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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Despite president's resignation, Yemenis protest

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Sanaa University, Yemen
>> Despite Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's announcement that he would not run for reelection after 32 years in office, thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrated near Sanaa University in Yemen's capital this morning. There was a sizable group of pro-Saleh supporters down the street as well. Are these leaders busing in fake supporters? (CNN)

>> Egyptian authorities have arrested reporters from the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Israel's Channel 1 and Channel 2, and a high-profile Egyptian blogger named SandMonkey in a renewed media crackdown. The violence in Tahir Square in Cairo continues until, protesters say, Mubarak ends his 30-year reign. Sure there's massive strife and violence, just don't mess up a network news shot. (Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post, Al Jazeera)

>> The Senate struck down the health-care bill repeal yesterday in a 51-47 vote in the Democrats' favor. Though the legislation passed in the House two weeks ago, President Obama vowed to veto the measure if it came to his desk. Thanks for saving him the effort of lifting his hand, Senate. (CNN)

>> The U.N. found that the world food price index rose by 3.4 percent to an all-time high in January, the seventh monthly increase in a row. Officials say rising commodities are a major factor of civil unrest. You don't say! (CNN)

>> And finally: A new government audit found that only 32 miles of the nearly 4,000-mile border between the U.S. and Canada have "an acceptable level of security." That's way less secure than the Mexican border! So that's how Justin Bieber snuck in. (Buffalo News)

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