The Monday Catch Up


Francois Hollande and Nicholas Sarkozy duke it out on TV. If only CNN were this classy! via

Good morning! Or, if you were up until the nerd bell, good afternoon.

The Lead Story: While our presidential election won’t take place for a few months, France had theirs yesterday! As many analysts predicted, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande defeated incumbent Nicholas Sarkozy. Despite this referendum on the incumbent, many in Europe are unsure of how Mr. Hollande’s anti-austerity policies will jive with Germany, the largest economy in the Eurozone.

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The Monday Catch Up

A protester writes "Down with Bashar" in Arabic. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Good morning! I’ve been up all night scouring the Internet for your news.

The Lead Story: The United States has decided to aid rebels in Syria, joining a group of Arab nations who wish to remove Bashar al-Assad from power. This comes in the wake of former U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan’s failed peace envoy. Are we going to call this “pulling a Libya?”

Everything Else:

For those of you following the Trayvon Martin story, experts have concluded that the screams heard on a 911 call are most likely not George Zimmerman’s.

Furthering a perception that domestic Russian airlines are unsafe, a Russian passenger plane crashed on Monday in Siberia, killing at least 16 of the 39 passengers on board. 12 passengers survived.

Kansas and Kentucky are the final teams remaining in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The women’s final will be between Baylor and Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Speaking of the Final Four, The New Yorker speculates on what the game would look like if it were literary instead of athletic.Wendell Berry all the way!

The Long Read: Ever wondered what it would be like to be an air traffic controller? Read up!

The Weather: This week looks like spring should, with highs in the low 60s and lows in the 30s. Tomorrow will be the warmest day of the week, but be prepared for isolated thunderstorms.

The Monday Catch Up

Ransom Lawn is going to be a veritable beach this week, with highs close to 80. (Jorge Andrade via Wikimedia Commons)

Good morning. You thought this week would be easy, but boy, were you wrong. So we’ve rounded up the top stories of the weekend so you don’t have to do it yourself.

The lead story: Rich people don’t like Obama anymore.

Everything else:

But the people of Puerto Rico (or at least the Republicans) love Mitt Romney. Mittens took the island’s primary with over 80% of the vote.

The family of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch captain a little over three weeks ago despite the fact that he was not armed, is calling for an FBI probe into his death.

Apple Inc. will announce today what they are doing with their $100 billion cash balance. IPADS FOR EVERYBODY!

Long thing you need to read: The New York Times A1 feature on the life of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is suspected of shooting 16 civilians in Afghanistan.

The weather: It’s time to break out those cutoffs you made over break because it is going to be warm this week (high will almost reach 80 degrees). After the rain dissipates by tonight, it will also be sunny.