The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of November 12, 2012

Quote of the day.
“It’s important not just in black Christianity but in American Christianity to hold onto the progressive strand of evangelical Christianity — the social gospel. To hold accountable this hypercapitalist and radically individualist strand of Christianity in American religion.” Rev. Jonathan L. Walton, installed yesterday as Pusey minister of the Memorial Church at Harvard University.
(New York Times)

1. Christian Right failed to sway voters on issues.
Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in American politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them.
(New York Times)

2. Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget.
One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality — fewer dollars. 
(Associated Press)

3. New momentum for path to citizenship.
A growing number of conservatives are softening their views on immigration in the wake of President Obama’s dominating performance among Hispanic voters, giving new momentum to a years-long push by advocates to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.
(Washington Post)

4. Supreme Court to review key section of Voting Rights Act.
The Supreme Court said Friday it will review a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that has been the federal government’s most forceful tool in protecting minority rights at the polls. The decision ensures that race and civil rights will be the hallmark of the current Supreme Court term.
(Washington Post)

5. Officials say F.B.I. knew of Petraeus affair in the summer.
The new accounts of the events that led to Mr. Petraeus’s sudden resignation on Friday shed light on the competing pressures facing F.B.I. agents who recognized the high stakes of any investigation involving the C.I.A. director but who were wary of exposing a private affair with no criminal or security implications.
(New York Times)

6. Nation pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans.
From sea to shining sea, the nation paid tribute to its members of the armed services Sunday, both with somber traditions such as a Virginia wreath-laying ceremony attended by President Barack Obama to honor those who didn't make it back from active duty, and more lighthearted perks including red-carpet treatment at Las Vegas casinos for those who did.
(Associated Press)

7. Israeli military says it fires into Syria.
The Israeli army has fired what it called "warning shots" into Syria after a mortar round landed inside an army post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, in the first Israeli fire directed at the Syrian military since 1973.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Tunisia battles over pulpits, and revolt's legacy.
New governments are locked in fierce, sometimes violent, competition with the more hard-line wing of the Islamic political movements over how much of the faith can mix with democracy, over the very building blocks of religious identity. That competition is especially significant in Tunisia.
(New York Times)

9. West Africa bloc Ecowas agrees to deploy troops to Mali.
West African regional leaders have agreed to deploy 3,300 soldiers to Mali to retake the north from Islamist extremists.
(BBC)

10. Threat-focused Iran launches 'biggest ever' air drills.
Iran launched military drills across half the country on Monday, warning it would act against aggressors less than a week after Washington accused Iranian warplanes of firing on a U.S. drone.
(Reuters)

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