BruNews Round-up: WTF Washington?, crackdowns, and ch-ch-ch-changes

Are you sick of reading dry news articles? Do you cringe at the notion of logging onto a mainstream news source? Fear not, for Blog is now officially fulfilling that role. We know, bold move. We’ll be hitting you up every Monday with BruNews Round-up, a collection of all the latest news and musings of the world. Read it and weep, New York Times – your reign is over. currenteventslogo

WTF Washington?: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that our government is currently shut down. The shutdown began last Tuesday, which marked the beginning of a new fiscal year. As a result of the shutdown, 1.8 million people were either furloughed or asked to work for no pay. Since Tuesday, the House has passed a bill that will give retroactive pay to these 1.8 million people, but there doesn’t seem to be a clear end to the shutdown in the works. Also in Washington: On Thursday, a woman ran her car into a White House gate in an attempt to break through. After a 12-block chase past the Capitol building, the woman was critically wounded and ended up being captured. Her 18-month-old daughter in the car with her during the chase and was ultimately was safe. Adding to this list of incidents taking place in Washington, a man lit himself on fire on the National Mall on Friday. The man was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries. Self-immolation sends one hell of a message (New York Times).

Too cool to miss: Kim Dong-sik is a former North Korean spy who just published a memoir called No One Reported Me. In his memoir, he tells his story of how he escaped capture by South Korean spies and infuriated a nation. The work sheds light on the covert war that is still being waged by the two divided states. Check out this great article to read a bit about his story.

Changes in Saudi Arabia: Four women will now be able to practice law in court in Saudi Arabia. Previously, Saudi women who graduated from law school were only allowed to be legal consultants. Currently, around 2,500 women are legal consultants in the country. This is a great change for a country that has been criticized for its maltreatment of women (Global Times).

FBI cracks down: On Wednesday, the FBI arrested the mastermind behind the Silk Road, an anonymous narcotics marketplace. The Silk Road made $1.2 billion in revenue since its founding. The site has over 60,000 daily visits and was in the midst of expanding to the mainstream public. Such a large-scale arrest is definitely a solid win for the FBI. When everything seems to be going to shit, it’s good to know some agency has it together (Forbes).

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