POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 6, 2012
August 6th, 2012
04:27 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 6, 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: Wisconsin leaders respond to temple shooting
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a recall effort in June, released the following statement Sunday on the Sikh temple shooting in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek. "While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and local law enforcement. I became aware of the situation late this morning and continue to receive updated briefings […]”

CNN: Graham, Gibbs tangle over Reid's allegations
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham strongly took issue with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's accusations that Mitt Romney has not paid taxes in 10 years, saying Sunday that the Democratic leader was "lying." "What he did on the floor of the Senate is so out of bounds. I think he's lying about his statement, of knowing something about Romney," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union."

CNN: Graham: Sequestration 'is the dumbest thing'
Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday made a fervent plea for Congress to reach a deal that would avoid the onset of automatic, widespread cuts – also known as sequestration – set to take place at the end of the year, which critics say would especially threaten the military. "We do dumb things in Congress. This sequestration idea is the dumbest thing," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

CNN: Wife: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. getting treatment but 'still very depressed'
The wife of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. detailed to a Chicago newspaper her husband's "collapse" and his last two months getting treated for gastrointestinal and mental health issues, saying he's still "very depressed" though showing some progress. Sandi Jackson, an alderwoman in Chicago, talked with the Chicago Sun-Times shortly after returning from visiting her husband at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with their two children.


CNN: Source: Wisconsin temple gunman Army vet; may have been white supremacist
The gunman who shot six people to death and wounded three others during a rampage at a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb was an Army veteran who may have been a white supremacist, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation. The name of the shooter, who himself was killed by police, may be released as early as Monday morning, the source added.

CNN: Temple shooting dredges up memories of long history of bias crimes against Sikhs
Immediately after the September 11, 2001, terrorist acts, Sikhs came under attack. Mistaken for Muslims for their beards and turbans, they became ripe targets for zealots seeking revenge. The first person murdered in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks was a Sikh – a gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, named Balbir Singh Sodhi who was shot five times by aircraft mechanic Frank Roque.

CNN: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars
NASA's $2.6 billion rover, Curiosity, carried out a challenging landing on Mars early Monday after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space in order to explore the Red Planet. The SUV-sized Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the "seven minutes of terror."

CNN: Phelps signs off with gold as world records tumble in swimming finale
Michael Phelps rounded off his record breaking career with his 18th Olympic gold medal as part of the winning U.S. 4x100m medley relay squad Saturday. It was his fourth gold in London - two individual, two team - and extended his all-time Games record to 22 medals. Phelps swam the third butterfly leg and helped overhaul surprise leaders Japan to give Nathan Adrian a small lead for the freestyle finish.


CNN: Opposition: Syrian forces deploy heavy weapons as battle for Aleppo intensifies
The battle for Syria's most populous city raged and intensified Sunday, with heavy shelling in Aleppo, according to opposition activists. The Syrian regime used warplanes in the siege, they said. Heavy shelling was reported in several neighborhoods in northern and central Aleppo, including Hanano, Shaar, Marjeh and Haidariyeh.

CNN: China blasts U.S. for sending 'wrong message' on South China Sea disputes
China blasted the United States on Saturday for its recent public criticism and urging of diplomacy to address territorial disputes in the South China Sea, saying the U.S. statement shows "total disregard for the facts" and sends "a seriously wrong message." The blistering statement, from Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang, follows one issued the previous day by a counterpart at the U.S. State Department.

CNN: Spain 'al Qaeda cell' may have targeted Gibraltar
Three suspected terrorists arrested last week in what Spanish officials call one of their largest operations against al Qaeda appear to have been interested in targeting a Gibraltar shopping mall. Spanish security services suspect their plan may have been to attack the British territory on the southernmost tip of Spain from the air. While their planned date of attack is still not clear, any attack on British soil during the Olympic Games would have generated intense global publicity.

CNN: West Bank meeting canceled after Israel bars envoys
Diplomatic talks in the West Bank were canceled Sunday after Israel denied entry to five envoys, the Palestinian foreign ministry said. Palestinian officials were discussing alternative locations for the Non-Aligned Movement committee meeting, the ministry said. The envoys banned from attending the meeting were foreign ministers from Algeria, Cuba, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.


CNNMoney: Stocks poised for choppy week
U.S. stocks are poised for a choppy week, as investors look to a string of economic reports for any signs of slowing growth that might spur the U.S. Federal Reserve or European Central Bank to take action. "We may see light volume this week, and that could potentially create some choppiness," said Brian Lazorishak, senior vice president at Chase Investment Counsel.

Financial Times: Greek bank head sent savings abroad
A political row has erupted in Athens after the former head of a big Greek state bank admitted to transferring €8m of personal savings abroad to buy a London property months before his Agricultural Bank headed towards insolvency. Theodoros Pantalakis, former chief executive of Greece's Agricultural Bank (ATEbank), strongly denied any wrongdoing, telling Realnews, a Greek website, that he had declared the transaction to authorities in 2011 and had paid tax on the amount transferred.

CNNMoney: Berkshire earnings drop on derivatives
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway posted earnings that dropped versus a year ago, as the company reported a loss on its derivative holdings. Buffett's firm uses derivatives in its financial and energy businesses to speculate on certain price movements. The bets lost more than a billion dollars in value in the second quarter of this year.

In case you missed it…
CNN's Don Lemon talks to Rajwant Singh about the Sikh religion and the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

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  1. King

    mittens claim he will create 12 million jobs in america, in this technical advance world, while cutting technical education, and telling big companies they can move around high middle classes wages in American to gain maximum wealth for their shareholders in third world countries and China. why do you think the repub are getting a rid of the unions. American have to realize, this is not the 80s and 90s anymore, we are living in a technology filled world, where technology is the new workers and human labor is swindling at lightening speed. big corporations doesn't hire a whole bunch of folks anymore, and the only work Americans can depend on is small businesses. but mitten is set to cut away the only reliable source of revenue small businesses have, and that is government workers, because folks keep their jobs way longer than private sector. stores will go bankrupt when nobody is spending their foodstamps or government checks with them. the whole businesses community would have to rely on the volatile stock market, and the bankrupt eurozone, their will be little government help to stablelize this volitile economy when mitten takes over.you people need to tell congress to unleash the president infrastructure bill and put millions to work in traditional jobs, before robots take over them too.

    August 6, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Has anyone asked walker while all of the sudden he understands, or maybe not, the importance of the police?
    I very much doubt.

    August 6, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |