POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
September 4th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 4, 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: Top California Dem likens Ryan to Nazi Joseph Goebbels
The chairman of the Democratic Party in California walked back his statements comparing Rep. Paul Ryan to a Nazi propagandist on Monday, shortly before emceeing an event ahead of the Democratic National Convention. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, John Burton said Ryan's convention speech last week contained fabrications that amounted to a "bold-faced lie."

CNN: First lady will set the tone for convention with Tuesday night speech
When Michelle Obama takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, she faces a similar task as Ann Romney of presenting her husband as a father and family man, above his public persona in the political spotlight. Michelle Obama has an easier job ahead of her in convincing voters of the president's likability; his favorability in this area ranks far above that of his GOP opponent. But she still must work to overcome a perception that Obama is a cool and sometimes distant president who has been slow to build relationships outside the White House.

CNN: John King: To win, Obama must make history again
It is a very different year – and very different mood - as Democrats gather for their convention. But there is one carryover from 2008: To win the White House, Barack Obama will once again have to make history. Four years ago, it was a groundbreaking victory for the first African-American to win the presidency. Now, to win four more years, it is a less glamorous but still significant barrier in his way: only Franklin Roosevelt was re-elected with unemployment this high.

CNN: Charges of politics surround visits to hurricane damage
Making political hay of a disaster may still be distasteful, but accusing one's opponent of doing as much is alive and well. President Barack Obama's visit to Louisiana on Monday came three days after his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, also toured damage in the region left in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.


CNN: Release of SEAL book could ignite fight with the Pentagon
The much-anticipated memoir of a Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama bin Laden hits bookshelves Tuesday to an eager audience whose pre-orders have already put the book at No. 1 on Amazon's bestseller list for two weeks. But there is one group who may not be as eager to see the release of "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden." The Pentagon.

CNN: Wildfire near Los Angeles disrupts Labor Day weekend
Firefighters, air tankers and helicopters replaced hikers and campers in the recreation-rich San Gabriel Canyon on Monday after a wildfire forced authorities to close the area for Labor Day. Authorities evacuated the canyon Sunday after the fire broke out in Angeles National Forest, an urban recreation area near Los Angeles that is popular with hikers, campers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. About 50 residents and 1,000 campers were evacuated, CNN affiliate KABC reported.

CNN: After Isaac, Louisiana and Mississippi residents face dangerous heat conditions
As more residents in southern Louisiana return home after Hurricane Isaac, many must now contend with a new obstacle: rebuilding their lives amid blistering temperatures and no air conditioning. "Heat index values will continue to range in the 100- to 105-degree range, possibly higher in some locations, and (will) continue to have a greater impact on people who still do not have power," the National Weather Service said.

CNN: Gunman dead after shootings, standoff north of Seattle
A man suspected of shooting at residents, cars and SWAT team members in a wooded area north of Seattle is dead, but a sheriff's spokeswoman said it is not clear how he died. A standoff late Sunday ended with the death of the man, said Shari Ireton, a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, but she could not confirm the manner of his death.


CNN: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills civilians in Yemen, officials say
A U.S. drone strike targeting al Qaeda suspects in Yemen killed 13 civilians, including three women, three security officials in the restive Middle Eastern country said. "This was one of the very few times when our target was completely missed. It was a mistake, but we hope it will not hurt our anti-terror efforts in the region," a senior Yemeni Defense Ministry official told CNN. The official asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

CNN: A rebirth of Berber culture in post-Gadhafi Libya
The overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi has had a messy and often confused aftermath, as rival groups jostle for a stake in the new Libya after four decades of dictatorship. But while the realities of Libya's new order remain murky, for the country's Berber minority, the task ahead is clear. The removal of the old regime has cleared the way for a renaissance of their ancient language and culture that were brutally suppressed under Gadhafi's hardline rule.

CNN: Mexico's Calderon defends drug war in final state of nation address
Mexican President Felipe Calderon defended his government's approach to combating crime and drugs Monday during his final state of the nation address. More than 47,500 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when Calderon took office and announced plans to deploy troops to combat cartels. He steps down in December.

CNN: Clashes erupt for second night in Belfast
Nine police officers were injured in Belfast late Monday in a second night of disorder between Catholics and Protestants. Lighted gasoline bombs, fireworks, bricks, bottles and other objects were thrown at police, who wore riot gear. A police van was hijacked and pushed into police lines, a spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The police officers had been trying to maintain order as Protestant demonstrators voiced their opposition to a scheduled parade by a Catholic marching band and its supporters.


CNNMoney: Moody's puts European Union on notice
Moody's put the European Union on notice Monday that its top-notch Aaa rating is at risk of downgrade, cutting the outlook on the EU's creditworthiness to "negative" from "stable" because of the continent's ongoing debt crisis.

CNN: Trichet: Bond buying program may be 'justified'
A bond-buying program to rescue debt-ridden European nations could be "justified" to counter dysfunctional markets, Jean-Claude Trichet, former European Central Bank president, has told CNN.

Financial Times: Eurozone manufacturing revised down
Eurozone manufacturing contracted for the 13th consecutive month in August, as exports in Germany, the bloc's main engine of growth, fell at the steepest rate in three years, according to a purchasing managers' index.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Cant wait until tonight to listen to a REAL working woman and mother who comes from a middle class family and whose father died of MS.
    The Obamas are doing a great job raising those two girls in a fish bowl.
    The other camp is full of the snotty rich thinking that everyone wants a mansion, a pool and a golf course for a backyard. News to the flip flopper and the non working life. All I want is to be able to pay my bills, retire comfortably and have medical insurance. None of the above can be accomplished with the akin twin or the twit.

    September 4, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    PS: I think Mittes should withdraw.

    September 4, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |