The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 22, 2012

Quote of the day.
“We were more interested in ending the war in Vietnam and getting people out of poverty and being fair to women and minorities and saving the environment. It was an issue-oriented campaign, and we should have paid more attention to image.” Former Senator George McGovern, who died Sunday at the age of 90, reflecting on his 1972 presidential campaign in a 2005 interview.
(New York Times)

1. Candidates seek foreign policy edge in 3rd debate.
Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and final debate with each man eager to project an aura of personal strength and leadership while raising doubts about the steadiness and foreign policy credentials of the other guy.
(Associated Press)

2. Romney stance causes turmoil for young immigrants.
Mr. Romney said that if elected president, he would end the program that offers hundreds of thousands of those immigrants two-year reprieves from deportation, which the Obama administration began in August.
(New York Times)

3. Church appeal on Israel angers Jewish groups.
A letter signed by 15 leaders of Christian churches that calls for Congress to reconsider giving aid to Israel because of accusations of human rights violations has outraged Jewish leaders and threatened to derail longstanding efforts to build interfaith relations.
(New York Times)

4. U.S. denies report on Iran nuclear talks deal.
The New York Times has reported that the U.S. and Iran have agreed in principle to hold one-on-one negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, but the White House quickly denied that any talks had been set.
(Al Jazeera)

5. Two campaigns skirt talk of tough choices in Afghanistan.
For either President Obama or Mr. Romney, finding a satisfactory end to the war in Afghanistan and maintaining American influence in the continuing covert battle in Pakistan will be a far greater challenge than simply deciding whether to turn out the lights, or dim them, on the war effort after 2014.
(New York Times)

6. Gunbattles flare in Lebanon as political crisis deepens.
The Lebanese army promised decisive action to quell unrest linked to the Syria conflict as gunbattles flared in the capital Beirut and elsewhere on Monday after the assassination of a senior intelligence officer last week.
(Reuters)

7. Jordan foils al-Qaeda terrorist plot.
Authorities in Jordan have disrupted a major terrorist plot by al-Qaeda-linked operatives to launch near-simultaneous attacks on multiple civilian and government targets, reportedly including the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Amman, Western and Middle Eastern officials said Sunday.
(Washington Post)

8. The sounds of Greek society being torn.
The cafes are full, the night life vibrant and the tourists still visiting in droves, but beneath the veneer of normalcy here Greece is unraveling.
(New York Times)

9. Brazil's evangelical churches rewrite the rules of politics.
In the world's largest Catholic country, a group of well-organized evangelical churches is rewriting the rules of politics. In the process, the evangelicals have dismayed Brazilians uneasy with such blatant mixing of religion and politics.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)

10. On Mexico City’s flat roofs, tiny gardens help feed families.
Urban rooftop gardening is on the cusp of a boom, sponsored by a City Hall that sees gardening as a way to alleviate poverty, provide residents with their own healthy food and add some green to one of the world’s most populous cities.
(McClatchy News)

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