The Common Good

Top 10 Stories of October 29, 2011

Quote of the day.

"Unbelievable, amazing, incredible." Tony La Russa, St.Louis Cardinal's manager, after his team won the 2011 World Series in game 7.

(Los Angeles Times)

1. Is social justice essential to church's mission?

Two evangelical heavyweights went toe-to-toe in a theological debate Thursday evening, presenting both sides of the question as to whether social justice is an essential part of the mission of the church. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, took the "yes" position, while Dr. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, took the "no" viewpoint.

(Christian Post)

2. The moral injuries of war in Iraq.

We will be dealing with the effects of the war in Iraq for years to come. Let's hope that while we move on, we remember to provide healing for those who fought on the front lines where they often need it most--emotionally and spiritually.

(Liz Lefebvre/U.S. Catholic)

3. Kabul attack kills 13 US troops.

A suicide bomber kills at least 13 US soldiers in the Afghan capital, in one of the deadliest attacks against foreigners in Kabul since the war began.

(BBC)

4. Early storm pelts East Coast.

A classic nor'easter was chugging along up the East Coast and expected to dump anywhere from a dusting of snow to about 10 inches throughout the region starting Saturday, a decidedly unseasonal date for a type of storm more associated with midwinter.

(AP/Washington Post)

5. Nuanced G.O.P. views on immigrants.

Many Republican freshmen, lacking the scar tissue of previous Congressional attempts to make sweeping changes in immigration law, are advocating that policy be changed in small, bite-size pieces that could help bring order to the system and redefine their party's increasingly anti-immigration image

(New York Times)

6. Partisan divisions prevent Congress from passing jobs bills.

After weeks of relentless presidential pressure and congressional votes and debate, the stalemate in Congress between Democrats and Republicans over jobs legislation shows no signs of easing.

(McClatchy News)

7. U.S. Border Patrol quietly halts Canadian border checks.

The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the Canadian border and in the nation's interior.

(Globe and Mail)

8. Syria protesters reportedly demand 'no fly' zone.

Political violence killed at least 40 people across Syria on Friday, antigovernment activists said, as protesters took to the streets demanding a "no fly" zone to protect civilians seeking the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

(Los Angeles Times)

9. Bangkok flood threat receding.

The complex networks of flood defences erected to shield Bangkok from the country's worst floods in nearly 60 years have held as coastal high tides hit their peak, although areas on the outskirts of the Thai capital remained submerged along with much of the countryside.

(Al Jazeera)

10. Royal equality act will end succession of first born male.

Commonwealth leaders will pledge to amend legislation dating back to the 17th century to allow daughters of the monarch to take precedence over younger sons in the line of succession.

(Guardian)

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