13%of Americans believe that President Obama is too supportive of Israel, according to a new poll from The Hill.
39%of Americans believe that President Obama isn’t as supportive of Israel as he should be, with a full 30 percent of those polled saying they believe that the President is actually “anti-Israel.” What do you think of President Obama’s support (or lack thereof) for Israel? source
300kNew Orleans residents have to boil their water as a result of a power outage that affected a nearby water-treatment plant, lowering water pressure for millions and leaving officials concerned that there may be water-contamination issues. It will take at least a day to figure out if the water was in fact contaminated. source
10the number of years since Queen Elizabeth II last visited the hospital for any reason. The 86-year-old made an appearance there Sunday suffering from gastroenteritis, or what the kids call a stomach bug. She is expected to make a full recovery from the illness, and the hospital trip is meant merely as precautionary. source
4%increased lifetime relative risk of cancer for babies exposed to the highest radiation areas around Fukushima, Japan, after the 2011 tsunami that caused multiple radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant (according to the World Health Organization). The amount of radiation exposure varied throughout Fukushima Prefecture, with some areas as high as 12 - 25 millisieverts, but much else in the 3 - 5 range. source
2000+ jailed immigrants released while awaiting deportation, by the Department of Homeland Security over the last few weeks — a considerably higher amount than the “few hundred” claimed by the Obama administration, with 3,000 more planned in March. According to DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, cautioning of this outcome on Monday, the releases are compensation for the effect of Friday’s budget sequestration: “We’re doing our very best to minimize the impacts of sequester, but there’s only so much I can do. You know, I’m supposed to have 34,000 detention beds for immigration. How do I pay for those?”source
$450Mthe amount of the $1 billion Apple-Samsung verdict that was wiped out by a U.S. District Court judge in the process of throwing out part of the patent case the two companies are drawn into. The judge, Lucy Koh, said that jurors had improperly followed her instructions regarding the damages. On top of this, Koh ordered a new trial regarding the damages. source
$60Min “non-lethal” assistance has been authorized for the Syrian National Council, and the United States will also provide food and medical supplies to the Free Syrian Army and other rebel fighting forces. The new aid was announced by Sec. John Kerry following the conclusion of a Friends of the Syrian People meeting on Thursday. source
75prominent Republicans signed a legal brief, to be submitted to the Supreme Court this week, arguing that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. The list is light on currently-elected officials, however (though Reps. Richard Hanna of New York and Illeana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida have both signed on), featuring instead a panoply of nonetheless familiar names from the party’s less extreme wings — former governors Jon Huntsman, Bill Weld, and Christine Todd Whitman among them. source
1,675pounds worth of Ikea meatballs were prevented from reaching the shelves at stores throughout Europe after it was found that, like hamburgers and lasagna packages before it, they contained horsemeat. Among the countries affected include Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland, according to an AP report. While the company’s Swedish branch was not affected, the company’s local branch nonetheless took the food items off the shelves out of “potential worries among our customers.” It’s a good thing meatballs aren’t their main product. source
59%of “tuna” consumedin the United States isn’t actually tuna, and the skullduggery doesn’t stop there. Mislabeling of fish in the United States is, according to over 1,000 genetic tests run by ocean protection non-profit Oceana, utterly pervasive, with 18% of fish sold in grocery stores erroneously labelled. The most common place to find mislabeled fish, however? Sushi restaurants, where a staggering 74% of fish is not what you ordered. source
53people were killed when a massive explosion ripped through Damascus near Syria’s Ba’ath Party headquarters, and two additional explosions in other parts of the city claimed 13 more lives within minutes of the attack.
250people were wounded in the attack, which is the deadliest since a double suicide bombing left 55 people dead last May. Rebel forces and those loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been fighting in Damascus for weeks, but recent upticks in the violence have some wondering if Assad could be forced to flee the Syrian capital soon. source
800Kcivilian Defense Department employees have been notified of potential furloughs in the near future, should Congress not agree on a deal that delays/avoids the automatic sequester scheduled to take effect at the end of the month. The potential budget cuts have workers facing more than three weeks of unpaid leave and, should a deal not be reached in time, the Pentagon says employees will be asked to stay home one day a week for 22 consecutive weeks. source