Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court
President Barack Obama has tapped federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic in history to be a judge in the Supreme Court. Soina Sotomayor also had a pretty rough childhood She was born to a Puerto Rican family and grew up in a public housing project in the South Bronx. Soina Sotomayors father was a factory worker and died when Sonia was nine years old. After Sonia's fathers death Soina turned to books for solace, Sonia says that it was her love for Nancy Drew books that ultimately led her to law. Sonia's mother took care of her for the rest of her childhood. Sotomayor graduated as valedictorian of her class at Cardinal Spellman High School in New York. After this Sonia Sotomayor won a scholarship to Princeton where she continued to excel. After Princeton Soina went to Yale law school.

North Korean nuclear testing
North Korea did a nuclear test Monday, and fired five short-range missiles Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the country threatened military action after South Korea joined a U.S.-led effort to limit the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction.

Swine Flu
This political cartoon is basically saying that the swine flu is almost like the Grim Reaper because it is killing everyone that it touches. Also it is saying it has hit Mexico and U.S.A bad and is going to go to another place and hit them just as bad as it did to the U.S.A and Mexico.

Graduation 2009
This political cartoon is about how most people graduating form high school now are going to have a very tough time finding a job. They will probably “fall” into unemployment.

By: Erik Canfield

Caroline S.


2 million jobs lost so far in 2009

Unemployment is at 8.5%, which is a 25 year high. Two million jobs have been lost so far in 2009 and predictions are for around 600,000 more jobs to be lost in April. Job losses were felt in most industries, with the exception of education and health care. The average work week has been cut to 33.2 hours. Under employment stood at 15% in March with people settling for part-time work while looking for full-time work. Temporary work has been cut 20%. Once the length of the work week and temporary workers increases, the job market should start to turn around.


G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal.

Obama went to London for the G20 Summit. The G20 summit has concluded but they will continue to meet throughout the global economic crisis. Participants acknowledged that global cooperation is necessary in order to move the economy forward. IMF and the World Bank are working with the G20 through the financial crisis and there is also a possibility for a new global financial regulator. Obama is calling for a more balanced approach to regulating markets.



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U.S. Navy vessels collide near Iran

A.U.S. Navy submarines collided with a Navy amphibious ship Friday in Strait of Hormuz, there where only about 15 sailors injured according to the commander of the United States fifth Fleet. The two submarines collided at the time about 1 a.m. in the strait which is between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. That route is one of the busiest commercial routes for oil tankers. Both of the vessels are Working on their own power. A nuclear propulsion plant on the 362 foot long sub. The sub was not damaged, but "The New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank" which means there was an oil spill and about 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel marine," that had been released from the ship. The New Orleans ship is capable of carrying almost 1,100 people abored like troops and crew. The Hartford submarine only carries about 145 sailors.

A.I.G. Seeking Return of Half of Its Bonuses

Two chief executives had things on the line in the furor over Wall Street bonuses. Members of congress heard that Mr.Liddy (The Boss) said he had asked employees that where making more than $100,000 a year who just shared in a $165 Million dollar bonus payout that they would give half the money back. The same people who had helped miss up the company and the economy into distress. Some people have already volunteered to give 100 percent to pay it of. Mr.Liddy who was installed by the Federal Reserve when it rescued A.I.G. last september and they are paying them $1 a year. Obama said his goal was to "channel our anger in a constructive way" and decided to call the legislative authority to take over and close the banks that are troubled and like A.I.G.. A.I.G. or any other company that accepted more than $5 billion in government bailout funds.

This cartoon is showing how right now in America it is really hard to get a job. It also shows how a lot of people are getting unemployed and can't find a job

This cartoon is showing how the economy is collapsing and A.I.G. is helping making the economy worse. It also shows how mad people are at the A.I.G. company for get a bonus.


Keith M.
A Litany Of Job Losses: When Will It End


This week, of a lot american companies are cutting jobs because they aren’t making enough profit to pay all the workers they have. Some of the companies are:

Construction equipment. 20,000 jobs.
Pfizer pharmaceutical. 8,000.
Sprint Nextel telecommunications. 8,000.
Home Depot home improvement. 7,000.
Texas Instruments computers. 3,400.
General Motors automakers. 2,000
On Tuesday: Corning glass. 3,500 jobs.
On Wednesday: Star bucks coffee. 6,700 jobs.
AOL online. 700 jobs.
On Thursday: Ford Motor Co. 1,200 jobs.
Eastman Kodak cameras. 3,500 plus.

These are the companies are getting rid of people from their work. And also on Thursday the Labor Department reported that nearly 4.8 million people are on the unemployment benefit rolls, a historic high.

