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This Week In The News

Photo courtesy of time.com

Photo courtesy of time.com

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Time Magazine’s person of the year for 2015

  • Merkel beat out ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for Time’s “Person of the Year” honor on Friday. Merkel is the first woman ever to be both the Chancellor of Germany and the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union. She is also the fourth woman to ever be chosen as Time’s person of the year award, and the first since 1986.
  • The Chancellor’s 2015 highlights include her management of the European economic crisis, her strategy regarding the flood of refugees from the Middle East and Africa and her handling of the Paris terror attacks.
  • The runner up certainly wasn’t as gracious as the runner-ups on “American Idol” usually are:

Republicans vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

  • On Thursday, Senate Republicans voted to defund Planned Parenthood in a symbolic protest of Obamacare.
  • The GOP spent last Thursday appealing Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which included a provision that would defund Planned Parenthood.
  • The bill most likely will not become a law as long as Obama is in office, as the President has adamantly threatened to veto the bill.

Senate Approves Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Law

  • Last Wednesday the senate approved a bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind law, an act put forth by President Bush back in 2001.
  • The reformed bill would give local districts the authority to set goals, determine school ratings and remedial measures, with the annual state testing staying in place and federal involvement continuing in low performing schools.
  • Though initially met with bipartisan support, many sanctions proposed in the bill were seen as harsh, and many schools were unable to keep up with expectations. The law expired in 2007.

Maryland man accused of taking money from ISIS for a US attack

  • Maryland resident Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, was arrested Friday for taking $8,700 from ISIS in order to carry out a potential US attack. This was the culmination of a five-month long investigation by the FBI, who had been tracking Elshinawy’s finances  and online communications.
  • No specific plans were uncovered for an attack, the FBI said, but consider his case one of importance because of his connection overseas.

Dow Chemical and DuPont

  • Dow Chemical and Dupont, two of the largest and oldest chemical industries in the U.S., have set a merger between the two companies. The new business, DowDuPont, will split into three businesses; agricultural chemicals, plastics and other materials, and specialty products like those for electronics and nutrition.
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