POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
December 11th, 2012
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 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: McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing
Sen. John McCain is seeking a slot on the Foreign Relations Committee next year and could be in place to grill United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice at her confirmation hearing if President Obama nominates her to be secretary of state.

CNNMoney: Democrats try to stop Michigan 'right-to-work' law
The Michigan legislature is set to take up and likely approve a controversial "right-to-work" bill aimed at organized labor on Tuesday. Several prominent Michigan Democrats met with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday in an effort to convince him not to sign the bill, which cleared some legislative hurdles last week.

CNN: Clinton rides high poll numbers into private life (for now?)
These are the kind of poll numbers any politician would love to have. According to a new Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll, 60% of registered voters have a favorable impression of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with 35% seeing her in an unfavorable light. These polls come as the chattering class increasingly speculates about Clinton and whether she'll make a second bid for the White House in 2016.

CNN: Haley plans no 'placeholder' for DeMint's Senate seat
After spending the weekend considering replacements for retiring Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that she will not appoint a "placeholder" senator who will hold the office until a special election is held in 2014.


CNN: Navy identifies SEAL killed in Afghanistan rescue
The U.S. Defense Department on Monday identified the SEAL killed during a successful raid to free a captive doctor in Afghanistan. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, died Saturday during the effort to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, the Navy said. NATO commanders believed Joseph was in imminent danger from his captors when the raid took place.

CNN: Execution scheduled for former Florida cop convicted of nine murders
A former Florida police officer convicted of multiple murders in the 1980s is scheduled to be executed Tuesday, and his attorneys are still working to save his life. Manuel Pardo, 56, was convicted of nine counts of first-degree murder in 1988 and was sentenced to death.

CNN: Strauss-Kahn, accuser settle civil lawsuit
A New York hotel housekeeper and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the international finance executive accused of sexually assaulting her, have reached a settlement in her civil lawsuit against him, Bronx County Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon said Monday.

CNN: Smartphone apps can compromise kids' data, FTC says
Parents are finding it more difficult to keep their children's private personal data from being collected by mobile phone apps, according to a new report. The Federal Trade Commission is urging mobile phone app developers and phone companies to make it easier for parents to control the personal information being collected by smartphone apps. It's the second time this year the agency has looked at the issue.


CNN: From war to peace: European Union accepts Nobel Prize
Peace came to Europe on Monday, in the form of a golden medal. Leaders of the European Union accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday, calling their organization a "perpetual peace congress" that had solved the problem of war on the continent.

CNN: Top Morsy aide: Small, powerful minority behind Egypt's political upheaval
A top aide to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy blamed a small but powerful minority for the political upheaval that has plagued the country ahead of a planned constitutional referendum. The country will vote Saturday on whether they approve or disapprove of a new constitution recently drafted.

CNN: New head of Syrian opposition briefs European foreign ministers
The newly elected head of Syria's opposition briefed European foreign ministers Monday on the crisis there, European Union foreign affairs representative Catherine Ashton said. Ashton met Monday with Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib and pledged European support ahead of the monthly meeting of European Union foreign ministers.

CNN: Philippine toll from typhoon above 700 and likely to rise, authorities say
The death toll from the destructive typhoon that savaged the southern Philippines last week has climbed above 700, authorities said Tuesday, warning that the final number may be much higher. Nearly 900 people are still unaccounted for in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha, the strongest and deadliest storm to hit the Philippines this year, according to the country's emergency management agency.


CNN: Record fines: 'New normal' for banking business?
In a historic fine, HSBC will pay out a record $1.92 billion to U.S. authorities to settle money laundering accusations - activities which have allegedly occurred with drug cartels in Mexico and terror-linked groups in Saudi Arabia. U.S. authorities declared HSBC, the UK's biggest bank by market capitalization, in breach of a series of U.S. laws, including the Trading with the Enemy Act.

CNNMoney: Spotlight on big paychecks at Fannie and Freddie, again
Government housing agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in the spotlight once again for fat paychecks. A report released Monday by a government watchdog reveals the top 90 employees, excluding the CEOs, received an impressive $92 million in pay last year at Fannie and Freddie - companies that are propped by taxpayer money.

CNN: Treasury to sell remaining AIG shares
The Treasury Department announced plans Monday to sell the last of its shares in bailed-out insurer AIG. The planned offering comes four years after AIG was crippled by the financial crisis and required a government bailout that eventually swelled to $182 billion. The government at one point owned 92% of the firm.

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  1. Marie MD

    Who cares about what mcnasty says anymore about anything? Next! Right, they have nobody. Oops!
    The repugs at work in Michigan trying to keep the little guy/gal down anyway they can.
    RIP for the Team 6 Seal member.

    December 11, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  2. king

    lesson folks, our country is in lot of problem right now. we cannot keep giving the rich more money to the rich for them to build china into a super power. we cannot afford right to work states, because it will kill the middle class and cause American industries, such as homes, automobiles, etc see to go down the drain. lesson we cannot survive like the Mexicans and home pool, car pool, and every thing pool just to afford what the middle class would have afford by themselves. we need to rebuild this country. and stop the rich from vacuuming out the money from our economy to build china. hell with what excuse the repubs comes up with to block the rich. we need the money here in America.

    December 11, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    CNN: McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing
    John McCain has become irrelevant and powerless in the Senate. He's been there so long that rules state he can longer chair any committees. He will now have no more power than a freshman junior Senator. This is perhaps the main reason why he ran for POTUS.

    December 11, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. GI Joe

    McCain Foreign relations? What - he needs to "sing" again like he did in Viet Nam?

    December 11, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Minimum wage in America is BS and hurting all. Can you eat twice for one month with minimum wage??? Pay rent???? Nonsense. Greed is hurting USA.

    December 11, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |