- Posted July 1, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Weekend Roundup - The News You Missed
While most of the people across the US of A were just trying to find a way to beat the heat or get out of the way of disastrous thunderstorms, the news didn't stop. So for you, here is a roundup of the news you may have missed.
Mexico: Mexicans went to the polls today to choose a new president to lead the nation for the next 6 years. Results are not yet in. Stay tuned to learn all the details once the outcome is know.
President Obama: The President flew to Colorado Friday to get up close and personal with the savage wildfires devouring the state and to give words of encouragement to firefighters and residents who have lost everything.
Once back in Washington D.C., the President paid a surprise visit to a wounded Iowa sailor and to invite him and his family to spend the 4th of July with the First Family.
Meanwhile on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew proclaimed the individual mandate was not a tax, though the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, that the Taxing Clause was why the Affordable Care Act was constitutional. Lew said it was time to move on and concentrate on jobs and the economy.
The Daily Caller has learned Team Obama is outsourcing campaign bookings through India and China...OOPS!
GOP Presidential Hopeful Romney: Mitt Romney and wife, Ann, along with their 5 sons, daughters-in-law and 18 grandchildren began their summer vaction Saturday.
Romney may be on vacation, but it didn't stop NewsCorp head Rupert Murdoch from speaking his mind on Romney - "Get some pros on your team!" Murdoch made his thoughts known on Twitter as he tweeted:
Met Romney last week. Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.
In the Polls: Reuters/Ipsos poll finds support up for the ACA from 43% to 48%.
While Rasmussen Reports said that 30% of Americans say they are better off than 4 years ago.
Eye on Europe: Iceland has given President Olafur Grimsson a record 5th term in office although the European Union was hoping the people would give him the boot.
The tiny principality of Liechtenstein had commoners rejecting a referendum to take veto power away from Prince Hans Adam with 76.1% of the vote.
The Mideast Watch:
Iran - The nation braced itself and felt the pinch as new embargo on oil to Europe went into effect. Just yesterday Iran called for an emergency meeting of OPEC to deal with the falling price of oil on the eve of the embargo. The US praised the resolve of the European Union and pressed Iran to give up its nuclear asperations.
Turkey - The nation sharing Syria's northern border scrambled its fighter jets after Syrian helicopters flew to close to the border. A week ago Syria shot down a Turkish fighter over international waters, resulting in condemnation by Nato.
Yemen - At least 2 Al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula fighters were killed as US-back Yemi military chased the militants from their strongholds in the south.
Iraq - Iraqi women are being subjected to court-order virginity tests. Even though often the test prove a woman's virginity, the stigma remains.
Israel - Israeli leaders have reached out to Egypt's new President Mohamed Morsi with hand of peace and plea to continue the Camp David Accords, reached with mediation by President Jimmy Carter.
The nation's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem has softened its depiction of Pope Pius XII, the World War II pontiff.
GLBT Issues: For those who were not aware, Minnesotans are being asked to pass a constitutional amendment to bar same-gender couples the ability to wed when voters go to the polls in November.
From the Cornfield, now that should have you caught up until Monday.
Don't forget that Wednesday is Independence Day. It looks that this year, fireworks will be sorely lacking communities across the country as a severe drought continues to make chance of fire highly probable.
Also don't forget to wish First Daughter Malia a happy 14th birthday on Wednesday as well.