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Cheat Sheet: September 30, 2013

Obama not resigned to government shutdown President Barack Obama said he hasn’t given up hope for a deal to avert a government shutdown tonight. “I am not at all resigned” to a government shutdown, Obama said after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama said he would be calling congressional leaders today and is expected to speak about the budget stalemate before a Cabinet meeting scheduled for this afternoon. He made it clear that he blames House Republicans for the looming shutdown. (Source) Bank president’s son gets 8 years in prison for fraud Troy Brandon Woodard, 37, was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy that led to the collapse of Bank of the Commonwealth, which his father...

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Cheat Sheet: September 28-29: Weekend Roundup

On the verge of a government shutdown, The Capitol is quiet on Sunday The U.S. government appeared on Sunday to be on the verge of shutting down for the first time in nearly two decades as House leaders were running out of time and options to keep it open. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declined to say whether Republicans would consider the only plan President Obama and other Democratic leaders insist they will accept: a simple bill that funds federal agencies without dismantling any part of Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law. McCarthy predicted that the House will “send another provision not to shut the government down but to fund it. And it will have a few other options in there for the Senate to look at.” On Sunday, the halls of the Capitol...

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Cheat Sheet: September 26, 2013

The Affordable Care Act “is here to stay” During a campaign-style event today at a Maryland community college, President Obama attempted to dispel what the White House sees as some of the myths surrounding healthcare reform. “Five days from now, on Oct. 1, millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance because they’ve been priced out of the market will finally be able to buy quality, affordable health insurance,” Obama said. He attempted to explain the Affordable Care Act, listing benefits like insurance rebates, removal of caps on lifetime spending and protection of those with preexisting conditions. The administration’s last minute sales pitch comes as a round of new polls show a majority of Americans are skeptical of the law...

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Cheat Sheet: September 23, 2013

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood Today an Egyptian court banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group’s funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi. The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood’s funds and administer its frozen assets. The Islamist group has said to have a million members, and this is the toughest crackdown in decades on the group. (Source) Pussy Riot member goes on hunger strike In an open letter to The Guardian, imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova explained that beginning today, September 23, she will begin a hunger strike in protest of the brutal conditions at Penal Colony No 14. In her...

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Cheat Sheet: September 21-22: Weekend Roundup

Islamist militants attack mall in Nairobi Terrorists of Somalia-based Al-Shabaab attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya with automatic weapons on Friday killing 62 and injuring 115 people. Kenyan forces assaulted the terrorists in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall Monday afternoon, killing two of the estimated 10 to 15 militants. The number of hostages is unclear, but authorities expect the number is “very, very minimal.” The FBI is investigating claims by Al-Shabaah of American citizens being involved in the siege but have not made any confirmations, reported CNN. Al-Shabaab tweeted among the attackers are three citizens from the U.S., two from Somalia and one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom. (Source) Two teens attack one’s...

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Cheat Sheet: September 18, 2013

Navy Yard gunman’s mother says she is heartbroken and sorry for families Cathleen Alexis, the mother of the Washington Navy Yard shooter, said today that she was heartbroken and sorry for the families of the victims and that she is glad he is “in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone.”In a brief statement, she said that her son has “murdered 12 people and wounded several others” and that “his actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims.” President Barack Obama plans to attend a memorial service for the Navy Yard victims on Sunday. (Source) BlackBerry to cut its staff by 40 percent BlackBerry Ltd. is preparing to make deep staff cuts by the end of the year via layoffs that could cost...

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Cheat Sheet: September 17, 2013

Gunman and 12 victims killed in shooting at DC Navy Yard The gunman in yesterday’s shooting has been identified as Aaron, Alexis, 34, who was a former Navy reservist. Alexis killed at least 12 people in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard just after 8 a.m. Police officers exchanged fire with Alexis and shot him to death. Officials said Alexis drove a rental car to the base and entered using his access as a contractor and shot an officer and one other person outside the Sea Systems Command headquarters. Inside, he made his way to a floor overlooking an atrium and took aim at employees eating breakfast below. Three weapons were found on Alexis: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol. Officials said they were still searching for a motive. (Source)...

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Cheat Sheet: September 16, 2013

Shooting Rampage at Washington Navy Yard A shooting at the Washington Navy yard left at least 12 dead and others injured Monday morning. As of 2 p.m. ET, one suspect is dead, but two others may still be at large. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday morning that authorities were still looking for a white male and black male in military-style clothing who could be connected to the shooting, reported CNN. They have not been confirmed as military personnel. "The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point," Lanier told reporters hours after the shooting. (Source) World’s Oldest Man Dies At 112 Salustiano Sanchez, 112, known to friends as Shorty, died Friday, Sept. 13 at a...

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Cheat Sheet: September 9, 2013

Syria says it “welcomes” Russian proposal to place chemical weapons under international control Today Syria quickly welcomed a call from Russia to place Syrian chemical arsenals under international control, then destroy them to avert a U.S. strike but did not offer a time frame or any other specifics. The statement by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem appeared to mark the first acknowledgement by Damascus that it possesses chemical weapons and reflected what appeared to be an attempt by Syrian President Bashar Assad to avoid the U.S. military attack. (Source) Police detain George Zimmerman after 911 call from wife George Zimmerman is being held in “investigative detention” while police investigate a 911 domestic violence call from his...

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Cheat Sheet: September 6, 2013

Syria video turns the debate on U.S. intervention On Thursday morning the New York Times posted the grisly video of Syrian rebels standing over seven soldiers of the Syrian regular army, pointing rifles and a pistol at their heads and eventually slaughtering them. Shortly after, the video went viral—and also posed a tricky problem for the Obama White House. For the past six days, President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials have been waging a campaign to gain congressional authorization to punish the Assad regime with a military strike for its illegal use of poison gas against thousands of Syrian civilians, including young children. Kerry minimized the video’s influence on the debate, saying that the rebels in the video are not part of the...

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Cheat Sheet: September 4, 2013

Ariel Castro dead Ariel Castro, the 53-year-old Cleveland man who held three women captive for 11 years, hanged himself in prison with a bedsheet Tuesday night. Castro had been sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison for rape and kidnapping and only lasted 34 days in his cell. The three women abducted between 2002 and 2004 were aware of Castro’s choice to end it all but declined to comment on the shocking suicide. (Source) New suspect indicted in 2010 slaying of Norfolk barber Barnard Alexander Kearney, 36, was indicted Wednesday in the fatal April 17, 2010 shooting of Henry McIntosh Sr. at his shop, the Square Deal Barber Shop on Church Street. A grand jury indicted Kearney on charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted robbery, five counts of...

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Cheat Sheet: September 3, 2013

Japan plans to build $470 million ice wall Japan is to invest an estimated $473 million into building a frozen wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop leaks of radioactive water. The leaks have been getting worse since the plant was crippled by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The disaster knocked out cooling systems to the reactors, three of which melted down. Under the government plan, a wall of frozen earth will be created around the reactors using pipes filled with coolant to prevent groundwater coming into contact with contaminated water used to cool fuel rods. The technique has only been used on a small scale to control pollution before but not with radioactive contamination. (Source) Israel fires test missile in Mediterranean Sea Israel says it has carried...

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