Quote of the day.
"Coming to memorials, when you''re part of this brotherhood, one of the biggest brotherhoods in the world created for the purpose of protecting others, that''s just what you do." Tito Rodriguez, an assistant fire chief with the Clute Fire Department near Houston at a memorial service for 14 people, nearly all of them emergency responders, killed in an explosion last week at a Texas fertilizer plant.
1. House conservatives to push own immigration agenda.
Influential House conservatives signaled Thursday that they will pursue their own course on revising the nation’s immigration laws, a move that some lawmakers warned could derail a comprehensive overhaul that President Obama has made a top priority for his second term.
2. Senators quietly seeking new path on gun control.
Talks to revive gun control legislation are quietly under way on Capitol Hill as a bipartisan group of senators seeks a way to bridge the differences that led to last week’s collapse of the most serious effort to overhaul the country’s gun laws in 20 years.
(New York Times)
3. Bush library dedication both a look back and a prologue.
All the living presidents came together here Thursday to pay tribute to one of their own, and for one brief moment, George W. Bush’s presidency was free of controversy.
4. Senate passes bill to end air traffic control furloughs.
Without any debate, the Senate unanimously passed legislation giving the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.
5. U.S. believes Syria may have used chemical weapons; experts offer caution.
Even as lawmakers pressed President Barack Obama on Thursday to take more aggressive action in Syria, questions surfaced among experts and from within the U.S. government about the strength of the evidence showing that chemical weapons have been used in that nation’s 2-year-old civil war.
6. Iraq haunts Obama''s Syria choices.
President Barack Obama’s response to increasing evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria seems to have as much to do with Baghdad as with Damascus. The ghosts of the Iraq War weigh heavily on the president and his top advisers handling the Syria crisis.
7. Toll in Bangladesh building collapse passes 300.
More than two days after their factory collapsed on them, at least some garment workers were still alive in the corpse-littered debris Friday, pinned beneath tons of mangled metal and concrete. Rescue crews struggled to save them, knowing they probably had just a few hours left to live, as desperate relatives clashed with police in their anger and grief.
8. UN approves new UN peacekeeping force for Mali.
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution to create a UN peacekeeping force for Mali. The 12,600-strong force is intended to incorporate some 6,000 West African soldiers already in the country.
9. Austerity blamed as unemployment soars in Spain and France.
Unemployment has soared to records in both France and Spain as the impact of government spending cuts and a collapse in consumer confidence forced employers to shed thousands of workers.
10. Israel shoots down drone, Hezbollah denies it''s theirs.
An unidentified reconnaissance drone was shot down off the coast of northern Israel Thursday in what Israeli officials said was a provocation by Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah. But Hezbollah in a short statement denied sending a drone into Israel.
(Christian Science Monitor)