The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of September 14, 2012

 Quote of the day.
“It’s of great importance to the residents of the District who are in a constant struggle to be both perceived and acknowledged as the full and equal American citizens that we are.” Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s non-voting delegate in the House, on Congress permitting a statue of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass to be placed in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall representing D.C. with statues from each of the states.
(New York Times)

1. CPS says agreement possible Friday, union less optimistic.
The two sides trying to end the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years emerged from marathon contract talks early Friday, with school officials holding out the possibility that a package might be ready for a union sign off in the afternoon.
(Chicago Sun-Times)

2. Ryan, House GOP OK spending hike.
Coming full circle, the Republican-controlled House approved an across-the-board increase in domestic appropriations Thursday as part of a six-month stop-gap bill to keep the government operating past Oct. 1 and into March next year.
(Politico)

3.  Gasoline pushes up retail sales, inflation in August.
Retail sales rose by the most in six months in August, boosted by automobiles and high gasoline prices, but the underlying tone pointed to modest economic growth in the third quarter.
(Reuters)

4. Pope arrives in Lebanon with message of peace.
The pope arrived in Lebanon for a three-day visit despite the recent unrest in region — including the war in neighboring Syria, a mob attack that killed several Americans in Libya, including the U.S. ambassador, and a string of violent protests across the region stemming from an anti-Islam film.
(Associated Press)

5. Anti-U.S. protests as anger spreads through Muslim world.
A new wave of anti-American protests erupted across the Muslim world on Friday, as Egypt’s recently elected government and its counterparts elsewhere in the Middle East struggled to contain widespread anger over a movie made in California that mocks the prophet Muhammad.
(Washington Post)

6. Chaos was followed by organized ambush in Libya.
The mayhem here that killed four United States diplomatic personnel, including the ambassador, was actually two attacks — the first one spontaneous and the second highly organized and possibly aided by anti-American infiltrators of Libya’s young government, a top Libyan security official said Thursday.
(New York Times)

7. Military plans possible early Afghan withdrawal.
The pace of the British withdrawal from Afghanistan could quicken next year because military commanders have changed their views about how many troops need to remain to help local security forces fight the Taliban, the defense secretary has said.
(Guardian)

8. Japan plan to end nuclear power.
In its first comprehensive energy review since the Fukushima disaster, Japan said on Friday that it would seek to phase out nuclear power by the end of the 2030s — but only after a longer-than-expected transition that would give power companies decades to recoup their investments and brace for a nonnuclear future.
(New York Times)

9. UN nuclear agency board rebukes Iran.
The board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved by an overwhelming majority a resolution criticising Iran brought by world powers that was also aimed at dissuading Israel from military action.
(Al Jazeera

10. South Africa vows miner clampdown.
The move came as striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine rejected a pay offer from the management and some unions threatened a general strike.
(BBC)

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