Zimbabwe cholera cases pass 60,000
More than 3,161 people have now been infected with cholera in Zimbabwe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since August of 2008, a total of 60,000 people have been infected. The World Health Organization is saying that drastic action is needed to stop one of the world’s largest outbreak of cholera. Cholera is a disease caused by bacteria in contaminated water. Because Zimbabwe is having both economic and political problems, there have been water supply shortages, water purification supply problems, and problems with uncollected garbage which can contaminate the water. There is also a 5 month long strike of doctors and nurses so there is not enough medical help.


this cartoon represented how people in america are getting laid off jobs.

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this cartoon talks about many of the employ getting lay off but then they have to get other job.

Sen. Edward Kennedy Suffers a Seizure
On January 20th, senator of Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy, was removed from the post-inauguration luncheon after experiencing a seizure. Senator Kennedy had been recovering from brain surgery on a tumor that took place in June, and his family had been optimistic about his health. He was sent to the Washington Hospital Center, where he spent the night. The seizure is believed to be caused by fatigue, according to Dr. Edward Aulisi, chairman of neurosurgery. Senator Kennedy is now feeling better and was released from the hospital the next day.

Israeli troops complete Gaza withdrawal
The Israeli troops completely withdrew from Gaza on January 21st. Their campaign against the Hamas militants lasted three weeks and left more than 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. The withdrawal of troops began on Sunday, although the confirmation of the Israeli withdrawal did not come until the day before Obama's inauguration. Obama had vowed to move swiftly on building a team to be engaged in the conflict. Israel and the United States will remain "full partners in advancing peace and stability in the Middle East."
This shows how Israel is hurting itself in the process of dealing with Gaza. This is because they look bad destroying Gaza because they clearly have more power and their retaliation is clearly out of proportion. This cartoon uses symbolism by showing Israel about to blow off it's own foot to deal with the snake, symbolizing the Hamas, which is biting it's foot.

This cartoon shows the hard decision Israel had to make dealing with Gaza. If they continued to attack, they would have been thought of badly by the rest of the world. However, if they were to leave, Gaza would continue to launch rocket attacks at them.

Marshall B.
Police: Man sold teen daughter into marriage for cash, beer, meat

Marcelino de Jesus Martinez was arrested for receiving money for causing a person to cohabitate. Martinez had arranged a third party to have his daughter marry the older teenager, identified by authorities as Margarito de Jesus Galindo, of Gonzales, California. Galindo was to pay Martinez $16,000 and provide him with 160 cases of beer, 100 cases of soda, 50 cases of Gatorade, two cases of wine, and six cases of meat. In the Mexican State of Oaxaca an agreement like this one is considered “normal and honorable.” The girl was a runaway juvenile on December 18 the police took a missing-persons report and put out a flier.

New Zealand police use Facebook to stop crime

Police in southern New Zealand caught a burglar after they posted security camera images of him trying to break into a safe on the popular Facebook website. The 21-year-old masked man broke into a pub through a roof early Monday morning. He spent considerable time trying to open a safe using an angle grinder. The man was not capable of opening the safe. Police did not release the suspect's name, but said the Queenstown native is charged with two counts of burglary.


This cartoon is about how as time passes and new discoveries are invented some of our older things are not used as much. This is showing that the radio, tv, and the internet now over power the newspaper.


This cartoon is showing us how today we get more interested and wrapped up in material things.
Here it shows us that the family decreases and turns into game systems, internet, and television. We need to pay attention to our family, which means the most to us.

Andrew T.
There was an attack on Gaza, by the Israeli forces. The attack began on December 27. One person died in this attack on that day (a contract worker). Since then Four U.N. staffers. The attack was not authorized by the Israelis, but also the military hit two U.N. schools in the territory used as civilian shelters. Separately, four rockets fired from southern Lebanon landed near the northern Israeli city of Nahariya Thursday, leaving two people with minor injuries. They are still trying to figure out why they are attacking on Gaza still.

