POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
July 18th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, July 18, 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: Obama campaign sues over Ohio’s cutoff date for early voting
President Barack Obama's campaign says it has sued Ohio's secretary of state over early-voting provisions in the Buckeye State. The campaign wants the state to return to laws it had in 2008, prior to when the state underwent myriad election reforms under a Republican-controlled legislature.

CNN: Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks
In the face of a barrage of negative ads about Bain Capital–as well as calls from Republicans for Mitt Romney to release more years of tax returns–expect the Romney campaign to launch a multipronged offensive to fight back. There is some acknowledgement inside the campaign, according to sources, that the attacks by the Obama re-election team have begun to drive up Romney's negative ratings. While the national horserace numbers have not moved, there is a sense that the underlying numbers are showing some changes–and not in a good way.

CNN: Senate Republicans block DISCLOSE Act for second straight day
Senate Republicans again Tuesday blocked Democratic legislation that would require greater transparency into who is behind much of the secretive, often negative campaign advertising filling the airwaves this election season. Supporters of the DISCLOSE Act mustered 53 votes in an effort to advance the bill, but fell short of the 60 needed to break a GOP filibuster.

CNN: Romney surrogate apologizes for saying Obama should 'learn how to be an American'
Mitt Romney's national campaign co-chair John Sununu apologized Tuesday afternoon for saying he wished President Barack Obama would "learn how to be an American" earlier in the day. Appearing on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Sununu said he regretted using those words on a campaign conference call.


CNN: Police: Suspect in Colorado slaying tried to steal plane in Utah
A SkyWest Airlines pilot on the run after allegedly killing his former girlfriend last week attempted to steal one of his company's commercial jetliners early Tuesday, but he killed himself before the plane became airborne, authorities said.

CNN: Family of missing Iowa girls 'bracing for the worst, but hoping for the best'
Family members of two girls last seen riding bicycles near a lake in Evansdale, Iowa, put on a brave face Monday, saying they are "bracing for the worst, but hoping for the best." The girls - 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook - were last seen by their grandmother on Friday when the two, who are cousins, left to go on a bike ride, authorities said.

CNN: Boy Scouts leadership affirms policy of excluding 'open or avowed' gays
The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday it has affirmed its policy of "not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals." The organization's leaders reached that decision after a nearly two-year evaluation and will take no further action on a resolution that has sought a change in policy, it said in a news release. It had said last month that it would consider a resolution asking that local units be allowed to determine their own standards.

CNN: Dutch, U.S. authorities investigating needles in airline sandwiches
Dutch authorities have joined the FBI in conducting criminal investigations into the discovery of needles in six sandwiches aboard four Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States, a military police spokesman in the Netherlands said Tuesday. One person was injured when he bit into a sandwich containing a needle, Delta and Dutch officials said.


CNN: Kim Jong Un named marshal of North Korean army
North Korea said Wednesday that it had given the title of marshal of the army to its young leader, Kim Jong Un, the latest in a string of moves to reconfigure the top ranks of the military. Kim, who is already referred to as "supreme commander" of the Korean People's Army, has been awarded the title of marshal by the reclusive regime's most powerful political and military bodies, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

CNN: Americans kidnapped in Egypt reunited with family, church group in Israel
Two Americans reunited with their families Tuesday in northern Israel, a day after kidnappers freed them unharmed after three days of captivity in Egypt. "We put our faith on God, and he don't let us down," Michel Louis, one of the Americans, said from the city of Tiberias. Kidnappers in Egypt released Louis, Lisa Alphonse and their tour guide Monday after holding them hostage since Friday.

CNN: Taliban's vaccine ban may affect 280,000 children
A ban on polio vaccinations imposed by the Taliban could affect about 280,000 children living in tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, according to estimates from the World Health Organization. Last month, local Taliban militants prohibited polio vaccines over the United States' use of drone strikes in the region.

CNN: Israeli government loses main coalition partner
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday lost its main coalition partner, the centrist political faction Kadima. Speaking at a press conference near Tel Aviv, Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz announced his party's departure from the coalition, over failed attempts to agree on an alternative to the law that exempts ultra-Orthodox men from serving in the Israeli army.


CNNMoney: Bernanke: Gloomy on economy, few hints of QE3
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave senators a rather gloomy outlook for the economy Tuesday. Europe's debt crisis and fiscal cliff in the United States are threatening the recovery, he told the Senate Banking Committee in his semi-annual report to Congress. Meanwhile, economic growth has probably already slowed, and the unemployment rate is unlikely to fall below 7% for at least another year.

CNNMoney: HSBC lax in preventing money laundering by cartels, terrorists
Global banking giant HSBC failed to prevent billions of dollars worth of money transfers that Senate investigators believe were linked to drug cartels and terrorist groups, according to a report released Monday. The Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said London-based HSBC failed to review thousands of suspicious transactions and properly vet clients over the past decade.

CNNMoney: Here's the mess new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is taking over
Yahoo reported middling second-quarter financial results on Tuesday - new CEO Marissa Mayer's first day on the job. The story is the same as it has been for years: The Web portal/digital media/technology/e-commerce and everything-else-in-between company just can't seem to find its footing. That's the mess that Mayer is taking over.

In case you missed it…
CNN talks to a Delta Airline passenger who bit into his sandwich and found a needle inside.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Raise taxes on 250k or more, cut defense spending, before some entitlements,

    July 18, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  2. King

    Obama should be placed in the number 2 slot of the greatest presidents in American history. alot of people haven't fathom what this president have accomplished, because of the relentless negativity the repubs threw at him since he took office. remember that this country has only experience 2 financial disasters in it's history, both occasions brought on a stock market crash, both brought on world depressions, both brought hurendous job lost and steep economy retractions. the only different between the 2 depressions, was one took 20 plus years, multiple presidents,
    and a world war to end, and the other took took 1 president and 3 years to bring back the financial collapse, into the most powerful financial sector the cointry and the world have ever seen. Obama gave the financial sector 3 chances to do their duties, and create jobs for the American people after he bailed them out, and sat them up to make more money than they ever imagined, but the repubs gave them a way out, by defending their every move by attacking this president every time he criticise them for not doing their jobs.

    July 18, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |