The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 30, 2013

Quote of the day.
"Remaining silent is not an option because it''s nearly impossible to survive on $7.25 an hour." Kareem Starks, a McDonald''s worker in Brooklyn, as hundreds of low-wage workers at fast food chains protested in New York, starting a week of demonstrations in several major cities demanding the federal minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour.
(Chicago Tribune/Reuters)

1. How a border-security vote could lead to immigration reform.
In mid-May … something remarkable happened in the House Homeland Security Committee. With little fanfare, the committee unanimously passed a border-security plan as part of its immigration reform effort.
(Washington Post)

2. FBI raids save 105 teens from child prostitution.
A nationwide campaign targeting child prostitution rescued 105 teenagers and swept some 150 alleged pimps off the streets of cities from Miami and Charlotte, N.C., to Sacramento and Fresno, Calif., FBI officials announced Monday.
(McClatchy News)

3. North Carolina Republicans complete ''breathtaking'' changes in state laws.
The Republican supermajority, backed by Gov. Pat McCrory, upended decades of settled law, cut once-sacred institutions and redefined the state''s political vision. The moves represent a test of how a moderate, evenly divided state reacts to a deeply conservative governing class.
(McClatchy News)

4. Nation''s roads are falling apart.
An exclusive analysis of the Federal Highway Administration''s (FHWA) most recent data by transportation research group TRIP and USA TODAY has found that just 38 percent of the pavement on roads stretching miles across the USA is in "good" condition, while about one in 10 of the nation''s bridges are "structurally deficient."
(USA Today)

5. EPA gains a tough leader to tackle climate change.
Mr. Obama’s decision to nominate Ms. McCarthy, 59, was an act of defiance to congressional and industry opponents of meaningful action on climate change. It was also a sign of his determination to at least begin to put in place rules to reduce carbon pollution.
(New York Times)

6. Pope says he has no right to ‘judge’ homosexuals.
Pope Francis on Monday continued to recast the Catholic Church’s image by focusing on its inviting, merciful aspects, this time shocking a planeload of reporters by saying of homosexuality: “Who am I to judge?”
(Washington Post)

7. Middle East peace talks under way.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are beginning intensive talks in Washington on Tuesday aimed at reviving the moribund Middle East peace process amid warnings that this could be the last chance to reach an agreement to end the historic conflict.
(Guardian)

8. EU envoy says Morsi ''well'' after meeting.
Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, said Egypt''s deposed president Mohamed Morsi was "well" after meeting him for two hours, his first known contact with the outside world since he was toppled by the army earlier this month.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Despite gains, leader of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan says troops must stay.
Afghan forces are now leading the fight here. They managed an air assault last week, for example, and they may be winning the respect of the Afghan people. But the bottom line for Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., is simple: Afghanistan still needs the United States and will for years to come.
(New York Times)

10. FARC peace talks stoke hope — and unrest — in Colombia.
Negotiators for the Colombian government and leftist rebels started a new round of peace talks this week, while at home the nation debates how to strike a balance between the thirst for justice and the need for peace in Colombia’s nearly half century of internal conflict.
(Christian Science Monitor)

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