The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 30, 2012

 Quote of the day.
“We knew that this was going to be a very dangerous storm, and the storm has met our expectations. This is a once-in-a-long-time storm.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking of the devastating flooding, power outages and scattered fires left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
(Washington Post)

1. Why the IRS has stopped auditing churches.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially halted tax audits of churches until it can adopt rules that clarify which high-level employee has the authority to initiate them.
(Christianity Today)

2. African-American ministers criticize Franklin Graham.
For the second time during the presidential campaign, a group of African-American ministers in North Carolina has criticized Franklin Graham for challenging the spiritual beliefs of President Barack Obama, accusing the evangelist Monday of promoting a narrow form of Christianity that supports a politically conservative point of view.
(Charlotte Observer/McClatchy)

3. Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake.
As superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation''s largest city unusually vacant and dark.
(Associated Press)

4. Storm scrambles campaign, maybe Election Day.
Hurricane Sandy added an unprecedented dose of uncertainty to an already-unpredictable presidential race Monday, forcing President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney to scramble their campaign schedules and raising the possibility that some states might have to alter Election Day plans.
(McClatchy News)

5. Challenge to surveillance act divides Supreme Court.
Several Supreme Court justices expressed concern Monday that lawyers, journalists, and human rights researchers who think they are caught up in a sweeping federal surveillance law may never be able to challenge the law in court.
(Washington Post)

6. Low-wage workers struggle to care for families, keep jobs.
Around the country, momentum is building for change. States and cities are considering raising the minimum wage, enacting paid sick leave laws and addressing wage theft and fair pay.
(Miami Herald/McClatchy)

7. Syria air raids continue as diplomacy falters.
Syrian fighter jets have struck rebel positions around the city of Homs as the international envoy appointed to try to resolve the crisis prepares to hold talks in China.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Bomb attack hits northern Nigerian church.
A suicide bomber has driven a vehicle packed with explosives into a Catholic church in northern Nigeria, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 100, triggering reprisal attacks that have killed at least two more, according to officials.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Taliban''s attack on Pakistan education goes beyond one girl.
The Taliban outraged millions of Pakistanis and people around the world this month when its gunmen attempted to kill Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old girl who publicly championed the education of girls. But that attack was just one small piece of a long campaign against the country''s education system.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)

10. Al Qaeda-inspired groups, minus goal of striking U.S.
Most of the newer jihadist groups have local agendas, and very few aspire to strike directly at the United States as Osama bin Laden’s core network did. They may interfere with American interests around the world … — But that is a far cry from terrorist plots aimed at the United States itself.
(New York Times)

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