The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 17, 2012

Quote of the day.
"We've fought wars for it. We stood our ground at the Alamo for it. There's a lot of reasons that Texans are very proud of their land and proud when you own land that you are the master of that land and you control that land." Julia Trigg Crawford, who is fighting the condemnation of a parcel of her family's 650-acre Red'Arc Farm in Sumner, TX, for TransCanada to build an oil pipeline.
(Associated Press)

1. Faith group supports family planning.
The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a faith-based coalition formed in 2010 by former National Association of Evangelicals vice president Richard Cizik, released a 15-page document Oct. 16 making a moral case for family planning.
(Associated Baptist Press)

2. Obama and Romney get testy over jobs, energy and immigration.
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney aggressively challenged each other Tuesday night in their second debate, with more than 90 minutes of sharp attacks, interrupted answers and testy exchanges over the economy, taxes, immigration and energy. [Complete debate transcript is HERE.]
(McClatchy News)

3. Weighing the debate.
No one thought the second debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney would be like the first one, and it certainly wasn’t. The question is how much Tuesday’s sharply contested forum will arrest the movement toward Romney that has shaken up the race in the past two weeks.  
(Washington Post)

4. IDs for immigrants take a step in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles could soon become the largest city in the country to offer municipal identification cards to illegal immigrants, with the goal of allowing them to open bank accounts and gain access to other services.
(New York Times)

5. Cubans may get shot at life abroad with new exit rules.
The Cuban government's bombshell decision to drop the widely hated exit permits required for citizens traveling abroad has unleashed "euphoria" on the island as well as concerns abroad over a possible mass exodus.
(Miami Herald/McClatchy)

6. Sanctions against Iran hurt oil exports.
Stringent new sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union against Iran have curbed the country’s oil exports by more than 1 million barrels a day, according to new data released by the International Energy Agency.
(Washington Post)

7. Video shows Sudanese forces repeating Darfur genocide.
Dramatic video footage and satellite images have revealed Sudanese security forces are waging a violent campaign in the Nuba mountains comparable to war crimes in Darfur, activists have claimed.
(Guardian)

8. Military intervention in Mali: a dangerous idea with too much support.
International support for a military intervention in Mali is gathering momentum quicker than the Harmattan wind blows across the Sahel. In a matter of days, the powers that be (the ones that have the authority and resources to turn intervention talk into boots on the ground) have all come out in favour of getting involved sooner rather than later.
(Guardian)

9. Colombia rebels' post-conflict role a key issue in peace talks.
Among the many thorny issues to be hammered out in peace talks beginning Wednesday in Oslo between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel group is what sort of post-conflict political role will be afforded to the insurgents.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)

10. Hunger soars in the Philippines.
"The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012," a global assessment of nutrition levels released on Tuesday, revealed that a total of 16 million Filipinos were considered undernourished from 2010 to present, even as the number of chronically undernourished people dropped in all other southeast Asian countries.
(Al Jazeera)

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