POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
December 20th, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 20, 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.


CNN: House Republicans scrap direct vote on Senate payroll tax plan
Republicans on the House rules committee have voted to prevent a direct vote Tuesday on a Senate plan favored by Democrats and Senate Republicans to extend the payroll tax cut for two months.

CNN: House to vote Tuesday on Senate payroll tax plan
House Republican leaders put off until Tuesday a vote on a Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut and said they were willing to work until the end of the year to negotiate a compromise with Senate Democrats.

CNN Money: Congress = Uncertainty Inc.
House Republicans say the two-month payroll tax cut extension passed overwhelmingly by the Senate would inject uncertainty into the economy.

CNN: CNN Poll: Gingrich lead gone, dead even with Romney
Newt Gingrich's lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination has evaporated, according to a new national survey.


CNN: Hearing continues in Wikileaks court martial case
The military court hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning continues Tuesday, a day after witnesses gave explosive testimony about the Army private accused of leaking more than a quarter of a million classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

CNN: Blizzard pounds West, Midwest
Interstates and highways were shut down Monday night as a large winter weather system brought heavy snow, fierce winds and ice to at least five states in the West and Midwest.

CNN: Justice Department says a Conn. police department targeted Latinos
In a scathing report, the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday accused the East Haven Police Department (EHPD) in Connecticut of engaging in a pattern of widespread discrimination against Latinos in violation of the Constitution and federal law.

CNN: Two Muslim religious leaders sue airlines for discrimination
Two Islamic religious leaders from Tennessee filed a lawsuit against two airlines Monday, claiming they were discriminated against and not allowed to fly on a plane in May because of the way they looked.


CNN: North Korea: Should we fear change?
North Korea's government was famously accused in 2002 by U.S. President George W. Bush of helping terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction, along with fellow "axis of evil" countries, Iran and Iraq.

CNN: U.S. supports plan to relocate terror group
The Obama administration "welcomes" a United Nations-led effort in Iraq to relocate a group on the State Department terrorism list, before an end-of-the-year deadline that could see heavy violence and a large humanitarian disaster unfold, senior administration officials said Monday.

CNN: Arrest warrant issued for Iraqi vice president
An Iraqi investigative committee issued an arrest warrant Monday for the country's vice president, who is accused of orchestrating bombing attacks against government and security officials.

CNN: Protesters battle for control of Egypt's Tahrir Square
Police and military troops clashed Monday with protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square, the symbolic center of the uprising that brought down President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.


CNN Money: What's really behind Twitter's staff exodus
Twitter's transformation from startup to power player has hit its rocky adolescent stage. In the past six months, more than a dozen high-level employees have departed. The sudden exodus set Silicon Valley chattering: What's going on at Twitter?

CNN Money: AT&T kills $39 billion bid for T-Mobile
Facing heavy resistance from the U.S. government to its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile, AT&T on Monday officially killed off the deal that would have created by far the nation's largest wireless company.

CNN Money: Stocks sell off as banks tank
U.S. stocks closed sharply lower Monday as bank shares took a beating amid fresh concerns about the debt crisis in Europe.

In Case You Missed It…
Henry Kissinger does not view North Korea as a major threat when it comes to sustaining a full-scale long term war.

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  1. diridi

    Congress = uncertainty Inc. Shame on Republicans to block the bill and insert the venom in it ask to be passed. No wonder, Obama is crying for Education in this nation, so that these abrupt nasty things are known to people in rural of Iowa, Ohio, Florida's senile, etc. Sad, Sad, Sad, And Sad Nation on Earth. Obama, please fix, I have confidence. Obama2012.
    ps; Economy is getting better. We need to cut Greed, and Retrain, Retrain, and Train, and Retrain just like Sears is doing. God bless.

    December 20, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    CNN: House Republicans scrap direct vote on Senate payroll tax plan
    Let's not lose track of the facts, people. Contrary to all of the prescience-like public statements, Republicans are against extending the payroll tax cut. Remember, their initial position was against extensions until public opinion made them back off. That's when the pipeline came into the discussion. The pipeline was *the* central issue. Senate Democrats compromised with Senate Republicans, conceded on the pipeline, and the bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Over the course of one weekend, the discussion has shifted from pipeline to how long of an extension is appropriate. Let me repeat that. The discussion has shifted from whether or not Republicans get their pipeline to whether or not Democrats get their extension of the payroll tax cuts and what spending cuts will be made to pay for it. Slick, huh?

    December 20, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    ►CNN: House Republicans scrap direct vote on Senate payroll tax plan
    Lally, da, da – sis koom ba – Nothing more than a big grandstand

    ►CNN: House to vote Tuesday on Senate payroll tax plan
    A B C is easy to comprehend – it’s E F G they don’t understand

    ►CNN Money: Congress = Uncertainty Inc.
    Republican’s rhetoric, same old song, that’s what really STINKS

    ►CNN: CNN Poll: Gingrich lead gone, dead even with Romney
    The shortest 15 minutes of FAME in all of the candidates’ short history!!!

    Got up late – cannot further elaborate!! HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

    December 20, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |