The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 9, 2012

Quote of the day.
"From that vehicle, I was able to get to work every day. That car has taken me through four promotions. It gave me not only a job, but a career." - Leanette Watkins, of Madison Heights, Va, on the car she was able to buy with assistance from Ways to Work, a non-profit group that helps low-income workers get reduced interest loans on used cars. 
(USA Today)

1. Religion, politics dominate Easter Sunday talk shows.
Airing on Easter and Passover, the Sunday morning news talk shows used the occasion to explore the religious questions and controversies that could emerge in the presidential election.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)

2. Car bomb near Nigeria churches kills 38.
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives Sunday morning on a busy road after apparently turning away from attacking Nigerian churches holding Easter services, killing at least 38 people in a massive blast that rattled a city long at the center of religious, ethnic and political violence in the nation.
(Associated Press)

3. Job growth below estimates shapes election sparring.
A weaker-than-expected jobs report became election-year fodder as Republicans seized on the numbers to criticize President Barack Obama, and Democrats warned against reading too much into one month of data.
(Business Week)

4. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio proposes a Republican DREAM Act.
Rubio now is floating a Republican version of the DREAM Act. It’s still just a concept, but with the backing of the leading Hispanic Republican, it’s seen as a way for the GOP to appeal to Latino voters turned off by the party’s harsh rhetoric on immigration.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

5. Welfare limits left poor adrift as recession hit.
Much as overlooked critics of the restrictions once warned, a program that built its reputation when times were good offered little help when jobs disappeared. Despite the worst economy in decades, the cash welfare rolls have barely budged.
(New York Times)

6. Ahead of nuclear talks, Iran floats compromise. 
Iran's nuclear chief signaled Tehran''s envoys may bring a compromise offer to the talks this week with world powers: Promising to eventually stop producing its most highly enriched uranium, while not totally abandoning its ability to make nuclear fuel.
(Associated Press)

7. Intelligence surge boosts U.S. confidence on Iran’s nuclear program.
The effort has included ramped-up eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, formation of an Iran task force among satellite-imagery analysts and an expanded network of spies
(Washington Post)

8. U.S. transfers control of night raids to Afghanistan.
Accelerating the transition of military responsibility to the Afghan government, the United States agreed Sunday to hand control of special operations missions to Afghan forces, including night raids, relegating American troops to a supporting role and bringing the raids under Afghan judicial authority.
(New York Times)

9. Syria peace plan in doubt as Assad refuses to meet deadline.
Hopes for a peaceful end to the Syrian crisis were fading rapidly on Sunday after President Bashar al-Assad refused to meet Tuesday''s deadline for withdrawing his forces from flashpoints across the country without guarantees from the opposition to stop fighting first.
(Guardian)

10. N. Korea moves rocket into place.
North Korea has moved into place a long-range rocket for a controversial launch later this month - amid reports it is also planning a nuclear test.
(BBC)

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