The Monday Catchup

Despite a number of Supreme Court rulings, most recently in 2012, many juveniles have received automatic life sentences for their crimes.

Despite a number of Supreme Court rulings, most recently in 2012, many juveniles have not been able to have their life sentences removed.

Welcome back! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: In 2010 and 2012 the Supreme Court ruled against giving mandatory life sentences to juveniles, suggesting they often deserved a chance at redemption. The Court’s ruling has affected the outcome of many cases since then but some states have been slow to re-hear life sentence cases. Reports The New York Times:

But most states have taken half measures, at best, to carry out the rulings, which could affect more than 2,000 current inmates and countless more in years to come, according to many youth advocates and legal experts.

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With Obama’s Invitation, President Decatur Commits Kenyon to Low-Income Affordability

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Today Present Sean Decatur was one of  140 college presidents, business leaders and non-profit executives to meet with President Obama with the goal of increasing college affordability for low-income students. At the summit, the White House released a list of new commitments Kenyon and others agreed to make. Continue reading

The Monday Catchup

Morsi is the second Egyptian head of state to face criminal charges in the last three years.

Morsi is the second Egyptian head of state to face criminal charges in the last three years.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over Halloweekend:

The Lead Story: Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi went on trial today, in what amounted to his first public appearance since being removed from power in early July. Morsi proclaimed himself the legitimate ruler of of Egypt and his case was adjourned until this January. The country is still being run by a military-led government.

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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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The Monday Catchup

Obama has framed US involvement in Syria around the ethics of chemical warfare.

Obama has framed US involvement in Syria around the ethics of chemical warfare.

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

The Lead Story: President Obama has turned to Congress on whether or not the United States should strike Syria in response to allegations that its embattled dictator, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons on his own people. The administration acknowledges that a strike would do little to alter the course of Syria’s bloody civil war, arguing instead that it would deter future use of chemical weapons.

Is this all going over your head? Get oriented with this explainer from the Washington Post. Continue reading

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

Do it Tonight: State of the Union

Restoring hope to the galaxy, one term at a time.

Today marks not only Fat Tuesday and the birthday of former president Abraham Lincoln, but also the first State of the Union Address of President Obama’s second term. Though maybe not as entertaining as the debates of the past election year, there is one way to make any political event full of joy and laughter: alcohol. (Or, if you’re underage, sparkling apple cider.) Luckily, for all y’all, debatedrinking.com has come up with a drinking game for the address with such buzzwords and phrases as ‘Let me be clear…,’ ‘values,’ ‘jobs‘ and ‘energy.’ If you’re more into the cynical side of politics, Will Durst has written a satirical drinking game for the Huffington Post that might be up your alley [Ed. — Don’t you mean “up your spin alley“? Boom. Political pun. Nailed it.]

  • What: Obama’s annual State of the Union.
  • Where: Peirce Pub for the Watch Party (sponsered by the College Democrats, College Republicans and the CSAD) or any television on campus.
  • When: Tuesday, February 12th, 9:00 p.m.