The Top 10 Stories of April 26, 2012
Quote of the day.
"For years, we dreamed of America, but now that dream is no good. There are no jobs and too many problems. We don''t want to go." - Pedro Morales, 18, of Jalisco, Mexico, explaining why immigration to the U.S. has stalled.
1. Review of military schools after class is told U.S. at war with Islam.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has ordered military schools to make sure they are not including anti-Islamic themes in training courses, the Defense Department said on Wednesday, after complaints surfaced about the curriculum in a course dealing with terrorism and radicalism.
(New York Times)
2. Supreme Court seems open to parts of Arizona law.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sharply questioned the Obama administration’s view of the limited roles states may play in enforcing immigration laws and seemed receptive to a central part of Arizona’s controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants.
3. Abortion restrictions gain steam.
New restrictions on abortion are sweeping through legislatures from Virginia to Arizona, and voters in some states could see proposed constitutional amendments on November ballots that would define life as beginning at conception.
4. Republicans shift strategy over VAWA.
The Senate appears likely to approve a measure Thursday to reauthorize the 18-year-old Violence Against Women Act, after Republicans decided to largely postpone a battle over some provisions of the sprawling provision dealing with hot-button issues of immigration and new protections for gay men and lesbians.
5. Government shutdown on horizon?
Plunging ahead along party lines, the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a set of Republican-backed spending targets that break with the August debt accords by demanding more than $27 billion in additional savings from non-defense programs.
6. Federal agents to begin protecting ‘red zone’ for NATO.
Starting next week, expect to see a showing of federal law enforcement in “battle” gear, weapons slung, in a highly visible effort to protect a perimeter that encompasses the federally operated buildings in the Loop.
7. White House approves CIA request to broaden drone campaign in Yemen.
The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known.
8. Blast in Syria's Hama kills many.
An explosion has destroyed a building in Syria''s central city of Hama, reportedly killing up to 69 people, many of them children. The opposition Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC) said security forces fired a rocket at the building in the Mashaa Attayar area on Wednesday.
9. More Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike.
The number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has grown to 2,000, with more preparing to join the protest next week, according to human rights groups in the West Bank.
10. Charles Taylor guilty of aiding Sierra Leone war crimes.
International judges have found former Liberian leader Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war.