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The Top 10 Stories of July 6, 2012

Quote of the day.
"It''s been clear since the 1870s that the government needs a warrant to read postal mail. There''s no good reason email should be treated differently." Catherine Crump, ACLU staff attorney, who has filed Freedom of Information Act requests with several federal agencies, asking about their policies and legal processes for reading Internet users'' emails.
(MSNBC)

1. U.S. employers add 80,000 jobs as economy struggles.
U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is struggling three years after the recession ended. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent.
(Associated Press

2. House farm bill cuts deeper.
The House Agriculture Committee leadership rolled out its vision of a new five-year farm bill Thursday, a 557-page draft that builds on the Senate passed-plan but makes deeper cuts from food stamps while restoring target prices sought by Southern growers.
(Politico)

3. ''No Child'' law whittled down by White House.
In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from central provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified.
(New York Times)

4. Presbyterian Church rejects divesting in firms that aid Israeli occupation.
A deeply divided Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Thursday became the latest American church to shy away from divesting in companies that supply equipment to Israel to enforce its control in the occupied territories, after a passionate debate that stretched late into the evening and a vote that was nearly a tie.
(New York Times)

5. Mexico recount confirms Pena Nieto won presidential election.
A vote recount Thursday in Mexico confirmed a wide margin of victory for Enrique Pena Nieto, but tensions simmered over allegations of vote buying in last weekend’s presidential election.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

6. Syria general Manaf Tlas quits Assad regime.
A Syrian general and personal friend of President Bashar al-Assad has defected and fled Syria, becoming the closest member of the leader''s inner circle to switch sides during the 16-month uprising.
(Al Jazeera)

7. China ''smashes'' trafficking gangs.
Chinese police have broken up two major child trafficking gangs and freed 181 children, officials say. Authorities arrested 802 suspects on Monday in an operation across the country,
(BBC

8. Sudan''s opposition tightens screws on Omar al-Bashir.
Opposition leaders in Sudan have called for strikes, demonstrations and civil disobedience to topple
President Omar al-Bashir, one of Africa''s longest-serving leaders. The move suggests growing momentum in the anti-government protests that are seeking to emulate the Arab spring.
(Guardian

9. Sabers rattle in Gulf as Iran sanctions bite.
Iran and the United States might be talking up their readiness for war in the Gulf but beneath the rhetoric, all sides are appear keen to avoid conflict and prevent accidental escalation - at least for now. 
(Reuters

10. Argentina ex-junta leaders jailed.
An Argentine court jails ex-junta leaders Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone over the theft of babies from political prisoners under military rule.
(BBC)

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