The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 1, 2012

Quote of the day.
“Everybody thinks we’re extinct, that we’re historical figures and not real people.” Amanda Clinton, spokeswoman for the Cherokee Nation, commenting on the controversy over whether Elizabeth Warren has Cherokee ancestry.
(Washington Post)

1. Record number of justices attend Red Mass.
Six of the nine Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday. The event’s speakers spoke about using faith in decision-making but largely stayed away from the controversial issues the court will face in the coming months.
(CNN Belief Blog)

2. Supreme Court faces weighty cases and a new dynamic.
The coming term will probably include major decisions on affirmative action in higher education admissions, same-sex marriage and a challenge to the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Those rulings could easily rival the last term’s as the most consequential in recent memory.
(New York Times)

3. Group says DREAM Act would create jobs.
If illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children were given legal status, their improved access to college and better jobs would add $329 billion and 1.4 million jobs to the nation's economy over two decades, according to a report set for release today.
(USA Today)

4. Brown acts on driver's license, deportation bills.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation.
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Yemeni leader says he approves all U.S. drone strikes.
Yemen’s leader said Saturday that he personally approves every U.S. drone strike in his country and described the remotely piloted aircraft as a technical marvel that has helped reverse al-Qaeda’s gains.
(Washington Post)

6. Iraq sees deadliest month in over two years.
September was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than two years, with 365 people killed in violence that included waves of nationwide attacks, official figures show.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Afghan bomber kills 14, including 3 NATO troops.
A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his bike into a patrol of Afghan and international forces on Monday morning in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including three NATO service members and their translator.
(Associated Press)

8. Fighting spreads in Aleppo's walled city, Syrian cultural jewel.
Fires that gutted a vast medieval market have broken out in other areas of the Old City of Aleppo, a world heritage site, as rebels and government forces fight for the ancient heart of Syria's biggest city.
(Reuters)

9. Child killed in Kenya church attack.
A grenade attack on an Anglican Church in Kenya's capital has left one child dead and seven others injured in what is viewed as a response by the Somali Islamist group Al Shabab to the capture of its stronghold Friday by Kenyan troops.
(Christian Science Monitor)

10. Turning up the volume on global poverty.
Cranked-up guitars and sobering statistics shared a Central Park audience of more than 60,000 people on Saturday at the Global Citizen Festival, a five-hour concert on the Great Lawn devoted to ending extreme poverty worldwide. The concert was also webcast internationally.
(New York Times)

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