POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 21, 2013
January 21st, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 21, 2013

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: Crowd of 800,000 to welcome Obama to second half of his presidency
A day after formally beginning his second term, President Barack Obama on Monday takes part in the full trappings of his inauguration by reciting the oath of office in front of a crowd expected to number between 800,00 and 900,000 people. The nation's first African-American president also will become only the 17th U.S. leader to deliver a second inaugural address before leading the traditional parade up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

CNN: Sotomayor's inaugural moment on hectic day
There is no constitutional requirement that the Supreme Court preside over the inaugural – it's just been that way and a little history was made around that on Sunday. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath at the White House to President Barack Obama for a second term. Just prior, Justice Sonia Sotomayor swore in Joe Biden to another four years as vice president, becoming the first Latina jurist to administer an inaugural oath.

CNN: A tale of two terms: Obama's unfinished business and battles ahead
Barack Obama assumed the presidency four years ago on a day full of history and hope. The second time around there is less hype, far lower expectations, and no illusions about the capital's political climate. His signature first-term achievement - health care reform - was accomplished despite near unanimous Republican opposition. Many other priorities he listed just before taking the oath of office four years ago are still waiting for serious attention – or progress - as he begins term two.

CNN: Jarrett: Diversity to come in Obama Cabinet posts
As President Barack Obama prepared to be sworn in on inauguration weekend, the White House continued to promise diversity as the president formulates his second term Cabinet. "His Cabinet when he's finished – and he's far from finished – will have diversity including women, including people of color," Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told CNN's chief national correspondent John King and chief political analyst Gloria Borger.


CNN: 49ers and Ravens - and Harbaugh brothers - to face off in Super Bowl XLVII
One Harbaugh will win Super Bowl XLVII. Another will lose it. That much is guaranteed after the San Francisco 49ers, coached by Jim Harbaugh, and the Baltimore Ravens, led by his brother John Harbaugh, beat their respective foes in conference championship games Sunday. Those wins mean the Harbaughs will be the first siblings to face off as head coaches in the NFL's title contest and, in fact, for any major U.S. professional sports championship.

CNN: Manti Te'o to have first on-camera interview with Katie Couric
Manti Te'o, the Notre Dame linebacker at the center of an online hoax involving his non-existent girlfriend, will sit down for his first on-camera interview this week with Katie Couric, the talk show host said Sunday.

CNN: By the numbers: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January, although Dr. King was actually born on the 15th of January 1929, 84 years ago. Below are some facts and numbers related to the federal holiday, in which Americans are encouraged to participate in a day of service.

CNN: 5 injured after firearms go off at Ohio, N.C., Indiana gun shows
At least five people - three in North Carolina, one in Indiana and one in Ohio - were injured after weapons went off at gun shows Saturday, officials said, at a time when there's been renewed discussion about private gun sales at such shows.


CNN: Grim tolls, more questions in Algeria hostage standoff
After a fiery end to an Algerian hostage standoff that transfixed the world last week, more casualties piled up Monday as world leaders added up the grim tolls. The Philippines reported six new deaths, raising the preliminary overall total to 29. The number is certain to go up as more information trickles in, Algerian officials said.

CNN: Mali takes key town as nations ready more troops
The Malian military has gained control of the central town of Diabaly, Mali, a key advance in the battle against Islamist militants in the north. The country's forces retook the town without ground assistance from French troops, a military spokesman said. The French military confirmed that it provided only air support. French officials later said Malian forces had managed to push the Islamists into the forest beyond Diabaly. But battles in the region continued to rage.

CNN: Small protests have big impact in Saudi Arabia
The gathering was small, but activists say its impact is potentially huge. On January 5, in the ultraconservative heartland of Saudi Arabia, a small group of women held a demonstration calling for the release of detained family members. Their arrest, a short time later, caused great outrage and inspired even more people to take to the streets.

CNN: Taliban attackers storm police office in Afghan capital
Explosions and gun fire rang out across central Kabul on Monday morning after a group of Taliban insurgents stormed the headquarters of the city's traffic police, the second attack on a government office in the Afghan capital in less than a week.


CNNMoney: Stocks: Tech earnings to dominate
Investors are heading into the shortened trading week with a deluge of technology focused quarterly financial reports on tap. U.S. markets will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Earnings season will pick right back up again on Tuesday, as several tech giants, including Google, IBM and Verizon, release their quarterly reports.

CNNMoney: Federal Reserve was blind to crisis in 2007
Federal Reserve officials were largely unaware of the financial crisis brewing in 2007, until they found themselves in the middle of it, transcripts released Friday show. The more than 1,300 pages offer the most comprehensive look at the Federal Reserve's deliberations, leading up to the start of the Great Recession in December 2007. It's the central bank's policy to release full transcripts with a five year lag.

Financial Times: Hydrocarbon industry reviews security
The bloodshed at In Amenas has left the oil and gas industry struggling to come to terms with what it might mean for investment in risky countries. Bob Dudley, BP’s chief executive says the company, which had 18 workers at the remote Sahara gas plant, is “reviewing security” at its other facilities in the region and around the world.

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