Community / International / National / News / September 25, 2013

News Briefs: Galesburg public library considers move

Library considering a move to old Wells Fargo building

GALESBURG — Officials at the Galesburg Public Library are reportedly considering a move into a new location in the former Wells Fargo building on Main Street.  The preferred option for a new library building remains the block along Main between Academy and West streets, but the proposed 70,000 square foot facility would cost $7 million beyond what the library could fundraise, according to one estimate. Local developers Mark and Jeanette Klein have reportedly offered to donate the now-empty Wells Fargo building, which could make a new library much more affordable. The building would need some work done before the library could move in, notably increasing its load bearing capacity to support heavy bookshelves. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Cruz attempts to block Obamacare in House

WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood before the House of Representatives for hours in an attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.  With a new federal budget required before the fiscal year ends on Oct. 1, House Republicans have threatened to hijack the passage of a bill to keep funding the government unless their demands to starve Obamacare of funding are met. Many in Cruz’s own party failed to support the senator, including House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Any anti-Obamacare bill would have a difficult time clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate, where a competing funding bill is being passed.  (Source: The Associated Press)

Merkel’s party wins big in German elections

BERLIN — The Christian Democratic Union, the center-right party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, scored a major victory in Germany’s national parliamentary elections, obtaining 41.5 perception of the vote. This leaves the party just five seats short of controlling an absolute majority in the Bundestag, the German parliament. This success was tempered by the pounding taken by former coalition partners the Free Democrats, who failed to meet the threshold for representation in the Bundestag for the first time since the founding of the Federal Republic in 1949. Merkel will now likely have to approach either the center-left Social Democrats or leftist Greens to form a coalition government. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Eygpt debates banning Muslim Brotherhoood

CAIRO — The Egyptian government announced that it will postpone the implementation of a controversial decision to ban the Muslim Brotherhood after a court ruled the once powerful organization and all of its affiliate organizations to be illegal. The leader of the Islamist organization, ex-President Mohammad Morsi, has been in prison since being overthrown in a coup by the military in July, along with many Brotherhood leaders. The Brotherhood has been illegal for much of its 85 years in existence before briefly being allowed to operate openly in the aftermath of the Arab Spring revolt that overthrew longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. (Source: The Washington Post)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.




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