Editors' Headlines of the Week

headlines of the week

Chuck Grassly, Twitter Super-Star, Resigns from Personal Tweeting – Buzzfeed

The 79-year-old Senator from Iowa told Buzzfeed, “I try to be more policy-oriented now than I used to be, not every little personal thing.” He ascended to Twitter stardom in early 2013 with gem tweets like, “U” and “Fred and I hit a deer on hiway 136 south of Dyersville. After I pulled fender rubbing on tire we continued to farm. Assume deer dead.”

Grassly has since retired from personal tweeting, opting for policy focused tweets rather than the off the cuff updates his sixty-six thousand followers had come to adore.

 

Dennis Rodman Visits North Korea – CNN

North Korea is no stranger to the bizarre and unusual. Yet, this week’s return of basketball icon, Dennis Rodman, from the People’s Republic may take the cake.

Upon arriving stateside, Rodman ran the gamut of early morning talk shows and press interviews about his trip. One such interview provided the fodder for a bit on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show.

However, oppressive dictatorships are no laughing matter. CNN’s Ellen Kim and Carolyn DuMond break down some of the more recent human rights abuses.

 

Hispanic Voters Prefer Hillary Clinton Over Marco Rubio – NY Mag

Speculation for a 2016 presidential race didn’t take long to materialize only weeks after Obama’s inaugural address, ringing in another 4-year term. The NY Mag took a quick look at a Quinnipiac poll examining what could be the political landscape come 2016.

From the article:

“According to a (caveat: very, very early) Quinnipiac poll, 60 percent of Hispanic voters would support Clinton in 2016, compared to a mere 24 percent for Rubio. Chris Christie, who is not Hispanic, pulled in 23 percent of the Hispanic vote to 62 percent for Clinton.”

Rebuilding Iraq ‘Achieved Little’ – BBC

The inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, released his final report on the reconstruction effort. BBC reports the ‘limited positive effects were due to “corruption, poor security and insufficient consultation with Iraqi authorities.”

Spending a total $800 billion and costing 5,000 American lives, the war in Iraq is still not far from the present. ‘Combat operations’ officially ended in December 2011, and plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 2014 have yet to be actualized.

 

Attorney General Eric Holder on Too Big To Fail Banks – Bloomberg

“The size of the largest financial institutions has made it difficult for the U.S. Justice Department to bring criminal charges when there’s wrongdoing,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

A precarious situation has developed following the Great Recession: Banks that are so globally and nationally connected where dismantling or overly punishing them for fraud or consumer abuse could potentially destabilize the global economy.

Admitting there is a problem is a vital first step. As Holder points in the article, “bank size is something Congress needs to consider” in order to chart a path towards economic stability.