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Cheat Sheet: March 1, 2013

Obama, congressional leaders fail to reach deal on sequester

The nation’s sequester—or automatic spending cuts put into law by the Budget Control Act—will be going into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 1 and will cut $1.2 trillion form the United State’s deficit. However, congressional leaders have failed to come up with a deal. Obama suggested in a news conference that Congress should replace the automatic cuts, but the White House doesn’t agree. Obama said Republicans shouldn’t be choosing spending cuts and should instead consider reducing tax breaks for the wealthy. The $1.2 trillion in spending cuts would occur over a span of 10 years, with billions of dollars being cut between now and the month of September. Failing to reach a deal on these budget cuts could affect many workers for the government. (Source)

Berlin Wall gallery under threat from developers

The famous “death Strip” of the Berlin wall may possibly be torn down after remaining since it’s construction in 1961. The wall, originally built to separate West Berlin from East, has been made into a mural of graffiti art from artists around the world. The artists are fighting landowners to keep the section standing instead of using the area for land development. (Source)

Man facing 11 attempted murder charges

Six men were arrested Friday by Newport News police after officers attempted to serve a narcotics search warrant. When officers approached the home to search it, they were shot at and two of the police officers fired back. One of the men, Stefon Malone, 22, was charged will 11 counts of firearm used in the commission of a felony, 11 counts of attemted murder in the first degree and possession of a firearm by a felon. A criminal investigation by the homicide uUnit and an internal investigation are ongoing. (Source)


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