POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 2, 2012
February 2nd, 2012
04:24 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 2, 2012

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


CNN: GOP path now winds cross-country toward Super Tuesday
Mitt Romney's primary victory in Florida takes on more significance when you consider what comes next. The four remaining Republican presidential contenders face a set of caucuses and primaries in February and early March that yield relatively few convention delegates but will test the reach and organization of the respective campaigns.

CNN: Romney makes potential gaffe after big Florida win
Fresh off a momentum-building victory in the Florida primary, Mitt Romney made a potential speaking gaffe Wednesday when he said he "wasn't concerned about the very poor" because there is a safety net in place for them.

CNN: How Romney won Florida's Latino vote
As Mitt Romney dominated the Florida Republican primary Tuesday night, he also captured the bulk of the votes from Latinos in the state, with 54% of their ballots. But how did he pull that off?

CNN: Wisconsin releases recall petition names amid safety concerns
Wisconsin released the names of more than 1 million people who signed a recall petition against Gov. Scott Walker, state officials said, despite safety concerns among petition signers.


CNN Money: Facebook files for $5 billion IPO
At long last, the Holy Grail of Internet IPOs is here. Facebook filed Wednesday to raise $5 billion in an initial public offering.

CNN: NASA orbiter gives glimpse of moon's far side
A NASA orbiter has beamed back its first images of the far side of the moon, including scenes of a massive crater caused by an ancient cosmic impact, the space agency announced Wednesday.

CNN: Feds: Teen injured in Florida pileup won't be deported
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Wednesday that an illegal immigrant who was injured and lost most of her family in Sunday's multivehicle wreck in Florida will not face deportation.

CNN: U.S. goal is to end Afghan combat mission in 2013
The United States and NATO want to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year, transitioning primarily to a training role in which Afghan security forces will take the lead, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.


CNN: U.N. may be last chance for peace in Syria
The U.N Security Council is considering the most important resolution yet on the brutal rule of terror that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has unleashed on his people. The resolution, proposed by Morocco and supporting the Arab League's plan, calls for al-Assad to leave power as the first step of a transition toward democracy.

CNN: Secret NATO Taliban report revives Pakistan fears
Pakistan continues to support the Taliban in Afghanistan, a secret NATO report says, according to a journalist who has read it, despite years of Pakistani denials and American pressure to stop backing the insurgency.

CNN: Are we sure our drugs are safe?
When Americans pick up their prescriptions from the pharmacy or reach for a prescription bottle from their medicine cabinet, they probably don't think much about where the drugs were made or whether they are safe.

CNN: WikiLeaks' Assange fights extradition at UK Supreme Court
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, under house arrest in Britain for more than a year, appeared at the UK Supreme Court on Wednesday to fight his extradition to Sweden.


CNN Money: Facebook stake is worth at least $16 billion
At age 27, Mark Zuckerberg is about to officially become a paper billionaire. In the IPO paperwork Facebook filed Wednesday, the company reported that its founder and CEO owns more than a quarter of the company. Zuckerberg holds roughly 534 million shares.

CNN Money: Wall Street extends rally into February
U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, but closed off the highs of the day, on a combination of improved economic data and easing concerns about Europe's debt crisis.

CNN Money: Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor"
Mitt Romney says he isn't worried about those living in poverty since they have government assistance programs to fall back on. Instead, he wants to focus on helping the middle class. But not everyone is so sure that the nation's lifelines are truly protecting those who need it.

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  1. Marlee

    I'm happy the young Brazilian immigrant will not be deported! Mucho gracias Presidente. I think the US can handle another four years of Obama. We can't handle anymore debt. It is time for the tea party to get behind the proven conservative Dr. Ron Paul!

    February 2, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  2. king

    Its amazing when our country was strggling to take a breath as she dies, real patriots was struggling to pump oxygen in her nostril. Where was Romney in these trying times. Oh he was hiding his money in other countries building them up and didn't give a hoot about help while he ship middle class destroyed and ship middle class jobs over seas. Where was romney when America needed him the most, what left in romney wake was a bunch of 10 dollar service jobs that he really didnt have nothing to do with. How can 10 dollars an hour pay the morgage morgage? How are we suppose to compete with China and India keeping american jobs here and attracting international jobs if we are making the same wage as they are. They've got 5 to 6 times more
    spenders than we've got for crying out loud. I cannot stand gingriche but Gingrich have more patriotism in one finger than Romney has in his whole body, because he was in the struggle trying to fix the country while mitten was destroying middle class patriot, and hiding life giving tax revenues in other countries. Now all he does is play to the gullible in society with his fake patriotismness. Lesson mitten is not what you say is what you do that makes you a patriot.

    February 2, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney thinks corporations are people, people should lose their homes to investors by letting the market bottom out, we should be at war with Iran, we should stay in Afghanistan. Naivete, they name is Mittens. For never having to pay for a war by keeping his money off shore, Mittens exhibits that same chicken hawk mentality of Cheney.

    February 2, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I missed most of the report, but there is some question on taxes how Mittens can gift his children millions of dollars each year and not pay taxes on them.

    February 2, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  5. diridi

    Ask to pass strict Anit-Lobby laws, Campaign Finance Reform, and Term-Limits on Congress and Senate. Please, if you care for America, revolt for these first. Nation is in dire danger. Pass these laws. Do not be scared of these political animals. please. Obama2012.
    PS: congress is horrible.

    February 2, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |