POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, September 20, 2012
September 20th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, September 20, 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: Defending Romney, McCain cites 2008 campaign trail misspeak
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday compared a comment he made during his 2008 presidential bid to one made by his party's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, which is similarly drawing heavy Democratic flak.

CNN: Rubio: Romney's Latino comment was 'joke'
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was joking when he said at a Florida fundraiser last spring that he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino, Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday.

CNN: Romney promises to 'help the 100%'
Mitt Romney renewed his outreach to Latino voters Wednesday in a wide-ranging and, at times, pointed Q&A session, declaring he would be president for “the 100%” as he sought to regain his footing in the race to the White House.

CNN: Myanmar democratic activist accepts top congressional honor
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar democratic freedom activist who spent 15 years under house arrest, accepted the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. Suu Kyi called the ceremony one of the most moving days of her life. Sen. John McCain was overcome with emotion when he, among other political heavyweights in Washington, praised Suu Kyi.


CNN: Official to testify on 'Fast and Furious' report, which slaps 14 at Justice, ATF
The Inspector General of the Department of Justice, whose office published the report on the botched gun probe "Operation Fast and Furious," will testify Thursday before a House oversight committee a day after the report's release. More than a dozen officials at the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are potentially facing punishment in the wake of the report.

CNN: Actress in anti-Islamic film files lawsuit against filmmaker and YouTube
One of the actresses in "Innocence of Muslims" - the anti-Islam film that ignited a firestorm in the Muslim world - is suing the producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, claiming she is a victim of fraud, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of her likeness.

CNN: Controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad to appear in NYC subways
A controversial advertisement that critics say is hateful toward Muslims will appear in New York City subway stations starting next week, despite the city's attempts to halt the campaign. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially rejected the ad, which reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The authority's decision was overturned last month when a federal judge ruled that the ad is protected speech under the First Amendment.

CNN: Prosecutors seek more charges against theater shooting suspect
Prosecutors in the case of James Holmes, the accused Aurora, Colorado, gunman, have filed a motion to add 10 charges to more than 140 he already faces, a state court official said Wednesday. The state is also seeking to amend 17 of the original charges, Rob McCallum, a public information officer with the Office of the State Court Administrator.


CNN: Source: Slain ambassador Stevens worried about security threats in Libya
In the months leading up to his death, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens worried about what he called the never-ending security threats in Benghazi and mentioned his name was on an al Qaeda hit list, a source familiar with his thinking told CNN. Stevens specifically mentioned a rise in Islamic extremism and al Qaeda's growing presence in Libya, the source said.

CNN: US lawmaker warns Iraq: Do not ignore Iran's arms shipments to Syria
A U.S. lawmaker warned Iraq to avoid "fanning the flames of violence" by allowing Iran to use its airspace to transport weapons to Syria or face possible sanctions. The comments by Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday follow reports that Iran has been sending weapons through Iraq to Syria, something Iraq has vehemently denied.

CNN Security Clearance: Taliban video doesn't show attack on Afghan base
Taliban video purporting to show the aftermath of a brazen attack on American and British troops in Afghanistan isn't what it claims to be, according to an intelligence analysis by coalition forces. Daylight footage of the CH-53 helicopter is actually four to six weeks old, Morris said. That type of aircraft had not been stationed at Bastion for more than a month, he said. Additionally, smoke rising near the landing helicopter came from a burn pit where base garbage is incinerated, Morris said Wednesday.

CNN: Officials: Inmates walked out front door during mass prison escape in Mexico
The 129 inmates who escaped from a northern Mexico prison did not flee through a tunnel, as authorities first reported. They walked out the front door. Federal and local authorities launched a manhunt after the inmates escaped Monday in Piedras Negras, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. Authorities arrested 16 employees, including the prison director, after the escape.


CNNMoney: Two million more expected to pay penalty under Obamacare
Congress' official scorekeeper said Wednesday that roughly two million more Americans will pay penalties under President Obama's health care law for lacking insurance than had previously been estimated. Under the law, Americans must be insured starting in 2014 or pay a penalty assessed on their tax returns.

CNNMoney: Fewer people have terrible credit scores
As more people cut back on taking on new debt and others ditch credit altogether, fewer are ending up with rock-bottom credit scores. Compared to last year, about 1.4 million fewer people are now in the lowest FICO scoring range, according to new data from FICO, the most widely-used credit scoring metric. This year, just 14.2% of consumers fall into the 300 to 549 score range.

CNN: Finland minister: Bid to stem euro crisis is working
Europe's political and economic attempts to stem the eurozone debt crisis may finally be getting results, Finland's European minister Alexander Stubb has told CNN. Stubb told CNN a combination of political action and monetary intervention in the eurozone over the last month had put Europe on the road to economic recovery. "If we play our cards right, I think we will have turned the corner of this crisis," he said.

In case you missed it…
Members of Congress react to Mitt Romney's controversial fundraiser remarks.

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  1. 100 % ETHIO

    He acted what he ate.

    September 20, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  2. MIke

    Republican Alzhiemers
    After 8 years of republican control in 2008, they stole so much money from the world that it was on the brink of destruction. The white house and the world’s economy had been set on fire by Bush and the republicans, Bush decided it was time; so as he was running out of the burning white house, he hollered at Hank Pualson, His treasury secretary “ you put it out,” the fire I mean. The one that was sending the world and the US into a depression worse than the 1930’s .Paulson, a republican financial genius put the fire out with 780,000,000,000$ he gives all his buddies ,THE BIG BANKS. And then just so happens their is a presidential election and Paulson is running out of the white house he hollers at Barrack Obama, here you put it out.
    So after the republicans have stole all our retirement, all our homes and sent all our jobs overseas to .50$ an hour people in other countries, so they can they can fill up their dump trucks with our money.
    They blame the democrats, for all the carnage they created. But the Republican Party chiefs are smart, they use the black man thing to convince their base its all the black man’s fault.
    The real thing is 90% of the rich white republicans who don’t pay much if any taxes are racists. It’s true, they have convinced their base, it wasn’t us! It was that black man! So now the base doesn’t look at the democrats as a political party any more, they see a black man.
    But now, their whole racist base needs to remember who started two wars that sent our debit through the roof, has kept giving tax cuts to the rich, sending our debit through the roof. NOOOO!!! Not us the republicans!!! Yes!!! you the republicans.
    Yes you republicans you have sent a whole generation of our kids to fight and die in a war based on made up reasons that didn’t exist, just so you could fill those dump trucks with money and blood of our kids. Republicans. It is sad the republican chiefs have been able to brain wash their base to vote for a party that just crippled the whole world.
    This is not about Obama, its about being smart and rebuilding a future for our kids. The Democrats are not perfect buy any means, we have problems in the U.S. and we need to come together and get back on track. The past is the past, but we can’t forget; For if we do, we are surly bound to repeat those mistakes.
    The Republicans are smart though they have convinced their base to accept a 2000$ tax increase so they can give the millionaires and boillionaires at the top a 250,000$ tax cut. That is the lawyers, wallstreeters, lobbyists, politicians among many others at the top. Yes they need some more money.

    September 20, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    This Israel drama should end in USA politics–it is hurting entire world, and nation. It is all GOP cult drama.

    September 20, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  4. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    but obama promised, no taxes on middle class, oh I guess obama lied again about obamacare, more obama lies oh my is that all obama is, all lies.

    September 20, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |