POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
October 12th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 12, 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: U.S. to make diplomatic push after alleged Iranian plot revealed
Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns plans to brief the diplomatic corps Wednesday at the State Department on an alleged Iranian assassination-for-hire scheme targeting Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. …The U.S. government is also expected to take an even stronger stance against Iran, which is already the subject of numerous sanctions.

CNN: Obama vows to break jobs plan into separate bills after Senate setback
Shortly after his $447 billion jobs plan stalled Tuesday in the Senate, President Barack Obama vowed to break the broad initiative down into numerous, separate bills - potentially setting up even more showdowns between Democrats and Republics on how to boost the economy and where to get the money to do so.

CNN: Five things we learned from Tuesday's debate
Republican presidential rivals debated economic issues on Tuesday night and Herman Cain, the latest of the 2012 candidates to surge to the top of polls, found the bulls-eye painted on him. …Here are five lessons from the debate.

CNN: Christie endorses Romney
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Mitt Romney Tuesday, emphasizing the former Massachusetts governor's electability in a race against President Barack Obama. …Christie ended months of speculation over his presidential intentions last week when he announced he would not run in 2012.

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CNN: Prosecution portrays AbdulMutallab as grimly determined
To those who knew him before he became known as the "underwear bomber," Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab was a quiet, religious man. So how did the son of a prominent Nigerian banker with a graduate degree in engineering allegedly decide to wage holy war?

CNN: Wall Street protests swell in New York, Boston
A group of union-backed organizations joined the loosely defined Occupy Wall Street movement again Tuesday, leaving behind the confines of New York's financial district for the posh neighborhoods that dot Manhattan's Upper East Side, according to multiple group representatives.

Topeka Capital-Journal: City repeals ordinance banning domestic battery
Topeka’s governing body voted 7-3 Tuesday evening to repeal the city ordinance banning domestic battery. …Assistant city attorney Catherine Walter said Tuesday’s repeal wouldn’t “decriminalize” domestic violence in Topeka, because it is banned by state law and would remain a crime here.

CNN: 5 law officers among 70 charged in Arkansas drug trafficking bust
Five law enforcement officers were among 70 people in Arkansas charged in a federal drug-trafficking crackdown that also involved public corruption charges, authorities said Tuesday. The five officers took bribes to look the other way while crimes were being committed, authorities said.

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CNNMoney: Senate passes China currency bill
The Senate voted 63-35 to slap new duties on imports from nations whose currency is undervalued - a provision aimed squarely at China's yuan. …China opposes the bill and warns of a trade war if the bill passes.

CNN: Israel, Hamas sign deal for soldier's release
Israel and Hamas leaders said Tuesday they have brokered a deal to swap roughly 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas more than five years ago.

CNN: Amnesty in Myanmar: real change or a pleasing gesture?
Myanmar announced Tuesday it will grant amnesty to 6,300 prisoners on Wednesday, one in a series of recent moves that could help the isolated nation normalize relations with Western nations including the United States.

CNN: Egyptian rulers reject minister's resignation
Egypt's military rulers have rejected the resignation of Hazen Beblawi, a top official who served as both the deputy prime minister and finance minister. …An aide to Beblawi, who requested anonymity, said earlier Tuesday that the resignation was handed in because "security has not been established in the streets and the Maspiro crisis was not dealt with in an adequate manner."

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CNNMoney: Stocks mixed on Europe uncertainty
U.S. stocks ended mixed Tuesday, with a technology sector rally bucking a broader decline, as investors await the next step after Slovakia voted against overhauling the European bailout fund.

CNNMoney: Slovakia rejects European bailout plan
The development, which was tied to a vote of confidence in the government of Slovakian Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, is a bit of a setback for European leaders that are struggling to deal with the continent's growing debt crisis.

Wall Street Journal: H-P Rethinks PC Spinoff
Hewlett-Packard Co. is rethinking its plan to spin off its personal-computer division, as fresh analyses show the costs might outweigh the benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.

In Case You Missed It…
The fight for Libya could be in its last days with plenty of carnage to show for it. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: U.S. to make diplomatic push after alleged Iranian plot revealed
    Sanctions – NOT war – and I am sure President Obama knows the deal!!

    ►CNN: Obama vows to break jobs plan into separate bills after Senate setback
    That’s what you have to do when you’re dealing with a “do-nothing” Congress and filibuster Senate that’s Wack!!

    ►CNN: Five things we learned from Tuesday's debate
    1. Perry got up too late and was not awake
    2. Newt ginGRINCH is nothing but a “snake”
    3. Cain and his 999 is a BIG mistake
    4. Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman are “burning at the stake”
    5. And Romney now “talks like Christie” – what a FAKE!!

    ►CNN: Christie endorses Romney
    And Abbott and Costello is now filled with comedy!


    October 12, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The one thing that all people who watched the debate last night learned, was that not one of these candidates should be allowed any where near the white house.

    October 12, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |