The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 10, 2012

Quote of the day.
“This is a time for public mourning and public lament.” - Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of a group of religious leaders saying the recent killings at a Sikh temple demand a unified expression of grief.
(Chicago Tribune)

1. Young immigrants see opportunity in new rule.
The work permits that young undocumented immigrants can begin applying for next week under a new government policy will let American employers tap a generation of educated workers who have been confined until now to the shadowy corners of the economy.
(New York Times)

2. Training cutbacks thwart jobless.
Companies have dramatically cut training programs for new employees, experts say, worsening a skills gap that's keeping them from finding qualified job candidates and pushing up unemployment.
(USA Today)

3. Groups’ campaign spending scrutinized in New York.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is escalating his inquiry into the fastest-growing but darkest corner of the campaign world, requesting in recent weeks tax returns and other financial documents from dozens of tax-exempt groups that are among the biggest spenders in this year’s election.
(New York Times)

4. Politicians, protesters, police: Charlotte braces.
With thousands of protesters of all stripes preparing to invade the city for the Democratic National Convention, Charlotte and the Secret Service announced the perimeters of the security zone.
(New York Times)

5. Uniformed man kills 3 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The three were apparently lured to their deaths by a police commander who invited them to dinner. The premeditated nature of the attack would add an alarming twist to the spate of "green-on-blue" shootings.
(Los Angeles Times)

6. Syria rebels forced from key Aleppo district.
Rebels admit tactical retreat from southern Salaheddin neighbourhood, as UK announces $7.8m aid boost for opposition.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Sanctions on Iran: 'ordinary people are the target.'
Iranian civilians bear the brunt of western-imposed sanctions in terms of medicine and food shortages, and money problems.
(Guardian)

8. Egypt tribes back Sinai offensive.
Bedouin tribal leaders in Egypt's Sinai peninsula have agreed to help restore security in the lawless border area with the Gaza Strip and Israel.
(BBC)

9. Greece braced for 'hottest autumn yet' over new spending cuts.
New spending cuts being asked of Greece by international creditors are pushing Athens' fragile coalition towards a showdown with unions and anti-bailout forces amid signs that it will be civil servants who will bear the brunt of the belt-tightening.
(Guardian)

10. Obama administration offers help to fight Ni­ger­ian terror group.
The Obama administration is renewing an offer to help Nigeria marshal military and intelligence resources against a growing extremist threat that U.S. officials fear could spread to neighboring nations.
(Washington Post)

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