POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
January 29th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, January 29, 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: Obama to press immigration Tuesday
When President Barack Obama travels to Las Vegas on Tuesday to highlight his immigration proposals, he will not introduce new legislation, according to senior administration officials. He will press for quick action on immigration reform and share more details about his immigration proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

CNN: Why this time? On immigration, McCain points to 'elections'
A bipartisan group of senators expressed confidence Monday in their proposal for major immigration reform. But after the last big congressional push failed in 2007, many are asking why it would work this time around.

CNN: Obama meets with police chiefs, sheriffs to talk guns
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities about gun violence on Monday, keeping the issue in the spotlight as the administration pushes for stricter firearm regulations. "No group is more important for us to listen to than our law enforcement officials," Obama said. "They're where our rubber hits the road."

CNN: Hillary Super PAC gearing up
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes her exit from Foggy Bottom, there’s a super PAC already waiting in the wings to support her in a potential 2016 presidential run. While the oup, “Ready for Hillary,” won’t go live with its website for another two or three weeks, its founders filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.


CNN: Boy Scouts reconsidering policy against gay membership
The Boy Scouts of America is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, according to a news release from the organization. The organization, which has 2.7 million members, is "potentially discussing" doing away with its national policy after months of protest, including hundreds of angry Eagle Scouts renouncing their hard-earned awards and mailing back their red-white-and-blue medals.

CNN: Obama explains hesitancy in Syria
President Barack Obama is still grappling with what role the United States should play in Syria's bloody conflict, which began nearly two years ago and has claimed the lives of 60,000 people, according to a United Nations estimate. "Syria's a classic example of where our involvement, we want to make sure that not only does it enhance U.S. security, but also that it is doing right by the people of Syria and neighbors like Israel that are going to be profoundly affected by it," he explained.

CNN: New Illinois law allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses
Immigrants in Illinois without a valid visa or green card could soon carry one form of state-issued documentation - a driver's license - thanks to a law signed Monday by the governor. Although he referenced the divisive immigration debate in Washington, Gov. Pat Quinn said the measure signed Monday was mostly motivated by a desire to optimize safety along Illinois roads.

CNN: Installation of subway platform doors in NYC would face challenges
Technological challenges would pose major obstacles to the installation of platform doors in New York's subway system, transit officials said Monday. During a transit and bus committee meeting at the Metropolitan Transit Authority headquarters, board members discussed the possibility of installing such barriers to curb the number of subway train fatalities.


CNN: Four arrested after deadly Brazilian nightclub fire
Police arrested four people Monday in connection with a nightclub fire that killed 231 people in southern Brazil, CNN affiliate BandNews reported. Two are club owners and the other two members of the band that was performing, it said.

CNN: Egyptian protesters defy curfew order as new clashes erupt
Anti-government protesters ignored Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's curfew order in cities along the Suez Canal and clashed with police and troops in Port Said, state-run media reported Tuesday. It's the latest in the see-saw struggle between Egypt's first democratically elected president and dissidents who say his tenure is a throwback to the loathsome days of dictatorship.

CNN: French president on military offensive: 'We are winning in Mali'
French-led troops in Mali now control the ancient city of Timbuktu, the neighboring Gao - and the vast swath in between that was an Islamist stronghold for almost a year, the French defense ministry said. "We are winning in Mali," French President Francois Hollande said at a news conference Monday, but added that militants still control parts of the north. Hollande did not say how long France will maintain troops in its former colony.

CNN: Aviation authorities find no big problems at Dreamliner's battery maker
After eight days inspecting the Japanese company that makes the lithium ion batteries linked to problems that have led to the grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world, aviation authorities have found no serious problems with the devices. U.S. and Japanese officials carried out a joint inspection at the facility in the city of Kyoto where GS Yuasa makes the batteries.


CNNMoney: Stocks: Looking for cue to extend gains
Stocks may take another breather Tuesday as investors wait for the next cue from earnings and economic data to extend a run that has pushed prices to 5-year highs. U.S. stock futures were indicated little changed.

CNNMoney: Watchdog: Pay remains "excessive" for execs at bailed-out AIG, GM, Ally
The government's top bailout watchdog accused the Treasury Department on Monday of failing to rein in "excessive" compensation at AIG, General Motors and Ally Financial.

CNNMoney: Gun background checks surged in last 6 weeks
Gun sales soared at the end of last year, and the trend has continued into 2013. Background checks are the most reliable way to track the number of gun sales, and data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System show that over the last 6 weeks, these checks have reached their highest levels in fifteen years.

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  1. Marie MD

    The ONLY reason the repugs are talking immigration at present is that they lost the Latino vote to over 70% for the President.
    They did NOT change their minds overnight because they care. They JUST want votes in 2014 ande 2016.
    Hypocrites. We have mcnasty aka mutant grower, ms lindsay from SC and anchor baby rubio who even the Cubans in Florida don't like.

    January 29, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    CNN: Why this time? On immigration, McCain points to 'elections'
    The GOP policy on every other issue still remains the same. All that the GOP wants is Latino and Asian votes.

    January 29, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |