The Top 10 Stories of April 30, 2013

By Duane Shank 4-30-2013

Quote of the day.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center, I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.” Jason Collins, center for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association, becoming the first active male athlete in a major U.S. professional sports league to come out of the closet.
(Washington Post)

1. Washington’s secret faith.
Joshua DuBois, President Obama’s former religious adviser, on the surprising number of believers in D.C.’s corridors of power.

2. Immigration plan would add drones to border security.
The bipartisan immigration proposal filed this month in the Senate would create a 24/7 surveillance system at U.S. borders that would rely significantly on increased use of drones.
(McClatchy News)

3. President Obama''s budget puts House Democrats in bind.
President Barack Obama blurred the lines this month when he embraced entitlement cuts of his own as part of his budget plan. And Democrats now fear their leader’s tack to the center could blunt one of their sharpest weapons in the battle for the House of Representatives next year.

4. Arizona law forces cities to resell guns from buy-back programs.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Monday signed legislation forcing municipalities to resell firearms from gun buy-back programs rather than destroy them, closing a loophole in the conservative state''s laws.
(Chicago Tribune/Reuters)

5. Campaign reform groups criticize president for inaction.
President Obama’s once-broad ambitions to clamp down on the influence of special interests have been largely abandoned since his reelection, dismaying longtime allies in the campaign-finance reform movement.
(Washington Post)

6. Extra medical staff sent to Guantanamo.
Extra medical staff have been sent to the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay to help address a hunger strike that has spread to nearly two-thirds of the detainees. Some 40 U.S. Navy medical personnel, including nurses and specialists, arrived over the weekend,
(Al Jazeera)

7. Anger builds as Bangladesh gives up hope of more survivors.
At least 390 people have been confirmed dead in what is just the latest incident to raise serious questions about worker safety and low wages in the poor South Asian country that relies on garments for 80 percent of its exports.

8. As election in Iran nears, Ahmadinejad''s critics are piling on.
Just six weeks before Iran’s presidential election, politicians and clerics have declared open season on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his government, in one instance calling him a “coward” and likening him to a “drunk driver.”
(New York Times)

9. Flow of tainted water is latest crisis at Japan nuclear plant.
Two years after a triple meltdown that grew into the world’s second worst nuclear disaster, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is faced with a new crisis: a flood of highly radioactive wastewater that workers are struggling to contain.
(New York Times)

10. Humanitarian workers unprepared for decades of conflict.
The U.N. high commissioner for refugees has warned that the world is standing on the precipice of a global humanitarian crisis, one that the international community is unprepared and ill-equipped to face.

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