The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of June 24, 2013

Quote of the day.
"If it's his time to go, he can go. I wish God can look after him. We will miss him very much. He fought for us to give us freedom. We will remember him every day.” Petunia Mafuyeka, a nurse in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the news that Nelson Mandela is now in critical condition.
(Reuters)

BREAKING NEWS: High Court sends back Texas race-based plan.
The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court for another look. The court''s 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions.
(Associated Press)

1. Pastors aim to keep peace at Zimmerman trial
In an unusual arrangement, four seats in the second row, just steps from the jury box, have been assigned to a group called “Sanford Pastors Connecting.” The multi-racial ministerial association has pledged to bear witness to the high-profile proceedings during the trial and to keep the peace afterward.
(CNN)

2. Obama to announce plan to tackle climate change
Barack Obama will unveil a national climate change plan on Tuesday, offering the first real glimpse of how he intends to make good on one of the most stirring promises of his inaugural address.
(Guardian)

3. Economic well-being of U.S. children slips.
An annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of children living in poverty increased to 23 percent in 2011, after the recession.
(Associated Press)

4. This time, greater will to overhaul immigration.
As the Senate prepares a pivotal vote on Monday to end debate on a border-security amendment that is expected to bring some reluctant Republicans on board, Ms. Landrieu’s about-face reflects a new political reality in which conservative Democrats like her are uniting with moderate Republicans to help carry the legislation across the finish line.
(New York Times)

5. How the farm bill failed.
The bill remains one of the great untold political stories of this Congress, not just for the regional intrigue but the opportunity it offers to reshape a historic safety net — important to food and the land, the poor and a vital piece of the American economy.
(Politico)

6. Snowden, in Russia, seeks asylum in Ecuador.
The American authorities scrambled Sunday to figure out how to catch Edward J. Snowden, the former national security contractor accused of espionage, as he led them on an international chase, frustrating the Obama administration and threatening to strain relations on three continents.
(New York Times)

7. Pakistani Taliban claim attack on foreigners.
Pakistan''s umbrella Taliban movement has claimed responsibility for killing nine foreign climbers in the Himalayas, saying it had created a new wing to attack foreigners to avenge U.S. drone strikes.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Egypt’s defense chief warns of military intervention.
Egypt’s top ranking defense official warned Sunday that the military was “ready to intervene to stop the violence” ahead of scheduled mass protests to mark the one-year anniversary this week of Mohammed Morsi’s inauguration as Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
(McClatchy News)

9. Deadly fighting rages in Lebanon.At least 15 Lebanese soldiers are now known to have died in continuing clashes between government troops and followers of a Sunni sheikh, who is opposed to the Shia movement Hezbollah and its involvement in the war in neighboring Syria.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Brazilian bishops support peaceful protests as World Youth Day nears.
Leaders of the Brazilian bishops'' conference announced their support for the massive demonstrations sweeping across South America''s largest nation, but declined to say how they might affect World Youth Day activities and the visit of Pope Francis in July.
(Catholic News  Service)

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