The Common Good

Afternoon News Bytes: April 30, 2012

THINK PROGRESS: Top Republican Strategist Denies Women Are Paid Less Than Men
This morning, during a heated discussion with Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos denied that women make 77 cents for a man’s dollar in the workplace and noted, “there are lots of reasons for that.”
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USA TODAY: Domestic Violence Rises In Sluggish Economy, Police Report
Police are encountering more domestic violence related to the sluggish economy, a national survey of law enforcement agencies finds.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: A Different Intersection Of Church And Politics
May 1 marks the 79th anniversary of Dorothy Day’s great achievement: a movement whose vision of activist faith couldn’t be farther from the moralizing of the religious right that has seemed to define Christianity’s incursion on politics since the 1980s. The Catholic Worker, which Day founded with Peter Maurin, a French immigrant, was — and remains — a philosophy, a social initiative, a way of life.
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THE WASHINGTON POST: Some Quotes From State Legislators About Get-Tough Immigration Laws
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the fate of Arizona’s get-tough immigration law. If key parts of it are upheld, other states may be urged to follow suit. Some thoughts from lawmakers across the country.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: 21 Killed In North Nigeria Church Service Attacks
Gunmen attacked worship services at a university campus and a church in northern Nigeria, killing at least 21 people in coordinated assaults that saw panicked Christians gunned down as they tried to flee, witnesses and officials said.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: In Vast Jungle, U.S. Troops Aid In Search For Kony
One hundred of America’s elite Special Operations troops, aided by night vision scopes and satellite imagery, are helping African forces find a wig-wearing, gibberish-speaking fugitive rebel commander named Joseph Kony who has been hiding out in the jungle for years with a band of child soldiers and a harem of dozens of child brides.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Live Below The Line: An Interfaith Approach To Tackling Extreme Poverty and Malaria
When was the last time you spent $1.50 (or £1) and what did you buy? Most of us probably don't give a second's thought to spending what amounts to little more than small change.
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THE ATLANTIC: Welcome To Azawad, Africa's Newest Country
The Tuareg rebels on April 6 declared their independence from Mali and announced the formation of the state of Azawad. That action was condemned or ignored by the international community.
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SLATE: Why Misdemeanors Aren’t So Minor
Yesterday, people across America pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit. This isn’t something new or extraordinary. Every year, the American criminal system punishes thousands of people who are not guilty. These routine wrongful convictions never make it into headlines because they are misdemeanors, petty offenses like trespassing, disorderly conduct, or loitering.
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MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS: Life Expectancies In Much Of U.S. Compare With Those In Poorest Nations
Pundits and politicians like to say the United States has the best health care in the world. If so, it’s not showing up in how long we live, a new study suggests.
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REUTERS: As America's Waistline Expands, Costs Soar
U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking. Cars are burning nearly a billion gallons of gasoline more a year than if passengers weighed what they did in 1960.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: United Against The War On Women (OPINION)
The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years.
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THE ATLANTIC WIRE: Someone's Lying About America's Secret Drone Program
It's starting to make sense why the Obama administration rarely acknowledges its secret drone program: When it does it, it reveals some unreconcilable [sic] contradictions.
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