Scott Walker is the projected winner of Wisconsin’s recall election; Greece may be completely broke by July; Egyptians protest Mubarak’s appointee in Tahrir Square; 30 unpaid workers were forced to sleep under the London Bridge during the Queen’s jubilee; Mitt Romney’s e-mail may have been hacked; and Clinton breaks with Obama on Bush tax-cuts. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus is engaged; Sheryl Crow reveals her brain tumor diagnosis; and Amanda Bynes asks President Obama to intervene in her DUI.
Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up, http://nyti.ms/NhnqMA
Members of the Greek government said Wednesday that the country could run out of its $161.7 billion bailout money by July. If this is the case, the government may have to temporarily stop paying salaries and pensions as well as halt fuel, food, and pharmaceutical imports. The European Central Bank met Wednesday in Paris and it’s expected that it will keep interest rates at 1%. Also on Wednesday, Moody’s downgraded six of Germany’s banks.
Walker Wins Wisconsin Recall Election, http://bit.ly/L9SKYO
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been projected the winner of the state’s recall election. Walker beat out Tom Barrett, the Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee, whom he was victorious against in 2010. Mitt Romney called Walker Wednesday night to congratulate him.
Egypt’s Tahrir protesters take on Mubarak’s man, http://on.msnbc.com/M8dakA
Egyptian protestors took to Tahrir Square Tuesday night to protest the presidential candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s appointed prime minister during last year’s military crackdown. Protestors say they hold Shafiq responsible for the 800 people killed during last year’s 18 days of violence. “If Shafiq wins, we will overturn everything into fire and destruction,” said demonstrator Amr Sayed. Many demonstrators plan on voting for the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate in order to prevent Shafiq’s win. Egypt’s current rulers have created a 48-hour deadline for political parties to form an 100 member panel that will draft the country’s new constitution. If the deadline is not met, then lawmakers have threatened to write the constitution themselves.
Call for inquiry into use of unpaid jobseekers as jubilee stewards, http://bit.ly/LqDOIq
A report surfaced on Tuesday, that security firm Close Protection UK had broken the law by forcing 30 unpaid diamond jubilee workers to sleep under the London Bridge. Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has asked Home Secretary Theresa May to investigate the claims; he is also demanding the government review CPUK’s contract for the Olympic games. In response to the report, CPUK issued a “sincere apology” for the “London Bridge incident,” which they said was meant to provide work experience.
Have they no Seamus? Tipster claims hack of Romney email, http://lat.ms/Kx0yc0
A hacker has claimed to have accessed Mitt Romney’s email simply by answering the security question, “What is your favorite pet?” The anonymous hacker revealed to Gawker that he changed the account password, although he did not provide screenshots as proof. He also did not say whether or not the answer to the security question was Seamus, Romney’s dog whom he crated and tied to the roof of his car during family vacations. A spokeswoman for the campaign said that “proper authorities are investigating this crime.”
Clinton breaks with Obama over Bush tax cuts, http://politi.co/LqD2eo
In an interview with CNBC last night, former president Bill Clinton said that extending the Bush tax-cuts is “probably the best thing to do right now” in order to stimulate the economy – a notion that President Obama strongly disagrees with. He continued that Republicans want a permanent extension of the tax-cuts, which he agrees that Obama should not support. The Bush tax-cuts will expire next year, most likely causing a partisan battle in Congress.
(via The Washington Post) New map, new rules shake up California primaries, http://wapo.st/MFlK0k
Primary voters in California on Tuesday began to remake the face of Congress as a redrawn electoral map and new balloting rules promised a significant overhaul of the state’s delegation, which accounts for about 12 percent of the House of Representatives. Even before Tuesday’s competitive and expensive primary contests, the changes drove eight veterans of the House into retirement and rattled what had been one of the most stable rosters of lawmakers sent to Washington by any state. Democrats think this could make Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House again. They contend that they could pick up five seats in California on their way to the 25 they need to retake the majority next year. In California, Republicans say the changes, over the long term, have the potential to transform to GOP into a more competitive party, because the new map and the new voting system may force it to nominate centrist candidates who can appeal to the state’s burgeoning population of minority voters.
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Are Engaged, http://bit.ly/JLKHQW
Amanda Bynes Charged with DUI, Asks President Obama to Fire Cop, http://bit.ly/KQGlvG
Sheryl Crow Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis, http://eonli.ne/KhTWK5
Drew Barrymore: Wedding Picture with Will Kopelman, http://bit.ly/NJ6L22
John Mayer: Taylor Swift ‘humiliated me’ with ‘cheap’ song, http://on.msnbc.com/JLOeyG
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