The Monday Catchup

Vladimir PutinGood morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: As the Obama administration hands out more financial sanctions meant to combat Russia’s influence-seeking behavior in Ukraine, The New York Times asks: but what if Vladimir Putin is secretly super-rich? The Times (and apparently some folks at the Treasury) seem to think Putin could be worth up to $70 billion, making him the wealthiest head of state ever. I wonder how the Queen feels about all of this.

After The Jump: New job numbers, a Holocaust acknowledgement, A Pope canonizes two of his predecessors, South Korea’s PM resigns, the US waves bye to the death penalty, and the latest from the NBA Clippers (owner) controversy.

Everything Else:

We’re back to pre-Great Recession job numbers, but most of the newly created jobs are low-paying.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust a heinous crime in a formal statement. Today is Holocaust remembrance day.

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are now saints.

South Korea’s prime minister has resigned over the response to the ferry disaster that left 300 dead or missing.

Here’s why the US can and will abolish the death penalty.

Obama on NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks: “They kind of speak for themselves.” If you’re new to this controversy, click here.

The Long Read: I couldn’t pick between two, so I’ll let you decide. Here’s “Iggy Azalea Is Rap’s Best Drag Queen” via Gawker and “Game of Thrones,” an exploration of first-class airline seats via The New Yorker.

The Weather: Rain today through Wednesday. Clouds Thursday and Friday. More rain this weekend, because Spring.

One response

  1. Anyone else think the canonization of John XXIII is a little weird? Francis just kinda waived the two-miracle requirement for sainthood. Doesn’t that take away from the importance of being a saint? I feel like it’s just a short step from saints being anyone the current Pope likes.

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