Saturday, May 23, 2009

WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 17-24, 2009

Amongst the stories that made headlines this past week:
*Citing lack of details and fear of the prisoners being held within "regular" facilities that might not be adequate to hold suspected terrorists, President Obama's initial attempt to close the prison on Guantanamo Bay was rejected by Congress this week. Meanwhile, former Vice President Dick Cheney has been making public comments defending the policies of the Bush administration concerning these issues.
While the matter of whether or not the Gitmo prison can eventually be closed is a question that remains to be resolved, what I would like to know is: "Why is Cheney making statements now instead of when the Bush administration was still active in the White House?"
*Meanwhile, current Vice President Joe Bidden is being criticized for possibly giving away state secrets about the safety bunker where the vice president would be kept during a possible crisis of the 'worst case scenario'. Although I don't think that it would come as a surprise that the President and Vice President are kept in separate locations during such a situation 'just in case', at least some pundits are claiming we now know where former VP Cheney was when not seen in public.
*Congress did pass the Credit Card Reform Bill this pass week, allowing some consumers to breathe a slight sigh of relief.
*In entertainment news, for those interested: Kris Allen won this year's American Idol competition while the major networks concluded the 2008-2009 television season and announced their fall schedules for '09-2010.
*Gas prices are slowly rising again, although not at the rate they were this time last year. But it makes one wonder why more fuel efficient cars are not more popular with consumers.
*And in sports, the first round Inter League play for the 2009 season has started in Major League Baseball, as National League teams face American League opponents that they normally would not see until the All Star Game and the end of the season playoff series.
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