What you missed on Election Night

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been glued to your computer and television for poll results, press conferences, and high-level resignations for several days now. What a convenient time to release bad news or sweep unfortunate events under the rug. Here’s some of what you missed when you were watching Anderson Cooper and Chris Matthews: ...

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If you're anything like us, you've been glued to your computer and television for poll results, press conferences, and high-level resignations for several days now. What a convenient time to release bad news or sweep unfortunate events under the rug. Here's some of what you missed when you were watching Anderson Cooper and Chris Matthews:

-Russia decided to weaken proposed sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program.

-Israeli bombs kill 20 in the Gaza town of Beit Hanun. Israel defends the action, calling it "preventative." Hamas calls off the cease-fire.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been glued to your computer and television for poll results, press conferences, and high-level resignations for several days now. What a convenient time to release bad news or sweep unfortunate events under the rug. Here’s some of what you missed when you were watching Anderson Cooper and Chris Matthews:

Russia decided to weaken proposed sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program.

Israeli bombs kill 20 in the Gaza town of Beit Hanun. Israel defends the action, calling it “preventative.” Hamas calls off the cease-fire.

Iraq‘s government extends a state of emergency in the wake of continuing sectarian violence in the country, including the deaths of eight soccer players.

-The European Union puts Turkey on notice for human rights issues and its role in Cyprus or risk ending accession talks.

-The UN adopted a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

Ok, there’s no evidence whatsoever that any of this is tied to midterm elections in America. In fact, it’s probably not. But with campaign season finally over on the Hill and issues from Iranian nukes to Iraqi security on the agenda, it’s time for congress to get back to work. 

Kate Palmer is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy.

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