POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
August 15th, 2012
04:42 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 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: Conservative group launches new ad with former Obama supporters
A major conservative, nonprofit group on Tuesday released a new television ad, featuring voters who backed President Barack Obama in 2008 but have since changed their minds.

CNN: Campaign 2012: How low can you go?
To listen to some Republicans, one might think President Barack Obama is doing the limbo. "The Obama Campaign has reached a new low," declared Mitt Romney campaign Press Secretary Andrea Saul in a Tuesday statement battering Vice President Joe Biden, who at a speech earlier Tuesday said Romney would deregulate the financial sector and "put y'all back in chains."

CNN: Ryan: 'Excited' for a campaign about budget
Rep. Paul Ryan answered questions about his past budget proposals in a Tuesday interview by saying he has "joined the Romney ticket" and is "excited" for a campaign in which the budget proposals of each campaign take a central role. His proposals have overshadowed Mitt Romney's own less-detailed proposal in the days since Republican presidential candidate Romney introduced Ryan on Saturday as his running mate.

CNN: Rare opportunity for speakers at GOP convention
For many watching, the Republican National Convention will provide the first glimpse of a political fight that has been brewing for more than a year, presenting the GOP with a new opportunity to argue that it's best prepared to take over after November's election.


CNN: Heartbreaking losses as Western wildfires rage
Whipped by high winds, wildfires in central Washington state have scorched some 28,000 acres and destroyed at least 60 homes, fire officials said late Tuesday. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire declared Kittitas and Yakima counties to be in states of emergency, according to a written statement from her office.

CNN: Ohio moviegoer indicted on weapons charges
An Ohio grand jury has indicted Scott A. Smith, who was arrested after allegedly attending the latest Batman movie armed with a gun, ammunition and knives.

CNN: Evangelist Billy Graham leaves hospital
Evangelist Billy Graham was released from the hospital Tuesday after a two-day stay and returned to his North Carolina home, Mission Hospital said. Pulmonologist Daniel Fertel said doctors caught his bronchitis early, a vital factor in his quick recovery. "Despite this illness he remains remarkably healthy for a 93-year-old man," the doctor said in a news release issued by the hospital.

CNN: Ryan knocks Obama off perch as most talked about on Facebook
A seven-term Wisconsin congressman, who 54% of the American people were not aware of last week, just knocked the president of the United States off of his perch as the most talked-about politician on the largest social media platform in the world.


CNN: Syrian state media report blast near U.N. monitors' hotel
An bomb attached to a diesel tanker exploded behind a hotel housing U.N. monitors, state-run TV reported Wednesday. Three people were wounded in the blast near the Dama Rose Hotel, but the observers tasked with monitoring the situation in Syria are safe, state media reported.

CNN: Yemen elite forces attack Defense Ministry, source says
Hundreds of Republican Guards loyal to Yemen's former president attacked the Defense Ministry building near the center of the capital city of Sanaa on Tuesday, a Defense Ministry official said.

CNN: Egypt's Morsy taps new military commanders
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy appointed three new commanders Tuesday, just days after he shook up the country's powerful military leadership. He tapped leaders to head the navy, the air force and the air defense force, Morsy spokesman Yasser Ali announced on state TV.

CNN: Saudi Arabia objects to .gay and .islam domain names
The Saudi Arabian government is objecting to a number of proposed new Internet address endings, including .gay, .bar, .baby and .islam.


CNNMoney: Wells Fargo in $6.5 million SEC settlement over risk disclosure
Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to settle charges that it failed to disclose the risks of complex investments it sold to municipalities, non-profits and other customers, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Ryan's controversial Social Security plan he doesn't discuss
Representative Paul Ryan has long wanted to let Americans invest part of their Social Security taxes in private investment accounts. After legislation he co-sponsored in 2005 went nowhere, Ryan included a detailed plan to privatize Social Security in his budget proposal in 2010. Under that plan, he would allow workers to funnel an average of roughly 40% of their payroll taxes into personal retirement accounts.

Financial Times: Greece seeks two-year austerity extension
Greece is seeking a two-year extension of its latest austerity programme aimed at improving the country's debt sustainability and prospects for a return to growth, according to a document obtained by the Financial Times.

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  1. Marie MD

    The Obama camp has rechaed a new low? Let's see what's going on with you . . . . animal abuser, bullying a classmates to the point of cutting his hair against his will, against the NRA and increasing hunter fees while governor four times before you are now for it, for Planned Parenthood now you are against it, you have money stashed in foreign banks and not paying taxes while we are still waiting on your 2011 taxes and more years that you won't release, the "you people" wife, Rafalca is a beautiful horse but I am glad she didn't win a medal, country club to Wimbledon from wifey. Your ads are downright lies or half truths! As I have said before you and your non serving sons and that non working wife (no dignity by your own words) are a waste of oxygen.

    August 15, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  2. Hiway

    I can't wait for the debates. Joe Biden is a street fighter, Paul Ryan an elitist. Guess who is gonna win that one!

    August 15, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  3. Matte

    The pillsbury dough boy to lead the GOP convention hope they bring alot of food. If you press his belly button does he giggle?

    August 15, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |