The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of May 31, 2013

Quote of the day.
“We plan to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ in calling for justice, compassion and fairness for the sojourners among us and for just and fair immigration reform.” Russell Moore, incoming head of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
(Associated Baptist Press)

1. Colleges show uneven effort to enroll poor.
Opponents of race-based affirmative action in college admissions urge that colleges use a different tool to encourage diversity: giving a leg up to poor students. But many educators see real limits to how eager colleges are to enroll more poor students, no matter how qualified — and the reason is money.
(New York Times)

2. Americans rebuild less than half of wealth.
American households have rebuilt less than half of the wealth lost during the recession, leaving them without the spending power to fuel a robust economic recovery, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve.
(Washington Post)

3. Holder weighs tighter rules on prosecutors in leak cases.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., under fire over investigative tactics in leak cases, has opened internal discussions over tightening rules on when prosecutors may seek phone logs and other information that could identify reporters’ sources …
(New York Times)

4. Numbers for homeless vets not improving fast enough.
Despite a continued decline in the numbers of homeless veterans and new funding to house those still on the streets, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Wednesday the numbers are not yet decreasing fast enough to meet the Obama administration’s goal of eliminating the problem by the end of 2015.
(Washington Post)

5. Guantánamo Bay hunger strike worsens. 
A long-running hunger strike by detainees at Guantánamo has worsened since Barack Obama promised action to close the controversial prison camp in a landmark speech last Thursday.

6. China’s moves in Western Hemisphere have U.S. stepping up its game.
China’s courting of Latin America and the Caribbean – signaled anew this week by a visit by its president – is prodding the United States to step up its outreach to the rapidly emerging economies, which are showing greater global clout.
(McClatchy News)

7. Rebels reinforce for key Syria fight.
Dozens of fighters have arrived to reinforce rebel units battling to hold off a Syrian government and Hezbollah assault on the key town of Qusair.

8. U.S. to boost aid to Iranian dissidents.
The Treasury department said it would exempt U.S. technology companies from sanctions and allow them to supply Iranian consumers with secure Internet and mobile phone services such as instant messaging and encryption software.

9. Pakistan Taliban withdraws peace talks offer.
The Pakistani Taliban have withdrawn their offer of peace talks, following the death of the group''s deputy leader in U.S. drone attack, a spokesman for the group said.
(Al Jazeera)

10. UN urged to embrace 2030 goal on ending extreme poverty.
Thursday''s report, to be presented to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will form the basis for two years'' negotiation on the agenda to replace the MDGs.

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