The Monday Catchup

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Good morning! Here’s what you missed while you were shocking your mom and/or soul clapping:

The lead story: The last few weeks have seen bitter partisan battles over negations with Iran led by President Obama. A deal was finally reached on Friday but the GOP has already announced plans to prevent the lifting of sanctions as per the deal.

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The Monday Catchup

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Good morning and happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Before you had to class or to any of the various programs held today in honor of MLK, check out the news you missed over your first weekend back.

The lead story: The recent SONY hack left many pointing fingers at North Korea, which denied the hack, but now it appears that the NSA can verify the origin of the hackers as North Korea, because it had already infiltrated the country’s computers.

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The Monday Catchup: Finals Week Edition

Thousands have gathered in Ukraine's central square to protest the government's handling of a potential trade deal with the European Union.

Thousands have gathered in Ukraine’s central square to protest the government’s handling of a potential trade deal with the European Union.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed while preparing to destroy your finals:

The Lead Story: On Sunday, the European Union suspended trade talks with Ukraine as tens of thousands of Ukrainian demonstrators protested their government’s handling of the potential deal. EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuele said the Ukrainian government’s arguments on terms of the deal had “no grounds in reality.”

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The Monday Catch Up

The Legend of Jeremy Lin grows* (via Wikimedia Commons)

Oh hai, readers. We almost didn’t see you there, freaking out over your midterms and mounting your last-ditch efforts to get laid. Also, note to self: The Thrill is better than writing a sex joke with the word “mounting.” Our poor humor choices aside, here’s everything you need to go into Monday morning informed.

The lead story: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (Effete-SC) have put forth proposals that would create an alliance between Syrian rebels attempting to topple the regime of Pres. Bashar al-Assad and the United States.

Everything else:

A prison riot in Mexico has resulted in the deaths of 44 people.

Across the pond in London, Rupert Murdoch has announced that his Sun tabloid will start running a Sunday edition, aptly called the Sun on Sunday. It should pick up all the former readers of The News of the World, which Murdoch shuttered amidst allegations of journalistic malfeasance.

In response to economic sanctions, Iran has cut off oil shipments to Britain and France. We’re going to say it now — there is no way this ends well for anyone. Also in Europe, the Greek government is trying to assure EU finance ministers that it won’t squander the bailout it’s asked for.

*The legend of Jeremy Lin rolls on as Knicks topped the Mavs.  Meanwhile ESPN committed  a major gaffe leading to the firing of a staff writer and the suspension of a broadcaster.

The weather: It’s going to be really rainy after today, so take out the raincoat your prematurely put on mothballs after this weekend’s Spring-like weather. On the bright side, it will still be warm for at least part of the week.