POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
July 31st, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, July 31, 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: Romney talks tough but differs little from Obama on Iran
Mitt Romney seeks to assure Israel and Iran, as well as Jewish voters in the United States, that he will be tougher against Iran's nuclear ambitions than President Barack Obama. So far, though, the main differences on the issue between the presumptive Republican nominee and the president he hopes to defeat in the November election involve tone and nuance more than substance.

CNN: Senate Republicans filibuster Obama judicial nominee
In keeping with their vow to prevent any more of President Barack Obama's appeals court nominees from being confirmed until after the election, Senate Republicans successfully upheld Monday their filibuster of Judge Robert Bacharach's nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Denver.

CNN: Despite online ammo bill, many Democrats still won't touch gun policy
When Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York unveiled their bill Monday to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition, they did so in a state most friendly to Democrats - New York. But across the country, voters might not be as receptive. Gun control can be seen as political quicksand for Democratic lawmakers.

CNN: Elizabeth Warren to speak at Democratic Convention just before Bill Clinton
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will speak in a headlining role at the Democratic National Convention, the Obama campaign said Monday. A rising star in the Democratic Party, Warren will speak in primetime just before former President Bill Clinton, who will enter President Obama’s name into the nomination.


CNN: Colorado movie shooting suspect charged with murder
Colorado movie shooting suspect James Holmes was charged Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder - two counts for each of the 12 people killed in the shooting. Twelve of the murder counts cite "deliberation," and 12 cite "extreme indifference" to the value of human life.

CNN: High court lets controversial criminal DNA collection law stay in place for now
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a controversial state DNA testing law to remain in effect until the justices have time to consider the broader constitutional questions. Maryland's DNA Collection Act permits police to collect genetic material from those who have been arrested, but not yet convicted.

CNN: Chicago man pleads guilty to plan to fight for Al-Shabaab terror group
A Chicago man who planned to travel to Somalia to fight for a terrorist group pleaded guilty on Monday to terrorism-related charges. Shaker Masri, a 28-year old U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support for Al-Shabaab, a group he knew the United States had designated as a foreign terrorist organization, according to prosecutors.

CNN: Drew Peterson saga moves to the courtroom Tuesday
Eight and a half years after his third wife was found dead in a bathtub, the murder trial of former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson is set to begin in earnest with opening statements Tuesday. The 58-year-old Peterson is accused in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in a trial that has been postponed for two years. He also remains under investigation in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.


CNN: Syrian rebels push to grab territory outside Aleppo
Syrian rebel fighters fought to control a key road to the Turkish border and turned captured tanks against a government air base north of Syria's largest city on Monday. The tanks came from the rebel seizure of an army outpost outside Aleppo, the scene of heavy fighting for more than a week. Rebel troops overran the outpost early Monday and were hauling out tank shells and crates of ammunition by afternoon.

CNN: State Department warns of poor religious freedoms in Egypt, China, Europe
Efforts to transition from dictatorship to democracy after the Arab Spring have endangered religious minorities, the State Department says in its annual report of religious freedom. The annual survey of religious liberties around the world also warns against deteriorating religious freedom in China and Iran, the increased use of anti-blasphemy laws to restrict the rights of religious minorities and a rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe

CNN: Saudi woman approved to wear headscarf during Olympics judo competition
A female Saudi Arabian judo fighter will be allowed to compete while wearing a hijab, a Saudi Olympic Committee spokesman said Monday. Razan Baker told CNN that International Olympic Committee, International Judo Federation and Saudi officials had agreed that Wojdan Shaherkani could wear a headscarf during her matches.

CNN: Olympics: Young stars winning swimming golds
Young stars shone at the Olympic pool Monday as Yannick Agnel of France won his second gold medal of the London Games, American teen sensation Missy Franklin won her first and a 15-year-old Lithuanian stunned the women's 100-meter breaststroke field. The 20-year-old Agnel, just a day after swimming an amazing anchor leg in leading France to victory in the men's 4×100 meter free style relay, routed the field in the 200-meter freestyle.


CNNMoney: Investors await central bank action
Investors were unwilling to make any big bets Monday, waiting to see if there will be further stimulus announced by U.S. and European central bankers later this week. "The market is wading through a fog, and until there's some clarity, we're going to see the markets bounce around," said Rex Macey, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisers.

CNNMoney: Small bank takes on giants in Libor lawsuit
A small New York-based bank has filed a class action suit against 16 of the world's largest banks, charging that it was hurt by their alleged manipulation of the Libor interest rate. The Berkshire Bank, which has 11 branches in New York and New Jersey and assets of only $881 million, says that it and other lenders and investors were hurt because Libor was manipulated too low by the major banks.

CNN: Manchester United announce stock listing in New York
Manchester United has launched their listing on the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, with 16.7 million shares, representing 10 per cent of the club, up for sale. Reports say that the shares should start trading somewhere between $16 and $20, with the club hoping to raise more than $300 million in the process.

In case you missed it…
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to visit Middle East hot spots on trip. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. n

    America, what more proof do you need to finally throw these republican bums out on their heads. They are trying to destroy America out of spite. They simply can't get over the fact that they and their party was out matched by President Obama. during the 2008 presidential election. This un-American practice of obstructionism has to stop right now . . . vote the republican leadership or lack there of, out for good.

    July 31, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. King

    hey stop giving money to the rich for them to cut out human workers and replace them with robots, computer systems, and bypassing Americans high middle-class wages for cheap third world countries wages. small businesses cannot skip to other countries when they want to make more money like international businesses can, so let focus on small businesses, because no businesses are in businesses to take on debt by hiring folks, they are their to make as much money at the least cost to get rich.

    July 31, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Puddin

    Voters, please don't forget how the Repubs. have behaved when you punch the holes to vote. They have held this country hostage since the president was sworn into office for their own self-interests. It is absolutely criminal what they have done to this country making people lose their jobs, homes, etc. There has even been suicides due to the fact that some people couldn't see how they could care for their families. The Repubs. want to wait until "after the election" to allow very little to be voted on; they filibuster. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE!!!!

    July 31, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. enuff

    Romney's visit to Poland – he praised solidarity. Does he not realize that the people who fought for it were pro-union? he also said that Poland works within their budget, yet he is already proposing war with Iran. How does he expect to live within a budget when such action will blow it up? Or does he plan on keeping it "off the books".? Inqiuiring minds want to know.

    July 31, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |