Mother Jones-February 26, 2011
Aside from the Libya Protests primer, Mother Jones has also released an overview of the union demonstrations in Madison, Wisconsin. The article discusses what the anti-union proposals actually mean for unionized workers and how liberals, who oppose the proposals, and conservatices are reacting to the Republican governor’s proposals.
Unrest in the Middle East and Africa – country by country
CNN – February 24, 2011
Demonstrations have spread across the Middle East and Africa in the last month, and CNN.com provides the latest developments and why the protests began in the first place. The focus is on 14 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.
CBS News-February 23, 2011
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed same-sex civil unions into law, granting gay and lesbian couples the same state rights as married partners. This makes Hawaii the seventh state to permit civil unions or similar legal recognition for gay couples. The law comes after 20 years of protests, court fights, and public debates in a state that has long been a gay rights battleground.
Exposés on Oil Spill in Gulf, Afghanistan and Steroids Win Polk Awards
The New York Times- February 21, 2011
The annual George Polk Awards, which are honors bestowed upon reporters for exemplary investigative news, were announced on February 21. Among the winners are reporters from The New York Times, Rolling Stone magazine, ProPublica, and NPR. The award presentation will occur in Manhattan on April 7, 2011.
Supreme Court Back in Session; Nine Cases to Watch
ABC News-February 22, 2011
The United States Supreme Court returned to the bench on Tuesday to begin its second half of a term that has featured lively oral arguments. The dynamics of the bench are different this year because the Justices are asking more questions than in the past. Chief Justice John Roberts sometimes has to stop the justices from interrupting each other. The nine cases include issues about protests at military funerals, death penalty/DNA, Arizona school tax credits, prison overcrowding, Arizona immigration law, Walmart, material witness statute, campaign finance, and child abuse.
What’s Happening in Libya Explained
Mother Jones-February 25, 2011
For those who are confused or would like a little more information about the current events in Libya, Mother Jones has published a primer to provide some basic background information. Covered in the primer is information on the past political climate and how that is influencing the current protests; how the protests began; and the broader implications of the protests.
Obama administration won’t oppose same-sex marriage
CNN-February 23, 2011
After having stated his particular opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, which states that, in the eyes of the federal government, marriage is an institution entered into by one man and one woman, President Obama has said that he wants the Justice Department to end their defense of the constitutionality of the act. Republicans, who controlled Congress when the act was signed into law in 1996 under President Clinton, are extremely unhappy about Obama’s stance, but others are praising him for his decision.
House GOP Readies 2-Week Spending Bill With $4 Billion In Cuts
NPR-February 23, 2011
The House Republicans have proposed a new plan to protect a government shutdown, which will cut $4 billion from current government spending in exchange for a two-week funding period for the federal government. This proposed in response to a proposal of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup Might Limit Debit Card Purchases
ABC News- February 18, 2011
Some of the nation’s largest banks are considering placing a limit on debit card purchases to $50 to $100 if Congress approves new rules aimed at limiting swipe fees. Implementing a cap would change how millions of Americans shop. The final rules are to be released by the Federal Bank in April. While banks are extremely unhappy with this new possibility, consumers and retailers both believe that it will save them money in the long run.
At Smithsonian, Americana ‘Made in China’
ABC News-February 24, 2011
Novelties at the Smithsonian museums’ gift shops are often not made in the United States. Senator Bernie Sanders was so outraged by the situation that he sent a letter demanding that the museum sell products made in the USA. Oftentimes, any museum gift shop might sell a similar item, made in both the US and China, yet the Chinese souvenir is drastically cheaper. The only major gift shop in the state capitol that sells real American-made items is the US Capitol.