The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of June 11, 2012

Quote of the day.
“It never stops being an ugly situation. Seeing seniors suffer and having a hard time is something we never get used to.” - Dru Bolakowski, director of resource and referral at the Council on Aging of Elkhart County, IN, on finding more and more hunger among the clients she helps.
(Elkhart Truth)

1. Homelessness made tougher in many cities.
A growing number of cities across the United States are making it harder for the homeless. Advocates argue slew of ordinances criminalizes those in greatest need; officials say aim is to improve lives.
(USA Today)

2. Los Angeles County officials considering welfare crackdown.
Advocates for the poor contend the crackdown would end up denying help to some of the region's most destitute residents who are eligible for assistance.
(Los Angeles Times)

3. Obama faces a frustrated Hispanic electorate.
As President Obama heads into the main stretch of his re-election campaign, his immigration policies have produced few gains among Latinos, whose votes could be crucial for him in November.
(New York Times)

4. Lawmakers urge speedy, nonpartisan leaks inquiry.
The independence and speed of two veteran prosecutors named by the Justice Department to investigate leaks of national security information could determine whether the controversy settles quickly or blossoms into an election-year problem for President Obama.
(Washington Post)

5. Spain bailout: Shock and awe but no solution.
Global stock markets may be cheering the bailout of Spain's banking system this morning, but there are so many unanswered questions and speculation about what's next that the euphoria is already fading, observers say.
(Toronto Globe & Mail)

6. Health of Egypt's Mubarak deteriorates further.
Hosni Mubarak's health deteriorated further on Monday with the ousted president slipping in and out of consciousness and being fed liquids intravenously, Egyptian security officials said. Doctors had to use a defibrillator twice on 84-year-old Mubarak.
(Associated Press)

7. Allies restrict airstrikes on Taliban in civilian homes.
The senior allied commander in Afghanistan has ordered new restrictions on airstrikes against Taliban fighters who hide in residential homes, coalition officials said Sunday, a move in response to a NATO attack in the eastern part of the country last week that Afghan officials say killed 18 civilians.
(New York Times)

8. Syrian forces bombard opposition strongholds in Homs.
Syrian government forces have renewed their efforts to impose control in Homs province, killing at least 35 people in one of the biggest bombardments since a failed UN-mandated ceasefire in April, opposition activists said.
(Guardian)

9. Deaths in Nigeria attacks on churches.
Dozens of people are feared dead and injured after two separate attacks on churches in Nigeria during Sunday service, the government said.
(Al Jazeera)

10. State of emergency declared in Burma.
Sectarian violence could put Burma's transition to democracy at risk, President Thein Sein has warned, as the government declared a state of emergency in the country's west after clashes between Buddhists and Muslims left at least eight people dead and 17 wounded.
(Guardian)

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