Cheat Sheet: October 11, 2013

OPCW awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize or helping eliminate Syria’s stockpile of poison gas. The international chemical weapons watchdog was awarded by the prize committee in Oslo, Norway on Friday, Oct. 11. "It is because of its long-standing efforts to eliminate chemical weapons and that we are now about to reach the goal and do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction,” committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said. “That would be a great event in history, if we can achieve that.” (Source)

U.N. sued for Haiti cholera outbrea

A class action lawsuit was filed against the United Nations in U.S. federal court for alleged negligence and misconduct in connection with a 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti. Human rights lawyers are demanding financial compensation for 8,300 Haitians who died from the epidemic and 650,000 more who survived. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon argued the organization had legal immunity according to an international convention. "The United Nations has a moral responsibility for the eruption of the epidemic," said Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, according to a U.N. transcript. Investigators concluded a potential outbreak source was sewage leaking from a U.N. base housing Nepalese peacekeepers. The base was built above a tributary stream leading into the Artibonite River near the town of Meille. (Source)

Libyan prime minister freed

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was rescued, authorities said Thursday, after a he was abducted from his hotel by gunmen and held for several hours. Numerous independent-minded militias, many that are Islamic militants, run rampant in Libya after the ouster of autocrat Moammar Ghadafi in 2011. “We hope this matter will be treated with wisdom and rationality, far from tension," Zidan said in a Cabinet meeting aired live on Libyan TV. "There are many things that need dealing with." (Source)

GOP popularity plummets according to poll

Of 36 Republican-controlled districts, 29 could flip according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. The poll found voters hostile to lawmakers supporting the shutdown indicates the House is increasingly more vulnerable to a Democratic takeover. An increase of 17 seats is need for the Democrats to take over in the 2014 election, wrote Nate Cohn after PPP released its latest batch of polling. Nate Cohn was not bothered by this poll, saying one should take it with “an additional grain of salt.” "Democrats aren’t yet poised to mount serious challenges to a clear majority of the Republicans running on competitive turf, let alone actually win," Cohn said. “It’s about how House Republicans would fare against a 'generic' Democrat, not the mediocre one they’ll face in 2014." (Source)

Poll says Virginian’s not worried about shutdown

Despite Virginia’s economic reliance on federal spending, 58 percent of residents say they aren’t inconvenienced by the government shutdown. According to a poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released Thursday, 25 percent have experienced “major inconvenience” and 16 percent said felt “minor inconvenience.” 71 percent said they opposed a shutdown to stop the new healthcare law. The survey of 1,180 voters had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said while many have not been inconvenienced in the last 10 days, that could change if the government stays closed. (Source)

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