New York Times-February 10, 2011
In a House Budget Committee meeting, Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke defended the increasing prices of commodities in the United States and the rest of the world. Bernanke says that the inflation is not that excessive at the moment. His opponents say the inflation, which arises from printing more money despite not having enough gold in reserve to back it, will get worse unless the government seeks other measures, like cutting the administration’s spending to ameliorate the economic problem.
NPR- February 8, 2011
After recalling Toyota vehicles based on complaints of “unintentional acceleration,” the Transportation Department and NASA joined forces to perform a 10-month study on Toyota cars to find the reason behind the recalls. The findings reflect that there were no electronic causes for the acceleration issues.
L.A. Times-February 11, 2011
With Hosni Mubarak’s recent departure, the United States now has to attempt to install a democrat government reforms via the Egyptian military rulers. However, the new military government also means that the US does not have a guarantee that Egypt will continue to honor its 1979 peace treaty with Israel, which was agreed upon under the Mubarak regime.
NPR- February 9, 2011
The 74-year-old prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, will be put on trial at the behest of Italian prosecutors for allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl to have sex with him and then hiding it. Besides this case, the prime minister is also slated to go to court for charges of tax fraud and bribery.
CNN-February 9, 2011
According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the greatest terrorist threat to the United States comes from the Arabian Peninsula, specifically al Qaeda. Other groups of interest, such as Hezbollah and the Greek anarchists, are being watched by U.S. Homeland Security authorities, as is al Qaeda.
CNN-February 8, 2011
In 2010, the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Person’s Report discovered that not only are people being trafficked into Romania from foreign countries by organized crime networks, but that Romanian citizens are also being sent out of the country to other countries that comprise the European Union. Not For Sale Romania, a nonprofit group that works to provide educational and medical services to victims of Romanian trafficking consider Romania as the seat of modern slavery in the 21st century.
ABC News-February 9, 2011
The first official talks in months between North and South Korean military officials ended abruptly when North Korean military officials stalked out over a disagreement in agenda. South Korea believed the talks should focus on the two attacks against it last year, while North Korea demanded a discussion of other military issues as well.
CNN-February 13, 2011
Egypt’s military, now in power after President Mubrarak’s resignation, has dissolved the parliament and will run the country for the next 6 months or until new elections are held. The constitution is also being suspended while a committee proposes changes to it and is then voted on by the public. During this transition period, The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will be able to issue new laws.
MSNBC-February 9, 2011
Thousands of the nation’s widows find disrespect in that the only way that they can fully collect on their husbands’ insurance is to marry other men. Also, just to qualify, the widows must remarry when they are 57 or older; those who remarry at a younger age or don’t remarry at all do not receive the insurance benefits. This is all due to a government policy known as the “widows’ tax,” where an amount of the annuity payment is reduced by the amount of the monthly survivor benefit.
CBS News-February 7, 2011
Arizonan Republican Senator Ron Gould, who proposed a challenge to automatic US citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, called off a scheduled vote because he didn’t have enough support to get it out of the committee. The measure would prompt a court interpretation on an element of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. Senator Gould believes that this is only a minor setback and that the bill will eventually be considered.