Quote of the day.
“The crimes of two young men must not be justification for prejudice against Muslims, or against enemies. The Gospel is the antidote for the ‘eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth’ mentality.” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, in his homily yesterday.
1. Suspects seemed set for attacks beyond Boston.
The two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings were armed with a small arsenal of guns, ammunition and explosives when they first confronted the police early Friday, and were most likely planning more attacks.
(New York Times)
2. Advocates of immigration reform fight back against delay.
The Senate’s leading supporters of overhauling the nation’s immigration system sought Sunday to blunt a conservative effort to slow the pace of debate over their bill, saying the Boston Marathon bombings are a reason to move quickly to make changes.
3. Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion.
Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as "Obamacare."
4. New debate over working poor.
That’s the question behind a simmering farm bill battle over reimposing work requirements on millions of able-bodied adults enrolled in the nutrition program. Most have no reported earnings, and without added job training or workfare slots, the change could spell real hardship in today’s economy.
5. Poverty in America: Millions too broke for bank accounts.
At a time when the majority of Americans use online banking, and some even deposit checks using their cellphone cameras, roughly eight percent of America's 115 million households don’t have a checking or savings account, according to census data compiled by the FDIC.
6. Nearly half Guantanamo now on hunger strike.
The number of detainees taking part in a hunger strike at the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay military prison has grown to 77, an increase of 25 in just the past few days, according to a U.S. military spokesman.
7. Opposition anger over U.S. refusal to fund arms.
Syria's opposition has reacted angrily to the refusal by the U.S. and its western allies to do more to help, amid signs Bashar al-Assad's regime is gaining ground in the international debate about how to handle the country's two-year crisis.
8. Activist's death in Egypt spurs charges of police abuse.
After nearly three months, Mr. Gindy’s death is a mystery filled with accusations of police brutality, political retaliation, an official cover-up, and a collaboration between the new Islamist leaders and the same security forces that once jailed and beat them.
(New York Times)
9. Hagel: arms deal sending 'clear signal' to Iran over nuclear program.
U.S. defense secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday a $10 billion arms deal under discussion with Washington's Arab and Israeli allies sent a "very clear signal" to Tehran: the military option remains on the table over its nuclear program.
10. Israel hints at patience on Iran.
Israel suggested on Monday it would be patient before taking any military action against Iran's nuclear program, saying during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel there was still time for other options.