The Week in News Review

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Olympics are sadly over, and I could not be more proud of my country’s stellar performance throughout the international competitions.  I only have one thing to say about this:

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Ryan for Vice President?

Capitol Hill was not surprised by this announcement, but the rest of the country is still confused.  The vice president choice is a carefully vetted process.  I am currently reading Game Change, which has been both interesting and insightful to view the political campaign of 2008 through the eyes of the candidates themselves.  While my jury is still out on Paul Ryan, he does seem to have very interesting issues to bring to the Romney camp, specifically his views on the budget, healthcare and Medicaid.  What are your thoughts on him?

USA lands on Mars

I’ve always been a slight sci-fi nerd, reading sci-fi books and enjoying movies like Blade Runner, which makes it the ‘coolest thing’ that the U.S. was able to land on Mars in my lifetime.  Yes, the scientific term is the ‘coolest thing.’  The Mars rover, appropriately named Curiosity, survived after traveling 352 million miles, Curiosity survived a dive that took it from 13,200 mph to zero in seven minutes.  Hopefully this recent success will rejuvenate the NASA program.  I hope future generations will still have NASA around to inspire them to become astronauts and rocket scientists – it’s a quintessential childhood memory.

Pussy Riot

A judge sentenced Pussy Riot, a Russian, feminist punk group, to two years in prison for their anti-Kremlin protest. I realize that it is silly to talk about something just because I think the ‘name’ is funny, but it is Friday so cut me some slack.

This case has garnered international attention because it highlights Vladimir Putin’s split Russia between Western and conservative thinkers.

Rebound Romances

While I usually stick to hard-hitting news or news of the weird variety, recent personal changes make me admire women who can continue to be open to the idea of a lasting relationship.  In a country where divorce rates spell doom for most marriages, I’m not sure if I share their confidence.  In the meantime, I will continue enjoying the celebrity gossip.

 

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