November 24th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: November 24, 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:

Washington Post: McChrystal and U.S. ambassador to testify on Afghanistan war
The top U.S. general and the U.S ambassador in Afghanistan have been told to prepare to testify before Congress as early as next week, according to White House and other U.S. officials, giving an indication of how and when President Obama plans to announce his war strategy.

NPR: Obama Closes In On Afghan Troop Increase
President Obama is expected to address the nation early next week, saying he will send a sizable force of additional troops to Afghanistan, sources tell NPR.

World Politics Review: Singh-Obama: Terms of Endearment
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to Washington on Nov. 24 is imbued with a special significance for both the United States and India, one magnified by the fact that Singh is the first head of state to be accorded the honor of an official state visit since President Barack Obama moved into the White House.

New York Times: Conservatives Make a List to Measure Candidates’ Commitment
A group of conservative Republican leaders is proposing a solution to the internecine warfare over what the party should stand for: a 10-point checklist gauging proper adherence to core principles like opposing government financing for abortion and, more generally, President Obama’s “socialist agenda.”

USA Today: Democrats at risk in 2010 shift from offense to defense
It's been more than a year since he was first elected to Congress, but for Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, the race never really ended.

Dallas Morning News: Democratic candidate Tom Schieffer quits Texas governor's race
Fort Worth Democrat Tom Schieffer announced today he is quitting his bid for governor, clearing the way for Houston Mayor Bill White to enter the race.

The Hill: Health reform debate, Copenhagen head for December collision
Healthcare reform and climate change will conflict directly next month when lawmakers from around the world gather in Denmark for the United Nations climate change conference and the Senate debates a healthcare bill. As many as 10 senators had planned on traveling to Copenhagen for the conference, which is scheduled from Dec. 7 to Dec. 18. But it now appears they may have to stay in Washington to work on healthcare.

Politico: Bishops search for Senate sponsor
Roman Catholic bishops have yet to find a senator willing to sponsor their amendment for a tougher ban on use of taxpayer money for abortion coverage in the Senate health care reform bill.

Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Probe Climate Emails
Congressional Republicans have started investigating climate scientists whose hacked emails suggest they tried to squelch dissenting views about global warming.

CNN: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces 37 ethics charges
The South Carolina Ethics Commission has charged Gov. Mark Sanford with 37 counts of violating state ethics laws, according to a complaint released by the commission on Monday. The complaint follows a three-month investigation into Sanford's use of taxpayer money.

Anchorage Daily News: Portrayal in Palin book irritates former aide
Former Gov. Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue," blames her first legislative director for moves early in her term that helped poison her relationship with state lawmakers. But the ex-aide, John Bitney, calls Palin's account a fabrication and said he wishes his former boss would leave him alone.

For the latest national news:

ABC News: Defense Attorney: Hasan Won't Plead Guilty, May Use Insanity Defense
The defense attorney for accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan told "Good Morning America" Sunday that his client will probably plead not guilty and that an insanity defense is possible. "I anticipate that the plea will be not guilty," said defense attorney John Galligan.

Washington Post: Blacks hit hard by economy’s punch
Joblessness for 16-to-24-year-old black men has reached Great Depression proportions - 34.5 percent in October, more than three times the rate for the general U.S. population.

CNN: Somali-American men face terror-related charges in Minnesota
Eight Somali-American men from Minnesota are charged with federal terror-related counts involving al-Shabaab, a Somali group considered a terror organization by the United States, officials said Monday.

USA Today: Women are insistent on mammograms, poll shows
A vast majority of American women plan to ignore controversial new recommendations about mammograms, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows. The poll also shows that most women sharply overestimate their risk of developing the disease.

For the latest international news:

Der Spiegel: 9/11 Trial Puts German-US Relations Under Strain
The prosecutors in the forthcoming 9/11 trials in New York will be seeking the death penalty if the five defendants are found guilty. That could pose a problem for Germany, which is supplying vital evidence for the prosecution.

Los Angeles Times: January election in Iraq? Doubtful
Hopes for a January election in Iraq faded Monday after Shiite Muslim and Kurdish legislators teamed up to vote for a new version of an election law that in effect takes seats away from Sunni Arabs and is almost certain to draw another veto from the country's Sunni vice president.

The Guardian: Back to Baghdad: how – and why – did Britain go to war?
The long-awaited inquiry into one of the most contentious decisions taken by a British government in modern times opens tomorrow, with the task of uncovering how and why the country went to war against Iraq.

New York Times: Prisoner Swap Appears Near in the Mideast
Israel and the Islamist group Hamas appeared Monday to be nearing a deal to exchange a captured Israeli soldier for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, possibly including a popular leader, a move with far-reaching implications not only for stalled Middle East peace talks but for a range of regional relations.

CNN: Iranian leader's visit to Brazil draws criticism
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a series of agreements Monday after the controversial Iranian leader arrived at the first of three Latin American nations he will visit this week.

New York Times: Near Geneva, Particles Finally Come Together With a Bang
The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest and most expensive science experiment, produced its first collisions on Monday, said scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, outside Geneva.

Washington Post: Nuclear power regains support
Nuclear power - long considered environmentally hazardous - is emerging as perhaps the world's most unlikely weapon against climate change, with the backing of even some green activists who once campaigned against it.

For the latest business news:

Wall Street Journal: 1 in 4 Borrowers Under Water
The proportion of U.S. homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than the properties are worth has swelled to about 23%, threatening prospects for a sustained housing recovery.

CNN Money: Stimulus cash runs out for small business loans
The stimulus cash that helped boost small business lending this year just ran out. The Small Business Administration said Monday that it has run through all of the $375 million Congress allocated to temporarily waive fees and boost guarantees on loans backed by the SBA's lending programs. Businesses still hoping for a slice of the pie can get in line, cross their fingers and wait.

Wall Street Journal: A Mad Rush as Gold Bugs Get the Boot
Fleets of armored trucks piled with gold bars and coins have been streaming out of midtown Manhattan in one unexpected consequence of the gold craze. Amid gold's rise - it has gained 32% this year and reached a record on Monday - investors have been loading up on bullion and coins. One big problem now is where to store it. The solution from HSBC, owner of one of the biggest vaults in the U.S.: somewhere else.

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