The Monday Catch Up

Two North Korean soldiers watch you check your Facebook. (via Wikimedia Commons)

Good morning! Here’s what you missed while you were raging in Club Olin this weekend:

The Lead Story: Professional saber-rattler North Korea is launching a rocket this week. The North Koreans have said the rocket will put a satellite into orbit. South Korea (read: everyone else) is worried that the rocket is a long range missile, capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

Everything Else:

Did you know that Mitt Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are totally bros? Apparently Romney advises Netanyahu on how to navigate the American diplomatic system. Netanyahu advises Romney on how to be an actual Republican.

Despite what I said about Titanic in 3D, the film grossed a paltry $17.4 million last week. The Hunger Games took the top spot at the box office, raking in $33.5 million.

Newt Gingrich has dropped out of the Republican nomination contest, for all intents and purposes. The unofficial concession came in an interview on Fox News Sunday, in which Gingrich declared Romney to be “far and away the most likely Republican nominee.” Another fun fact: the Gingrich campaign is $4.5 million in debt.

In sports, everyone from Barack Obama to Rick Santorum thinks that the Augusta National Golf Club, which currently only allows male members, should admit women. The issue arose because IBM is a sponsor of The Masters golf tournament and their CEO is a woman. Having been to Augusta National, I’d say that it’s too beautiful a course to not be enjoyed by everyone.

Our friends at Jezebel itemized the exact costs of having a vagina. In the wake of the Congressional birth control debate, we should all be well aware of these expenses. Breaking news: the women already know.

The Long Read: Last week, Russian arms dealer Victor Bout was sentenced (in the U.S.) to 25 years in federal prison for conspiring to sell weapons to a Colombian terrorist organization. The New Yorker recently chronicled his rise and fall. Bout was the inspiration for Nicholas Cage’s character in the 2005 movie Lord of War.

The Weather: Expect rain tonight and highs in the high 40s/low 50s throughout the week. At least it’s not snowing? Knock on wood.

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