The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 8, 2012

Quote of the day.
“Canada was invaded, the invasion was repelled and we endured, but we endured in partnership with the United States. It’s a very compelling story.” James Moore, minister of Canadian heritage, on a campaign to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
(New York Times)

1. Presidential race rumbles into final 4 weeks.
Rumbling into its final four weeks, the presidential campaign is playing out on both coasts and multiple fronts, with Republican Mitt Romney seeking stature on foreign affairs and President Barack Obama raising political cash by the millions. Negative ads, charges of dishonesty and dwindling time are all setting the tone.
(Associated Press)

2. Hundreds of pastors back political candidates, defy tax rules.
"Pulpit Freedom Sunday" has been staged annually since 2008 by a group called the Alliance Defending Freedom. Its aim is to provoke a challenge from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in order to file a lawsuit and have its argument out in court.
(Reuters)

3. Below the line: Poverty in America.
Americans know poverty exists and may agree on its broadest outlines, but when it gets down to the specifics, they often can't agree on exactly who "the poor" are.
(Christian Science Monitor)

4. Burning through wildfire budgets.
In the worst wildfire season on record, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service ran out of money to pay for firefighters, fire trucks and aircrafts that dump retardant on monstrous flames.
(Washington Post)

5. A more conservative Supreme Court puts affirmative action at risk.
Abigail Noel Fisher lost her shot at attending the University of Texas as an undergraduate, but she appears to have a good chance at changing college admissions nationwide.
(McClatchy News)

6. Imran Khan and Codepink blocked from tribal area.
Makeshift roadblocks, security threats and warnings from Pakistan's army forced Imran Khan to abandon his unprecedented attempt to lead a cavalcade of anti-drone protesters deep into the country's restive tribal belt on Sunday.
(Guardian)

7. Venezuela's Chavez revels in election victory.
A triumphant Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has hailed his "perfect" victory in the country's presidential election, extending a hand to the opposition as he called for national unity in the divided nation.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Philippines in peace deal with Muslim rebels.
The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have agreed to a preliminary peace deal for the country's troubled south, President Benigno Aquino has announced, signalling an end to a 40-year conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people and crippled the region's economy.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Israel launches strikes on Gaza after rocket fire.
The Israeli military has carried out strikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired about 50 mortar rounds and rockets into Israel.
(BBC)

10. Turkey returns fire after Syria attack.
Turkey's military launched a retaliatory strike after Syria fired a mortar shell into countryside in Turkey's southern province of Hatay on Monday, a Turkish state official told Reuters.
(Reuters)

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