While You Were Sleeping: 31 January 2013

By Newsroom America Staff at 31 Jan 2013

(Thursday, 31 January) - Here's a look at what happened while you were sleeping ...from Newsroom America and West Wing Reports:

ISRAEL REPORTEDLY BOMBS SYRIA

Washington Post: Israeli aircraft struck inside Syria on Wednesday for the first time since 2007, underlining the risk that the civil war in Syria could spill over into a wider conflict.

BBC News: Russia expresses grave concern at an alleged Israeli air attack on Syria, amid reports that either a research facility or a a weapons convoy had been targeted.

RT: Hezbollah says Israel attacked Syrian research center, declares full solidarity with Syrian leadership.

BIG FEDERAL CUTS LOOM BUT IS CONGRESS WORRIED?

Reuters: Big automatic cuts in federal spending are fast approaching again, alarming the defense sector but generating little activity in Congress to avoid them.

CHINESE HACKERS INFILTRATE NEW YORK TIMES

New York Times: Hackers in China attacked the Times for the past 4 Months, coinciding with investigation that found relatives of China’s prime minister accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings.

YOUNG INAUGURATION PERFORMER SHOT DEAD

CNN: A teen who performed at events around President Barack Obama's inauguration was shot to death in Chicago this week, and now her story has become part of the debate in Washington over gun violence nationwide.

SEN. MENENDEZ'S DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TRIPS

CBS News: Sen. Robert Menendez's office says he reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 for the full cost of two of three trips Menendez took on the donor's plane to the Dominican Republic in 2010. There was no public disclosure.

NORTH KOREA READIES "FOR A WAR"

The Telegraph North Korea has been placed under martial law and Kim Jong-un has told his front-line troops to "be ready for a war"

JUST 8 BLACK SENATORS IN U.S. HISTORY

Mother Jones: Throughout American history, there have only been 8 black senators, total. The United States upper legislative chamber will make history this term by boasting more black members than ever before: two.

NRA DISCUSSES GUN DEBATE STANCE

USA Today: (Video) NRA President David Keene sits down with Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page to discuss assault weapon bans, universal background checks and NRA's stance on the gun debate in America.

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