Roland Burris is planning on talking the seat of Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, for U.S Senate. But the GOP lawmakers thinks that he to is paying his way in the senate. He payed over $20,000 towards the governor's political campaigns. They say his appointment is tainted because it was made by Blagojevich, who was arrested last mouth. Blagojevich was accused of trying to sell the U.S Senate seat for money and influence.
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Violence flares at Greek teen's funeral
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There have been many street riots against the Greek Prime Minister Konstandinos Karamanlis breaking out in Athens. On Tuesday a good 10,000 people marched on the country’s parliament arguing about how the government is corrupt. When the police came to control the rioters a 15 year old boy Alexandros Grigoropoulos threw a fuel filled bomb towards them. They shot the boy to death. Many people including his upset family members continued protesting along with many of the towns people. About 2,000 people attended the young boys funeral which took place on Tuesday of this week. At the end of the service some of the protesters started violence at the funeral making it even harder on the family members of Alexandros Grigoropoulos. During the night most of the residents of Athens paid their respects once again by a peaceful candle lit walk. The police officer that killed the boy was charged with manslaughter with intent. He was suspended from work and his trail takes place soon.
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Celebrations take a holiday in Ohio city
The economy is ruining Christmas for many Americans. In Ohio 67% of 1,096 people said they are lowering the amount of gifts given to children and family members this year because of their money situations. Also 65% of those people said they were cutting back on dining out, movies, and other relaxing activities such as this. 31% of the same people said they have also had to cut down on things needed like food and medicine. 38% of those people also said they had to cut down on heat. Bob Zienkowski the town manager has been called Grinch and Scrooge because the state is facing a nearly $2 million budget shortfall this year. They usually have a holiday fair but this year they had to cut back on costs so the fireworks had to go along with other things such as Christmas lights. This made people angry, they e mailed him calling him Scrooge and other names such as this one but his reply was you can’t send money you don’t have. They have also eliminate jobs making about 20 citizens of the town out of work, and reduced the salting for the streets to save money.


external image moz-screenshot.jpgThis political cartoon is about how around this time of year everyone is caught up in shopping and worried about what they are going to get everyone rather then world affairs and the really important things such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
My second political cartoon is about how right now in the World there are many crimes committed and a lot of fighting going on. So in this cartoon under the Christmas tree is a present for the world. The items in the box are suppose to represent world peace and how at this point in time it is going to be really hard to accomplish.

Black Friday the day after thanksgiving has been adopted as the biggest sales day of the year. With crazy sales such as Polaroid 42-inch LCD HDTV for $598 or Rush Hour 2 for $2 for a period only of 6 hours but what lengths and madness are we driven to be able to these key holiday items well as a people at the Valley Stream, New York Walmart found out maybe just a little to far. When Damour a maintenance worker was help open the store doors he was trampled by shoppers who kept going to get those awesome deals and when it was realized what had happened other employees tried to help. When people were asked to leave the store people continued to shop. At the end of it all there was one dead maintenance work and 3 injured fellow works.


This cartoon shows how many people have forgotten or put aside the actually meaning of Christmas and now its just another holiday for sales and greediness.

MUMBAI, India, Nov. 28, 2008 there was a terrorist attack on india and its people that happened in the finacal distrect five gun men shot 119 and killed them and 288 were injured in the attacks. They had been worned that something like this would occard, but it had been occured while they were searching floor
in the near by area two luxery hotels were searched for attackers the were held up there.


This Cartoon represents the issues in India and it show Gandhi who is looking down at India and is crying because it is on fire and he use to reside in india and was a very peaceful fellow.

A forest fire erupted late Friday, November 14 2008 in the steep terrain of the Angeles National Forest on the outskirts of Sylmar. it was moving one half mph to 1 mph and covered 1,500 acres and sadly, threatened at least 1,000 homes during only the three hours it had been reported. Four firefighters were injured during this, and more than 10,000 people were forced to immediately leave their homes in the northern san Fernando Valley. This fire caused more than 6,500 acres to burn and by 1 p.m. the fire was only 10 percent under control. By Saturday afternoon, people had to move to evacuation shelters that had been set up in three different high schools around that area. Animals had to be moved to a shelter as well, in Hansen Dam Park (small pets were taken to Mission animals shelters) Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County on Saturday afternoon after the fire damaged or destroyed more than 165 homes and closed major freeways.



This article called “Q and A: Pirates of East Africa “ is about literally about pirates. They stole a very large supertanker carrying up to $100 million worth of oil, off the east coast of Africa. No one really suspected pirates to be a problem, but pirate activity has actually increased dramatically in the Gulf of Aden region. The Gulf of Aden is actually one of the two most dangerous waters on the planet.The other being The Horn of Africa. The International Maritime Board has reported over 80 attacks and over 30 successful hijackings in the region since the beginning of 2008. Other regions like Straits of Malacca and the Nigerian coastline are pirate hot spots as well, but not even close to The Gulf of Aden or The Horn of Africa.
Since the early 1990’s, Somalia hasn’t had an effective government and this model of a "failed state" is the best and foremost perfect environment for organized crime to bloom.
It is so easy for these pirates to “work” because Somalia's Transitional Federal Government hasn’t tried to make an effort to take them down. There is in fact, warships patrolling the region, but the operation area for the pirates has now reached to stretch over a million square miles.

