Quote of the day.
“That immigrant culture that has renewed us … has been at the core of our strength. I don’t know when immigrants became the enemy.” - Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, speaking at Duke University.
1. Evangelicals react to Santorum's decision.
Santorum's unwavering commitment to conservative causes such as fighting abortion and supporting traditional marriage made him popular among evangelical Christians, many of whom worked tirelessly to support him.
2. With Santorum out, Romney shifts focus to Obama.
Rick Santorum’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign Tuesday effectively ended the race for the Republican nomination, giving likely nominee Mitt Romney the opportunity to repair the damage he sustained in the primary contests, rally reluctant conservatives behind his candidacy and shift his focus to President Obama.
3. More Americans expect Supreme Court’s health-care decision to be political.
More Americans think Supreme Court justices will act on partisan political views rather than a neutral reading of the law when they decide the constitutionality of the health-care law, according to a new poll.
4. White House report backs Obama push for tax on millionaires.
Going on the offensive as the presidential campaign heats up, the White House released a report late Monday that champions legislation to force the wealthiest Americans to pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes.
5. Huge quakes strike off Indonesia; tsunami warning issued.
A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending people as far away as southern India scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a disastrous tsunami as in 2004.
6. Attacks attest to Afghan insurgents' spring offensive.
In a further sign that the insurgents’ spring offensive is under way, suicide bombers struck in western and southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 16 people, according to Afghan officials in Herat and Helmand, where the attacks took place.
(New York Times)
7. Annan seeks Iran's help in Syria crisis.
Special envoy Kofi Annan said Wednesday in Tehran that Iran could help solve the crisis in Syria, where activists reported fresh violence near the capital Damascus a day before an international cease-fire is supposed to take effect.
8. North Korea begins to fuel rocket.
North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket ahead of a planned launch expected later this week which it says will put a satellite into space.
9. Court flips Egypt’s timetable: election, then constitution.
An administrative court on Tuesday suspended a committee appointed to draft a new constitution, all but guaranteeing that Egypt will elect a president before it ratifies a new charter, and raising the stakes in the race.
(New York Times)
10. Sudan vows to retake oil fields.
Sudan has vowed to use "all legitimate means" to repulse South Sudan from its largest oil field, a statement on the official Suna news agency says.