World/National Headlines – June 3, 2009


Obama to speak in Cairo In what his administration bills as , President Obama will speak in Cairo Thursday. Before his departure, he spoke at length with NPR interviewers, affirming traditional U.S. support for Israel, but also saying:

“We do have to retain a constant belief in the possibilities of negotiations that will lead to peace,” Obama said. “And that’s going to require, from my view, a two-state solution.”

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has rejected Obama’s call for a freeze on settlements.

What will he say in his speech in Cairo? Not too many clues, but he did tell NPR:

There are a wide range of governments throughout the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world. And the main thing for me to do is to project what our values are, what our ideals are, what we care most deeply about. And that is democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion.

Full transcript of NPR interview

Recession-proof industry Beer. According to NPR’s Planet Money:

As the companies that we once believed to be bedrocks of the American economy go into bankruptcy, there’s an industry that’s actually seeing continued growth in this economy: beer. Since the recession hit, Americans are drinking more of it.

And it’s not just us — beer sales are up around the world.

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