The Week that Was (Jan 1-7, 2013)

2013 is the first year since 1987 to have four different numbers.

Obama wanted to let Bush Tax Cuts expire for the top 2 percent – instead, he was only able to do so for slightly more than the top 1 percent. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was released from the hospital after being treated for a concussion and a blood clot. The coolest looking dolphin in the world has been identified.

Former Republican Senator, Chuck Hagel was nominated for Secretary of Defense. Current Republicans lambasted Chuck Hagel for being a leftie anti-Semite. The US Government may shut down.

Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Rwanda and South Korea joined the UN Security Council. Norwegian chess player, Magnus Carlsen, achieved the highest international rating ever. Rebels in the Central African Republic halt their advance towards the capital city of Bangui and agree to peace talks. Fewer North Koreans refugees are fleeing to South Korea. Mauritania has banned the use of plastic bags.

A suicide bombing in Iraq killed 27 Shiite pilgrims. Current TV was purchased by Qatari owned news channel Al Jazeera. Current TV is dropped by Time Warner Cable. Unilever agrees to sell Skippy Peanut Butter to Hormel for $700 million.

AC Milan players walked off the pitch in protest of racist chants from opposing fan during a friendly match. The UK and Argentina argued about the Falklands. A cat was caught smuggling items into Brazilian prison.

An Oregon teen was arrested after bragging about his drunken driving accident on Facebook. January 4th, 2013 would have been the day the Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future.

The Church of England allows for gay bishops – as long as they don’t have gay sex. Vladimir Putin hand delivered a Russian passport to French actor Gerard Depardieu, who is abandoning his homeland to avoid higher income taxes. A dog and baby learned to sing together.

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6 thoughts on “The Week that Was (Jan 1-7, 2013)

  1. I love this – it’s like the Economist’s summary of the week, but more concise and funnier. Bravo. Please do more!

    1. Thanks guy – as I mentioned above, I’ll be doing some more of these. It won’t replace the usual style, but supplement it. Good fun writing it too – glad you enjoy.

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