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Sometimes American Politicians are More Dramatic Than Reality TV Stars [Current Events Cheat Sheet]


While you were ringing in the New Year, Congress was fighting over… well, everything. For those and other top stories of the week, read on!

At Home

I’m heartbroken to report yet another shooting in this column – and in Aurora, Colorado no less. Four people, including the gunman, were killed in a hostage standoff situation that lasted about six hours. One woman was able to escape by jumping out a second floor window.

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska, setting off tsunami warnings for coastal areas of Alaska and Canada. The waves turned out to be too small to pose a threat, and the area has been declared all clear.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ripped into House Speaker John Boehner after Boehner failed to bring a relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy to the floor in a timely manner. It was an interesting week for Speaker Boehner, who also reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to go f**k himself outside the Oval Office.

Congress passed a bill at the last minute to avoid the fiscal cliff. Few people were actually happy with the deal.

The World

Vittorio Missoni, head of Italy’s Missoni fashion house, is missing along with five others after their small plane disappeared off the coast of Venezuela.

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria refused an offer to talk with the armed opposition, and proposed his own plan to end the country’s 21-month uprising.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who won reelection in October, has been out of the country for weeks undergoing treatment for mysterious medical issues. Many are concerned about what might happen if Chavez is unable to be sworn in for his fourth term.


The NHL has reached a tentative agreement with its players’ union to end the 113-day lockout.

For the football fans out there (and those of us who want to pretend we know what we’re talking about), here is the NFL playoff schedule and bracket.

Hot on the Web

In case you haven’t heard, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Golden Globe Awards together on January 13. Everyone knows that the Golden Globes are the best award show, because everyone is drunk. And with this dynamic duo? I’m so there. Check out the promo below!

Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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