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(TCP)CHICAGO – Dateline Chicago -
Japan – With traces of plutonium found in the soil around Fukushima Reactor, Japan’s Prime Minister has put the Island Nation on “Full Alert”. It is not clear what that means in context or how that helps the nation for protecting its citizens.
Syria – Government resigns as part of promised reforms after two weeks of protests, outgoing PM appointed caretaker premier. Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has accepted the resignation of the country’s government, following two weeks of anti-government protests.
Yemen – SANAA – President Ali Abdullah Saleh, under mounting pressure to stand down, challenged his opponents to leave Yemen instead, in remarks published on Tuesday.
Egypt – A result of the recent elections in Egypt signals that “liberalism” instead of “Islamism” will be the trend of the Egyptian electorate. What will happen in September elections is expected as a move toward a conservative center parliament, said politician Ayman Nour, who ran against former president Hosni Mubarak in 2005.
Iraq – Masquerading as policemen, gunmen stormed a council meeting in Tikrit which left 12 people dead and hostages taken. It is not being reported that any demands by the gunmen have been leveled at any figure in authority. It is unkown how many hostages remain i custody.
France – France voted in local elections on the weekend and the fallout makes one thing clear – Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader, is going to be big trouble for Nicolas Sarkozy as he tries to win re-election this time next year.
Italy – More boats of people from North African nations are landing on the small island of Lampedusa overnight, as conditions begin to take on a new dimension for concern.
Germany – The German Free Democratic party, traditionally thought of as pro business want eight of the countries older reactors closed permanently. This is a reversal from their previous position of being pro nuclear.
United Kingdom – The UK rebukes the EU for calling for an end of gasoline and diesel fueled cars to be totally phased out by 2050.
Chicago – The Chicago Fire will host Manchester United at Soldier Field on July 23 as part of the World Football Challenge. “We are excited to host Manchester United, one of the world’s finest clubs, at home in Chicago, in front of our supporters,” Fire owner Andrew Hauptman said in a statement. “Bringing United to Chicago helps the Fire continue to expand our reach in one of North America’s premier soccer markets. “Our participation in the World Football Challenge gives our players an opportunity to take on one of the most talented clubs on the planet, while galvanizing Chicago’s vast soccer community.”
Chicago – Illinois has 48 hospitals on the nation’s best hospitals list, as being reported by US NEWS & World Report. Chicago has three of those listed.
Chicago – People who live near Chicago’s Swedish Covenant Hospital are probably used to the sounds of ambulances arriving at the facility with sirens blaring. What they didn’t count on was hearing all the city dwelling coyotes to start howling when the sirens go off.
Indianapolis – Democrat senators return to work after a standoff about union collective bargaining became the GOP’s focus there.
New York City – Don Trump is continuing his call for President Obama to show his birth certificate by unveiling his own, which he said took under an hour for him to acquire and produce. A birth certificate with feet prints and a Dr.’s signature, is not the same thing as a certificate of birth issued by county offices throughout the country.
New York City – MSNBC is doing a bit of tawdry news reporting by giving coverage to a story that is undignified of a NEWS organization. They are stoking the fires between Bill Maher and Sarah Palin, after Maher made remarks about her in his Dallas performance last Sunday night.
Washington DC - Facebook is loading up its upper management ranks with people from the ranks of the beltway community. Sheryl Sandberg, a former Clinton Administration worker, Ted Ullyot, a general counsel former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Robert Gibbs (lured but has not committed) are among some of those folks. It would appear Facebook is looking to be a player in the coming race for president and the general election of 2012.
Washington DC – House Representative R-NY, Rep. Peter King has become very vocal against Senator Durbin’s D-IL, hearings for Muslim Civil Rights at a Homeland Security meeting. King says that “Muslims were not the victims of the events of September 11th, 2001.”
Boston – Romney still being seen as the top contender for the GOP nomination for President in 2012. The election is too far off. Politics in the USA are too fluid for any handicapping at this point to mean anything.
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Senate will take up legislation tomorrow that would make it much easier for local school districts to fire under-performing teachers.
Lansing, MI – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers struggle to erase a looming $1.4-billion state deficit. He signs a bill just passed that cuts state unemployment benefits.