POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, October 7, 2011
October 7th, 2011
04:19 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, October 7, 2011

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

For the latest political news:http://www.CNNPolitics.com

CNN: Obama challenges GOP: Time to 'meet the moment'
"As we look towards next week, any senator out there who's thinking about voting against this jobs bill when it comes up for a vote needs to explain exactly why they would oppose something that we know would improve our economic situation at such an urgent time for our families and for our businesses," [President Barack] Obama said at a news conference.

CNN: Head of DOE loan office resigns in midst of Solyndra furor
The head of the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Program Office has resigned amid a fiscal firestorm over the bankruptcy of a company that received a $535 million federal loan, DOE Secretary Steven Chu said.

CNN: In rare public display, frustrated senators vent over floor tactics
The Senate pushed back a final vote on a China currency bill until next week after senators descended into an angry and emotional debate over the rights of the minority Republicans to offer amendments to it and other bills.

CNN: Occupy Wall Street: The tea party of the left?
When tea party rallies flared up across the country more than two years ago, conservative activists were mad about bailouts and their impact on the national debt. To them, government was part of the problem. …Occupy demonstrators are also upset about the financial crisis and the economy. But they see government as part of the solution.

For the latest national news:http://www.CNN.com

CNN: Medical group to say men don't need prostate cancer screenings, source says
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the group that told women in their 40s that they don't need mammograms, will soon recommend that men not get screened for prostate cancer, according to a source privy to the task force deliberations.

CNN: 'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread as Obama weighs in
The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are scheduled to go on Friday as the grassroots movement continues to grow, spread to other cites and grab the attention of the president. President Barack Obama said Thursday that the demonstrators are giving a voice to those frustrated with the financial system as protests popped up in more than a dozen American cities.

CNN: Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords, retires from Navy
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined about 50 dignitaries and family members Thursday in Washington to mark the retirement of her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, from the U.S. Navy.

CNN: Florida pair indicted in largest alleged BP claim scam
In the largest alleged BP oil spill-related scam uncovered to date, federal authorities on Thursday charged two Floridians with taking $340,000 in funds intended for victims of last year's environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

For the latest international news:http://edition.cnn.com

CNN: Pakistani doctor faces treason charges after bin Laden raid
The doctor who is suspected of helping the CIA target Osama bin Laden will be charged with treason, Pakistan's information ministry said Thursday. [Dr. Shakeel] Afridi is accused of helping the CIA use a vaccination campaign to try to collect DNA samples from people who lived in bin Laden's compound.

CNN: 10 years on, Taliban holds key to Afghan peace
There was little to celebrate in Kabul this week as the United States marked the tenth anniversary of its invasion of Afghanistan. The war against the Taliban is already the longest in America's history and there are few signs that it will be ending any time soon.

CNN: Mexican navy discovers 32 bodies in residential neighborhood
Thirty-two bodies were discovered Thursday inside three houses in Veracruz, Mexico, the Mexican navy said in a news release. The discovery of the bodies came during a military operation, dubbed Safe Veracruz, that was targeting organized crime in the region, the statement said.

CNNMoney: ECB moves to boost bank liquidity
The European Central Bank announced a series of "non-standard" policy measures Thursday, aimed at increasing liquidity in the European banking system. …It will also launch a program to buy €40 billion worth of covered bonds, which are securities backed by collateral.

For the latest business news:http://www.CNNMoney.com

CNNMoney: Stock rally: Three for three
U.S. stocks rallied for a third straight day Thursday, as investors turned optimistic, following the European Central Bank's latest policy measures aimed at boosting liquidity in the European banking system.

Wall Street Journal: The Multibillion-Dollar Leak
Bankers, lobbyists and lawmakers from Wall Street to Washington scrambled to dissect, analyze and react to a leaked proposal for one of the most controversial elements of the Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law: the "Volcker rule."

Bloomberg: T-Mobile Client Losses May Triple on AT&T Deal
T-Mobile USA, the wireless company AT&T Inc. is trying to acquire, may lose three times the number of contract subscribers this year as in 2010 as the U.S. Justice Department’s attempt to stop the deal is hampering the company’s ability to cut prices and creating concerns among users.

In Case You Missed It…
For more than a decade, CNN's Jonathan Mann has spoken to Nobel Peace Prize winners after they've received their award.

Filed under: Political Hot Topics
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: Obama challenges GOP: Time to 'meet the moment'
    Do it for America, for Jobs, boost the Economy with a little less discontent

    ►CNN: Head of DOE loan office resigns in midst of Solyndra furor
    I guess that’s the best way to take the 5th – And this subject deserves the lawn mower

    ►CNN: In rare public display, frustrated senators vent over floor tactics
    It seems that NO ONE CARES anymore – We’re tired of the theatrical dramatics!!!

    ►CNN: Occupy Wall Street: The tea party of the left?
    Maybe, but LESS rowdy, LESS racist, MORE diverse and MORE apt
    MORE cheerful, MORE honest, LESS angry and LESS Inept
    Will be MUCH larger, MORE together and MORE “peaceful”, wanna BET!
    Unless you have the “far-RIGHT” interfere and then the more distorted it will get!!

    Off to Work – HAVE A NICE DAY!! 🙂

    October 7, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    PS – Okay CNN, you get my approval on the new format – Great Job!! 🙂

    October 7, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In regard to the Florida BP scam, I thought it sounded a lot like our Governor's Medicare scam. These two can now run for state office and will probably get elected.

    October 7, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  4. Bruce L

    On the Senate's inability to function - I say get rid of them all, Democrats and Republicans alike - send them ALL packing looking for new jobs ASAP.

    October 7, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |