CNN Radio News Day: November 8, 2012
America faces a looming fiscal cliff
November 8th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 8, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • Now that the U.S. presidential election is over, Congress will soon get back to work.  Topping the agenda – stopping the U.S. from plunging over the 'fiscal cliff'.  That's the tax hikes and spending cuts that will automatically go into effect next year if President Obama and lawmakers can't cut a deal.  If that happens, CNN's Jeanne Sahadi says the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates 88% of Americans could see some kind of tax increase  next year:

"Someone making between $40,000 to $50,000 might see about a $2,000 increase. Someone making $65K  might see something closer to $3,500."


Same old Congress? Maybe not
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he'll negotiate anything, but won't let Republicans "push us around".
November 8th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Same old Congress? Maybe not

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

(CNN) – What has really changed in Washington?

President Obama remains in the White House, the Democrats are still in charge of the Senate, and the Republicans retain the House.

The Democrats' near-sweep of close Senate races made for an unforgettable story, but the Democratic-Republican split is just one or two digits different. (Democrats will pick up two seats if Senator-elect Angus King, I-ME, decides to caucus with them.)

Think nothing has changed? Majority Leader Harry Reid strongly disagrees. And Tuesday, he offered an example of what the 2012 election could bring in Congress: a charge in the filibuster rules that are central to gridlock.


Amid rape cases, Missoula questions its identity
Missoula, Montana's picturesque setting belies the drama of ongoing federal investigations.
November 8th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Amid rape cases, Missoula questions its identity

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @CNNEmma

Missoula, Montana (CNN) –– Geoffrey Donovan remembers when the news first broke that his university, the University of Montana, was under investigation by federal authorities:

[1:06] "It's a hot topic. I mean everyone was talking about it. I know in my class it wasn't just girls who had some stuff to say. It's what's on the front page, you know?"

The investigation was about how officials from local law enforcement, and at the university, handle rape cases on and off campus. Making the announcement in May, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice cited complaints that rape cases weren't getting proper attention. FULL POST

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