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The Top 10 Stories of July 2, 2013

Quote of the day.
“They are literally hurting people, and it is wrong. It’s about violating people’s deepest moral values. Even when you have a majority, you’re not allowed to violate moral values.” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, on the “Moral Monday” protests against budget and benefit cuts being made by the state legislature.
(New York Times)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 1, 2013

Quote of the day.
"In normal circumstances, when you're digging fire lines, you make sure you have a good escape route, and you have a safety zone set up. Evidently, their safety zone wasn't big enough, and the fire just overtook them. By the time the other firefighters got in, they didn't survive." Art Morrison, Arizona State Forestry Commission, on the deaths of 19 firefighters in a wildfire in central Arizona. 
(Reuters)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 27, 2013

Quote of the day.
"This bill has some really tough spots. Certain parts of the movement don't feel it's part of the price of admission. But winning legislation that's bipartisan means that not everybody is going to be happy." Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, after a “border surge” plan was added to immigration reform legislation.
(USA Today)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 26, 2013

Quote of the day.
“Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in her dissenting opinion on the Voting Rights Act decision by the Supreme Court.
(Supreme Court)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 25, 2013

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“Rather than having ended the racial class system, we have simply revised it by targeting black men through the war on drugs and decimated communities of color in the United States. … I believe a movement will emerge in the United States, and the question is will people of faith be leaders or will they be on the sidelines waiting for others.” Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, speaking to the American Baptist Churches USA national meeting on a budding movement to end mass incarceration.
(Associated Baptist Press)

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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)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 21, 2013

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“The Catholic schools have been a pipeline to opportunity for generations. It gave people like me the chance to be successful. It provided me and my brother with an incredible environment of security. Not every school provides that.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, on a return to Blessed Sacrament School in the South Bronx, where she attended and which is now slated for closing by the Archdiocese of New York.
(New York Times)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 20, 2013

Quote of the day.
“… none before or since Douglass . . . has so joined his national prominence and philosophy with the aspirations of the people of the District of Columbia. . . . He refused to separate his life in the District with the equality theme of his courageous life.”  D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton at the unveiling of a statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall of slave turned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the first statue to represent the District of Columbia.
(Washington Post)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 19, 2013

Quote of the day.
“It used to be that if you had a fight with a Muslim, you would reconcile with the help of a sheik or a priest. But now if there is a conflict, they use the law against us.” Wafdi Saeed, whose brother Makarim was sentenced to 6 years in prison for allegedly denigrating the Prophet Muhammad, one of an increasing number of blasphemy cases in Egypt.
(New York Times)

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