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Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Week of Jan. 3 – Jan. 11)

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Defense secretary Gates says North Korean ballistic missiles pose ‘direct threat’ to U.S.

The Washington Post-January 11, 2011

Robert Gates, the U.S. Defense Secretary, has issued statements to the North Korean government saying that the national security of the United States is in danger due to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. It is one of the United States’ goals to sway North Korea into ending their nuclear weapons program, but, so far, North Korea’s program has continued to grow.

Panel calls for drastic steps to stop future deepwater oil spills

CNN-January 11, 2011

It has been reported to President Obama that the BP oil in the Gulf of Mexico is something that could have been avoided. There is more American oil to be drilled deeper in the earth. If anything goes wrong during future drilling, the coastal states could suffer another-and potentially worse-oil spill.

Arizona lawmakers take up funeral protest legislation

CNN-January 11, 2011

The Arizona legislature has proposed legislation that will make it a misdemeanor to picket near funeral homes one hour before and one hour after a funeral. This legislation will be passed in response to a church group that has said that they plan to picket at the funerals of Tucson shooting victims. This same church group received press for protesting at Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral and at the funerals of other individuals. According to the group, the shooting was a response from God expressing his disapproval of America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

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While Some Lawmakers Talk Gun Control, Others Pack Heat

Fox News-January 11, 2011

In light of the recent Arizona shootings, American Senators and Congressmen have decided that they either need increased gun control in order to protect themselves or carry firearms on their persons when they go into public. Lawmakers have said that this is important because they do not get Secret Service-type protection during public appearances.

Haiti Still Finding Bodies 1 Year Post-Quake

CBS News-January 11, 2011

Even though January 12, 2011 will mark the one-year anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, the recovery of corpses is not finished and survivors are still required to live in tents to protect themselves from the elements. This is partly due to the amount of rubble that resulted from the quake and the speed at which the rubble can be removed. Haiti has also experienced trouble with obtaining donations from countries, like the United States, who said that they would send money in 2010, but had to push their plans back to 2011.

As Verizon prepares to sell iPhone 4, customers wonder: is this AT&T all over again?

Los Angeles Times – January 11, 2011

After all of the rumors of Verizon finally distributing the iPhone, the statement was released today that they will begin selling Apple’s smartphone on February 10. Although AT&T claims that consumers will receive much slower service on Verizon’s 3G network, Verizon claims that it has prepared for the new stress for several million users.

Australian floods: Fears worsen for Brisbane

BBC – January 11, 2011

There have been flash floods within Queensland, Australia have been occurring since late November 2010. However, due to incessant rainfall, the Brisbane River has overflown due to the flooded Lockyer Valley and Wivenhoe Dam. This is expected to be the first major flooding since 1974 for Queensland.

China shows its growing might

Wall Street Journal – January 12, 2011

China debuted its new stealth jet J-20 by conducting its first test flight hours before the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with President Hu Jintao to mend relations. Due to President Hu’s surprised reactions of hearing that the jet was tested, U.S. officials feel that their concerns are reinforced about China’s growing military strength.

Hot Social Networking Site Cools as Facebook Grows

New York Times – January 11, 2011

Myspace was forced to lay off nearly 500 of the 1100 employees due to downsizing. The company has struggled with losing more than 9 million users from 2009, who have most likely switched primarily to Facebook. “Myspace was like a big party, but then the party moved on.” Myspace Music is believed to be the company’s current focus, however that niche is also being challenged by young competition.

William Daley chosen as new White House chief of staff

Washington Post – January 7, 2011

Obama said his new chief of staff has “led major corporations; he possesses a deep understanding of how jobs are created and how to grow our economy.” It is expected that Bill Daley will help rebuild President Obama’s frayed relationship with the corporate world.

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