The Top 10 Stories of May 1, 2013
Quote of the day.
“We’re helping poor people; before we were fighting rich people. It’s still the same equation. But it’s much more glass half full, optimistic, giving, and legal.” Goldi Guerra, 45, who camped at Zuccotti Park with Occupy Wall Street, and since Hurricane Sandy has spent nearly every day helping victims on Staten Island; a shift some activists see as a sellout of the core message of income inequality.
(New York Times)
1. Sen. Kelly Ayotte becomes focus of gun-control groups’ efforts.
The contentious political fight over gun control moved into the White Mountains of New Hampshire on Tuesday as gun-control activists began to focus on Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) as a prime target in their effort to revive their push for stricter gun laws.
2. Advocates dig in for immigration fight.
While advocates of a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally have a lengthy wish list for changes to the 844-page bill, they say the real fight going forward will be to protect the policy victories that are already in the bill from a conservative onslaught in both chambers of Congress.
3. Sequester delays force sudden unemployment cuts.
Thousands of jobless Americans could see their unemployment checks shrink by as much as one-quarter because their states have been slow to implement across-the-board federal spending cuts.
4. Obama Keystone XL decision to test green groups.
President Barack Obama’s upcoming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline will be a defining moment for his environmental legacy, but it could also be a massive setback for a green movement that has suffered a string of bruising losses since he was elected.
5. Preschool financing has dropped, study finds.
State financing for preschool fell by more than $548 million, or close to 10 percent, in the 2011-12 school year, the largest annual drop in a decade, according to a report released Monday.
(New York Times)
6. Obama says Guantanamo Bay prison must close.
U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged a new push to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amid a growing prisoner hunger strike there. At the White House, Obama said the detention center was "contrary to who we are" and harmful to U.S. interests.
7. Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels.
President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials.
8. Bangladeshis demand worker safety as toll tops 400.
Thousands of workers paraded through central Dhaka on May Day to demand safer working conditions and the death penalty for the owner of a building housing garment factories that collapsed last week in the country's worst industrial disaster, killing at least 402 people and injuring 2,500.
9. Israel assassinates Palestinian 'bomb-maker' as Jewish settler knifed to death.
Violence erupted Tuesday in both Gaza and the West Bank, with the assassination by Israel of a militant bomb-maker and the killing of a Jewish settler, actions which are likely to complicate a drive by the United States to bring both sides back to negotiations after a four-year impasse.
10. Situation of children in Iraq a neglected crisis.
The situation of children in Iraq is "one of the world's most neglected crises," the charity War Child says. Ten years on from the U.S.-led invasion, violence is increasing, life expectancy is falling, and children are falling behind in education.