- US automaker General Motors will be filing for bankruptcy tomorrow, moving to the next stage in the government's attempt to restructure the company and (hopefully) save the automaking industry.
- Dr. George R. Tiller, one of the nation's most prominent and controversial late-term abortion providers, was shot and killed today in his Lutheran church in Wichita, Kansas. A suspect is in custody; watch for more on this one.
- As the U.S. continues to fight its wars against Al-Qaeda, officials claim that the use of drones in missile attacks, as well as Pakistani gains in the Swat Valley against the Taliban, are reason for increased optimism about the success of the conflict.
- The Washington Post has a profile and video interview of the "No. 2 Woman in the White House," longtime Obama friend and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.
- The last living survivor of the Titanic sinking, Millvina Dean, passed away today at age 97. The Washington Post records her story.
- Things you don't think about: when the U.S. occupation ends in Iraq, what kind of cultural legacy will we be leaving behind? What legacy have we already put in place?
- NYT Op-Eds: Frank Rich asks "Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack?," making the case that Obama is not making us less safe, and Bush did not make us safer; Nicholas D. Kristof offers his encouragement for students taking "gap years" and going abroad to volunteer, but also provides some advice for the wary-- a "Cum Laude in Evading Bandits."
- Bloomberg reports that the Red Cross is saying that the Pakistani citizens in the Swat Valley are in dire need of aid, lacking running water, power, and in some cases even food.
- North Korea troubles continue, as South Korean and US sources report a long-range ICBM being moved to a key launch base. Officials unofficially estimate a possible mid-June launch. The London Telegraph also reports that two US journalists are due in court in North Korea, further complicating matters for American officials.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Reading List: Sunday 5/31
A few notable events and articles from this last day in May: