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Venezuela Nationalizes Gold Mining; Meanwhile, Gold Prices Drop

According to reports from The Associated Press, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez formalized the nationalization of the South American country’s gold mining industry early this week in response to rising concerns about the value of the U.S. dollar.

Fairness Doctrine Dead And Buried, Some Foresee New Enemies Of Political Dissidence

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Monday that it would bring an official end to 83 regulations the organization now considers obsolete, including the Fairness Doctrine.

President Approval Hits New Low While GOP Candidates Run Neck And Neck In Poll

On Tuesday, a Rasmussen poll detailed a 56 percent disapproval rating for President Barack Obama, and a Gallup Poll released Monday showed that GOP candidates are on the minds of many voters looking forward to the 2012 election.

Earthquake Rocks The Capitol

At about 2 p.m. EDT the Pentagon and several buildings on Capitol Hill were evacuated due to an apparent earthquake, according to a USA Today article. The quake cased disturbances throughout the northeast and caused JFK International Airport to be shut down, according to Fox News.

Representative Waters Making Waves With Comments

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made headlines across the country twice last week, first suggesting that President Barack Obama “get tough with Republicans” to create proposals that help the poor and African-Americans and later for calling out the Tea Party.

RFID Chips Gain Popularity In Mexico

Amid concerns of increasing incidents of kidnappings in Mexico, many residents of the country are turning to “under-the-skin” tracking devices for a sense of safety. Mexican citizens are seeking new means of protecting themselves in a country where firearm ownership is heavily regulated.

Despite Web Catastrophe, Ron Paul Continues To Defy Odds

The Ron Paul campaign has experienced media snubbing and the attempts of fellow GOP Presidential contenders to discredit everything the candidate says. The most recent unexpected hurdle came in the form of a cyberattack on a major fundraising initiative last Saturday.

World Population To Surpass 7 Billion

Demographers at the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) predict the world population will surpass 7 billion people this year, with increased birth rates in Africa offsetting birth rate drops elsewhere. According to a recent study released by the INED, population growth worldwide will steadily increase until the total stabilizes between 9 billion and 10 billion by the end of the century.

Recession Leads To Significant Decline In Children’s Economic Well-Being

According to a new report, the child poverty rate in America increased by 18 percent between 2000 and 2009, which is essentially a return to the same level as the 1990s. This shows a significant decline in economic well-being for low-income children and families.

Rick Perry’s Words Get Him In Trouble

On Monday, Texas Governor and recently declared Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry drew fire for essentially accusing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke of treason, a capital offense: “Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion,” Perry said.

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