The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 5, 2012

Quote of the day.
"The federal spigot is not just being cut off, it's being smashed. We've got a crash coming." Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota on funding for public health infrastructure being cut at a time when cases of hantavirus and West Nile virus are rising.
(USA Today)

1. Subway ads to hang near anti-jihad ads.
Striking back against an anti-jihad advertisement in the subways widely perceived as anti-Muslim, two religious groups — one Jewish, one Christian — are taking out subway ads of their own to urge tolerance. Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and the group Sojourners, led by the Christian author and social-justice advocate Jim Wallis, are unveiling their campaigns on Monday.
(New York Times City Room blog)

2. U.S. jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.
(Associated Press)

3. Campaign gains a new intensity in debate's wake.
President Obama and Mitt Romney confronted what one feared and the other hoped was an altered campaign on Thursday, pounding new urgency into what was shaping up as a wide-open final sprint to Election Day.
(New York Times)

4. Free birth control cut abortions.
An experimental project that gave free birth control to more than 9,000 teen girls and women in one metropolitan area resulted in a dramatic decrease in abortions and teen pregnancies, a new study shows.
(USA Today)

5. L.A. police chief proposes leniency for some arrested illegal immigrants.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday unveiled plans to refrain from handing over illegal immigrants arrested for low-level offenses to federal authorities for potential deportation.

6. Turkey-Syria clash showcases dangers of spillover.
Retaliatory Turkish artillery strikes deep into Syria have showed the speed with which the bloody civil war can entangle its neighbors and destabilize an already volatile region.
(Associated Press)

7. Jordan protests despite new poll.
Thousands of Jordanians have attended a protest demanding political reforms in Amman, hours after King Abdullah called early parliamentary elections.

8. As Iran's currency keeps tumbling, anxiety is rising.
After a week in which the Iranian currency, the rial, fell by a shocking 40 percent and protests began to rumble through the capital, no one is making light of the mounting costs of confrontation.
(New York Times)

9. Sudan accused of dragging feet over humanitarian aid access.
The president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has been accused of continuing to deny UN organizations access to a quarter of a million increasingly desperate people, despite pledges to allow humanitarian aid into rebel-held areas.

10. South Africa strikes deepen, hitting economy.
Two months of labor unrest has spread from mines to other parts of Africa's biggest economy, causing political problems for President Jacob Zuma and his ruling African National Congress (ANC), the veteran liberation movement long closely tied to unions.

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