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LA Times Wins Pulitzer Prize for Exposing Big Salaries

The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for public service for stories uncovering shocking financial corruption in the City of Bell, and the other for Photographer Barbara Davidson.
Davidson won in the feature category, according to the Los Angeles Times. She recorded photos of the aftermath of violent crime for victims and their families.
Since 1941, the Los Angeles Times has won 41 Pulitzer Prizes.
Davidson had to persuade her editors that the images were relevant because they were taken when crime was in decline, according to the New York Times.
The other award was given to John Gottleib, Rueben Vives, and other reporters for their reporting on Bell officials secretly giving themselves large benefits.

Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, has formed and exploratory committee for the 2012 presidential bid.
Romney says he believes that the govenment has put America on a dangerous road, adn that things have gotten worse in the last two years, according to the New York Times.
Romney was a strong candidate for the Republican bid in 2008, and is considered a front runner for the Republican nomination in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Romney has a news strategy for 2012, hes is flying under the radar. Last time around he came out swining and that failed him in the long run.

Last Minute Budget Deal Averts Government Shutdown

Goverment officials averted a government shutdown by agreeing on a budget dea, just before the midnight deadline on Friday.
Both sides agreed to a package of spending reductions, which dramatically cuts on domestic federal programs, and increases pentagon spending, according to the New York TImes.
To come to an agreement, Republicans had to drop healthcare and environmental demands that had stalled agreement on the budget deal, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Both the house and the senate approved a stopgap to keep the government running until they can fully consider the package sometime next week.
The threatof a shutdown sparked a lot of bad economic news on friday. The value of the dollar dropped, oil prices rose by 2.3 percent, and it possibly could have been the reason the DOW Jones dropped 30 points.

Democrats in Indiana Return, Ending Six week Protest

House Democrats returned to the Capitol on Monday nearly five weeks after fleeing the state in protest of school vouchers and union rights.
Democrats said they returned because Republicans decided to make major concessions to legislation, while Republicans said the concessions were minor, according to the New York Times.
"We're coming back after softening the radical agenda," said Minority Leader Patrick Bauer.
Republicans vowed throughout the protest that they wouldn't remove anything from the agenda, according to the Los Angeles Times.
All but three House Democrats fled to Illinios on Feb. 22 to keep Republicans from having a quorum.

Former Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, has filed paperwork on Monday to become a formal candidate for president.
Pawlenty is the first major Republican to put his name in the 2012 race, which looks to be a multi-candidate field against President Obama, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Posted on Pawlenty's facebook page is a video of him introducing himself as a candidate and says that he will focus in lifting the economy, creating jobs, and limiting intervention in business, according to the New York TImes.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has announced his interest in the presidency but has not yet formaly declared his candidacy.
Pawlenty has already established teams in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Other possible Republican candidates include: Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

Obama to Resume Military Trials for Guantanamo Detainees

President Obama has reversed his two-year-old order stopping new military charges against detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Monday.
He is now allowing military trials to resume with new procedures, somewhat addmitting the failure of his attempt to close Guantanamo Bay, according to the New York Times.
There are 170 military detainees at the prison now and more terrorism suspects are expected to be sent there in the near future, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Obama left it open that some detainees could be transferred to federal courts but all signs say that the prison will not be shut down in the near future as Obama had hoped.
Obama has set new procedures in hopes of furthering the fight against terrorism. He said the procedures broaden America's ability to bring terrorists to justice.

Progress Being Made in Wisconsin Senate

Discussions between Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin State Senate Democrats who oppose his budget repair bill are now underway.
Some Democrats who left the state to protest and prevent a vote on the bill say that both sides are getting closer to a resolution, according to the New York TImes.
In the past Democrats have saidWalker has seemed to be more interested in changing the political dynamics in Wsconsin than being fiscally responsible, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Even when Gov. Walker began issuing layoff notices to unions leaders, the two sides seem to be getting closer than ever to an agreement.

Rahm Emanuel to Become Chicago's new Mayor

Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff for President Obama, will become Chicago's new mayor in May.
Emanuel will become Chicago's new mayor in 22 years. Chicago has been under the leadership of Richard M. Daley for the past 22 years, according the New York Times.
Emanuel coasted to victory over Gery Chico winning 55% of the vote, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Since Daley did not put his name on the ballot this was Chicago's first mayoral race without an incumbent in 60 years.
Emanuel will be sworn in on May 16.

President Obama will propose $1.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in 2012 budget.
These large cuts will focus mostly on domestic spending, including cuts to community-development projects and a federal pay freeze, according to the Los Angelese Times
These cuts could help stabilize the nation's economy and buy time to address more long term issues, according to the New York Times
These cuts would be set to begin October 1st of this year. Reportedly Republicans are planning $100 billion in cuts in this fiscal year alone.

Tuscon Shooter will Face Federal Charges First

The man who was carged in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will face federal charges before he is prosecuted for state charges involving the death of six others, authorities said.
Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is being charged with one count of attempted assasination, and two of attempted murder. He halso faces charges for the death of a federal judge and another federal employee. These charges could carry the death penalty, according to the Chicago Tribune
Loughner is being held in a federal jail in Phoenix. There are conflicts in jurisdiction but they are trying to be resolved, according to the New York Times.

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