The Top 10 Stories of May 17, 2011
Quote of the day.
"I would invite all Latin people to do nothing for about two weeks so you can see who really, really is running the economy. Who cleans the sheets? Who cleans the toilets? Who babysits? I am here to give voice to the invisible." - Musician Carlos Santana, protesting Georgia's immigration law while accepting Major League Baseball's Beacon of Change award before the "Civil Rights Game" in Atlanta.
1. Vatican makes sexual abuse a priority.
"The Vatican told bishops worldwide on Monday to make fighting sexual abuse of minors by clerics a priority, telling them to create 'clear and coordinated' procedures by next year and cooperate with law enforcement authorities when required."
(New York Times)
2. Unemployment cuts.
"Governors and legislatures across the nation are moving to cut the length of time unemployed workers can receive benefits, despite historically high unemployment rates, amid concerns that states may need to boost taxes on employers to shore up unemployment trust funds exhausted by the jobless benefits."
3. U.S. hits debt limit.
"Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner informed Congress on Monday that the United States has reached its legal debt limit, setting off a ticking time bomb that could explode in less than three months if lawmakers can't bridge differences and allow more government borrowing."
4. Flooding slower than expected.
"Mississippi River water flowing through the Morganza Floodway into the Atchafalaya River basin was moving south more slowly than expected on Monday, but Gov. Bobby Jindal continued to warn those living and working in potentially flooded areas to heed calls of local officials to evacuate."
(New Orleans Times-Picayune)
5. Global middle class to double.
"By 2030, the global middle class is widely projected to at least double in size to as many as 5 billion