United States of America

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Anza, California

March 11, 2013

“The epicenter for the 9:56 a.m. quake was 12 miles east of Anza and 16 miles southwest of Palm Desert.”

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Harvard University Secretly Hacked Staff E-Mails to Find the Source of the Cheating Scandal Leak

March 10, 2013

“Harvard secretly searched the e-mail accounts of several of its staff members last fall, looking for the source of news media leaks about its recent cheating scandal, but did not tell them about the searches for several months.”

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House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Democrats Will Not Allow Government Shutdown

March 10, 2013

“Last week, Pelosi opposed the House GOP version of a continuing spending resolution to keep funding the government, but reiterated that government shutdown is not an option, comments that come about two weeks before the deadline for a spending bill hits.”

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): Scabs and Sores Still Healing Between Congressional Republicans and President Obama

March 10, 2013

“Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says President Barack Obama’s recent outreach to Republicans was genuine — but that old wounds between the president and the GOP were still healing.”

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: I’m in Sync With Senate Republicans On Immigration

March 10, 2013

“Bush, a Republican, said he talked with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., part of the Senate group working on an immigration reform proposal, who last week criticized Bush for seeming to not support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): Thursday Lunch Was First Time I’ve Ever Had a Conversation With President Obama

March 10, 2013

““This is the first time I’ve ever had a conversation with the president lasting more than, say, two minutes or televised exchanges,” Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.””

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Wash. University School of Medicine at St. Louis Study: Nanoparticles Carrying Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

March 10, 2013

“Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV, and other viruses.”

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Former President Bill Clinton: Supreme Court Should Strike Down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 9, 2013

“Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays.”

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Stopgap Spending Bill Passed By the House of Representatives Includes Order to Disclose Drone Information

March 9, 2013

“The House voted this week on a lengthy appropriations bill that, tucked deep within, contained a provision ordering the Department of Defense to disclose information about a little-known drone program that could be collecting images of unknowing Americans.”

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60 Minutes: Lab Technician Warned Supervisor About Contamination One Month Before Meningitis Outbreak

March 9, 2013

“NECC, the compounding pharmacy that produced thousands of vials of a steroid pain medication that caused fungal meningitis that has so far killed 48 Americans and sickened over 700 more in the worst pharmaceutical disaster in decades.”

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Arkansas Bans Abortions For Pregnancies of 12 Weeks or Longer

March 9, 2013

“On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state legislature in Arkansas overrode a veto by Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, to enact the nation’s strictest state-level abortion restriction.”

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Longshoremen in New York and New Jersey Reach Labor Agreement With New York Shippers Association

March 9, 2013

“America’s ports have been the scene of a series of increasingly heated struggles between port workers and their employers on the East, West and Gulf coasts in recent months centering on pay, workplace efficiency and automation.”

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Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Calls For the Drafting of Rules and Regulations For the Domestic Use of Drones

March 9, 2013

“She called it a “work in progress” and said that the Intelligence Committee is trying to draft legislation.”

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U.S. State Department Delays Award For Controversial Egyptian Activist

March 9, 2013

“Ibrahim was named earlier this week as one of 10 winners of the International Women of Courage award, an honor to be given on Friday.”

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Tax Cuts Are The Same As Spending

March 9, 2013

““Our whole budget is what, $3.5 trillion? So when we talk about reducing spending, we certainly must, and we certainly have — $1.6 trillion in the previous Congress, $1.2 of it in the Budget Control Act. But spending is also related to tax cuts,” Mrs. Pelosi, speaking to the press, said.”

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