White House Considering Trade Restrictions as Punishment for State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks

February 20, 2013

“The White House plans come after a Virginia-based cybersecurity firm released a torrent of details Monday that tied a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai to years of cyberattacks against U.S. companies.”

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House Republicans Continue Resistance Against President Obama’s Proposed Tax Increases

February 20, 2013

“Party strategists have advised Republican members to aggressively blame the president for the creation of the automatic cuts and the failure to stop them.”

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Body of Canadian Woman Discovered in Water Tank of Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles

February 20, 2013

“The body of a Canadian woman had been discovered at the bottom of one of four cisterns on the roof of the historic hotel near Skid Row. The tanks provide water for hotel taps and would have been used by guests.”

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Obama Administration Announces New Initiative to Reduce Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets

February 20, 2013

“The Obama administration warned Wednesday that it will launch new efforts to persuade China and other countries to halt the theft of billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. trade secrets.”

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President Obama: Leak of Immigration Draft Bill Didn’t Jeopardize Senate Negotiations

February 20, 2013

“President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to mitigate any damage from the leak of an immigration bill being drafted by the White House, telling a Spanish-language TV network he didn’t jeopardize negotiations with the Senate.”

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North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un Visits Military Base

February 20, 2013

“Kim Jong-un recently toured a military unit, the first reported inspection by the North Korean leader since the country conducted a nuclear test earlier in the month, Pyongyang’s state media said Thursday.”

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Officials: Kansas City Gas Explosion Occurred After Cable Contractor Severed a Natural Gas Line

February 20, 2013

“Gas built up in and around JJ’s and was apparently ignited inside the building just as gas company crews were trying to repair the severed pipe outside.”

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Small Passenger Plane Crashes at Thomson-McDuffie Airport in Georgia, Killing 5 People

February 20, 2013

“According to preliminary reports, seven people were on board, at the time of the incident. The plane arrived at Thomson-McDuffie Airport from the John Tune Airport in Nashville, Tennessee.”

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F-22 Pilot’s Widow Blames “Incompetent” Defense Department “Cowards” For Husband’s Death

February 20, 2013

“”The F-22 is not ready to serve its country, but my husband Jeffrey Haney was and he gave his life to demonstrate that brave men will serve while the cowards in the military-industrial complex systematically loot our Treasury to build inferior equipment upon which our servicemen and women stake their lives every day.””

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Proposes Diverting Funds From Foreign Aid to Defense

February 20, 2013

“Britain deploys thousands of troops in Afghanistan and his comments could allow the government to use funds originally intended for foreign aid for what it regards as peace keeping, easing the strain on public finances.”

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President Correa: Ecuador “Oppressed by the Tyranny of Capital” Just Like Europe

February 20, 2013

“”We need to make these capitalist states people-oriented for the benefit of all of us, with no discrimination. We have already achieved a lot, but things may roll back. That’s the message I’m trying to get across to Ecuadorians.””

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JPMorgan Chase Investors Call on Company to Split CEO and Chairman Roles Held by Jamie Dimon

February 20, 2013

“While a number of large U.S. companies combine the jobs of chairman and CEO, shareholders at a number of companies have pushed in recent years to separate them. Supporters argue that an independent chairman can provide a check on the CEO’s power.”

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First Victim of Orange County Shooting Rampage Identified as 20-Year Old Courtney Aoki

February 20, 2013

“The victim, without ID at the scene, has now been identified as Courtney Aoki. The connection between Syed and the woman has not been defined.”

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Russia and the Arab League Propose Direct Talks Between Syrian Government and Opposition Rebels

February 20, 2013

“Mr Lavrov said the Kremlin and the Arab League wanted to establish direct contact between the Syrian government and the opposition.”

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Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott Approves State Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 20, 2013

“Earlier, Scott said he did not want Florida to participate in the health law’s Medicaid expansion partly because of what he believed are eventual costs to his state for increasing coverage.”

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