a very old man now. His hair is white, his body frail. Visitors say Nelson Mandela leans heavily on a cane when he walks into his study. He slips off his shoes, lowers himself into a stiff-backed chair and lifts each leg onto a cushioned stool. His wife, Graça, adjusts his feet “so they’re symmetrical, and gives him a peck,” says George Bizos, his old friend and lawyer.

CNN: Dead wrong: Man attends own funeral after mix-up over body's ID
On the holiday known as the Day of the Dead, a Brazilian bricklayer walked into his own funeral.

CNN: Pakistan rejects unsecured nukes report
Pakistan angrily defended the security of its nuclear arsenal Sunday after a U.S. magazine reported that the Obama administration wants Pakistan to let Washington help secure its weapons in a crisis.

CNN: Britain honors fallen as Afghan death toll rises to 201
Central London fell silent save for the tolling of Big Ben as the United Kingdom honored the dead of wars past and present on Remembrance Sunday.

CNN: Dalai Lama visits region claimed by China
The Dalai Lama on Sunday visited a region of India close to Tibet which China claims as its own, his spokesman said.

Washington Post: China's 'netizens' hold authorities to new standard
A severed finger sparked an online uproar that went viral. And very quickly, rattled authorities here took note.

For the latest business news:

Bloomberg: Pfizer Broke the Law by Promoting Drugs for Unapproved Uses
ProsecutorMichael Loucks remembers clearly when lawyers for Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest drug company, looked across the table and promised it wouldn’t break the law again.

CNN: Plan to create fund for bailouts hits hurdles
Key players in the Group of 20 refused to support a plan create an insurance fund to pay for bailouts if governments have to step in again to save giant businesses on the brink of collapse.

CNNMoney: Gas prices edge higher
Gas prices are up slightly from two weeks ago - despite a decline in the price of oil, according to a survey published Sunday.

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CNN: Movies in Swat Valley
A movie theater reopens in Pakistan's Swat Valley, a sign the Taliban no longer call the shots here. CNN's Reza Sayah reports

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