POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
September 19th, 2012
04:31 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click the headlines for more.


CNN: Myanmar's Suu Kyi to receive top congressional honor in Washington
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner who was kept under house arrest for years by the country's military rulers, is due to receive the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in Washington on Wednesday. The honor is one of the highlights of a 17-day tour of the United States by Suu Kyi, who was freed in 2010 and elected to the Myanmar parliament this year, a historic moment in the incipient political reforms under way in the Southeast Asian nation.

CNN: Romney doesn't back away from message caught on secret tape
Mitt Romney on Tuesday didn't back away from remarks he made in a secretly recorded video casting supporters of President Barack Obama as dependent on welfare, and instead said the comments that generated more problems for him in a tight race were an honest reflection of his campaign's message.

CNN: Obama 50%-Romney 45% in new poll
A new national poll released Tuesday indicates President Barack Obama with a slight edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, with the candidates' numbers virtually unchanged compared to their positions before the two parties' conventions. The NBC News/ Wall Street Journal survey found Obama at 50% and Romney at 45% among likely voters.

CNN: Tone, not frequency of ads irk swing state voters
If you live in a battleground state, chances are you've seen your share of political ads this election season. The reason for such a concentrated air war is that voters in swing states like Colorado and Ohio could decide the election. "The frequency [of ads] is mind bending," said Bill Stakelin, 69, a retired radio broadcast executive who lives in Cincinnati. But still, voters in these states say it's the tone and content - or lack thereof - of ads that bothers them, not their frequency.


CNN: Chicago teachers vote to suspend strike, resume classes
Hundreds of thousands of Chicago schools students will return to class Wednesday after the teachers' union voted to suspend its sometimes acrimonious strike that lasted about a week. Along with teachers and administrators, parents of the 350,000 students who had been out of school for the seven-day strike, were celebrating.

CNN: Judge says Arizona can enforce most contentious part of immigration law
A federal judge has allowed Arizona to enforce the most controversial part of its politically charged immigration law, the so-called "show me your papers" provision. In an order on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton upheld the section allowing authorities, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of people who may be in the United States illegally.

NASA's last space shuttle to take wing to its retirement home
NASA managers will conduct a final review of space shuttle Endeavour early Wednesday before sending it on a cross-country flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles, where the now-retired spacecraft will be put on display. Endeavour, along with Discovery and Atlantis, became museum pieces after NASA ended its 30-year shuttle program on July 21, 2011.

CNN: California man held after threats against children posted on ESPN blog
A case against a California man, accused of making "terrorist threats" against children in posts on an ESPN blog, is expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.


CNN: Colombian president: Wanted drug lord captured
Authorities have captured one of Colombia's last great crime bosses, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday night. Accused drug lord Daniel "El Loco" Barrera was captured in San Cristobal, Venezuela, Santos said. Barrera is accused of alliances with paramilitaries and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla group in addition to drug trafficking crimes over a period of more than 20 years.

CNN: Striking South African miners, company reach deal
Miners at a South African platinum operation where 34 co-workers were killed in a clash with police will end their strike after a wage agreement was reached, officials said Tuesday. Work at the mine will resume Thursday.

CNN Security Clearance: Violence rages as surge troops depart Afghanistan
A spate of violent attacks in Afghanistan spurred on by an anti-Muslim video made in the Unites States, as well as continued attacks on coalition forces by their Afghan partners, is putting a tumultuous start on the first step of the U.S. handover of authority to the Afghan government. The attacks come at a sensitive time as the United States removes the last of the more than 30,000 surge troops the Obama administration rushed in to quash an increasingly powerful Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan in 2010.

CNN: Egypt charges Coptic Christians linked to infamous video
Egyptian authorities have charged seven Coptic Christians living in the United States and a Florida pastor with insulting Islam and inciting sectarian strife for their alleged links to an online video that has enraged much of the Muslim world. Egypt's public prosecutor announced the charges Tuesday, the latest development in the deadly backlash against the low-budget, amateurish 14-minute movie trailer produced privately in the United States and posted on YouTube.


CNNMoney: 4,000 millionaires in Romney's '47%'
Nobody's really talking about this slice of the pie, but Mitt Romney's "47%" who pay no federal income tax include several thousand of the highest-income households in the country. The Tax Policy Center estimates that 4,000 households with incomes over $1 million ended up with zero federal income tax liability in 2011. Another 14,000 made between $500,000 and $1 million.

Financial Times: Saudis offer extra oil to control prices
Saudi Arabia has offered its main customers in the US, Europe and Asia extra oil supplies through the end of the year, a sign the world's largest exporter is worried about the impact of rising prices on the global economy.

CNNMoney: Apple stock tops $700
Apple's stock hit a new high and closed above $700 for the first time Tuesday, marking yet another milestone for a company that has had plenty of them this year. The stock finished at $701.91, after hitting a high of $702.33 earlier in the afternoon.

In case you missed it…
Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, James E. Carter IV, helped distribute the much talked about “47 percent” Romney fundraiser videos. He says social media was key.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Obama12. Period. Justification is splashing dust in the eyes of 300 million American Middle Class–not workable.

    September 19, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Ryan/Romney -- Lying just to stay in practice for the biggest lies yet to come.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 19, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |