The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of September 18, 2012

Quote of the day.
"When we get to heaven, the kingdom of God isn''t going to be segregated. So why should the local church be segregated?"  Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church, a diverse non-denominational church based in Little Rock, Ark.
(USA Today)

1. Leaked Romney video shows blunt talk on 'dependents.'
During a private reception with wealthy donors this year, Mitt Romney described almost half of Americans as “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government.”
(New York Times)

2. Chicago teachers to consider offer.
Teachers in the nation's third-largest city will pore over the details of a contract settlement Tuesday as the clock ticks down to an afternoon meeting in which they are expected to vote on whether to end a seven-day strike that has kept 350,000 students out of class.
(Associated Press)

3. Limits placed on immigrants in health care law.
The White House has ruled that young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under President Obama’s health care overhaul.
(New York Times)

4. Keystone pipeline raises tribal concerns.
TransCanada’s plan to dig a trench and bury part of its $7 billion, 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline right through this land has unearthed a host of Native American opposition, resentments and ghosts of the past. 
(Washington Post)

5. Hill talks numbers on defense cuts.
After months of dire talk about $1 trillion in cuts to the Pentagon over the next decade if the sequester takes effect, and all the high-minded talk of zero cuts from hawks, defense is going to take another hit regardless of who’s in the White House next year.
(Politico)

6. Al-qaida threatens attacks on us diplomats.
Al-Qaida's branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests against an anti-Islam video that was produced in the U.S. and triggered a wave of demonstrations in the Middle East and beyond.
(Associated Press)

7. Nato Afghan strategy in disarray after joint ground operations suspended.
The Nato-led military strategy in Afghanistan has been thrown into disarray after joint on-the-ground operations were suspended because of a collapse in trust over the killings of Americans and other Nato soldiers by Afghan government forces.
(Guardian)

8. U.S. aid to Egypt stalled.
Anti-American protests that started in Cairo and spread across the Muslim world have stalled negotiations to provide crucial U.S. economic assistance to Egypt, U.S. officials said Monday.
(Washington Post)

9. Iranian official says blasts targeted nuclear sites.
Iran’s most senior atomic energy official revealed on Monday that separate explosions, which he attributed to sabotage, had targeted power supplies to the country’s two main uranium enrichment facilities, including the deep underground site that American and Israeli officials say is the most invulnerable to bombing.
(New York Times)

10. UN adds to Syria war crimes list.
A UN commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria says it has drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and units suspected of war crimes.
(BBC)

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