The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 2, 2012

Quote of the day.
"Millions of people are living in slums, on railway tracks, under plastic sheets … They should have a piece of land to call their own. Others have to make way for factories, roads, airports, mines. I do not accept industrialization at this cost." PV Rajagopal, veteran Indian activist leading tens of thousands of peasant farmers on a 200-mile protest march on Delhi.
(Guardian)

1. Breaking: Judge halts PA.'s tough new voter ID requirement.
A judge postponed Pennsylvania's controversial voter identification requirement on Tuesday, ordering the state not to enforce it in this year's presidential election but allowing it to go into full effect next year. 
(Associated Press)

2. Presidential debate: what to look for beyond who wins or loses.
Political spin coming out of the presidential debate Wednesday will be fierce. But the savvy viewer looks for more than winner and losers. Here''s a guide to viewing the presidential debate.
(Christian Science Monitor)

3. Churches using 'souls to polls' to rally vote.
It's not just the collection plate that's getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in presidential battleground states and across the nation.
(Associated Press)

4. Senate leaders at work on plan to avoid 'fiscal cliff.'
Senate leaders are closing in on a path for dealing with the “fiscal cliff” facing the country in January, opting to try to use a postelection session of Congress to reach agreement on a comprehensive deficit reduction deal rather than a short-term solution.
(New York Times)

5. Many Iraq, Afghan vets choosing ‘2nd service.’
After their military service is over, many veterans are choosing to serve their community and country by seeking public office. Several dozen veterans are running for office this election season.
(Army Times)

6. White House meetings examine al-Qaeda threat in North Africa.
The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.
(Washington Post)

7. Syrian capital sees renewed violence.
Rebel fighters have stormed an army post in Douma, killing six soldiers, while intense shelling by government forces sent residents of the Damascus suburb fleeing in panic, a rights group and activists said.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Eurozone unemployment at new high.
Unemployment in the eurozone hit a fresh high of 18.2 million in August, the EU statistics agency has said. The number out of work rose by 34,000, but after the July data was revised up, it meant the unemployment rate remained stable at a record high of 11.4%.
(BBC)

9. Iran's rial plunges as Western sanctions bite.
Iran's currency, the rial, has lost more than a quarter of its value against the dollar over the past week, a sign that Western sanctions are having a serious impact on the country''s economy.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Great Barrier Reef loses more than half its coral cover.
Coral reefs … are under threat around the world from the effects of bleaching, due to rising ocean temperatures, and increasing acidification of the oceans, which reduces the corals' ability to build their calcium carbonate structures.
(Guardian)

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