Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Short List

  • The New York Times covers the internet shutdown in Egypt during the protests that failed to stop a revolution, but perhaps precludes the future of government response.  The Economist released a podcast on the same topic.

  • Republicans were largely unhappy with the Presidents FY 2012 budget proposal, but many indicated a willingness to work with the White House.  The Economist considers the utility of a budget proposal that doesn't seek to address entitlements.  **Editorial Note: I wonder if the same spirit of cooperation will be there in January 2013, if Obama wins a second term?**

  • The infamous CIA source code-name "Curveball," Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janadi, admitted to The Guardian that he lied about bioweapons technology in Iraq prior to the invasion.

  • In North Korea, reports indicate Kim Jong-il's son, Kim Jong-un, has been elevated to second most powerful position in the government.  The move, if confirmed, would seem to remove all doubt that Kim Jong-un will succeed his father.

  • The bookstore Borders has filed for bankruptcy, making DCExile happy we didn't upgrade to Borders Rewards Plus.

1 comment:

Colin said...

To be clear, it is not The Economist editorial board or news staff that penned the feature on the budget, but rather in-house blogger Ryan Avent.