NPR – January 25, 2011
Russian authorities believe a suicide attacker detonated the bomb inside Domodedevo Airport on Monday, January 24. Witnesses said that it the blast erupted from someone who brought a suitcase into the international arrivals hall. The eruption wounded more than 100 people and killed 35. The suspicion is likely to fall on Islamist separatist insurgents who have been battling Russian authority for years. Questions are being raised about security in Russian airports—Domodedevo has metal detectors, but they are not used to screen every visitor. Then again, few airports in the world control the entrances to such areas. Fingers are being pointed at both the airport management and transport police, undermining confidence in Russia’s security.
ABC News– January 26, 2011
On January 25, President Obama spoke for just over an hour during the State of the Union address. Obama made sure that his speech addressed every citizen and their views. He applauded the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and urged for colleges and universities to allow ROTC back on their campuses. He addressed the ongoing health care debate and its repeal in Congress. He indicated that unlike his first half of term, he was unwilling to spend the second half rehashing the same debates. Obama also tried his hand at humor to drive some of his points home that went fairly well in the chamber—“Now, I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law.” Republican Paul Ryan responded who acknowledged the president’s assuring words but said that the government needs a major course correction.
CNN – January 25, 2011
Russia’s lower house of parliament ratified a landmark nuclear disarmament treaty in the United States, the first of its kind since the Cold War. The new pact, known as New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New Start) replaces START 1, which expired in December 2009. The treaty was signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last April and gained U.S. Senate approval in December. The treaty is designed to slash the stockpile of strategic nuclear weapons in both countries to 1,550 warheads (down from the current cap of 2,200) and 700 launchers. Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, still has to hold its ratification vote.
CNN – January 25, 2011
The average U.S. price for a gallon of gasoline is at the highest level since the financial meltdown of October 2008. The current national average is $3.11, according to the latest Lundberg Survey of U.S. filling stations. The highest average pump price was found in San Francisco–$3.37!—and the lowest was in Salt Lake City at $2.74.
CNN – January 26th, 2011
Thousands of protesters gathered in Egypt last Tuesday in anti-government demonstrations inspired by the recent events in Tunisia. Protesters express anger over failed economic policies and corruption and also demand the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak who has ruled the country for thirty years.
New York Times – January 23rd, 2011
More than 30,000 Belgians rallied last Sunday not to protest their government, but to encourage their political leaders to set aside their differences in an effort to reestablish their lacking government. For more than seven months, political leaders have been at a deadlock- an impasse caused by Belgium’s division of Dutch speakers in the north and French speakers in the south. This impasse has had little effect on everyday life since most power is administered at the regional level; however, looming economic issues are creating a sense of urgency for both political leaders and citizens.
The Washington Post-January 25, 2011
According to the National Archives, some historical documents have been found to be altered. A 78-year-old historian has been accused of changing the date on a pardon written by Abraham Lincoln exactly a year before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. The historian, Thomas Lowry, is purported to have changed the year on the document from 1864 to 1865 in the view of Archive staffers.
CBS News-January 25, 2011
Last year, the state of Oklahoma began executing Death Row inmate via lethal injection by using a drug that is generally used by veterinarians to put animals to sleep. Ohio is the next state planning to use the drug, as the drug that is normally used for human lethal injections is running low. The last of the usual drug will be used for an execution on February 17. The next execution, which occurs in March, will use the veterinary drug.
CBS News-January 26, 2011
Homeland Security officials have said that the government will no longer be using the Bush Administration’s color-coded terror warnings starting in late April. The Obama Administration will be replacing it with a system that alerts law enforcement to terrorist threats.
CBS News-January 26, 2011
Now that gays are allowed to serve openly in the US military after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Pentagon will be formulating a new training plan that will educate military personnel about the law. Under the law, citizens will be permitted to serve in the military regardless of their sexual orientation. The training will address this as well as the issue of whether health benefits will be provided to the personnels’ partners.