The Monday Catchup

This is the President's government shutdown face.

This is the President’s government shutdown face.

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

The Lead Story: Well, the government is still shut down. So if you’re looking for a presidential pardon or something, forget about it. With no deal having been made yet by Congress, the US is running up against its ability to borrow money from other countries. If this doesn’t change by Thursday the US will default on its debt, which would mess things up globally.

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What the Sequester Means to You

Obama has struggled with Congress to create a new budget that would end the sequester

I’m sure by now that most of you have heard of the sequester, the group of budget cuts that went into effect on March 1st. There has been much talk on the topic, ranging from how big it will be to what programs will be affected most. I’ll do my best to help you make sense of it all. Continue reading

The Monday Catchup

(The Putin campaign's "Have Dinner with Vladimir Putin!" events are more somber than their American counterparts. Guests are asked not to smile and only bread is served. via CNN.com)

(The Putin campaign’s “Have Dinner with Vladimir Putin!” events are more somber than their American counterparts. Guests are asked not to smile and only bread is served. via CNN.com)

Good morning! Here’s the news you may have missed:

The Lead Story: 

It’s a slow news week. Congress is — inching would be too fast of a word — towards compromise in the debt talks. So instead of zooming in on political gridlock again, check out CNN’s Year in Pictures. When you’re finished with the gallery, you’ll feel like you’ve just landed after an international trip.

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Have Questions for the Congressional Debate?

Joyce-Healy AbramsBob Gibbs

As you probably have heard, Kenyon will host the only face-to-face debate for Ohio’s 7th Congressional District on Tuesday at 7:oopm. The debate will be between incumbent Bob Gibbs (R) and challenger Joyce Healy-Abrams (D). The debate is being hosted by the College’s Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) and will be held in Rosse Hall. However, CSAD needs some questions to ask these candidates! Continue reading

Updated: Do it tomorrow morning: A Visit from Congressman Bob Gibbs

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Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Congressman Gibbs would be speaking in Peirce Pub. He will actually be speaking in Peirce Lounge.

Here in our secluded village, we often see those crazy Washington politicians on the teevee and read about the crazy things they say on the Internets, but we don’t normally get to see them live and up close. Hell, even Rick Santorum didn’t dare get closer than C-Bus (and knowing how most Kenyon students would react to him, that was probably a legitimately intelligent decision on his part—as they say, even a stopped clock is right twice a day).

But tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in Peirce Lounge, that all changes! Bob Gibbs, who represents Ohio’s 18th District (that’s us!) in the U.S. House, will be stopping by to speak and answer questions. (First question: why couldn’t you come during Common Hour? This poli sci major has class through 11!) After the jump, everything you need to know about Gibbs so you’ll be an informed constituent when he arrives. (Note: If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Jami Ingledue at ingleduej@kenyon.edu, due to the limited space in the Lounge.)

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Wow, a Kenyon Grad Actually Got a Job!

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Of course, his résumé is probably a little more impressive than yours, Mr. Summer-Internship-at-Your-Mom’s-Friend’s-Law-Firm. Zack Space, who represented Ohio’s 18th district (the fightin’ 18th!) in Congress between 2006 and 2010, has a new gig at Vorys Advisors, an Ohio-based consulting firm. Space, a former Lords football player, graduated from Kenyon with a degree in political science, then earned his law degree from Ohio State. After practicing law for many years at Space & Space Company, a firm he opened with his father, Space, a moderate Democrat, went on to represent Kenyon and the surrounding area for two terms, before being defeated by Republican incumbent Bob Gibbs last fall. Kenyon alums: you can knock ’em down, but they’ll get right back up … and then sit down in a cushy corner office.