The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 19, 2013

Quote of the day.
"I''ve been policing for 32 years and seen some pretty rough stuff in that time. I''ve never seen anything of this magnitude." Sgt. Patrick Swanton, a police spokesman, speaking of the devastation following  a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas
(USA Today)

1. 1 of 2 suspects in Boston bombing killed.
The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.
(Associated Press)

2. Obama to Boston: America stands with you.
In a powerful, uplifting speech at an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Obama said he had come to join people to “pray and mourn and measure our loss. We also come today to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted and the spirit of this country shall remain undimmed.”
(Boston Globe)

3. Next in immigration debate: Sorting through the specifics.
Now that the behemoth immigration bill pitched by the so-called Gang of Eight has been filed, activists – and their lawyers – on both sides of the issue have been poring over the 844-page document and uncovering concerns they want addressed.
(McClatchy News)

4. Gun control backers consider strategy after Senate defeat.
Supporters of stricter gun laws have organization, money and — after the Senate blocked an expansion of background-check requirements — fury. What they don''t have is a clear path to changing the political arithmetic of the U.S. Congress.
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Keystone pipeline foes vent in Nebraska.
Hundreds of people braved heavy snow and wind on Thursday, streaming into this central Nebraska town to speak out on the Keystone XL pipeline at what may be the final public hearing on the project.
(New York Times)

6. Coastal cities ponder how to prepare for rising sea levels.
Americans in coastal areas, particularly on the East and Gulf coasts, will confront challenging questions in the coming years as they determine how to protect millions of people in the face of rising sea levels and more intense storms. 
(McClatchy News)

7. Britain, France press for UN inquiry on Syria chemical arms use.
The British and French governments have asked the United Nations to investigate what they believe is credible evidence that the Syrian regime has used small amounts of chemical weapons in recent months,
(Los Angeles Times)

8. U.S. arms deal with Israel and 2 Arab nations is near.
The Defense Department is expected to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates next week that will provide missiles, warplanes and troop transports to help them counter any future threat from Iran.
(New York Times)

9. North Korea, still venomous, shifts rhetoric to include possible talks.
Government officials and security analysts in the region say North Korea is scaling back its campaign of threats and showing signs it wants to ease tensions with South Korea and the United States.
(Washington Post)

10. Hamid Karzai seeks to curb CIA operations in Afghanistan.
President Hamid Karzai is determined to curb CIA operations in Afghanistan after the death of a U.S. agent and 10 Afghan children in a battle he believes was fought by an illegal militia working for the U.S. spy agency
(Guardian)

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