Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Short List - March 24, 2011

  • In Libya, pro-Qaddafi forces have resumed attacks on rebel held cities.  In the U.S., President Obama has come under criticism from House Speaker Boehner over the mission and level of consultation regarding military intervention in Libya.

  • In Japan, even as power has been restored to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, there are many challenges that remain including potential salt build up linked to previous efforts to cool the reactors using seawater.

  • In Syria, there are reports the government continues to crackdown on protesters, killing several people.

  • In Yemen, President Saleh's control grows more tenuous as the web of tribes in the country start to turn on him.

  • The Justice Department and the SEC have been stepping up prosecution of U.S. companies allegedly perpetrating bribes to foreign governments.

  • As state budgets find ways to balance their budgets, support to municipalities is on the chopping block.  Meanwhile, the 10 year treasury rate sits at 3.39%, over half a point from the 52-week high of 4.01%.

  • Sen. Rand Paul mulls a presidential run, to ensure the Tea Party point of view is represented.

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