The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of November 2, 2012

 Quote of the day.
"We left because they were trying to kill us. They wanted to kill us because we were Christians. … At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.” Noura Haddad, 18, who fled Homs, Syria with her family, as Christians, who have largely sought to remain neutral in the civil war, are increasingly on the receiving end of abuse and attacks.
(Independent)

1. U.S. economy adds 171k jobs, rate rises to 7.9 pct.
U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October and hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September.
(Associated Press)

2. After storm hiatus, presidential race is back in full swing.
The two presidential campaigns roared back to life on Thursday, ending a storm-imposed hiatus with urgent closing arguments and a flurry of cross-country rallies as Mitt Romney raced to overtake President Obama in the election’s final 100 hours.
(New York Times)

3. Scope of Sandy''s devastation widens, tempers flare.
Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. Northeast, rescuers on Friday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and the New Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages, and waits for relief supplies.
(Reuters)

4. Flood risk will rise with climate change.
As the Northeast struggles with the aftermath of the massive storm Sandy, many experts say the government for years has underestimated how much of the nation is prone to flooding, given the increasing likelihood of extreme weather because of climate change and the prospect of future sea level rise.
(Washington Post)

5. Poll finds politics from the pulpit mostly nonpartisan.
There is, apparently, no escape from the presidential campaign. Most regular churchgoers say their clergy have been talking about the election, according to a new poll, although few appear to be endorsing candidates from the pulpit.
(Los Angeles Times/McClatchy)

6. Immigration courts called inefficient, beset by delays.
Immigration courts are inefficient and beset by delays, falling behind in processing proposed deportations in recent years despite having more judges hearing these cases, the Justice Department''s inspector general said on Thursday.
(Reuters)

7. CIA rushed to save diplomats as Libya attack was underway.
The CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound in Libya within 25 minutes of its coming under attack and played a more central role in the effort to fend off a night-long siege than has been acknowledged publicly, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday.
(Washington Post)

8. Afghanistan security forces report raises fears over long-term stability.
Afghanistan will struggle to maintain its security forces'' buildings and equipment after foreign forces leave at the end of 2014, a U.S. government watchdog said in a bleak report that raised serious questions about long-term stability prospects.
(Guardian)

9. PM on standby to send warplanes to Gulf as Iranian tensions rise.
Britain is considering stationing warplanes in the Persian Gulf as the confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program continues amid rising tension in the region, The Independent has learned.
(Independent)

10. Chile welcomes Allende family back into political life.
Confetti still litters the floor of the modest campaign headquarters and the victorious candidate is obviously exhausted, but for Maya Fernández Allende the real hard work is just about to begin.
(Guardian)

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