November 25th, 2009
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POLTICAL HOT TOPICS: November 25, 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:

New York Times: Official Charged With Closing Guantánamo Quits
The Defense Department official in charge of closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has resigned after only seven months in the job, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

CNN: Pentagon preparing to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan, official says
The Pentagon is making detailed plans to send about 34,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in anticipation of President Obama's decision on the future of the eight-year-old war, a defense official said Tuesday.

Los Angeles Times: Talk of war surtax for Afghanistan expenses heats up
As President Obama is preparing to announce a troop increase and new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, several powerful House committee chairmen have proposed a surtax on Americans to pay the future military costs.

Christian Science Monitor: Afghanistan elbows into Obama talk with India's Manmohan Singh
President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh used a White House press conference Tuesday to dispel doubts about the direction of a fledgling strategic partnership between the US and India. The two leaders emphasized growing bilateral cooperation in economic, security, climate, and development affairs.

Bloomberg: Health-Care Bill May Be Stalled by Year-End Legislative Crunch
Raising the U.S. government’s $12.2 trillion borrowing limit tops an agenda of must-pass legislation that imperils Senate Democrats’ ability to pass a health-care bill this year. As the senators struggle to meet President Barack Obama’s year-end deadline to overhaul the health system, they must also act to keep the government running and prevent a 21 percent drop in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.

New York Times: Obama Writes to Brazil’s Leader About Iran
President Obama sent a letter on Sunday to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil reiterating the American position on Iran’s nuclear program, a day before Iran’s president made his first state visit to Brazil, an aide to Mr. da Silva said Tuesday.

The State: Panel weighs plan to oust Sanford
A group of House lawmakers wants sworn statements from the governor's staff and others, detailing the events leading up to Gov. Mark Sanford's five-day disappearance in June. Those details, they say, will help determine whether Sanford should be impeached for his secret trip to visit his lover in Argentina.

Boston Globe: N.E. governors’ races give GOP a chance to build on gains
Invigorated by victories earlier this month in Virginia and New Jersey, Republicans are turning their attention to New England, where as many as five governorships could change hands next year.

Los Angeles Times: SEIU could sever ties with California Democratic Party
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton says one of the state's most politically powerful unions has threatened to cut off funding for the party over his support for a group that has broken away from the labor organization.

Syracuse Post-Standard: Doug Hoffman gives up chase for 23rd Congressional district seat
Conservative Doug Hoffman officially gave up his fight Tuesday for the 23rd Congressional district seat. “Yesterday, the remaining ballots were counted in the 23rd Congressional District special election. The results re-affirm the fact that Bill Owens won,” Hoffman said in a statement.

The Providence Journal: Tobin: Kennedy may be 'more comfortable' as ex-Catholic
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy may have to make a decision between his job as a lawmaker and his membership, "his authentic membership," in the Roman Catholic Church, Rhode Island's Catholic bishop said Tuesday morning.

Los Angeles Times: Glenn Beck has big plans
The conservative TV and radio host wants to hold conventions to move his followers to political action and 'change America's course.' Some say his activism could widen the split within the GOP.

For the latest national news:

Washington Post: Economy limping back to strength
The unemployment rate will remain elevated for years to come, according to a forecast released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve that addresses for the first time economic conditions at the time of the next presidential election.

Boston Globe: Amid high unemployment, some positions hard to fill
Even with the country’s unemployment rate at its highest in decades, some companies are having trouble hiring highly skilled employees. …One reason job seekers are not lining up at companies’ doors is that, despite a 10.2 percent US jobless rate, many skilled workers are still working; the unemployment rate for people with college degrees is about half the national average.

NY Daily News: 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America plan protest against terrorism trial in NYC
Opponents of a 9/11 terror trial in New York raised the pressure Tuesday, declaring plans to hold a major rally outside Manhattan's federal court if the Obama administration doesn't change its mind.

USA Today: Mobile apps help people track H1N1, prevent flu
Rumors of a disease outbreak a century ago probably would have left the general populace feeling frightened, wondering whether their town would be the next to be hit. Now the well but worried can download a flu-tracking application and find out where in their state an H1N1 outbreak has occurred and learn the best ways to avoid it.

For the latest international news:

CNN: Death toll rises in Philippines massacre
Bodies lie scattered in a rural field in the southern Philippines, some unearthed from a shallow grave hastily dug by the gunmen who seized the group of men and women just a day earlier. By Tuesday, search teams had found a total of 46 bodies, and it was still unclear if there were more victims from Monday's massacre.

The Guardian: UK role in torture of British citizens in Pakistan condemned
Britain's role in the torture of its own citizens in Pakistan is condemned today by one of the world's leading human rights organisations as being cruel, counter-productive and in clear breach of international law.

BBC: Iraq inquiry turns to weapons of mass destruction claim
On its second day of hearings in London, the Iraq inquiry will question former senior Foreign Office staff Tim Dowse and William Ehrman. They will discuss the intelligence available to ministers on Iraq's WMDs prior to the US-led invasion.

Jerusalem Post: Abbas: Obama doing nothing for peace
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused US President Barack Obama of doing "nothing" to achieve peace in the Middle East. Speaking to Argentinian newspaper Clarin, Abbas said he hoped that Obama would "take a more important role in the future."

For the latest business news:

Wall Street Journal: Audi Drives for Bigger Share of U.S. Market
For some auto makers, the global recession has spelled bankruptcy or near extinction. For Volkswagen AG's Audi unit, it could be the biggest break in decades. Audi, founded a century ago, counts as one of the world's leading luxury brands. Yet it has failed to become a major player in the U.S.

The Detroit News: Hot products can fuel GM's turnaround
A year after pleading for taxpayer money to stay afloat, General Motors Co. is showing signs of a turnaround made possible by $50 billion in federal loans. Demand for GM cars and trucks rose in October for GM's first monthly sales gain in almost two years. The automaker has slashed costs by nearly $29 billion, narrowed its losses and plans to start repaying federal loans next month - earlier than anyone expected.

Business Week: Mumbai: A Shaken City Revives
A year after the terrorist attacks that brought Mumbai to its knees, India's financial capital has reverted to form, with shops and restaurants humming, bankers again throwing money around in pubs and clubs, and beggars thronging the streets. Yet there's a malaise brought on by heightened security, a lingering sense that the city remains a target.

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