Quote of the day.
“I don’t want to overemphasize my Catholicism here. But I know my religion. I know religions in general. In the New Testament, the one place where Jesus talks about the death penalty, he says, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’ When I’ve reflected on the death penalty, the reality is I frequently ponder that passage.” Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, who will soon sign a bill abolishing the death penalty in the state.
1. LCWR 'stunned' by Vatican's latest move.
The largest leadership organization for U.S. women religious says it was "stunned" by the announcement Wednesday that the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ordered it to reform its statutes and had appointed an archbishop to oversee its revision.
(National Catholic Reporter)
2. Keystone XL pipeline: New route proposed through Nebraska.
TransCanada has revealed the route it would like to use to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska, where the $7-billion project has become mired in concerns over the nation’s most important agricultural aquifer.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)
3. Rubio's DREAM puts Mitt in a bind.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has thrust himself into the raging illegal immigration debate, proposing a plan that would create a path to legal status for children of illegal immigrants — putting him at odds with an immoveable wing of the Republican Party on this issue.
4. Veterans Dept. will increase mental health staffing.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Thursday that it plans to hire about 1,600 additional psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health clinicians in an effort to reduce long wait times for services at many veterans medical centers.
(New York Times)
5. One-quarter of adults went without health care last year.
With the future of the health care law emerging as a major campaign issue this fall, a new survey has found that more than a quarter of adults ages 19 to 64 in the United States lacked health insurance for at least some time in 2011.
6. US calls for tough action against Syria.
The US has called on the UN Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed.
7. Wave of bombings rocks Iraqi cities.
A series of attacks have rocked 10 cities across Iraq including Baghdad, Kirkuk and Samara. The deadly explosions included 14 separate car bombings which have left 35 people dead and more than 100 others injured.
8. Signs of an Asian arms buildup in India's missile test.
India’s successful test on Thursday of a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead is the latest escalation of an arms race in Asia, where the assertiveness and rising military power of China has rattled the region and prompted a forceful response from the Obama administration.
(New York Times)
9. Egypt crowds fill Tahrir Square.
Thousands of protesters cram into Cairo's Tahrir Square to demonstrate against continuing military rule in Egypt.
10. US drone strikes in Yemen crucial to prevent terrorist threat.
US defence secretary Leon Panetta defended the use of drones to kill terror suspects on Thursday amid reports that the CIA is seeking permission to expand strikes in Yemen, a move that renewed debate about the legality of the strategy.