The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 10, 2013

Quote of the day.
“There is always a threat of something going wrong. There is always the threat of being injured and, God forbid, being killed in the line of duty. It is a fact we all accept.” Prescott, Ariz. Fire Chief Dan Fraijo, at a memorial service for nineteen firefighters killed in a wildfire who had worked under his command.
(Arizona Republic)

1. Immigration reform heads for slow death.
In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House. Like with background checks for gun buyers, the conventional wisdom that the party would never kill immigration reform, and risk further alienating Hispanic voters, was always wrong.
(Politico)

2. House Republicans detail proposed domestic spending cuts.
Underscoring their priorities for the next U.S. budget talks, Republican lawmakers detailed additional cuts to domestic programs on Tuesday to boost funding to defense and security agencies.
(Reuters)

3. Will GOP plan to cut food stamps save the farm bill ... or kill it?
At issue is whether House Republican leaders can break the half-century-old connection between farm supports and nutrition aid for poor Americans and pass only the farm provisions, as early as later this week, solely with GOP support.
(Christian Science Monitor)

4. Effects of ruling on same-sex marriage start rippling out.
The federal government is moving quickly to extend benefits like health care and life insurance to gay and lesbian married couples in response to the Supreme Court decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
(New York Times)

5. 29,000 California prison inmates refuse meals in 2nd day of protest.
The inmates issued a hand-written letter spelling out their demands for improved prison conditions, including cleaner facilities, better food, and more access to the prison library.
(Los Angeles Times)

6. Navy to attempt 1st unmanned carrier landing.
The Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do.
(Associated Press)

7. Egypt leaders' transition plan meets with swift criticism.
Egypt’s new military-led government enlisted internationally recognized figures to serve as its public face and promised swift elections on Tuesday, but introduced a transitional plan that was widely criticized as muddled, authoritarian, and rushed.
(New York Times)

8. Bashar Assad’s forces chip away at Syria rebels’ control of Homs.
Syrian government forces made significant progress Monday in recapturing Homs from the rebel forces that have held the country’s third largest city for more than a year, according to rebel commanders and military officials in neighboring Lebanon. 
(McClatchy News)

9. Criminal probe in Quebec train blast.
A criminal inquiry has been launched in Canada into the derailment of an oil train that killed at least 15 people in a small Quebec town on Saturday.
(BBC)

10. New Snowden allegations rile Latin America.
Allegations that the United States has been actively spying on friends and foes in Latin America threatened to open new diplomatic fronts for the Obama administration as it scrambles to detain the source of the sensitive information: NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
(McClatchy News)

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