Sunday Evening Reads

*This, via the AP, seems like kind of a big deal: “Baby born with AIDS appears to have been cured.”

“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told The Associated Press.

*Some guy named Mike or Mitch or Matt or something gave an interview to Fox News.

*John Kerry announced that the U.S. will provide $250 million in aid to Egypt after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said he would forge ahead with economic forms prescribed by the IMF. Although the IMF has deemed the structural adjustment necessary for a $4.8 billion aid package, the austerity measures could seriously hurt the vast majority of Egyptians – 40 percent of whom live on $2 a day.

Kerry then left Egypt for human rights bastion and close U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, his seventh stop on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State.

*Lech Walesa, Poland’s Solidarity hero from the eighties, can’t quite seem to be a voice for the voiceless in a post-Cold War world. The AP reported that he recently gay-bashed in an interview, and that his comments may have “irreparably harmed his legacy.”

“They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights, the greatest hours, the greatest provocations, spoiling things for the others and taking (what they want) from the majority,” he told the private broadcaster TVN during a discussion of gay rights. “I don’t agree to this and I will never agree to it.”

Might this explain his endorsement of Mitt “Get the Scissors” Romney?

*Unlike some of us, Josh Gerstein actually found out something mildly intriguing about one of Obama’s Friday pardons. An Na Peng, a Chinese national who faced deportation after being convicted of a felony charge of conspiracy to defraud the INS in 1996, won an appeal against immigration services. “So Peng’s need for a pardon was not as urgent as it was a year or so ago when she faced being thrown out of the country and separated from her family.”

*The air quality in China’s capital is so abysmal, expats have started calling respiratory problems that develop there the “Beijing Cough.” While the term might not catch on quite like the “Harlem Shake” (sorry) one of China’s top doctors called it “an extreme insult to Beijing,” and, somewhat unbelievably, suggested that the pollution just takes getting used to.

*Apparently, there is a nine year old rapper in Boston named “Lil Poopy” – he’s the subject of a Guardian “Passnotes” profile. His controversial lyrics – which touch upon not diminutive defecation, but rather adult pastimes – have led the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to investigate his father. The matter at hand: whether or not Lil Poopy’s career is a form of child abuse.

Good luck with Monday, everyone. It was a pleasure to blog for you this weekend.

Samuel Knight

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.