President Obama gave a rousing speech tonight in front of a joint session of Congress, but what is likely to be talked about the most from the event is Rep. Joe Wilson shouting “you lie!” at the President during the speech. Sen. McCain said on Larry King Live after the speech that the remark was “totally disrespectful” and that Wilson should “apologize immediately,” Talking Points Memo. Read excerpts from Obama’s speech here.
An Aeroméxico airliner on its way to Mexico City from Cancun was hijacked this afternoon. The hijacker’s name is José Flores, a preacher originally from Bolivia. Flores announced he had a bomb on board during the flight and wanted to speak to Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s president. The plane was grounded and all 112 passengers got off the plane safely, after which Flores was arrested without incident, WSJ.
England, Spain, and Paraguay all clinched spots in the World Cup today. The U.S. and Germany,won their games, as well, and are one game away from playing in the tournament. Shockingly, Argentina is on the verge of missing the World Cup, which would be the first time they don’t play since 1970, Yahoo! Sports.
Hot Topic: Taking Iran Seriously.
A mortar bomb blast at a mosque in Somalia has killed at least 10. The blast occurred in the capital city of Mogadishu where fighting between pro-government forces and Muslim extremists have overtaken the city for the past few weeks. Over 250 people have been killed in the violence, BBC News.
Iran’s opposition leader, Mirhossein Mousavi, has called for protests tomorrow to call against Friday’s election and the deaths of protesters since the election results were announced. In a World Cup qualifying match today against South Korea, some Iranian footballers wore green to show their support for the revolution, Sky News.
Rep. Nita Lowey of New York announced yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball that the House’s Appropriations Committee would increase the proposed budget of the Peace Corps to $450M. The Peace Corps, started by President Kennedy, suffered under the Bush administration from poor funding. But this year applications are up 40% for 2008 and Obama hopes to double the size of the organization. 20 countries that do not have any Peace Corps volunteers currently have expressed need for PC volunteers in their countries, MSNBC.
Hot Topic: NPR examines Mexico’s seemingly never-ending drug war here.
General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner has resigned from the company as of early Monday morning. White House officials say his resignation was part of the government’s federal bailout deal. Wagoner has been a controversial figure during the economic crisis and many felt he was not doing enough to get GM out of bankruptcy, CNN.
As we reported earlier, 8 people have been killed at a nursing home in Carthage, North Carolina by a single gunman, who was injured during the shooting. A nurse was among the fatalities and the others dead were residents. The gunman is 45-year-old Robert Stewart and not believed to be related to any of the victims or residents at the home, BBC News.
22 fans were killed at a World Cup qualifier between the Ivory Coast and Malawi on Sunday after a stampede caused a wall to collapse. More than 130 were injured, CNN.
Reporter’s Notebook: NPR reporter Marisa Peñaloza takes a look at the startling difference between the Juarez, Mexico of the past and the violence-ridden town it has become, NPR.
And the #1 World News Story: BREAKING NEWS: 20 Dead at Pakistan Police Academy, Gunmen in Standoff With Police.
The Dalai Lama was refused a visa to enter South Africa. He had planned to attend an international peace conference in Johannesburg, which was meeting to highlight South Africa’s advances on human rights issues in advance of South Africa hosting the World Cup in 2010. A South African official said that the attendance of the Dalai Lama would shift world focus away from the World Cup and onto the problems of Tibet and China. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African President F. W. deKirk have said they will boycott the event if South Africa does not relent, CNN.
Mexico has offered informants 30 million pesos ($2 million USD) for information lending to the arrest of any of the 24 leaders of drug cartels. Mexico has seen drug-related violence skyrocket in response to tougher drug enforcement strategies under current President Felipe Calderón, BBC News.
The stock market soared today after Treasury Secretary Geithner met with Congress to discuss his new economic plan. The increase was the highest one day jump since November, with almost 500 points added to the Dow, CNN.
And the #1 World News Story: U.S. federal government announces plan to buy troubled (popularly known as “toxic”). Washington plans to inject up to $1 trillion into the economy by buying non-performing loans and securities, including the now essentially worthless mortgage-backed securities that started the financial crisis. The Obama administration hopes to create a market that will bring value back to the assets, CBC News.