The Top 10 Stories of April 18, 2013
Quote of the day.
“For evangelicals, the rule of law has trumped the desire to empathize. But we feel we are at a tipping point.” Jenny Yang of the National Association of Evangelicals, as the Evangelical Immigration Table gathered in Washington for a day of worship and advocacy.
1. Senate blocks drive for gun control.
A wrenching national search for solutions to the violence that left 20 children dead in Newtown, Conn., all but ended Wednesday after the Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control.
(New York Times)
2. Marathon bomber caught on camera.
In a potential breakthrough in the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, investigators have isolated images of a suspect carrying and perhaps dropping a black bag believed to have held one of two bombs that exploded 12 seconds apart Monday near the finish line of the historic race,
3. Gang of Eight aims to stop conservative attacks.
The Senate’s Gang of Eight is mounting an aggressive lobbying campaign with one major goal: weaken the conservative opposition to a sweeping immigration overhaul.
4. Suspect arrested in Mississippi in poison letters to Congress, White House.
The FBI arrested a Mississippi man Wednesday in connection with letters mailed to President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for the poisonous substance ricin.
5. Supreme Court limits civil lawsuits alleging atrocities committed abroad.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the ability of U.S. courts to hear civil lawsuits that allege corporate complicity in human rights atrocities committed abroad, but the justices did not agree on how tightly to shut the door.
6. U.S. takes step toward possible military intervention in Syria.
The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan, the vanguard of a potential U.S. military force of 20,000 or more that could be deployed if the Obama administration decides to intervene in Syria.
7. Report urges White House to rethink Iran penalties.
A panel of former senior American officials and outside experts, including several who recently left the Obama administration, issued a surprisingly critical assessment of American diplomacy toward Iran on Wednesday.
(New York Times)
8. North Korea lists demands for talks.
North Korea has demanded the withdrawal of U.N. sanctions and the end of U.S.-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks with Seoul and Washington.
9. U.S. refuses to recognize Maduro.
The U.S. government is refusing to recognise Venezuela's President-elect Nicolas Maduro's victory in disputed elections in Venezuela.
10. Drones could replace peacekeepers in Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast, whose security situation is described as "fragile" after a decade of turmoil that culminated in a brief civil war in 2011, has asked the United Nations to consider deploying the unmanned aerial systems when its peacekeeping forces are reduced later this year.