While we philosophized


Listed below are some of the headlines that made news this past week.

  • President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from moderates, women and minorities to win re-election Tuesday, Nov. 6, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney with 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206. –CNN
  • Republicans lost six seats in the House of Representatives, which now contains 234 Republicans and 194 Democrats. Democrats increased their majority by two seats in the Senate, which now contains 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans and two independents. –RealClearPolitics.com
  • In California, Democrats gained even more ground, picking up at least three congressional seats while votes continued to be counted in two other tight races. In addition to holding the governorship and every other statewide office, Democrats now have a supermajority in one, and possibly both, chambers in the legislature. –The Associated Press
  • President Obama carried the Catholic vote by three points, but according to Fox News exit polls, among Catholics who attend Mass weekly, 57 percent voted for Romney and 42 percent voted for Obama.    –Catholic World Report
  • President Barack Obama said Friday, Nov.9, that he would insist that tax increases for affluent Americans be part of any agreement to avoid a year-end fiscal crisis, setting up a possible confrontation with congressional Republicans who say they will oppose a rise in tax rates for the rich. –The New York Times
  • David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and one of America’s most decorated four-star generals, resigned Friday, Nov. 9, after an FBI investigation uncovered evidence that he had been involved in an extramarital affair. On Nov.15, acting CIA Director Michael Morell will testify in place of Petraeus before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi. –The New York Times
  • Iran’s defense minister confirmed Nov. 9 that Iranian jets fired at a U.S. drone on Nov.1, and said Tehran would do it again, disputing the Pentagon’s statement that the American aircraft was flying in international airspace.  –The Wall Street Journal
  • A former oil executive was appointed the new spiritual head of the Church of England on Friday, Nov. 9, and quickly urged other church leaders to support an upcoming vote on whether to allow female priests to become bishops.  –The Wall Street Journal
  • Britain announced Nov. 9 that it would stop providing direct financial aid to India by 2015 because of the rapid economic growth of its former colony. The decision represents the changing nature of the centuries-old relationship between the two countries.  –The Wall Street Journal


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