CNN Radio News Day: February 5th, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder leads a news conference regarding a lawsuit filed against Standard and Poor's Ratings Services at the Department of Justice February 5, 2013.
February 5th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 5th, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • It's not a new story, but today there's a new angle in the U.S. financial crisis that began in 2007. The largest credit rating agency in the country is facing a lawsuit over its role in the economic meltdown. The U.S. government is suing Standard and Poor's accusing the agency of "knowingly" inflating , misrepresenting and understating mortgage-backed investments at the height of the housing boom. U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder detailed the case at a news conference today:

"Put simply, this alleged conduct is egregious - and it goes to the very heart of the recent financial crisis." FULL POST

February 5th, 2013
01:59 PM ET

Gay marriage a step closer in Illinois

By Nova Safo, CNN

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Chicago, Illinois (CNN) -  Illinois lawmakers, emboldened by a new Democratic supermajority in the legislature, are considering legalization of gay marriage.

Advocates are confident a gay marriage bill introduced in the state Senate today will pass by mid-February. They are also working on building votes in the state House, and expect to pass the bill there before summer. Governor Pat Quinn has said he would sign a gay marriage bill into law. FULL POST

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February 5th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Can religion prevent violence?

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – When tragedies happen like the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, the question of faith often comes up. How can horrible events like that be allowed to happen?

Rabbi Marvin Heir with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, said he’s not surprised that people question religion, and, God in tragedies.

“Remember we live in a very scientific age and so the man of faith is getting smaller and smaller because he can’t bring any proof to the horizon; where is this so-called God. So that’s why religion; it’s very difficult to compete, you know, in a world where there are new discoveries and they ask you as a man of faith, ‘Where’s your new discovery?’

How does religion compete with today’s world? Would more religious influence in our society and the inherent moral ethics that comes with it increase humans’ choosing good over evil?


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