Sep 27, 2011

Cheat Sheet - U.S. Stopped Russia Bombings, Says Georgia President

  Today: Senate Deal Avoids Shutdown , Pakistan Attacked U.S. Soldiers in 2007 , Facebook Launches PAC
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September 27, 2011

For months, bombings linked to Russian intelligence disrupted life in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast's Eli Lake, the country's president Mikheil Saakashvili credits the Obama administration—particularly Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—for stopping the attacks through quiet diplomacy.


Phew! That was close. On Monday, Senate leaders reportedly reached a bipartisan deal that will avoid a government shutdown. The agreement was made after FEMA said that it had enough money to last until Thursday—and not Tuesday as originally predicted. The House still needs to sign off on the agreement, but the disaster funding is reportedly what the House had already approved. Congress was supposed to be off this week, but lawmakers remained in Washington as they scrambled, once again, to avert a government shutdown. The House GOP had passed a bill including emergency funding last week but paid for it by cutting energy programs popular with Democrats. The shutdown could have gone into effect as soon as this weekend.


Tensions between the United States and Pakistan might have boiled over long before the death of Osama bin Laden: Pakistani troops attacked U.S. soldiers in 2007, killing one and wounding several others, according to The New York Times. The attack happened in Teri Mangal after a meeting between U.S. officers and Afghan and Pakistani officials settling a border dispute. It involved several gunmen, intelligence officers, and military officers. The motive, the Times suggests, was retaliation for an accidental attack by the U.S., although it's not clear: Both the U.S. and Pakistani governments have made their investigations classified, hoping to minimize damage to relations.


Add this to the list of Facebook changes: the social network has formed a political-action committee. The "FB PAC" will now allow employees to donate to candidates in future elections. The group was officially incorporated on Monday, though it's unclear which races will benefit immediately. The decision is part of a growing trend of Web companies getting involved with Washington. In the second quarter of this year, Google spent more than $2 million on lobbyists and Facebook spent $320,000—both increases from the first quarter.

Occupy Wall Street

Anthony Bologna, a New York City police officer who was accused of pepper-spraying women during the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations last week, is still involved in pending legal action for his role in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Eighteen hundred protesters were arrested for protests during the 2004 convention. One of the protesters accused Bologna of false arrest and civil-rights violations, and filed suit against him; the case is expected to be heard next year. After the pepper-spray incident, the hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for releasing Bologna's name to the public, saying, "You know who the innocent women were; now they will have the chance to know who you are. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice. WE ARE WATCHING!!! Expect Us!"

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