POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
August 14th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, August 14, 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: Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention
The tough talking governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official told CNN. The keynote is one of the highest profile speaking slots during convention week.

CNN: Paul Ryan a gift to both campaigns
For both presidential campaigns, Republican Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin congressman and conservative star Paul Ryan as his running mate was like Christmas come early. Conservatives wanted one of their own on Romney's ticket and they got that in Ryan, who has emerged as their ideological leader on the Hill on fiscal and budget matters. But Romney's choice of Ryan also helps Obama better define what he's running against.

CNN: New Hampshire poll shows tight race there
The battle between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in New Hampshire remains statistically tied, according to a poll released Monday. The WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted both before and after Romney's announcement of his running mate, showed 49% of likely voters favor Obama and 46% support Romney.

CNN: U.S. Rep. Rep. Jackson being treated for bipolar depression, clinic says
Jesse Jackson Jr. is responding well to treatment for bipolar depression, the Mayo Clinic said Monday. The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic said Jackson is regaining his strength but offered no further information on his condition.


CNN: 3 killed in shootings near Texas A&M University
A Texas constable and two others were shot dead Monday in about a half an hour of gunfire near Texas A&M University, police said. The city of College Station on Monday night identified the suspect at the center of the standoff as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall.

CNN: Zimmerman's defense team files appeal to remove judge from case
Lawyers for George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged with murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, said Monday that they are appealing a judge's decision not to step aside in the controversial case. In a one-sentence order issued August 1, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said that defense lawyers' July request that he recuse himself was "legally insufficient."

CNN: Judge orders key records sealed, others released in Colorado theater rampage
A Colorado judge on Monday ordered that some key records remain sealed and others be released in the case against James Holmes in last month's deadly rampage at an Aurora movie theater. Arapahoe County District Chief Judge William Sylvester issued his order in response to requests by members of the media, including CNN, asking that a host of records be made public. The 24-year-old former graduate student is accused of opening fire during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, leaving 12 dead and injuring 58 others.

CNN: Former Cosmo editor Gurley Brown dead at 90
Helen Gurley Brown, who created the idea of a modern woman with her book "Sex and the Single Girl" and was editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for three decades, has died at age 90, the Hearst Corporation said Monday.


CNN: Officials from Islamic nations vote to suspend Syria from group
Foreign ministers of Islamic countries have agreed to suspend Syria from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, ahead of the group's two-day emergency summit this week. The Syrian civil war is one of the main items on the agenda, which opens Tuesday in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

CNN: Egypt to try journalists for defaming, insulting the president
Egyptian journalists Tawfiq Okasha and Islam Afifi will be tried for defaming and insulting President Mohamed Morsy, a spokesman said Monday.

CNN: Two Tibetans self-immolate in China protest
Two Tibetans set themselves on fire on Monday, adding to a string of self-immolations in protest against Chinese rule in the troubled region, according to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and various media reports. The men were taken by Chinese security forces to a hospital and their condition remains unclear.

CNN: More than 300 killed, 3,000 injured in Iran earthquakes
The death toll from a pair of earthquakes that jolted Iran on Saturday has escalated once again, state-run media reported Monday. At least 306 people have been killed and 3,037 injured in the two quakes in northwest Iran, Press TV reported, citing the country's Health Ministry.


CNNMoney: Why Google's anti-piracy search crackdown won't affect YouTube
In a new campaign that starts Monday, Google is cracking down on copyright violators that show up in its search results. But at least one site that hosts a mother lode of pirated material won't see much of a change: Google's own YouTube.

CNNMoney: Bank Fees are on the rise
Watch out for rising bank fees. Checking accounts have been getting more expensive, as banks hike monthly costs, ATM charges and overdraft fees, according to a survey of more than 100 banks released Monday by bank comparison website MoneyRates.com.

CNNMoney: Romney-Ryan would target federal workers
Federal workers' jobs will be under fire if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win November's election. Both Romney and Ryan have made it clear that they think federal workers are one reason the nation's deficit is too high, and have talked about shrinking payrolls and cutting benefits.

In case you missed it…
John King, Gloria Borger and Ron Brownstein discuss how vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will impact the race.

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