POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
September 11th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 11, 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: Ryan sides with Emanuel on Chicago strike
Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate, sided with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday in the strike by unionized Chicago teachers and urged President Barack Obama to stand behind his former chief of staff.

CNN: Romney hits harder as poll shows Obama bounce
Mitt Romney strengthened his attacks on President Barack Obama on Monday in the face of a new CNN/ORC International poll that indicated the Republican challenger in November is losing ground after last week's Democratic National Convention. Noting that "forward" is Obama's campaign slogan, Romney said to cheers that "forewarned" would be more appropriate.

CNN: Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's 'totally in' Missouri race
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since his comments about "legitimate rape" caused widespread condemnation from fellow Republicans, some of whom called on Akin to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat. Trailed by reporters asking him about his plans for the Senate race as he walked out of the House chamber Monday, Akin said "I'm in, totally in."

CNN Poll finds small following for Libertarian candidate
Gary Johnson's poll numbers may not give him much-of-a shot at winning the presidency, but in the latest CNN/ORC Poll, he is registering enough of a following to possibly tip the balance in an increasingly close election. Three percent of likely voters responded that they would vote for Johnson, the Libertarian Party's candidate for president, in November. That number is slightly higher among registered voters, with 4% identifying with the former governor of New Mexico.


CNN: Construction to resume on national 9/11 museum, Bloomberg and Cuomo say
The budgetary dispute that has delayed the opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum has been resolved, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The museum was scheduled to open on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, but disagreements over funding, financing and oversight of the museum between the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have halted construction.

CNN: 58 cancers receive 9/11 fund coverage
Federal health authorities Monday added 58 types of cancer to the list of covered illnesses for people who were exposed to toxins at the site of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

CNN: After 20-hour SWAT standoff, man suspected in cop's death found dead
A late-night 911 call. Police race to the house of a venture capitalist in an upscale suburb of Detroit. Shots are fired at officers and one of them is killed. The house is surrounded, a SWAT unit is summoned and after a 20-hour standoff punctuated by more shots, the homeowner and suspected shooter is found dead.

CNN: In teachers' strike, Emanuel pushing Democrats' new view
The hard-nosed stance taken by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago teachers' strike dovetails with the goals espoused by new Democrats, but observers disagreed Monday over how well it serves the city's schoolchildren. "Rahm Emanuel is very faithfully following the strategy for urban school systems outlined in the Obama administration's signature education policy, which is his race-to-the-top initiative," said Mark Naison, professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University in New York.


CNN: What you need to know about Syria today
With Syria's refugee crisis reaching epic proportions, actress and U.N. ambassador Angelina Jolie will visit displaced residents Tuesday at a camp in Jordan. The trip will draw attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled their country during 18 months of relentless bloodshed. More than 81,000 refugees have escaped to Jordan, and many more have fled to neighboring Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Here are other key developments in the Syrian civil war…

CNN: China sends patrol ships to islands at center of dispute with Japan
Two Chinese patrol ships have arrived near a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea that Japan has announced plans to bring under public ownership, Chinese state media said Tuesday.

CNN: More than 30 killed in fresh tribal violence in southeastern Kenya
More than 30 people were killed Monday in southeastern Kenya in the latest outbreak of tribal violence. A mob of more than 300 people descended on the village of Kilelengwani in the remote Tana Delta on Monday, many of them armed with spears and machetes, the Kenya Red Cross said. Thirty-three men, women and children were killed, including seven police officers who had been deployed to the area as a buffer between warring tribes.

Financial Times: Japan financial services minister found dead
Japan's financial services minister was found dead at his home on Monday in what police suspect was a suicide. Tadahiro Matsushita, 73, who was Japan's third Financial Services Agency minister in three years, had been in his position for just three months, following a cabinet reshuffle in June by Yoshihiko Noda, prime minister.


CNNMoney: Recession feared if U.S. goes over fiscal cliff
A recession is imminent if Congress and the Obama administration don't find a way to avoid impending drastic spending cuts and tax increases, a business group's top economist said Monday.

CNNMoney: JPMorgan: iPhone 5 may boost GDP
As anticipation builds for the launch of Apple's iPhone 5, one economist has got an additional selling point for the product: It could provide a significant boost to GDP growth. JPMorgan's Michael Feroli says in a research note that the iPhone 5, expected to be unveiled Wednesday, could add between 0.25% and 0.5% to annualized economic growth in the fourth quarter.

CNN: Foxconn denies forced Chinese student labor on iPhone 5 lines
The Chinese manufacturer of many of Apple's products has denied allegations that it forced students to work on its assembly lines in a last-minute push to ready the iPhone 5, expected to be unveiled Wednesday. In a statement, Foxconn Technology Group denied it was forcing anyone to work and said the students - who constitute 2.7% of its 1.2 million workers - "are free to leave the internship program at any time."

In case you missed it…
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  1. godsaveusfromgop

    I find it very disturbing that on the 11th anniversity of 9\11, CNN would have all it's blogs centered around Romney\Ryan and how they are remembering the victums of 9\11. Not one mention (which should have been number 1) off our PRESIDENT!! I.should be reading fox, not CNN. DISGUSTING!!!

    September 11, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  2. Big Munny

    The big money Republicans have known all along that Romney cannot win the White House, and they don't care whether he does or not. Romney, for all his money, isn't one of them. He may think he is, but they hate Mormons almost as much as they do minorities. They are only letting him play so they can use his toys. They bankrolled his candidacy just to make Obama's campaign have to spend money on Obama instead of helping House and Senate candidates. It appears that strategy may backfire as well, as Democrats appear positioned to at least keep the Senate. The DNC was very successful at highlighting the differences between the parties. If Democrats can get out the vote, they may regain the House as well.

    September 11, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Bin Laden dead, GM alive. obama12. Period.
    PS: this nation is traveling in a right direction.

    September 11, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |