The Top 10 Stories of April 25, 2013

By Duane Shank 4-25-2013

Quote of the day.
"We’re doing the right thing today. They must be looked upon as those who gave their blood to help redeem the soul of America." Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), as the House voted to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to four black girls killed in the explosion at a Birmingham, Ala., church in September 1963.
(Chicago Tribune)

1. House lawmakers pull immigration to the right.
Members of the House coalition have been tight-lipped about their proposal, but two lawmakers in recent days have signaled that it will be more conservative than the 844-page plan released last week by the Senate’s Gang of Eight.
(The Hill)

2. Judge orders legal aid for mentally disabled immigrants facing deportation.
A federal judge in California has ordered immigration courts in three states to provide legal representation for immigrants with mental disabilities who are in detention and facing deportation, if they cannot represent themselves.
(New York Times)

3. Long-term joblessness is national emergency.
Seemingly intractable long-term unemployment has become a national emergency that requires new and creative steps if it’s to be reversed before it does permanent damage, several high-profile economists warned Congress on Wednesday.
(McClatchy News)

4. Flight delays become real consequence of partisan gridlock.
Politicians in Washington swapped accusations this week as anticipated mandatory spending cuts began to have their first noticeable impact on the nation’s air travel, with hundreds of flights delayed after airport personnel were forced to take unpaid days off. 
(McClatchy News)

5. Under the microscope: Women in power.
Prominent women in politics, including former Cabinet secretaries, a governor, and others, told Politico the debate is here to stay until women in power become much less of a novelty, if not the norm.

6. Syria's uneasy Christians feel both sides closing in.
Traditionally regarded as loyal to Assad, Christians are facing aggression from Islamist rebels, and, whatever their sympathies, are becoming a trapped minority in a disintegrating country.

7. Death toll hits 194 in Bangladeshi building collapse.
Search crews on Thursday clawed through the wreckage of a collapsed building that housed several factories making clothing for European and American consumers, with the death toll rising to at least 194 with many others still unaccounted for.
(New York Times)

8. Top U.S. general foresees 'prolonged provocation' by North Korea.
Belligerence by North Korea, coinciding with Kim Jong-un's ascent as leader, is likely to continue for a ''prolonged'' period, Gen. Martin Dempsey said Wednesday after a trip to China. He believes China's military to be as ''concerned'' as the U.S. about North Korea's actions.
(Christian Science Monitor)

9. A food fight over aid program.
After a decade of foreign wars, who’d have thought Washington would now be fighting over something called “Food for Peace”?

10. Passing: Bob Edgar, lawmaker and liberal leader.
Bob Edgar, a Methodist minister who pushed for liberal reforms as a six-term Pennsylvania congressman, a leader of American churches and president of the lobbying group Common Cause, died Tuesday at his home in Burke, Va. He was 69.
(New York Times)

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