POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
May 15th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 15, 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: Poll: Romney up, Obama down among women
Mitt Romney's support among registered voters who are women has grown and is slightly above President Barack Obama's, according to a poll released Monday. The CBS News/New York Times poll shows Obama's support among female voters dropping five points over the last two months, from 49% to 44%. Romney is up 3 from 43% to 46% within that coveted demographic, according to the survey. The margin is still within the survey's sampling error, however.

CNN: Ron Paul to end active campaigning
An announcement from Rep. Ron Paul indicates that the Republican presidential candidate will no longer actively campaign for the GOP nomination, but will continue to work to secure delegates at upcoming Republican state conventions. "Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," said Paul, in a statement released Monday afternoon. "Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have."

CNN: Source: Obama campaign hires faith outreach director
Just as it confronts fallout with some religious communities over President Barack Obama’s newly expressed support for same-sex marriage, the Obama re-election campaign is hiring a religious outreach director, an activist close to the campaign said Monday. Michael Wear, who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as Faith Vote Director, according to James Salt, a Catholic activist who is close to the Obama campaign and White House.

CNN: Leahy urges high court to 'do the right thing,' keep health care law
A leading senator is urging the Supreme Court to "do the right thing" and uphold the constitutionality of the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. In a floor speech Monday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, directly addressed Chief Justice John Roberts, urging him in a sharply partisan tone to keep the law, passed in 2010, in place.


CNN: John Edwards' daughter expected to testify in his corruption trial
While John Edwards' lawyers have not yet made a decision whether to put the former presidential candidate on the stand in his corruption trial, Edwards' oldest daughter, Cate, is expected to testify this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

CNN: Family enjoys laughter even as college student battles flesh-eating bacteria
"Fun" is not the word that one would expect to hear from a father as he watches a daughter's courageous struggle against flesh-eating bacteria - a battle that has pushed her to the brink of death and back - but Andy Copeland says he's trying to enjoy life with his family despite their trials.

CNN: Colorado legislature meets on civil unions
As Colorado's legislators met Monday in extraordinary session to consider bills that were not brought to the floor last week, House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino bemoaned the assignment of a civil-unions bill to a "kill committee" as a harbinger of its likely defeat.

CNN: After five days, still no sign of missing FBI agent
A hunt for a missing FBI agent stretched into its fifth day Tuesday after an intensive search of rugged terrain near Los Angeles failed to turn up anything. Special Agent Stephen Ivens appeared to be distraught and may have been suicidal, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said, citing interviews with family members and evidence collected by investigators. She declined to elaborate.


CNN: Hollande to be sworn in as French president amid Europe's debt woes
François Hollande is due to take the oath of office as the new president of France on Tuesday, assuming residence of the Elysee Palace amid a period of financial turmoil across Europe. Hollande becomes France's first Socialist president since François Mitterrand left office in 1995. He secured election victory earlier this month over the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, one of the most U.S.-friendly French presidents in decades.

CNN: Haunted by memories of the dead, Syrians vow to keep fighting for freedom
The fighting has prompted thousands to flee Syria, setting up new lives in a number of makeshift camps in neighboring nations. The United Nations estimates at least 9,000 people have been killed over the past 14 months in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad's government blames the violence on "armed terrorist gangs," while the opposition and many in the international community say it is the result of the regime's bloody crackdown on dissent. Not including arrests, opposition groups actually estimate the death toll is at more than 11,000 and growing.

CNN: Mexican official calls cartel violence 'irrational'
The 49 decapitated bodies authorities found on a roadside in northern Mexico over the weekend were likely the result of a fierce feud between rival drug cartels, a top Mexican official said Monday. "In recent weeks, we have had a series of inhuman and despicable acts in different parts of the country that mark an irrational fight fundamentally between two existing criminal groups and their criminal allies," Mexican Interior Minister Alejandro Poire said.

CNN: Greek president calls for new meeting, expected to pitch technocracy
As the clock ticks toward a Thursday deadline, Greek President Karolos Papoulias has called for a Tuesday meeting with the leaders of three main political parties to cobble together a unity government and stave off new elections. Attempts to form a coalition government in Greece failed Monday, moving the country closer to a eurozone exit. Talks between Papoulias and the leaders of three main parties ended Monday night without a resolution, the president's office said.


CNN Money: Facebook expected to raise IPO range to $34-$38 a share
In a sign of strong demand from investors for shares in its upcoming initial public offering, Facebook is raising the target price range for its stock, according to two news reports. Facebook now expects to price its shares at $34 to $38 each, up from the $28 to $35 range it set earlier this month, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal and Reuters late Monday.

CNN Money: Greece and the euro: What's next?
Investors are getting increasingly worried about whether Greece will remain in the eurozone. And they should. There are a series of upcoming events that could spell the end of a deal, put in place nearly three months ago, to restructure Greece's debt under strict terms dictated by the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank, known as the troika.

CNN Money: Ousted Yahoo CEO will get no severance
It's official: Scott Thompson "resigned" from his post as Yahoo CEO's in the wake of his resume-embellishing scandal, and he'll receive no severance. But Thompson scored a nice chunk of change as a parting gift. Under the terms of his contract, Yahoo could have required him to give back $7 million of the cash and stock he received after taking the helm in January.

In case you missed it…
Sen. McCain argues the U.S. and the international community should provide weapons to the Syrian opposition.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. king

    I wonder when the European austerity movement crash the global economy, I wonder what will happen if mitten takes over as president and push more European style austerity movement in the midst of a global recession. Every time I remember the repubs mantra of no government involvement in the private sector, I cringe. I then look around at emerging countries like China India and Brazil, and I see that government is much involved in their economy, then I look at Europe who are trying to keep their government out of their economy with their austerity movement, , and I see the opposite result. I wonder what will happen to woman opportunities when the global economy is crunch into one, and big business obligation to all countries are on the same level, and everyone is on their own. Hey the only way America can compete then is to put our middle class on the same wage rate as China and India. I wonder if American workers will show the same intensity level to work as the showed when they were getting 6 times the pay.

    May 15, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  2. Marlee

    Arm the Syrian civilians being blown out of their homes and sniped in the street! Word up McCain. This lady is not for Romney, hope Paul is saving for an indy run.

    May 15, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. fred ca

    My guess is that they took the $150,000 that the obama crowd offered as a pay-off to Rev. Wright, combined it with funds received back from the $5.9 million government grant that went to the obama 'buddy' who doubled Michelle's salary when obama was elected to the Senate (for a job that was done away with 2 years later when the Obamas moved into the White House). They used the combined money to fund the Faith Outreach office for obama's campaign. Hmmm..that fits the morals of this group.

    May 15, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    I would never vote for mittens and his cult.

    May 15, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Sen. McCain argues the U.S. and the international community should provide weapons to the Syrian opposition.
    That's bad political science. We have done that in the past, and have always regretted it decades later.

    May 15, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |