The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of September 11, 2012

Quote of the day.
“We’ve got miles and miles of miles and miles.  There’s lots of Interstates going through wide open spaces.”  Jerry Patterson, Texas land commissioner, after the state transportation commission voted an 85 mph speed limit for a section of highway 130 between Austin and San Antonio. 
(New York Times)

1. For Sept. 11 anniversary, a turning point passed?
Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it''s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.
(Associated Press)

2. Spending-deal vote could be Thurs.
A six-month stop-gap spending bill took final shape in Congress Monday, as House and Senate negotiators agreed to a formula that will raise most appropriations accounts by about 0.6 percent to meet the $1.047 trillion spending target set for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
(Politico)

3. Missteps and surprises turn battle for the Senate into a guessing game.
The fight for the Senate has shifted significantly over the past weeks, with fierce races breaking out in states where they were not expected and other contests dimming that were once ablaze with competition.
(New York Times)

4. Teachers strike heads to Day Two.
Chicago braced for Day Two of a teacher strike Tuesday, with teachers buoyed by a boisterous first day of picketing and contract talks side-stepping what Mayor Rahm Emanuel identified as the two major sticking points.
(Chicago Sun-Times)

5. Teachers strike reaches beyond Chicago.
More than 20,000 Chicago teachers walked off their jobs, adding fuel to a national debate over whether teachers should be held accountable for failing public schools.
(Los Angeles Times)

6. Middle-income workers on brink of another decade of wage stagnation.
Middle-income workers have endured a “lost decade” of stagnant wages and are teetering on the brink of another, the consequence of both the recent recession and a long series of policy choices that have eroded their leverage in the job market, according to a report.
(Washington Post)

7. UN envoy heads to Syria as Iran demands role in peacemaking.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the new international envoy for Syria, will visit Damascus in the next few days to explore prospects for ending the country''s bloody uprising as Iran said that it too wanted to play a role in regional efforts to resolve the crisis.
(Guardian)

8. U.S. rebuffs Israel on ''red lines'' over Iran nuclear program.
The Obama administration is rebuffing Israeli pressure to sharpen its threats to Iran over its disputed nuclear development program.
(Los Angeles Times)

9. In Yemen, tribal militias in a fierce battle with al-Qaeda wing.
It is a conflict fueled by tribal rivalries and spies, more intense than previous battles, on a landscape that the United States and its allies consider as important a front line as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
(Washington Post)

10. Anger over price increases fuels West Bank protests.
Protests in West Bank cities against price increases have escalated over the past week with thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets, some of them burning tires, stoning buildings and clashing with security forces.
(Guardian)

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