The most important news for Monday, April 26th, 2010….

A 6.9 earthquake has struck about 270 kilometers southeast of Taiwan.

A killer tornado that was almost a mile wide ripped through the state of Mississippi on Saturday.

Two Illinois lawmakers say that violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard must be called in to help.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly told the Obama administration that his government will not stop settlement construction in east Jerusalem.

Syria has threatened to “send Israel back to the era of prehistoric man” if the Jewish state attacks it with unconventional weapons.

Iran has reportedly agreed to give the UN nuclear monitoring agency greater inspection and monitoring rights to a sensitive site where it is enriching uranium to higher levels.

A coordinated series of explosions struck a party headquarters, two mosques, a market and a shop in Baghdad on Friday.

U.S. military planners have won Barack Obama’s support for a new generation of high-speed weapons that are intended to strike anywhere on Earth within an hour.

The U.S. military has reportedly retreated from a base in the remote Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.

What some U.S. soldiers have to endure during their stays in trauma units is extremely sobering.

Some are calling the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States.

Barack Obama is promising that the Wall St. reform bill will end taxpayers bailouts permanently.

Gerald Celente is not convinced that Barack Obama’s financial reforms will accomplish much of anything.

Author Webster Tarpley is warning that the derivatives bubble needs to be brought under control before it collapses the entire world financial system.

Senator Lindsey Graham, has pulled his support for the Senate climate change bill.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Arizona’s Capitol building on Sunday to protest against the state’s new immigration law.

Barack Obama says that the new Arizona immigration law is “misguided”.

The IMF says that the party is “over” for nations that have been enjoying the good life.

In newly released emails from the height of the housing crash, the CEO of Goldman Sachs bragged that his firm “made more than we lost” by betting against the housing market.

The 6 biggest banks in the United States have influence over an amount of wealth that is equivalent to 60% of America’s GNP.

Fitch Ratings has warned that Japan’s sovereign debt is rising to ominously high levels.

The state of California is facing a colossal pension crisis.

At midnight on May 15, an estimated one-fifth to one-quarter of some 1.6 million charities, trade associations and membership groups will lose their tax exemptions, thanks to a provision buried in a 2006 federal bill aimed at pension reform.

Is the United States Congress about to force a national ID card on to all of us?

While the U.S. financial crisis was raging a couple years ago, senior SEC staffers were busy downloading dirty pictures on their computers.

Tens of thousands of young women are being sterilized without their consent in the nation of Uzbekistan.

In the U.K., the Foreign Office has been forced to issue a public apology after an official document suggested Britain should mark the Pope’s visit this year by asking him to open an abortion clinic, bless a gay marriage and launch a range of Benedict-branded condoms.

Time Magazine is running this frightening headline: “The ‘Killer Fungus’: Should We Be Scared?”

An increasing number of Americans are adopting survivalist lifestyles.

Federal health officials are investigating reports of significant side effects from the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.

In the U.K., children as young as eight are being offered free condoms by charity workers.

Are the oceans of the world slowly dying?

A new instrument (dubbed Lucifer-1) for the world’s largest optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham, allows astronomers to observe the faintest and most distant objects in the universe.  But just what are they looking for?

Professor Stephen Hawking is saying that while aliens do indeed exist, humanity should do all it can to avoid making contact with them.

Is there evidence that the culture of ancient Egypt once touched the Grand Canyon?

Lastly, Archie Comics will welcome its first openly gay character in September.