The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of November 2, 2011

Quote of the day.
“To put such a motto on coins, or to use it in any kindred manner, not only does no good but does positive harm, and is in effect irreverence, which comes dangerously close to sacrilege.” - President Theodore Roosevelt, in 1907, explaining the logic behind leaving “In God We Trust” off a $10 gold coin. On Tuesday the House passed a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto.
(New York Times)

1. Evangelical opposites to hold discussion on presidential race.
"In evangelical America, the Revs. Richard Land and Jim Wallis are odd bedfellows. … But the men will convene an unusual public “discussion” on Wednesday night in Washington to talk about something upon which they agree."
(Washington Post)

2. For U.S. Muslims, work-time prayer a struggle.
"While Muslims differ about what constitutes extenuating circumstances, many successfully integrate prayer into their workday, often with help from their employers. Still, employers and Muslim workers sometimes clash over prayers."
(RNS/Huffington Post)

3. Budget veterans have advice for super committee.
"Political heavyweights from past budget debates descended on the congressional "super committee" to deliver a tough message as the panel struggles to agree on a $1.5-trillion deficit reduction plan by its Thanksgiving deadline."
(Los Angeles Times)

4. Obama to make decision on controversial oil pipeline.
"President Obama said Tuesday that he will decide whether to approve or deny a permit for a controversial 1,700-mile Canadian oil pipeline, rather than delegating the decision to the State Department."
(Washington Post)

5. Cain's stumbles raise questions about his past, competence.
"While Cain has denied the allegations, his less-than-nimble series of responses could threaten his recent rise to the top of the Republican presidential primary race."
(McClatchy Newspapers)

6. Greek government teeters on brink of collapse.
"France and Germany battle to save the single currency as Europe is plunged back into turmoil days after rescue deal."
(Guardian)

7. Karzai warning at Afghan summit.
"Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned a key global conference in Istanbul that there will be no peace for his country without strong regional co-operation on 'terror groups.'"
(BBC)

8. Euphoria turns to discontent as Egypt's revolution stalls.
"More than eight months after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled, the euphoria of Egypt’s political spring has surrendered to a season of discontent."
(New York Times)

9. Kenya warns of air strikes across Somalia.
"Kenyan forces plan to carry out air strikes on Islamist rebel camps across southern and central Somalia to destroy weapons the military says were flown into the anarchic Horn of Africa country in the past two days."
(Guardian)

10. United Nations warns of increasing use of mercenaries.
"Expert group sees major expansion in military and security companies operating without regulation or accountability."
(Al Jazeera)

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