The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of June 5, 2012

Quote of the day.
“I just deleted over 25,000 songs from my iTunes library. I am going to trust in the cloud, where my library now lives. I''m a bit scared, but I backed everything up, took a deep breath and stepped into the future.” Bob Boilen, on All Songs Considered blog.

1. Vatican scolds nun for book on sexuality.
The Vatican office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that the book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” by Sister Margaret A. Farley, was “not consistent with authentic Catholic theology,” and should not be used by Roman Catholics.
(New York Times)

2. Wisconsin holds recall more than a year in making.
After a brief but bruising campaign that followed a more than yearlong fight over union rights and Wisconsin''s cash-strapped budget, voters in the narrowly divided state began casting ballots Tuesday on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
(Associated Press)

3. Multiple amputations from IEDs increase.
American troops are suffering more extensive physical damage -- measured in lost arms and legs -- to buried explosives in Afghanistan than ever before, according to data collected by the Army Surgeon General's office.
(USA Today)

4. Senate urged to take up pay equity for women.
Senators will vote whether to debate the Democratic-sponsored Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would require businesses to show that wage discrepancies between men and women are not based on gender.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

5. Farmers, lawmakers braced for cuts in subsidies.
A program that puts billions of dollars in the pockets of farmers whether or not they plant a crop may disappear with hardly a protest from farm groups and the politicians who look out for their interests.
(Washington Post)

6. Ministers skeptical on Elizabeth Warren.
Dogged by weeks of questions about whether her claims of Native American heritage helped advance her career, Elizabeth Warren now faces skepticism from some of Boston’s black ministers whose appearance with Scott Brown just after his 2010 election to US Senate helped shape Brown’s image as a different breed of Republican.
(Boston Globe)

7. Elite military forces are denied in bid for expansion.
In late April, the military’s  Special Operations Command presented the State Department and Congress with an urgent request for new authority to train and equip security forces in places like Yemen and Kenya.
(New York Times)

8. Pakistan anger at U.S. drone strike.
Pakistan's foreign ministry has summoned a senior US diplomat to lodge a formal protest over a series of drone strikes in its volatile tribal regions.

9. Syria agrees to let in UN humanitarian aid.
The Syrian government has agreed to let aid workers into the country, the UN says, even as the country expels foreign diplomats. It would be the first time humanitarian workers - aside from the International Committee of the Red Cross - have been granted permission to enter Syria.
(Al Jazeera)

10. U.S. wants India to play more active role in Afghanistan.
US defense secretary Leon Panetta will encourage India to take a more active role in Afghanistan as international forces draw down after a decade of war, US officials said on Tuesday as the Pentagon chief arrived in New Delhi for two days of talks.
(Reuters/Times of India)

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