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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (March 14-March 20)

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Missiles Strike Libya in First Wave of Allied Assault

MSNBC—March 20, 2011

American and European forces bombed Libyan military positions by air and by sea in an attempt to deter Moammar Gadhafi’s offensive against Libyan opposition forces. This is the first phase of an operation that will include enforcement of a no-fly zone. Gadhafi responded to the attack with a statement that he will arm civilians to defend Libya from “colonial, crusader” aggression.

RNC considers selling TV rights of presidential primary debates

CNN—March 15, 2011

In an effort to offset the debt that it accrued during the 2010 midterms, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is entertaining the idea of selling the TV rights of its presidential primary debates to broadcast outlets. The big question in this situation concerns the legality of the proposal.

Radiation fears spark run on West Coast pharmacies, health food stores

CNN—March 16, 2011

The recent earthquake and following tsunami from the Japan disaster are having major effects on the United States’ pharmaceutical markets. Specifically on the west coast, citizens wanted to purchase anti-radiation, potassium iodide, in response to the possible threat of radiation from across the ocean. However, the industry was not prepared for such a dramatic increase that many people came up empty handed and have placed orders to places like New Jersey, across the country. Some residents of the West Coast seemed unaffected, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was quoted saying “it does not expect to see harmful levels of radiation reaching the United States from Japan.”

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U.S. military blocks websites to help Japan recovery efforts

CNN—March 16, 2011

Access to certain websites has been blocked on U.S. military computers in Japan. The block on websites popular among users of the military-owned computers will be temporary but is in place for now in order to free up bandwidth to aid in recovery efforts to Japan via the Internet.


Medicine’s Rising Costs Put Hippocratic Oath At Risk

NPR—March 16, 2011

Despite being bound by the Hippocratic Oath to do everything in their power for their patients, doctors more often than not have to make decisions about what treatments, which often run into great expense, they can provide for their patients. In his book, Dr. Gregg Bloche says that doctors are often left with the decision of caring for their patients according to the Oath, or caring for their patients in ways that compromise their health and favor lawyers, insurers, and hospital administrators.

House passes three-week government spending extension

CNN—March 16, 2011

The US House of Representatives and Senate passed a three-week government funding extension which prevented government shutdown. This short-term bill will cut $6 billion from current government spending. Negotiations are underway between House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Senate Leader Harry Reid to forge a compromise agreement that will fund the government until September 30th– the end of its fiscal year.

U.S. Drones Fight Mexican Drug Trade

New York Times—March 16, 2011

President Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon have agreed to continue the overhead surveillance of Mexican skies with U.S. drones. The United States Pentagon has been flying unarmed yet Intel-gathering drones over Mexico to gather information on drug lords and the networks and traffickers. The U.S. hope is to give information to Mexican officials to aid in their investigations and also to track the traffickers attempting to enter the country with drugs. 34,000 people have died in this drug driven war and although some thought it impossible that a U.S. – Mexican alliance was impossible, it seems that the two countries are able to come together in an effort to put an end to their common threat.

Regulations for disability access take effect

Los Angeles Times—March 16, 2011

In 2004, the federal government instituted new regulations regarding access for disabled persons at public places; everything from movie theatres to amusement parks will be affected and also be expected to adapt their facilities. Similarly, the Disability Policy Collaboration, an advocacy group, says that these “new standards were established in 2004, giving the building industry time to plan for such accommodations. Existing buildings must be retrofitted for the disables on if the construction can be done ‘without much difficulty or expense.’” This Tuesday, seven million facilities across the country opened their doors with these new accommodations.

E.P.A. proposes new emission standards for power plants

New York Times—March 16, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first national standard for emissions of mercury and other pollutants from coal-burning power plants. The standard will require all plants to come up to the standard of the cleanest of the current plants by installing some form of control technology, estimated to cost $10 billion worldwide. This rule could lead to the early closing of a number of older plants and one that is certain to be challenged by some utilities and Republicans in Congress.

Housing starts dive; food boost wholesale prices

NPR—March 16, 2011

February 2011 holds the new record on building the fewest homes in nearly two years, which is a reflection of declines in home prices and diminished demand. Building permits fell 8.1 percent to the lowest level on records dating back to 1960. The United States also faces the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Economists say that all of these variables points to a housing market that still has year away from a recovery.




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