The Top 10 Stories of August 8, 2013
"I am good, very excited. It''s a big surprise. This opens a path for other Dreamers in Mexico." Maria Peniche, 22, one of the nine activists known as the Dream Nine, who have been released from federal custody after spearheading a campaign against mass deportation.
1. Will Sissi run for president? Many in Egypt wonder.
He is a savvy operator, people who have worked with him say, a career military officer who methodically campaigned a year ago to become Egypt’s defense minister under its first democratically elected president. Now Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi is faced with a society even more bitterly divided than it was a year ago, when Mohamed Morsi took office as president.
2.Security threat from Yemen complicates Obama’s Guantanamo plan.
The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated President Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent home country.
3. Ruling revives Florida review of voting rolls.
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, newly empowered by the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in June that struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, has ordered state officials to resume a fiercely contested effort to remove noncitizens from voting rolls.
(New York Times)
4. Dream Nine immigration activists freed.
A group of young immigration reform activists known as the "Dream Nine" has been released from federal custody after spearheading a campaign against mass deportation. The five men and four women emerged late on Wednesday from the Eloy detention center in Arizona, where they were held for two weeks after entering the U.S. from Mexico.
5. Obamacare Foes Make Final Push To Stop Health Law's Implementation.
With less than eight weeks to go before the official launch of the under the federal health law, backers of the law are to encourage people to sign up. Probably the most aggressive effort is coming from , a conservative advocacy group. It's urging people, particularly young people, not to sign up for health insurance.
6. Jobless claims edge up; still point to healing job market.
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose slightly last week but was still near its lowest level since before the 2007-09 recession, a hopeful sign for the U.S. economy. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 last week to 333,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
7. Egypt's coup puts fearful Christians in a corner.
While Islamists are on the defensive in Cairo following the military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Assiut and elsewhere in Egypt's deep south they are waging a stepped-up hate campaign, claiming the country's Christian minority somehow engineered Morsi's downfall.
8. Report: Wave of political killings hits Libya.
Human Rights Watch says a picked-up wave of political assassinations in Libya has killed 51 people as the country lacks any effective law enforcement. In a statement released Thursday, the group says authorities have yet to arrest any suspects in the killings. Victims have included political activists, judges, and members of security agencies.
9. Latinos are focus of grass-roots outreach on Affordable Care Act.
Latinos are the most important constituency in California's coming healthcare transformation. But many know little or nothing about how it will work or whether they will be eligible for free or subsidized coverage. To get the word out, unions, health centers, and grass-roots groups have begun dispatching bilingual workers like Herreros to connect directly with as many Latinos as possible before the law takes effect Jan. 1.
(Los Angeles Times)
10. Obama urges 'wind down' of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
U.S. President Barack Obama has urged a revamp of the housing market that would "wind down" government-owned mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Speaking in Arizona, Obama said action was needed to ensure that the rebounding U.S. property market does not simply "re-inflate the housing bubble".