UN - Thousands of Haitians are dead thanks to a deadly, highly contagious strain of cholera. The disease was introduced by a Nepalese peacekeeping force sent to Haiti by the UN following the deadly 2010 earthquake.
Religion – As the 2012 election cycle begins, the Obama’s have started to attend church more regularly. This is no coincidence because the President is trying to appeal to Christians – but this is obviously nothing more than a political ploy.
Newsweek – Newsweek’s cover article this past week was entitled “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?” And yet, Newsweek proclaims to be an unbiased media source.
Canada - The Harper government is looking to increase petroleum exports to China, but those hopes are very much pinned on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project currently under review by the National Energy Board. Harper will visit China next month. Harper has no choice but to find a new energy trade partner since the Obama administration will not agree to the building of the Alberta to Texas oil pipeline (Keystone Pipeline).
Congress – Congress passed 80 bills in 2011, this is the least amount in U.S. history. This is good news because less is better these days.
Obama’s Ego – Barack will conduct his 2012 Democratic nomination acceptance speech in a football stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers in the NFL – Capacity of 75,000). Obama also unveiled his first 2012 reelection TV ad touting his pro energy agenda.
School Food - A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't available. The study concluded that the home environment has more impact on obesity than the school environment. This is another good example of why government interference into our daily lives is not only wrong, but it does not work.
Bain Capital - Jeffrey Zients will serve as President Obama's new acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but the president's decision might undercut attacks on Republican Mitt Romney's career as a venture capitalist, because Zients and Romney are both alumni of Bain & Company.
Occupy DC - Someone threw a smoke bomb over the White House fence last week, according to the Secret Service. The incident took place during an Occupy DC rally outside the White House. About 1,000 protesters participated in the rally and of course, no one was arrested.
Media – Here is a recent poll conducted by the liberal PPP polling service: Fox is the most trusted TV news source for 34% of voters, followed by PBS at 17%, CNN at 12%, ABC News at 11%, CBS News at 8%, MSNBC at 5%, and Comedy Central and NBC each at 4%.
Tax – Pelosi continues to push for a tax on the wealthy; this time to pay for a national tax free holiday.
Fast and Furious - Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa is back on the Fast and Furious trail and announced the issuance of a new subpoena this past week to Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S Attorney's Office for Arizona Patrick Cunningham. The subpoena was necessary after Cunningham refused to testify. When on the stand, Cunningham pleaded the fifth.
Abortion – ABC News reports from 2003 to 2008, the abortion rate per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44) changed slightly, from 29 to 28 per 1,000 women. But the proportion of unsafe abortions that took place across the world rose 44 percent in 1995 to 49 percent in 2008.
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