The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of March 12, 2013

 Quote of the day.
“I’ve got to defend my children, and yours, and do what’s right to save lives. Obesity kills. There’s no question it kills.” Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, after a state judge struck down his initiative to limit large sugary drinks.
(New York Times)

1. House and Senate work to create budgets.
Congress this week will begin taking the first steps toward a more structured and orderly budget process, beginning what both parties hope is a move away from the vicious cycle of deadline-driven quick fixes.
(New York Times)

2. Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks.
Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities.
(Associated Press)

3. Lawmakers ask Obama to detail drone policy.
Eight Democratic lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to declassify documents detailing the legal basis for his administration''s use of drones, both against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.
(Politico)

4. In U.S., nuclear energy loses steam.
Two years after the tsunami that crippled Japan’s Fukushima power complex, the U.S. nuclear industry is facing fundamental and far-reaching challenges to its own future.
(Washington Post)

5. Half trillion needed to update schools.
America''s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions and twice that to get them up to date.
(Associated Press)

6. New pope to inherit demystified office.
Papal conclaves historically created mystical figures, men transformed by divine authority into heirs of Saint Peter. But as 115 cardinals begin deliberations Tuesday to pick the next pope, observers say any successor to Benedict XVI is set to step into an office demystified by scandal and early retirement.
(Washington Post)

7. North Korea threatens to attack South island.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has threatened to "wipe out" a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire from U.S. sanctions and U.N. charges of gross rights abuses.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Pakistan defies U.S. with gas pipeline to Iran.
Iranian and Pakistani leaders have inaugurated the construction of a much-delayed section of a $7.5bn gas pipeline linking the two neighbours, defying the threat of U.S. sanctions.
(Al Jazeera)

9. U.S. demands China block cyberattacks and agree to rules.
The White House demanded Monday that the Chinese government stop the widespread theft of data from American computer networks and agree to “acceptable norms of behavior in cyberspace.”
(New York Times)

10. Why girls in India are still missing out on the education they need.
Going to school, as those monitoring progress on the millennium development goal of achieving universal primary education have increasingly realised, is one thing: the quality of the education you get is another.
(Guardian)

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