The Monthly Roundup: A Few Things That Made The First Month of 2011 TICK

Chaos In Cairo: Although Egypt hasn’t been ruled by pharaohs in over 2000 years, common Egyptians perhaps saw too much of one in the nearly 30 year rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarik as they took the the streets of Cairo in late January to protest what they saw as too much corruption, lack of free speech and free elections.

Tragedy in Tuscon: United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords was the target of an assassination plot by 22 year old Jared Loughner.  Although shot in the head, Giffords has survived and continues to make remarkable progress.  However, 6 people perished in the shooting.  The event also triggered a debate in the U.S. media as to whether political speech had grown too insensitive and had played a factor in inspiring the plot.

Republicans Return to The Hill In the Majority: For the first time in nearly 4 years, Republicans lead by newly elected House Speaker John Boehner returned to the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Birds Drop From the Sky: Over 5000 redwinged blackbirds fell dead from the sky on New Years Eve.  By the first day of January, thousands of birds littered the streets of Beebe, Arkansas.  Scientists are still examining the reason for the mass bird deaths.  Although shocking, the event is not necessarily unprecedented.

The Packers and Steelers Win Their Conferences to Meet in the Super Bowl: 2 classic NFL powerhouses won their conferences and are set to meet in Super Bowl XLV which will be played February 6th in Dallas, Texas.


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