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News In Rhyme

By Anthony Lauriello     8/31/11 7:00pm


Hurricane Irene hits near NYC

There was once a storm named Irene

Who got tired of the south Atlantic scene

So she went to the East coast

Destroyed New York almost

But not with the destruction foreseen

Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast and New York City forcing evacuations and causing massive flooding through the region. Despite several deaths and perhaps billions in damages, the storm didn't live up to some expectations, especially those of the mainstream media.

Obama calls joint session

Obama called for a joint session of Congress

But the Republicans see it as one big diss

So Boehner said change the day

And Obama let him have his say

And the president looks even more spineless

President Obama requested the legislative leadership for a joint session of Congress. However, the speech conflicted with a debate for the Republican Primary. Citing procedural and logistical reasons, Speaker of the House John Boehner denied the president's request and forced him to delay it one day.



Exxon drills oil in Russia

Russia let Exxon go to the Arctic to drill

But crude oil they better not spill

Cause if they go Exxon Valdez

Bring the habitat to its knees

A lot of wildlife it will kill.

The Russian government has granted American corporation Exxon Mobil permission to explore the Russian Arctic for a potentially vast reserve of oil. Despite the company's victory, not everyone is happy, as environmental groups point to the chance of an economic catastrophe.

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