POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, December 10, 2012
December 10th, 2012
04:33 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, December 10, 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: Obama, Boehner meet about fiscal cliff and agree - not to say much
Twenty-three days since they last met face-to-face and 23 days before the fiscal cliff becomes a harsh reality, the two men most pivotal to the contentious budget talks sat down Sunday. There was no evidence of a breakthrough, though President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at least did agree on something: what, and what not, to say.

CNN: Gingrich on 2016 run: 'One never knows'
His 2012 presidential bid ended in defeat during the primaries, but that may not have been the last of candidate Newt Gingrich. Asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he would run for the White House again, the former House speaker put on an enormous Cheshire cat grin and said: "I doubt that, but one never knows."

CNN: Republican Corker expresses support for raising tax rates
Another Republican senator said Sunday he'd support raising tax rates on wealthy Americans as part of a deal to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said if Republicans agree to raising rates on the top 2% of American earners, they will be better positioned to negotiate for larger spending cuts to Social Security and Medicare, which many Democrats oppose.

CNN: Lagarde: ‘Zero’ U.S. growth without a deal
The head of the International Monetary Fund warned that the American economy won’t grow next year without a deal on the fiscal cliff. Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF, spoke to CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” about the consequences of the president and Congress failing to reach a comprehensive deal on the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that would occur without an agreement before the end of the year.


CNN: Obama requests $60.4B for Sandy relief
President Barack Obama on Friday asked Congress to provide $60.4 billion for states affected by Superstorm Sandy. Obama's request, made in a letter, falls short of the total damage estimate in affected states.

CNN: Cowboys player out on bail after arrest in crash that killed teammate
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was released from jail on $500,000 bond Sunday - around the time his team pulled off an emotional, last-second win - after his arrest in the fiery weekend car crash that killed his teammate.

CNN: 911 text messaging service coming in 2014
Most 911 centers can't receive text messages. But that doesn't always stop people from texting the familiar number in an emergency, not knowing their pleas for help won't be seen. A new initiative announced Friday will finally bring the 20-year-old SMS texting technology to emergency centers across the country in the coming years.

CNN: PSY apologizes for viral anti-American lyrics
Is this the end of "Gangnam Style" mania? Korean pop star PSY - who rose to fame through his YouTube record-breaking video "Gangnam Style" - apologized Friday for anti-American lyrics he rapped back in 2004. That performance resurfaced on CNN's iReport and then circulated widely online. It included lyrics calling for the death of American troops serving in Iraq, not long after news of the brutal slaying of a South Korean hostage by Iraqi insurgents - an incident which sparked anti-American sentiment in South Korea.


CNN: North Korea extends launch window for rocket after technical problems
North Korea has extended the window for a controversial long-range rocket launch by one week after finding technical problems in an engine, state media reported Monday. The planned launch has been widely condemned by other countries like the United States and South Korea, which say it's cover for testing ballistic missile technology. The North insists the launch is aimed at putting a scientific satellite in orbit.

CNN: Egyptian opposition calls for massive rally ahead of vote
Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's upcoming constitutional referendum called Sunday for new nationwide protests. Emerging from a meeting attended by key opposition leaders in Cairo, a spokesman for the National Salvation Front, a coalition of opposition organizations, said protesters are planning a massive rally Tuesday.

CNN: U.S. Navy SEAL killed in operation to rescue American doctor in Afghanistan
An elite U.S. special forces team rescued an American doctor who had been abducted in Afghanistan, but lost one of their own members in the mission, officials said.

CNN Security Clearance: Sources: U.S. helping underwrite Syrian rebel training on securing chemical weapons
The United States and some European allies are using defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, a senior U.S. official and several senior diplomats told CNN Sunday.


Financial Times: Proposal for global regulation of web
An unexpected new proposal for international regulation of the internet drew warnings over the weekend of a spread of online censorship and left a global conference on the issue on the edge of collapse. The deep divisions over treatment of the internet came after a group of Arab states put forward a plan late on Friday that would require countries around the world to explicitly regulate internet companies.

CNNMoney: Japan's economy slips into technical recession
Japan's gross domestic product has dropped for two straight quarters, meeting the technical definition of an economy in recession, according to fresh government data released Monday. Revised figures from Japan's Cabinet Office show the economy contracted at an annual rate of 3.5% from July to September. GDP for April to June, previously rated as a small expansion, was revised lower to an annual contraction of 0.1%.

CNNMoney: Federal Reserve may buy more bonds
More stimulus for the U.S. economy could be on the Federal Reserve's agenda when its policy committee meets this week. The Fed will present new economic forecasts at the conclusion of its two-day meeting on Wednesday. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke will also discuss the state of the economy at a press conference.

In case you missed it…
State of the Union's reporter panel takes a look at Michigan's "right to work" law and Sen. Jim DeMint's departure.

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  1. king

    lesson allow the country to go off the cliff. we need to get back to the Clinton tax code so we can get revenue to rebuild our infrastructure. Obama may not get another chance to add to his legacy. every other country on the globe is modernizing including china. yet we still have the 60s and 70s infrastructure. we need to have a massive infrastructure modernization movement, putting cranes and construction workers in every corner of our country, this will employ millions of new workers and attract millions of new businesses to our shores. we need to get this done, because we may never get this opportunity again, and get out this endless rut of slow growth. because what we have been doing is not working.

    December 10, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Newt in 2016? Why not! The 32% of Americans who claim to be republicans would have someone who reflects their intelligence. 10% are Birthers, 40 % think that Obama is a Muslim socialist fascist communist, 70% think Iraq had WMDs and was responsible for 9-11-2001, 45% think that Obama is going to take away their guns, 60% deny climate change, 80% think that unfunded wars do not add to our debt,and 80% think that Reganomics will soon start to trickle down.

    December 10, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |