The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of May 2, 2013

Quote of the day.
"Not paying a just wage, not giving work, only because one is looking at the bottom line, at the budget of the company, seeking only profit — that is against God." Pope Francis, at an audience on the May 1 feast of St. Joseph the Worker. 
(Catholic News Service)

1. Obama to liberals: Don’t doom the immigration bill.
President Obama is warning liberal supporters that their push to make changes in a comprehensive immigration bill could jeopardize the strategy of Senate leaders, who are aiming to win up to 70 votes for the measure.
(Washington Post)

2. Showing grass-roots support for immigration overhaul.
Tens of thousands of immigrants, Latinos, and other supporters of an overhaul of the immigration system turned out on Wednesday for marches, rallies, and prayer vigils, hoping to show Congress that momentum is building for a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
(New York Times)

3. Kimberly Rivera pleads guilty to desertion charges.
A female soldier in the U.S. Army pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of desertion after fleeing to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war. Pfc. Kimberly Rivera was sentenced to 10 months in prison and a bad-conduct discharge after entering her plea at a court-martial.
(Huffington Post/AP)

4. North Korea sentences American to 15 years hard labor.
North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae to 15 years hard labor on Thursday for what it said were crimes against the state, a move that will likely see him used as a bargaining chip in talks with Washington.
(Reuters)

5. Earth's greenhouse gas approaches milestone level.
The ratio of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere is flirting with 400 parts per million, a level last seen about 2.5 million to 5 million years ago, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.
(McClatchy News/Los Angeles Times)

6. Greeks strike against austerity as world observes Labor Day.
As workers around the world observed the international Labor Day holiday with demonstrations and rallies, thousands of Greeks walked off their jobs on Wednesday in the second general strike against government austerity measures this year.
(New York Times)

7. Some retailers rethink role in Bangladesh.
Ever since a building with garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh last week, killing more than 400 people, Western apparel companies with ties to the country have scrambled to address public concerns about working conditions there.
(New York Times)

8. Syrian troops advance in central city of Homs.
Syrian government troops pushed Thursday into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country's third largest urban center.
(Associated Press)

9. U.S. deploys troops to war-torn Mali.
The Pentagon has deployed a small number of troops to Mali to support allied forces fighting there, despite repeated pledges by the Obama administration not to put “boots on the ground” in the war-torn African country.
(Washington Post)

10. Venezuelans hold rival May Day marches.
Opposition and government supporters flooded Venezuelan streets in rival May Day marches on Wednesday as a continuing dispute over the results of last month's presidential vote kept political tensions high in the OPEC nation.
(Reuters)

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