POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
October 11th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, October 11, 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.

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CNN: Obama jobs bill facing key vote Tuesday
The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to take up President Barack Obama's controversial jobs bill this week, with a key procedural vote on the $447 billion measure currently scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Washington Post: Eric Cantor, GOP House majority leader, takes a starring role for Democrats
After a series of trial-balloon auditions during the spring and summer, [Democrats] settled on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as the man they want to cast as the face of GOP intransigence.

CNN: Top Republican rips Holder's handling of 'Fast and Furious' investigation
A top House Republican charged with investigating a now-discredited federal gunrunning operation has accused Attorney General Eric Holder of actively obstructing Congress' oversight function and damaging his own credibility as a top national law enforcement officer.

CNN: Privacy vs. security: Justices to debate jail strip searches
[The case] is an important test of police detention powers in the post-9/11 security-conscious environment, a chance for the justices to offer clarity on an issue in which both inmates and the police have sought guidance.

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CNNMoney: Occupy Wall Street... mansions
Organizers are planning a march on Tuesday that will visit the homes of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, billionaire David Koch, hedge fund honcho John Paulson, Howard Milstein, and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.

New York Times: States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare
Policy makers in three dozen states this year proposed drug testing for people receiving benefits like welfare, unemployment assistance, job training, food stamps and public housing.

CNN: Opening statements set in 'underwear bomber' trial
Opening statements begin Tuesday in the federal trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an explosive device in his underwear aboard a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit. Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab has said he will represent himself in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

CNN: NBA cancels first two weeks of season
The first two weeks of the NBA's regular season have been canceled, as basketball players and management have yet to reach a deal on a new labor agreement, Commissioner David Stern announced, according to NBA.com.

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CNN: Egyptian leaders vow probe, anti-discrimination push after deadly clashes
Egypt's prime minister chaired an emergency meeting Monday after the worst violence to hit the North African nation since its revolution in February, promising a probe into what happened and vowing to ban all discrimination based on religion, language, gender or ethnicity.

CNN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula calls al-Awlaki a martyr, promises retaliation
The terrorist group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has confirmed the death of U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, calling him a martyr, according to a statement posted Sunday on jihadi internet forums.

CNN: U.N.: Torture in Afghan prisons
The practices documented "are among the most serious human rights violations under international law, are crimes under Afghan law and are strictly prohibited under both Afghan and international law," the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says in the report.

CNN: 'Significant' oil leakage from ship aground off New Zealand
A "significant" amount of oil is leaking from a container ship that ran aground on a reef off the pristine east coast of New Zealand's north island, officials said Tuesday. …Efforts to recover oil from the grounded ship, now heading south down the coast, are being hampered by high winds and strong swells.

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CNNMoney: Stocks: The bears are back
After months of sticking to their positive outlook for the stock market, Wall Street experts are finally throwing in the towel. Investment strategists and money managers expect the S&P 500 to claw back almost about 8% before the ball drops in Times Square, but that still won't be enough to end the year in black.

Bloomberg: Euro Leaders Postpone Crisis Summit
The Oct. 18 meeting was postponed to Oct. 23 as Europe gropes toward a master plan for dealing with Greece’s oversized debt, insulating the Spanish and Italian markets, and shielding banks from the fallout.

CNN: Netflix whiplash stirs angry mobs – again
The company said Monday that it would kill its spinoff, Qwikster, only a month after it was announced. That did little to placate consumers who are still fuming about price increases the company announced in July and who are starting to see Netflix as a once-innovative service that's lost its way.

In Case You Missed It…
Violence leaves both civilians and military dead in Syria as the EU calls for Assad to step down. Arwa Damon reports.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Eric Cantor is a good choice for what is wrong with Washington DC. He is a dysfunctional leader, a devout liar, and the poster boy for corporate greed and bribed officials.

    October 11, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  2. GI Joe

    The republicans will destroy this country just to get rid of President Obama.

    Vote straight democrat if you want to save the country from the fascists. (corporatists).

    October 11, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In Florida, our criminal governor is/was a part owner of a company that provided drug testing. If you live in Florida, and are unemployed or getting food stamps, you have to be drug tested at your own expense. So far, it appears that 2% tested positive, which is far less than the national average of 8% of our entire population testing positive. When idiots are elected, like our Florida state officials, they should also be drug tested at their own expense, to determine if they get paid.

    October 11, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Issa ever loses his job as congressman, he should get a position at Fox. He has already tried the case on hearsay in front of Fox viewers, and had made a mountain of charges out of little facts. Darrell would fit right in with Murdoch's 15 years of shoddy journalism, hacking, editing tape, and pushing an anti American agenda.

    October 11, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Washington Post: Eric Cantor, GOP House majority leader, takes a starring role for Democrats
    That shouldn't be too hard to do. Rep. Cantor has so many hypocritical sound bites that it will be hard to choose from. My favorite is from the health care debate in June 2009 when Cantor joins with Boehner in announcing that House Republicans will not be participating in the house committee setup to look at health care reform because they did not want to "participate in the destruction of America." Fast forward one year and Republicans are complianing about how Democrats wrote a bill that had no Republican input. That Republicans didn't know what was in it. It was that conversation that prompted Rep. Pelosi to taunt, "you have to pass it to find out what is in it," a quote which has often been taken out of context.

    Or how about this past December when Cantor and Boehner both promised "no compromise" on anything, and contrast that with this past weekend when Cantor said something to the effect that, "Democrats are taking a 'my way or the highway' position. They should comprimise on the issues that we agree upon. The tax cuts." So compromise means only accepting what Republicans like.

    October 11, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |