The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 15, 2013

Quote of the day.
“What most people don’t understand is the high cost of war. When we send people to war, we have to understand that it’s not just the guns and planes and ammunition. It means taking care of the people who come back.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) on why he is passionate about his new role as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee.
(Washington Post)

1. For gun control supporters, the hard part has just begun.
The Senate next week plans votes on a wide-ranging series of gun control measures, the first time in years lawmakers will go on the record on major steps to curb gun violence, such as banning assault weapons and restricting the size of magazine clips.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

2. On immigration, Marco Rubio is everywhere.
Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday began his public campaign to win over conservative support for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, appearing on a record-setting seven network news programs.
(Politico)

3. For Evangelicals, a shift in views on immigration.
Evangelical leaders, seeing the opportunity to expand their influence on a social issue beyond abortion and same-sex marriage, have broadly united this year behind a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. 
(New York Times)

4. Rights groups question legality and secrecy of drone killings.
In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the nation’s leading human rights organizations questioned the legal basis for targeted killing and called for an end to the secrecy surrounding the use of drones.
(New York Times)

5. U.S. discreetly feeds Syrians.
Out of concern for the safety of the recipients and the delivery staff, who could be targeted by the government if their affiliation to the United States were known, the Obama administration and the aid workers have chosen not to advertise the assistance.
(Washington Post)

6. Kerry affirms U.S.-Japan bond.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry pledged a strong and continuing U.S. commitment to the defense of Japan in the final stop of an Asia tour that was dominated by North Korea's threats of an attack with nuclear weapons.
(Chicago Tribune)

7. U.S.-backed Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad resigns.
The Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad has resigned after weeks of tension within the leadership, in a move likely to dismay the United States, which has strongly supported the Western-trained economist.
(Guardian)

8. In testimony, Guatemalans give account of suffering.
Now, the somber Mayan men and women in their 30s and 40s have traveled from their villages to tell their stories for the prosecution during the first month of the genocide trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt in Guatemala City. 
(New York Times)

9. Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela presidency.
Nicolas Maduro, who served as Venezuela's interim president in the weeks after the death of his mentor, President Hugo Chavez, won a narrow victory over Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles to become the country's elected leader.
(Los Angeles Times)

10. How a warming world is a threat to our food supplies.
Global warming is exacerbating political instability as tensions brought on by food insecurity rise. With research suggesting the issue can only get worse we examine the risks around the world.
(Guardian)

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