POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
March 13th, 2012
04:30 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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: Will Deep South primaries deep six a candidate?
Can Alabama and Mississippi do what Super Tuesday failed to do - give the race for the Republican presidential nomination more clarity?

CNN: Gingrich, Romney set for primary duel in 2 Deep South states
Despite calling contests in the South "a bit of an away game" last week, Mitt Romney enters Tuesday as very much a contender to capture either or both the Alabama and Mississippi primaries. Voters in those states cast their ballots Tuesday, deciding which of the four remaining Republican candidates they feel should challenge President Barack Obama this fall.

CNN: Campaigns spar over delegate math
In the increasingly bitter war over who has the edge in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination, the Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum campaigns on Sunday and Monday publicized so-called "internal" memos detailing each candidate's path to victory.

CNN: Reid pushes to break filibusters of 17 judges
Frustrated by what he calls Republican "obstructionism" of President Obama's judicial picks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he would force votes this week to break GOP filibusters of 17 district court nominees.


CNN: Intense rains cause flash flooding, spur evacuations in Louisiana
A burst of intense rain caused perilous flash flooding Monday in parts of Louisiana, spurring the rescues of hundreds - from people marooned inside their homes to middle school students stranded on a bus.

CNN: Washington base back in spotlight after Afghan shootings
For the second time in five months, a U.S. soldier from a Washington military base is accused of committing atrocities against civilians in Afghanistan.

CNN: 'Whitey' Bulger girlfriend to plead guilty
The longtime companion of notorious fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger agreed to plead guilty to several charges against her related to her infamous 16-year run from authorities with her alleged mobster boyfriend. Catherine Greig will plead guilty to the charges of conspiracy and two counts of identity theft charges, according to court documents.

CNN: Funeral held for American journalist killed in Syria
Mourners said a solemn farewell to slain journalist Marie Colvin as her family, friends, and colleagues gathered Monday to remember a woman they say gave a voice to those who could not speak for themselves.


CNN: U.N.: More than 8,000 have been killed in Syrian crisis
Opposition activists have declared Tuesday a day of mourning across Syria as the death toll from a year of government attacks escalates out of control. More than 8,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, including many women and children, said Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the U.N. General Assembly. Opposition activists have put the toll at more than 9,000.

CNN: Afghan killings could impact military mission
A new incident inflaming tensions between the United States and Afghanistan - this time the alleged massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier - calls into question the chances for stability as the U.S.-led military mission shifts security responsibility to Afghan forces in coming months.

CNN: Dozens missing after ferry capsizes in Bangladesh
Rescuers searched frantically for survivors Tuesday after a packed ferry carrying more than 100 people capsized in south Bangladesh. The ferry sank in the Meghna river after it collided with another vehicle early Tuesday morning. It was traveling to Dhaka, the nation's capital, from Shariatpur district.

CNN: Imam killed in Belgian mosque attack, police say
An apparent arson attack on a mosque near the Belgian capital killed the institution's imam and left another person injured, a police spokeswoman said Monday.


CNN: U.S. to file trade case against China over rare earths
The United States plans to announce Tuesday that it is filing a trade case over China's export restrictions on minerals that are crucial for the production of many high tech devices, a senior Obama administration official said.

CNN Money: Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement
Yahoo filed a lawsuit against Facebook Monday, alleging that the social media giant infringed on 10 of its patents related to advertising, privacy, customization, messaging and social networking.

CNN Money: Obama wants to give you $4,000 toward job training
The president is looking to give displaced workers $4,000 a year to pursue training in technical fields to land new jobs. The grants are part of the latest jobs proposal unveiled by Obama Monday.

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  1. king

    Why isn't Obama sending holder to the wall street speculators and publicly calling them out, to show the people he's hard at work doing every thing on their behalf where high oil prices is concerned. Hell with the repubs and them crying free market and government over reach. The people want to see action. The repubs are playing politics because they have the Koch's brothers deliberately pushing up oil prices for no reason, than to pack the pockets and blame their adversary in the white house. Obama need to take action now.

    March 13, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  2. diridi

    CNN, this nation is on right track, health care passed, fin.reg. reform passed, DADT passed, etc, No war, Only pouring money on America. 20 billion dollar aide cut to Pakistan, etc, Obama needs to focus on Fixing College Greed, push Natural Gas Act, Push Energy-Efficiency, Let gas companies sell potatoes, and coke, not foreign Oil at outrageous prices....Bring Manufacturing, and focus on Agriculture......I have some fruit trees in my back yard, to help this nation.....God bless our great nation, the USA.

    March 13, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    CNN: Reid pushes to break filibusters of 17 judges
    The Republicans simply want to install their activist judges. That's all. I fail to understand why Democrats have failed to make these and other types of filibusters more of an issue.

    March 13, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Prediction: Santorum beats Romney in the South! I know that Southern Baptists do not have any love for the LDS who come into their communities to proselytize their children who are already Christian! There is nothing more offensive to devout Christians..... than to have Mormon missionaries proselytize!

    Romney won't win not in the South, not in the U.S.

    March 13, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |