POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
October 31st, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 31, 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: Disaster relief: Obama, Romney differ on federal role
When Chris Christie praises President Barack Obama as "outstanding" and "incredibly supportive," you know something extraordinary has occurred. In this case, it was once-in-a-lifetime Superstorm Sandy, which caused the outspoken Republican governor of New Jersey to declare a state of emergency and seek federal help for widespread devastation. Such effusive praise from a frequent Obama critic and strong supporter of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney put the campaign magnifying glass on a key election issue - the role of the federal government - a week before the November 6 vote.

CNN: Will you be able to vote next Tuesday? Despite Sandy, probably so
Widespread damage in the East from Superstorm Sandy threw state and local agencies tasked with running next week's election into turmoil, sending them scrambling to make sure they can accommodate voters. The storm heavily damaged parts of the mid-Atlantic coastline and left millions without power from the Carolinas to New England, raising the possibility that the storm's impact could disrupt Election Day efforts.

CNN: Auto companies hit back against Romney ads
Democrats on Tuesday ramped up their pressure on the Romney campaign over two new ads on the auto bailout, as each side sought to sway voters in the crucial battleground state of Ohio. Spokespeople for Obama's re-election effort pointed to quotes from General Motors and Chrysler executives blasting Mitt Romney over a new round of ads that accuse the auto giants of shifting jobs overseas.

CNN: Sandy reminds us of climate change and other forgotten campaign issues
Superstorm Sandy's ability to wreak havoc on the most populated parts of the country this week has pointed out a noticeable gap in the 2012 presidential election - how little the candidates have focused on climate change, the environment and other under-covered issues.


CNN: Sandy's impact: State by state
A day after it launched a punishing strike on the East Coast of the United States, Superstorm Sandy remained a threat Tuesday. The storm made landfall along the coast of southern New Jersey on Monday night, but its mammoth size affected a much wider area - and continued to do so as it shuffled northward toward Canada, leaving at least 33 U.S. deaths in its wake.

CNN: First conviction in slaying of border agent whose case had 'Fast and Furious' link
A Mexican man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to first degree murder in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the first conviction in a case with an indirect link to the politically charged "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, 36, admitted that on the night of December 14, 2010, he and four others were looking for drug traffickers to rob them of marijuana.

CNN Security Clearance: Intelligence budget drops for first time since 9/11
Spending by the intelligence community dropped for the first time since the 2001 terrorist attacks and it's a trend that will continue. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released a statement on Tuesday revealing the budget for national intelligence programs in fiscal year 2012 was $53.9 billion, a 1 percent decrease from the previous year. The fiscal year ended on September 30.

CNN: After storm, organizers scramble for NYC Marathon
As storm-battered residents came to terms with the extent of the damage Tuesday, organizers of the New York City Marathon were trying to determine if flight cancellations, flooding and power outages would affect Sunday's race.


CNN: 'Heroic' Iran, 'resistive' Syria behind Sandy, pro-Assad group claims
Hours after Superstorm Sandy howled its way through the East Coast this week, unleashing a fatal trail of destruction, global reactions included outpouring of sympathy and support. But not in Syria, where pro-government supporters welcomed the superstorm when it hit Monday, claiming the natural disaster is the result of high-tech secret engineering.

CNN: Qatar accuses Syrian government of genocide after failed truce
Syria's government is waging "a war of extermination" against its own people, the prime minister of Qatar said Tuesday, according to state media, hours after a failed four-day ceasefire during a Muslim holiday left hundreds dead.

CNN: Report: Iranian warships dock in Sudan in show of support
Two Iranian warships have docked in Sudan carrying "a message of support and friendship," Sudanese state media said. The warships arrived less than a week after a weapons factory in Khartoum was bombed, killing two people, in what Sudanese officials said was an airstrike by Israel.

CNN: Police fire tear gas as striking platinum miners protest
Police in Rustenberg, South Africa, clashed Tuesday with more than 1,000 striking miners who were barricading public roads near the Anglo American Platinum mine. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters, and sporadic scuffles continue, Capt. Dennis Adrio with the North West police told CNN.


CNN: Greece strikes deal on austerity plan, Samaras says
Debt-stricken Greece has agreed on final details with its international creditors on the terms for the next installment of a bailout deal, the prime minister said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Wall Street bracing for volume surge
Trading volume is expected to surge when U.S. financial markets reopen Wednesday, two days after Superstorm Sandy prompted an unexpected shutdown on Wall Street. Throughout much of the month, an average of 3.5 billion shares have been exchanging hands each day, but experts say that could double on Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Sandy's economic impact
The impact of Hurricane Sandy on the lives of residents of the Northeast will be great. Millions are without power, likely for an extended period of time. Businesses - from the nation's stock exchanges and all the way on down to thousands of corner stores - have been shut down. The total cost of property damage and lost business is estimated to run between $10 billion to $20 billion, according to Eqecat, which provides loss estimates to the insurance industry.

In case you missed it…
Atlantic City, New Jersey Mayor Lorenzo Langford responds to Gov. Christie, who slammed the mayor's warnings about Sandy.

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  1. PaulC

    I am a veteran of hurricane Andrew and I can tell you that gov. support is essential.
    The repugs can preach self reliance all they want but the reason we have a gov. is to do those thing we cannot when we cannot. Christie is to be commended for not following the party line and doing what is best for NJ.

    October 31, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  2. MarieMD

    I hope everyone who can gets out to vote because we can't crown the king of kolob our president.
    The commercial about Jeep is wrong, the company has come out to say it's wrong and the twit campaign continue to lie to America!!!
    Nice photo ops with the canned goods (is your back hurting this morning? You are so stiff we wouldn't be able to tell anyway). One more week and no more bully bihop and lyan altar boy!

    October 31, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  3. Larry in Houston

    Carl Pope, the former executive director of the Sierra Club, notes that Mitt Romney rejects Obama’s auto Race to the Top and is vowing to import more oil from the Canadian tar sands through the Keystone XL pipeline. “So Romney wants to throw away our cheapest, cleanest oil — the stuff we make in Detroit through greater mileage efficiency — and replace it with the world’s most expensive and dirty oil from the Canadian tar sands,” says Pope. “That’s a swap only the Koch brothers could dream up.”

    May the Best Man Win – – 2012

    October 31, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |