The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 16, 2013

Quote of the day.
“The two things that struck me the most were the incredible calm of the victims, even though they were obviously ­experiencing something no ­human being should ever have to experience. Incredibly calm and able to help us take care of them.” Dr. Ron Walls, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
(Boston Globe)

1. Boston Marathon blasts kill 3.
Two powerful bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, killing three people, including an 8-year-old child, and injuring more than 100, as one of this city’s most cherished rites of spring was transformed from a scene of cheers and sweaty triumph to one of screams and carnage.
(New York Times)

2. Senators to release immigration plan, including citizenship path.
Millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States could earn a chance at citizenship under a sweeping Senate proposal to be released Tuesday that would represent the most ambitious overhaul of the nation’s immigration system in three decades.
(Washington Post)

3. Both sides hunt support in background check fight.
Republican opposition is growing to a bipartisan Senate plan for expanding background checks for firearms buyers, enough to put the proposal's fate in jeopardy. 
(Associated Press)

4. Church leaders respond to King's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.'
Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., a group of 36 Christian organizations, today issued a response to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail.
(AL.com/Birmingham News)

5. GOP backs Obama proposal to trim Social Security.
President Obama’s offer to trim Social Security benefits has perplexed and angered Democrats, but GOP leaders are embracing the proposal and rushing to jump-start a debate that will delve even more deeply into the touchy topic of federal spending on the elderly.
(Washington Post)

6. U.S. practiced torture after 9/11, nonpartisan review concludes.
A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.
(New York Times)

7. Assassinations grow as Iraqi elections near.
At least 15 candidates, all members of the minority Sunni community, have been assassinated — some apparently by political opponents, others by radical Sunni militants.
(New York Times)

8. Students clash with police in Venezuela.
National Guard troops have fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting against the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election as Nicolas Maduro, the acting president, was formally declared the winner of Sunday's vote.
(Al Jazeera)

9. UN issues rare joint appeal for action.
The heads of five major U.N. agencies have issued a rare joint appeal to the international community to do much more to end "cruelty and carnage" in Syria. In a statement, the chiefs of the WHO, Unicef, Ocha, WFP, and UNHCR urged political leaders to use their influence to solve the crisis.
(BBC)

10. North Korea makes new threats against South.
North Korea issued new threats against South Korea, vowing "sledge-hammer blows" of retaliation if South Korea did not apologize for anti-North Korean protests the previous day when the North was celebrating the birth of its founding leader. 
(Reuters)

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