Sunday Night Wrapup: Happenings on the Hill

With President’s Day tomorrow, the weekend is far from over. However, many of you have probably spent the past few days traveling and enjoying the long weekend, so Sunday Night Wrapup is here to catch you up on all the news that you’ve missed.

  • This past Friday Congress voted to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. President Obama said he would sign the bill as soon as it was passed. Overall this means that there will be a tax holiday for the rest of the year.
  • The FBI arrested 29 year-old male Amine El Khalifi Friday when they learned of his plans to bomb the U.S. Capitol. He attempted to be the first suicide bomber in the US by strapping what he thought was an explosive vest to his chest. The FBI had been investigating him for a long time coming, and arrested him in Alexandria, Virginia before he acted.
  • The Hoyas had a big win on the road over Providence Saturday night, beating them 63-53. They kept the Friars to shooting under 26 percent, and Hollis Thompson led his team with 13 points and 10 rebounds. They play their second consecutive away game Tuesday night against Big East team Seaton Hall.
  • Michelle Obama surprised White House visitors with a meet and greet on Thursday. She brought along the Obamas’ dog Bo to the 80-minute long session, and spent little time discussing politics. This marks the 4th time that Michelle has surprised White House visitors.
  • Lin-sanity: Everyone is loving Jeremy Lin. This Harvard grad and current New York Knick’s point guard scored 28 points today to defeat the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. After only 6 games, Lin has 164 points. NBA fans are comparing his early success to some of the NBA greats.

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