POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 04, 2013
February 4th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 04, 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: Home state newspaper casts doubt on Menendez during scandal
New Jersey's largest newspaper had some tough words Sunday for Sen. Bob Menendez as he faces allegations of improper travel and parties with prostitutes. The same paper endorsed the senator's bid for re-election three months ago.

CNN: As he leaves, Panetta says sequester is biggest concern
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday his "biggest concern" right now is the uncertainty over budget issues on Capitol Hill. "If the sequester is allowed to go into effect, I think it could seriously impact on the readiness in the United States," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And that's a serious issue."

CNN: 'Without question': Reid says more revenue needed to fix budget problems
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for more revenue Sunday as a solution for the nation's budgetary problems. The Senate's top Democrat pointed to measures that Republicans previously supported, such as closing tax loopholes and eliminating oil subsidies, as potential options.

CNN: White House releases photo of Obama shooting shotgun
One could say this photo shoots down any remaining skepticism. The White House on Saturday released a photo of President Barack Obama shooting skeet last August, backing up a claim he made in a recent interview that some Republicans questioned.


CNN: Lewis, Ravens fly away with Super Bowl title
Ray Lewis had to wait a half hour, but the Raven got the swan song he wanted. The renowned linebacker, considered by many to be one of the greatest to ever play the game, went out a winner, as the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in a Super Bowl delayed by a third-quarter power outage.

CNN: Amid standoff, Alabama town mourns slain bus driver
A memorial service was held in southeastern Alabama on Sunday for a school bus driver hailed as a hero. Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was killed last week when he tried to shield children from a gunman, who authorities say boarded a bus, shot Poland and grabbed a 5-year-old boy. The suspect and the child remained barricaded in an underground bunker in Midland City on Sunday, as the standoff stretched into its sixth day.

CNN: Ex-Navy sniper, another military vet killed at Texas gun range
A former Navy SEAL known for claiming a record number of sniper killings in Iraq was one of two men shot dead at a Texas gun range, allegedly at the hands of a fellow military veteran, officials say. Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling "American Sniper," and Chad Littlefield, also a veteran, were gunned down Saturday afternoon on the grounds of the expansive Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Glen Rose, Texas, southwest of Fort Worth, law enforcement officials said.

CNN: Harvard students forced to withdraw amid cheating scandal
More than half of the students implicated in last year's cheating scandal at Harvard University have been required to withdraw from school for a period of time, a dean said in a statement Friday.


CNN: Iran says it will resume nuclear talks in Kazakhstan
Iran will give "positive consideration" to a renewed prospect of one-on-one talks with the United States on its nuclear program, its foreign minister said Sunday. Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said a new round of talks between Iran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members, plus Germany, would be held February 25 in Kazakhstan.

CNN: Israeli defense minister suggests role in Syria airstrike
A top Israeli official suggested Sunday that his government was behind an airstrike in Syria last week. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak didn't explicitly confirm or deny his government's involvement in the fighter jet attack, which a senior U.S. official has said targeted a weapons convoy suspected of moving weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

CNN: Leftist terror group claims responsibility for U.S. Embassy bombing
A radical leftist terror group has claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which killed a Turkish guard and wounded a television journalist. In a statement on its website, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party, or DHKP-C, said "E. Alisan Sanli has become a martyr after accomplishing the action on the American Embassy in Ankara." The governor's office on Saturday confirmed his identity through forensic testing.

CNN: Paraguayan presidential candidate killed in helicopter crash
A well-known candidate for Paraguay's presidency died in a helicopter crash while on the campaign trail, authorities said Sunday. Retired Gen. Lino Cesar Oviedo died late Saturday night when the helicopter he was traveling in plunged to the ground in western Paraguay, officials said. He was 69. Investigators found the charred helicopter wreckage Sunday morning and discovered that Oviedo, his bodyguard and the chopper's pilot had perished, Paraguay's civil aviation authority said.


CNNMoney: Hyundai wins Super Bowl auto ad wars
While some automakers gambled on long, emotional or quirky Super Bowl ads, Hyundai's commercials were the most effective drivers of web traffic. The automotive website Edmunds.com analyzed Internet traffic during the Super Bowl to see which ads resulted in large traffic surges during the broadcast.

CNNMoney: Stocks: Will Dow stay above 14,000?
Investors might be hoping to hang on to the momentum after the Dow topped 14,000 for the first time in over five years.But in the coming week, only a handful of economic reports and corporate earnings will trickle through to guide them.

CNNMoney: What's behind the bull market
U.S. stocks are flirting with all-time highs, climbing to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. But stock prices cannot go up forever, and some analysts warn that the bull market is nearing an end, just as many individual investors are returning to the market.

In case you missed it…
The Super Bowl was delayed for about 35 minutes after a partial power outage stopped play. CNN's Mark McKay reports.

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  1. Name lynn

    The navel seals is killing each other, an the people is talking about the laws, an the nra, an what can obama do about the guns. what about the arms forces. What can the people in high autority do about that.

    February 4, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    It is the time to tighten the immigration into this nation. A whole lot of infiltration is going on from India and Pakistan. You give student visas and H1B visas and make sure they return beck to their homes. We need to JOB -TRAIN our people, instead of relying on FOREIGN RESOURCES. True. If you do not wake up–I bet you REPENT TEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. Be they IT or DOCTORS from India–make sure they return to their homelands. God bless our nation, the USA.

    February 4, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |