The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of May 9, 2012

Quote of the day.
“If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance …” - Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) after losing the Indiana Republican primary to a Tea Party-backed opponent.
(Washington Post)

1. North Carolina adds ban on gay unions to its constitution.
North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.
(Charlotte News & Observer/McClatchy)

2. Republicans in Senate block bill on student loan rates.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked consideration of a Democratic bill to prevent the doubling of some student loan interest rates, leaving the legislation in limbo less than two months before rates on subsidized federal loans are set to shoot upward.
(New York Times)

3. Seasonal farm-worker visa program frustrates growers.
As the summer growing season approaches, farmers across the county are experiencing widespread frustration over the federal H-2A visa program for seasonal agriculture workers.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

4. Outcasts of the American dream.
Homeowners in Florida try to stay afloat when bankruptcies, foreclosures and repossessions are the highest in the US.
(Guardian)

5. Informant helped CIA foil al-Qaeda bomb plot.
The latest al-Qaeda bomb plot targeting U.S. aircraft was unraveled from inside the terrorist group by operatives — including an agent who posed as a willing suicide bomber — working on behalf of the CIA and its counterparts in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, said U.S. and Middle Eastern officials.
(Washington Post)

6. Support for Afghan war at new low.
Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good.
(Associated Press)

7. Greece: Forming a new government?
The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza bloc is continuing attempts to form a government after elections on Sunday produced an inconclusive result. Alexis Tsipras has said he will try to form a coalition based on tearing up the terms of the EU/IMF bailout deal, which he describes as "barbaric."
(BBC)

8. Milburn tells government to come clean on child poverty failure.
The [UK] Government's adviser on social mobility has urged ministers to admit they will miss a legally binding target to cut child poverty because of spending cuts and the flatlining economy.
(Independent)

9. Analysis and opinions on Israel's new government.
A comprehensive view of Haaretz's analysis of the Mofaz-Netanyahu unity deal that shook Israel's political landscape.
(Haaretz)

10. Passing: Maurice Sendak, author of splendid nightmares.
Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.
(New York Times)

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