CNN-February 2, 2011
Following President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement on Tuesday that he would not run for re-election in September, President Barack Obama called for an immediate transition in Egypt’s government. It is the beginning of a transition in foreign policy- the US had long been seen as an ally of Mubarak, but is now hoping to better support the wants and needs of the Egyptian people.
NPR- February 2, 2011
This week in Florida, Federal District Court Judge Roger Vinson declared the entire health care law passed by Congress last year unconstitutional. This is not the first time this has happened. In December, a federal judge in Virginia struck down the part of the law that requires citizens to buy health care coverage. However, two federal judges have upheld the law. It is unknown how the Supreme Court would rule if the case is appealed.
USA Today- February 3, 2011
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. launched its most ambitious effort to reinvent the way news is delivered. The Daily is the first national news publication designed specifically for Apple’s iPad. It is the first application of Apple’s App Store that directly handles subscriptions ($39.99 a year). Although some content will be available online and can be shared via social networking sites, users will only be able to take full advantage of all interactive features using the iPad.
CNN- February 6, 2011
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman met with representatives from opposition groups and offered concessions that were likely to bring dramatic change to the country. Some protesters feel like they were not fairly represented when it came down to the attendance at the meeting. Others questioned the government’s sincerity in the meeting, saying that it all might just be tricks. President Obama commented that Egypt can have an orderly transition and a representative government. Meanwhile, on the streets of Cairo, there were increasing sings of normalcy returning with shops reopening, traffic increasing, and banks opening since January 27.
Los Angeles Times- January 27, 2011
A survey performed by UCLA researches has said that the recession is not just affecting those in the work force, but college freshman as well. According to the study, the recession impacted where freshman chose to go to college and is the reason behind the high level of unemployment parents of college-aged children are experiencing. As a result, college students are overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do for school and their part-time jobs.
BBC- February 2, 2011
Yemeni President Ali Abdulah Saleh has formally told parliament that he will not seek to extend his presidency when his current term expires in 2013. His timing seemed intended: he spoke at an “emergency” session before a rally in the capital on Thursday that was likely to follow the trend in Egypt and Tunisia. Back in 2006, it is noted that the President made a similar claim but reversed his decision after.
The Washington Post- February 3, 2011
An antiabortion bill came under fire this past week for the wording used in it. The bill, passed by Republican lawmakers, prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions except in special circumstances, one of which was termed as “forcible rape.” Women’s activism groups have spoken out against this terminology, claiming that the government was attempting to change the accepted definition of rape.
ABC News- February 1, 2011
After much backlash against airport security scanners last year, new body scanners have been installed in Las Vegas. Instead of the X-ray vision type software that was used in other scanners, new scanners will employ software that shows a nonspecific outline of the human form. Possible security threats on a person will be outlined in red.
NPR- February 2, 2011
In order to generate more revenue, states are repealing laws that forbid the sale of alcohol on Sundays and are looking to increase taxes on consumables like cigarettes. This would also mean an increase in sales at stores that sell alcohol, but some store owners are against lifting the bans on Sunday alcohol sales, saying that by doing so, lawmakers are inviting an increase in drunk driving and possible sales to minors.
CNN- February 3, 2011
Wednesday, demonstrations in Egypt erupted in a bloody standoff between pro-government and anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square. The two factions began hurling chunks of concrete and Molotov cocktails at one another- 4 people were killed and 829 were wounded. Some observers believe that the pro-government protesters had been hired by the Egyptian government in order to break up the protests.