Washington's Mali Dilemma, Joe Arpaio vs. Guns in Schools, and Inaugural Balls

Esther Zuckerman
The Atlantic Wire

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World: Despite the conflict in Mali, in Washington, officials "still have only an impressionistic understanding of the militant groups that have established a safe haven in Mali, and they are divided about whether some of these groups even pose a threat to the United States." 

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U.S.: In Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has put his "posse," which is "best known for its supporting role in the sheriff’s immigration raids," on the task of "safeguarding dozens of public schools." 

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New York: The "true roots" of the school bus strike in New York are "in an attempt to reform one of the most inefficient transportation systems in the country." 

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Business: The Federal Aviation Administration is grounding all Boeing 787s that are operated by the United States after a battery caught fire multiple times.

Health: A gross-sounding treatment—transplanting feces from a healthy person to a sick person—can help cure intestinal infections. 

Sports: Though the British can get interested in the NBA, "domestic basketball on a professional level" in the country "often does not resonate much at all." 

Opinion: Ricky S. Sehon writes about playing Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty

Music: Jon Caramanica says ASAP Rocky has "become one of hip-hop’s brightest new stars by interpreting the Internet-fueled melding of tastes and influences that’s a given of modern life." 

Arts: An auction of memorabilia sheds new light "without the glare of paparazzi flashbulbs and unrefracted by mirrored balls — on the celebrated if enigmatic" owner of these collectibles: Studio 54 co-founder Steve Rubell. 

Fashion & Style: A "selective and highly curated list" of inauguration parties in D.C.