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Even the president needs a break

Imagine that instead of racing to raise that "D" in Calculus by the end of the quarter, you’re trying to get a country out of billions of dollars of debt, attempting to solve conflicts in the Middle East, facing constant criticism and, on top of that, trying to raise a family.

100 days, 100 decisions

The course of a presidential legacy is often defined by the actions a president takes in his or her first 100 days of office. These first 100 days, often called "the honeymoon period," are an opportune time for a president to sway the country's policy because of the public and congressional approval granted to a newly elected chief of state.

Barack Obama: the next FDR?

By passing 12 pieces of New Deal legislation during his first 100 days in office, 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set a monumental standard for subsequent presidents to follow. Although a president's first 100 days were an insignificant matter before FDR's presidency, this period became a benchmark of political effectiveness after Roosevelt set his golden standard. In fact, 70 years later, the first 100 days are still used as a predictor for the future success of a president's term.

International News for April 11 - 24

April 23 - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that the world economy will recover from the recession in 2010 after continued shrinking in 2009. Originally, the IMF had predicted that the world economy will grow in 2010 by almost 3.3 percent but it has since downgraded that prediction to 1.3 percent. Although the Chinese and Indian economies are predicted to grow 6.5 percent and 4.5 percent respectively, the economies of Western Europe and North America are expected to contract 3.8 percent to offset the gains in Asia. The report also predicts that unemployment levels will rise around the world before receding in 2010.

National News for April 11 - 24

Vienna, Va. April 22 - Freddie Mac Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Kellermann was found dead in an apparent suicide by hanging, according to sources close to the investigation. Kellermann has worked at Freddie Mac for the past 16 years and was made acting CFO in September after the government seized control of Freddie Mac in the midst of the economic crisis. Kellermann's actions at work had been under strict government regulation since he took the position.

Blazers plant trees with Obama

Juniors Tomas Deza and Richard Adamson met President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton on Tuesday while planting trees in honor of Earth Day. Deza and Adamson are a part of the environmental group Student Conservation Association (SCA) that helps protect and restore national parks.

The bleeding elephant

In the wee hours of Dec. 16, 1773, American colonists disguised as American Indians snuck aboard a British ship and threw overboard crates of tea to protest the new tea taxes.

National News for March 28 - April 10

Detroit, Mich. March 29 - General Motors (GM) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Wagoner resigned under pressure from the Obama Administration. After panning GM for failing to turn itself around earlier this month, the administration asked Wagoner to step aside during a meeting on March 29. Former GM President and Chief Operating Officer Fritz Henderson will take over as Chairman and CEO of the struggling automaker. The administration has given GM 60 days to create a plan to prove that the business can be revived. If GM fails to come up with a viable plan, the government will stop giving federal money and allow the company to file for bankruptcy.

International News for March 28 - April 10

United States The Obama Administration has agreed to join regular talks with Iran and other nations about Iran's nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech that he would welcome new talks given that they shifted in an "honest" direction. This approach to foreign policy has differed from the approach taken by the Bush administration, which refused to meet with Ahmadinejad.

International News for March 14 - 27

March 17 - Former left-wing president Mohammed Khatami dropped out of the Iranian presidential race and endorsed fellow reformist candidate and former prime minister Mir-Hossein Moussavi in an attempt to unite the left-wing faction in Iran. Khatami served as president of Iran from 1997-2005 before transferring power to current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a staunch conservative. Ahmadinejad is widely regarded as the front-runner in the election, backed with support from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The election will be held on June 12, 2009.
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