This cartoon illustrates how a family received a foreclosure notice, but a tornado destroyed their home. The tornado is labeled California because it’s showing how California’s whether is turning into the main disaster and destroying California’s homes.

This cartoon illustrates two things based in California. The first illustrated problem is is the Wildfires burning down forests in Southern California. This problem is illustrated by showing the burning log the bear is sitting on. The second thing illustrated in this cartoon is the fact that Gay marriage was voted illegal in California. If you’ve seen the California Republic flag before it shows two happy bears holding hands, representing gay marriage. Though because it was voted illegal the bear is sitting alone, on the burning log.

Elections 2008
On November 4, 2008 Obama was elected for President. He is the first African-American to be President in the United States. Obama also won the popular vote which is something that not many presidents win. Not only is he the first African-American president but he’s also the first Democrat president since President Clinton. Many states turned from Republican to Democrat during this election such as Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. McCain told Obama that he was eager to work with him and told his supporters that he was sorry and that it was his fault, not theirs. Unfortunately his supporters boo-ed every time he mentioned the name Obama. Which is unfortunate because it shows that even McCain congradulated him and accepted the fact that he lost, but his supporters were not.


Question 8 in California- Undecided
Question 8 in California, if voted yes, would take away the right of same-sex marriage. As of (last) Wednesday morning this decision is still undecided with 52% of the 95% voters said to eliminate the right. In May of 2008 the state Supreme Court ruled to have it legal, but if the majority of the voters said to eliminate the right, same-sex marriage would not be allowed. (cnn.com)

This cartoon is showing the opinion of the creator and how they think Obama’s going to fix the world and how we made the right decision by choosing him over McCain.



This cartoon shows how America has changed by having a black president. African-Americans have come a long ways since the early 1900s. This goes to show how they’ve been working really hard to earn their freedom and now America has a black president.

More than 170 people were killed and hundreds more were injured when powerful earthquake jolted parts of southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, causing widespread destruction in one of the poorest areas of the country. An estimated 15,000 people left homeless are trying to withstand the cold and serious aftershocks.

28plot-1.190.jpgTwo young men who are believers in “white power” have been arrested and charged in Tennessee in what federal officials described as a plan to assassinate Senator Barack Obama. Federal officials said that both of the men who were arrested — Paul Schlesselman, 18, and Daniel Cowart, 20,. — told interrogators that they had talked of assassinating Mr. Obama. The two men “planned to drive their vehicle as fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows,”. Mr. Obama has no plans to be in Tennessee, and the affidavit does not make clear whether the men had picked a place for an attack. Federal Officials said that the assassination was to be the culmination of a “killing spree” that would also single out children at an unnamed, predominately black school. The two racist men talked of “killing 88 people and beheading 14 African-Americans,” according to the affidavit. The numbers 88 and 14 have special significance in the white power movement. The number 88 is shorthand for “Heil, Hitler”. H is the eighth letter in the alphabet. 14 signifies a 14-word mantra among white supremacists: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
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This cartoon explains the challenges that Obama has to face, because he is the first colored President. The cartoon shows exaggeration on how its not easy to be him.


This cartoon explains how the average working class feels about Obama. They feel as if he is alien, because of his race and religion.

Story 1: India launches first moon mission

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Summary: Unmanned luna orbit Chandrayaan-1 or “moon craft” was launched 8:50 p.m. ET at Sriharikota Space Center in South India. This is a two year $80 million mission to take high resolution pictures of moons surface. It will also scan for evidence of water and ice and chemical breakdown of lunar rocks. The “moon craft” is a world wide mission to collect this data and create unity. Hopefully a larger understanding of earth can be gained from this two year mission. People apposed to mission would supported healthcare/schools and parents with funds.
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Story 2: Presidential Debate

Summary: Belmont University Nashville Tennessee
Obama tries to connect McCain to president Bush’s failed policies.
McCain presents himself as a constant reformer.
Town hall style with audience was all undecided voters.
McCain claims he can “ handle foreign affairs as opposed to the limited experiences of Obama’s Iraq, Georgia are two examples of no time for on the job training.
After the debate, national points indicate that Obama won. CNN polls show that fifty-nine percent support Obama after thirty minutes of the debate where as McCain was supported by thirty percent.
At the beginning of the debate Obama stated that the U.S is at the worst finical setting since the Great Depression. Obama blames president Bush and McCain for these issues.
Obama stated economically as well as morally health is an obligation and right. McCain states that health care is more of a responsibility.
McCain committed that Obamas tax proposals are vague without any structure

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