The Top 10 Stories of June 12, 2012
Quote of the day.
“We are the church, we are the church. We are the church as much as the bishops are, as much as our lay colleagues are, as much as people who raise their children in the tradition are. That’s the church. We are all the church.” - Sr. Anne Curtis of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas on the differences between American nuns and the Vatican.
1. 149 religious leaders to HHS Secretary: stop two-class religion scheme.
A letter signed by 149 religious leaders was sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Monday expressing concern over a two-class concept of religious organizations created by her department and other federal agencies.
2. Family net worth drops to level of early '90s.
The recent downturn left the median American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the Federal Reserve said.
(New York Times)
3. Florida's voter purge sparks lawsuits between state and feds.
Gov. Rick Scott and the Obama administration traded legal barbs and counter-accusations Monday as each side announced it would sue the other over Florida’s controversial non-citizen voter purge.
(Miami Herald/McClatchy Newspapers)
4. Supreme Court to rule soon on health care, immigration.
The two big cases awaiting decisions, which can be handed down between now and June 28, are the constitutionality of President Obama's health care plan and the Arizona immigration case, both of which have received national attention.
5. Global newborn mortality still high.
Newborns now account for 40% of preventable child deaths worldwide, but only a tiny fraction of international aid targets newborns, according to a report to be published in the medical journal Health Policy and Planning today.
6. UN warns of escalating violence in Syria.
The UN has warned that violence in Syria is getting worse as the military steps up assaults on civilian centres and the opposition increasingly turns to co-ordinated attacks on government forces.
7. U.S. halts talks with Pakistan on supply routes.
The Obama administration has called off negotiations with Pakistan aimed at reopening supply routes for the war in Afghanistan, baring the depths to which US-Pakistan relations have plunged in recent months.
(Christian Science Monitor)
8. Opposition rally in Moscow draws tens of thousands.
Tens of thousands of Russians flooded Moscow's tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first massive protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule since his inauguration in May - a rally that came even as police interrogated key opposition leaders.
9. IMF head warns time running out for Euro zone.
As the clock ticks down to Greece's crunch election on June 17, which is being seen as a referendum on the country's membership of the euro zone, the warnings that European leaders need to act to prevent a collapse of the currency union are getting stronger by the day.
10. Rio+20 conference's search for green solutions hampered by deep divisions.
Twenty years after trying and failing to halt humanity's destruction of our planet, the governments of the world will gather again in Rio this month for a "once-in-a-generation" Earth Summit that will open with great fanfare but low expectations of success.