The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 25, 2012

Quote of the day.
“The U.S. and U.K. are two economies. That’s to say they’re each two economies. Both countries are divided into the finance-based asset rich minority and the rest.” - Journalist Alen Mattich writing in today’s Wall Street Journal.
(The Wall Street Journal)

1. Fed leaning closer to new stimulus if no growth is seen.
A growing number of Federal Reserve officials have concluded that the central bank needs to expand its stimulus campaign unless the nation’s economy soon shows signs of improvement, including job growth.
(The New York Times)

2. Arizona sheriff faces his own words in civil lawsuit.
When Joe Arpaio, the tough-talking Arizona law enforcement official, found himself in the awkward position of having his own words used against him in a discrimination lawsuit, the usually brash sheriff was unusually quiet.
(The Associated Press)

3. Baltimore puts out welcome mat for immigrants, hoping to stop population decline.
After decades of seeing the city’s population slide with every census count, Baltimore officials are trying to turn things around. One key strategy is embracing immigrants, in the hope they will encourage friends and family to join them.
(The Washington Post)

4. Drought and the farm bills.
By every measure, America is experiencing the worst drought since the Eisenhower era. Nearly a third of the counties in the United States have been declared disaster areas.
(The New York Times)

5. CBO: Supreme Court decision cuts cost of healthcare reform by $84 billion.
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of President Obama’s healthcare law made the law less expensive but will result in 3 million more people without health insurance, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday.
(The Hill)

6. Aurora shooting: Colorado gun sales up after cinema killings.
The number of people seeking to buy guns in Colorado has soared since last week's mass shooting in the US state's town of Aurora, say law officials.
(BBC)

7. 24 arrested at police protests in Anaheim, Calif.
Police in Anaheim, Calif., have restored order after violent protests over weekend police shootings caused injuries and two dozen arrests.
(The Associated Press)

8. Al-Qaeda playing increasingly deadly role in Syria conflict.
While leaders of the Syrian political and military opposition continue to deny any role for the extremists, Al Qaeda has helped to change the nature of the conflict, injecting the weapon it perfected in Iraq — suicide bombings — into the battle against President Bashar al-Assad with growing frequency.
(The New York Times)

9. Official: Syrian rebels brace for showdown in Aleppo.
Leaders of Syrian rebel forces ordered their fighters to attack hundreds of government troops heading toward Aleppo, the country's largest city, a Free Syrian Army official told CNN Wednesday.
(CNN)

10. Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attacks in Iraq.
Al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq has claimed responsibility for scores of attacks across the country targeting mostly Shi'ite Muslim targets this week which killed and wounded hundreds of people.
(Reuters)

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