POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
August 21st, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, August 21, 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.


First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform
The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.

CNN: GOP chair: Akin should drop out, skip convention
The Republican National Committee chairman called on Rep. Todd Akin Monday to exit the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, even urging the congressman not to attend the party's convention next week in Tampa. "I would prefer that Todd Akin do the right thing for our party and our candidates, and I would prefer him not come," Reince Priebus said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." Akin, a Missouri Republican, has faced severe backlash from both Republicans and Democrats since making a controversial comment Sunday regarding rape and pregnancy.

CNN: Team Obama spent more than it raised in July, falls behind Romney in cash-on-hand
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign spent more money than it raised last month. His team took in $49.2 million in July but spent $59 million, according to the campaign's monthly filing with the Federal Election Commission released Monday.

CNN: Justice Department signs off on Virginia voter ID law
In the midst of a heated national debate over voter identification laws nationwide, the Justice Department approved Monday of Virginia's new voter identification law. Virginia's new law requires voters to present a valid form of identification at the polls. Otherwise, voters can cast a provisional ballot and later present an ID within a few days following Election Day for their vote to count.


CNN: Arkansas medical examiner rules death of handcuffed suspect a suicide
The Arkansas medical examiner has ruled the death of a man shot while handcuffed in the back of a police car as a suicide, the state crime lab announced Monday. Chavis Carter, 21, died July 29 while in the back of a Jonesboro, Arkansas, police car. The police report from that night shows officers searched him twice before leaving him handcuffed in the backseat of a patrol car. "At the time of discharge, the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp," the crime lab's report states.

CNN: Court blocks provisions in immigration laws, lets some controversial ones stand
An appeals court on Monday sided with the federal government in blocking several provisions in Alabama and Georgia's controversial anti-illegal immigration laws, while allowing other key parts of those laws to stand. While three judges from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did strike down more challenged provisions than they allowed in a pair of rulings, officials from both Alabama and Georgia pointed out that the vast majority of their states' immigration laws remain valid.

CNN: Augusta National Golf Club admits first female members
Augusta National Golf Club opened its exclusive membership to women Monday for the first time in its 80-year history. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore will become the first women to join the Augusta, Georgia, club, Chairman Billy Payne said Monday in a statement.

CNN: Woman held captive in Philadelphia basement for a decade sues city
A 20-year-old woman whose aunt allegedly beat her and held her captive for a decade in the basement of a Philadelphia apartment building has sued the city, claiming her ordeal could have been avoided if officials had acted appropriately. Beatrice Weston alleges the city failed to "properly train Department of Human Services workers in child placements," resulting in her being put in the custody of her aunt, Linda Weston, a convicted felon, a statement from her attorney Shanin Specter said.


CNN: State TV: Ethiopia's prime minister dies
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died, state television reported Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation about his whereabouts and state of health. The television station said Zenawi died late Monday from an unspecified infection. Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is now in charge, the station said.

CNN: Eight killed in bombing in Turkey
Eight people were killed in a bombing in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, an official in the Interior Ministry said Monday. A spokesman for the Gaziantep governorship said 66 people were wounded in the blast. Also Monday, the district headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party was set on fire, parliamentarian Nursel Aydogan said. It is rare to hear of an attack this deadly in Gaziantap, which is outside of the usual area of operations for the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

CNN: India looks to Pakistan for answers after texts trigger mass panic
India is looking to Pakistan for answers after online threats and text messages sparked mass panic among migrant workers and students who hail from the country's northeast. Indian Home Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde said in a statement issued Monday that "elements based in Pakistan" had used social media to circulate false pictures and stories.

CNNMoney: U.S. seizes $150 million linked to Hezbollah money laundering
Federal officials said Monday that they had seized $150 million as part of a crackdown on a money laundering scheme linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The seizure came following a complaint filed in December of last year alleging that the now-defunct Lebanese Canadian Bank laundered money for Hezbollah-controlled groups around the world. The U.S. State Department has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.


CNNMoney: Facebook's first big investor, Peter Thiel, cashes out
Peter Thiel, Facebook's first big investor, has sold off most of his stake, turning his initial $500,000 investment into more than $1 billion in cash. Thiel became a Facebook investor in 2004, when Mark Zuckerberg first set out to turn his dorm room project into a lasting business. Thiel and his associated investment funds held more than 44 million shares of Facebook when the company went public. He sold off 16.8 million shares in the IPO, netting $640 million.

CNNMoney: Apple is now the most valuable company of all time
As Apple's stock rose to new high on Monday, the technology giant set another record: It became the most valuable public company in history. Apple's market value - the price of its stock multiplied by the number of outstanding shares - soared to $623.5 billion at the market's close. That eclipsed the previous record of $618.9 billion set by Microsoft on Dec. 30, 1999, at the height of the dot-com bubble, according to Howard Silverblatt, S&P's senior index analyst.

CNNMoney: JetBlue fined $90K for violating passenger rights
JetBlue has been hit with a $90,000 fine for failing to inform passengers that they had a right to exit a plane that was stuck at a gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this year. This is the first fine that's been issued for violating this provision in the new passenger bill of rights.

In case you missed it…
CNN's Piers Morgan interviews Rep. Todd Akin's empty chair after the Congressman canceled an appearance at the last minute Monday night, shying away from the spotlight on a day he was under fire for controversial comments he made about rape.

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  1. GI Joe

    A man in Arkansas committed suicide while handcuffed, and unarmed, by placing a gun against his temple and firing.


    Don't think so. Let me see, could that possibly be a red state?

    August 21, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |

    Akin and romney the tax cheat and Ryan are one and the same ,Ryan co sponser the bill that akinsis talking about and is part of the Gop bafoons party platform at the convention in Tampa, do you really want these Gop goofs,think BACHMANN ,runing the USA .we would be the laughing stock of the world and where's your tax returns romney the tax cheat ,but he has bigger problems now such as akins cloon Ryan the teabag extremest for vp ,send them both to somila !!!!

    August 21, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |