POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, August 19, 2011
August 19th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, August 19, 2011

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

Compiled by Greg Clary

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CNN: Perry: US move on Syria 'long-overdue'
Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared President Obama's call Thursday for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down "long overdue." "Today's actions are long overdue and every diplomatic option should be brought to bear to prevent Assad from wreaking further violence on the people of that region," he said.

CNN: Haley says no to V.P.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley dismissed any suggestion she would serve as the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2012 election. In an interview Thursday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the first term governor said if asked to serve in the No. 2 spot, she would not accept.

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CNN: Administration says it will conduct case-by-case review on deportation
In a move that could shake up the U.S. immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security is going to begin reviewing all 300,000 pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts to determine which individuals meet specific criteria for removal and to focus on "our highest priorities."

CNN: 60 arrested, bombs and drugs seized as part of California crime probe
Sixty people are under arrest for their role in a Southern California crime alliance between members of an Iraqi social club and a Mexican drug cartel that involved the illicit sale of drugs, guns and bombs, police said Thursday.

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CNN: U.S., Europe call for Syrian leader al-Assad to step down
Top U.S. and European leaders called Thursday for Syria's president to step down, significantly ratcheting up international pressure against a regime that has been criticized for its harsh crackdown against anti-government protesters. "The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way," President Barack Obama said in a written statement.

CNN: Two explosions rock British Council in Kabul
At least two suicide bombers attacked the British Council in the Afghan capital Friday, leaving at least four people wounded, officials said. The first militant drove a vehicle packed with explosives toward the Council's main security gate before detonating the device, according to Afghan police spokesman Hashamap Stanikzai. The second man then attempted to enter the compound wearing a vest filled with explosives. He also detonated himself, Stanikzai said.

CNN: Israeli airstrikes target Gaza after multiple attacks
Thursday's coordinated attack on Israeli soldiers and civilians, the deadliest in more than two years, spawned reprisal, rhetoric and questions over security in neighboring Egypt. Israel's military said it launched an airstrike against militants in Gaza on Thursday, hours after a string of bold attacks on buses, civilian vehicles and soldiers left seven Israelis dead in the southern part of the country.

CNN: Turkish warplanes resume bombing Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq
Turkish warplanes bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq's rugged mountains for a second consecutive night Thursday after an ambush on a southeastern Turkey highway killed eight soldiers and a government-employed guard, the semi-official Anatolian News Agency reported.

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CNNMoney: Stocks get demolished
Wall Street got socked on Thursday as renewed concerns about the U.S. and global economies sent major indexes plunging and pushed gold to a new high and bond yields to a record low. Stocks were hit with bad news on multiple fronts. Morgan Stanley put out a dismal forecast for global economic growth. A key reading on U.S. housing came in worse than expected. And a report showed a significant slowdown in the domestic manufacturing sector.

Wall Street Journal: Bank of America Set to Slice Jobs
Bank of America Corp. is cutting 3,500 jobs in the current quarter and working on a broader restructuring that could eliminate thousands of additional positions, people familiar with the situation said. The 3,500 positions are spread across the nation's largest bank by assets, including investment banking and trading, and the cuts are expected to be completed by the end of September. Some employees already have been notified.

CNN: California attorney general sues lawyers in alleged mortgage scam
The California attorney general is suing "a ring" of lawyers for allegedly defrauding at least 2,500 homeowners out of millions of dollars, a scam that was supposed to provide relief on their troubled mortgages, she said Thursday.

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