News Briefs for Dec. 1-2, 2012

By Kaitlyn Kohler
December 2, 2012

Chief of Staff Faces a Test in Budget Changes

Jacob J. Lew, the current White House chief of staff, recently proposed some complex budget changes to President Obama. The president has entrusted Lew with a big task, guiding the White House through potentially treacherous negotiations with Congressional Republicans to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts on Jan. 1, 2013. But, many economists worry that this could throw the country back into a recession.

Read the original story in The New York Times | Dec. 1, 2012


Missouri Bishop’s Suggested Resignation 

Bishop Robert W. Finn of Missouri, the first American prelate convicted for failing to report a pedophile priest, leaves the victim’s supporters calling for his resignation. Questions have been raised of whether or not Bishop Finn should continue to oversee the diocese, and several suggest that he should resign.

Read the original story in The New York Times | Dec. 2, 2012


Syrian Merchants Close Shops in Nonviolent Protest

On Saturday, a busy shopping day, merchants all throughout Syria closed their shops in attempt to keep the nonviolent protesting alive. Shops were closed in towns north and south of Damascus, the capital of Syria; along the major streets in Raqqa, an eastern city; in Hamma; and in the southern city of Dara’a.

Read the original story at The New York Times | Dec.  2, 2012


Congressmen Leading Talk on Budget Crisis Defend Opinions 

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R) and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (D) defended their positions on the self-imposed fiscal crisis during a Sunday morning news show. The two appeared on the “Fox News Sunday” show to discuss the fiscal cliff, which could cause another recession.

Read the original story at The New York Times | Dec. 2, 2012


Palestine Endures Challenges Despite U.N. Vote

On Sunday in Ramallah, West Bank Palestinians celebrated their countries enhanced standing. Thousands of citizens gathered in the courtyard of President Mahmoud Abbas headquarters in Palestine City. There are many reasons for Palestine to celebrate, however, Palestinians still endure daily reminders of their countries past.

Read the original story at The New York Times | Dec. 2, 2012



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