POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
August 22nd, 2012
04:30 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 22, 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: Feds: Man arrested for e-mailing threats against Obama
Secret Service agents arrested a Washington man Tuesday for making threats against President Barack Obama, a spokesman with the agency said. The man was identified as Anton Caluori, 31, according to Brian Leary of the Secret Service. Leary said the FBI notified the Secret Service about "alarming e-mails."

CNN: Akin defies mounting calls to withdraw from Senate race
Republican Rep. Todd Akin allowed a state deadline to pass Tuesday, defiantly staying in the race to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill despite mounting calls for him to withdraw over incendiary remarks on rape and pregnancy. Under Missouri law, Akin would now need to get a court order to pull out of the race as he waited beyond the 5 p.m. deadline. He would also be required to pay for any necessary reprinting of ballots.

CNN: Ryan blames Obama for scheduled defense cuts
Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan blamed President Barack Obama for insisting on “irresponsible defense cuts” during last year’s budget negotiations, which the House Budget Committee chairman, himself, helped guide and pass through Congress.

CNN: Brown calls for change in GOP language on abortion
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts rejected his party's draft language on abortion in a letter to the Republican National Committee chairman Tuesday.
In the letter, Brown expressed apprehension over "language opposing a woman's right to choose and supporting a constitutional amendment banning abortion."


CNN: Martin Luther King Jr. interview found in Tennessee attic
In a dusty old attic in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Stephon Tull was rummaging through dilapidated boxes left there by his father many years before, when he came across an interesting find. In one of the battered boxes was an audio reel marked, "Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960." Tull's father recorded his conversation with King three years before the civil rights leader delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington.

CNN: Lesbian who reported 'hate crime' attack staged incident, Nebraska police say
A Nebraska "hate crime" that targeted an openly gay woman and that triggered responses from candlelight vigils locally to Facebook postings of support nationwide was staged by the alleged victim, authorities said Tuesday as they charged the woman with lying to police.

CNN: Iraqi pleads guilty to charges involving sending arms to al Qaeda in Iraq
An Iraqi man living in Kentucky pleaded guilty in federal court in Bowling Green on Tuesday to a series of charges involving plotting to help al Qaeda in Iraq. Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 24, pleaded guilty to providing material support to al Qaeda in Iraq, including the export from the United States of Stinger missiles.

CNN: Surveillance unit produced no terrorism leads, NYPD says
A controversial NYPD surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities never produced a lead that linked to a potential terrorist plot during years of investigating, according to the head of the city's police intelligence division. The NYPD's Demographics Unit - or Zone Assessment Unit - was put together with the CIA's help following the September 11, 2001, attacks.


CNN: South Africa mine won't fire absent workers
The owner of the South African mine where 34 people died in a clash with police said Tuesday that it will not discipline workers who fail to return this week, reversing an ultimatum to return to duty or face being fired. The announcement came a day after a government committee looking into humanitarian aspects of the tragedy told company leaders that such threats were not "in the national interest."

CNN: Ebola outbreak kills 10 in Congo
The Ebola virus has killed 10 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. As of Monday, WHO said, the deaths are among 13 probable and two confirmed Ebola cases reported in Orientale province in eastern Congo. The Congolese Ministry of Health has set up a task force to deal with the outbreak and is working with WHO, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CNN: Romania president keeps his job, court rules
Romanian President Traian Basescu will officially return to office after the country's top court ruled Tuesday that a referendum to remove him was invalid. The nation-wide impeachment effort last month had appeared to be heading for failure because turnout was below 50%.

CNN: Ecuador says UK would be 'suicidal' to try to enter embassy for Assange
The Ecuadorian president said the United Kingdom would be "suicidal" to come into Ecuador's embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up since June. The dispute between Britain and Ecuador exploded when the British Foreign Office, in a letter to Ecuadorian officials, cited a little known law that could temporarily suspend the embassy's diplomatic protection and allow authorities to enter and arrest Assange.


CNNMoney: Best companies for Generation Y
It's no secret that Generation Y puts a premium on technology. And a new study shows that affinity extends into the workplace. Gen Y employees working for technology companies reported higher salaries, more flexibility, and more satisfaction, according to a new survey of 500,000 workers between the ages of 19 and 30. The research was conducted by PayScale, a compensation firm, and Millennial Branding, a management consulting company.

CNN: Apple and Samsung make final cases to jury in patent trial
After three weeks, the closely watched Apple versus Samsung patent trial wound down Tuesday with four hours of closing arguments. Apple is accusing Samsung of copying the design of the iPhone and iPad, suing Samsung for $2.5 billion. Samsung denies any wrongdoing and is counter suing Apple for $519 million, also for patent infringement.

CNNMoney: Why green energy startups are now 'toxic'
Green energy startups are feeling the sting of rejection by investors concerned about falling energy prices and the future of government support. The boom in natural gas has hurt the competitiveness of alternative energy. And proposed budget cuts would force the government to dial back support of wind farms, solar panel manufacturers, ethanol producers and makers of alternative fuel cars.

In case you missed it…
GOP chair Reince Priebus tells Wolf Blitzer the RNC will not send any money toward Rep. Todd Akin's Senate race.

Filed under: Political Hot Topics
soundoff (One Response)
  1. Gurgyl

    PS: I was overseas, now we are getting respect. I noticed. Economy is getting better.

    August 22, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |