The Top 10 Stories of April 8, 2013

By Duane Shank 4-08-2013

Quote of the day.
“A whole civilization belonging to all humanity is being destroyed.” Dr. Paolo Matthiae, an archaeologist who has worked at the ancient Syrian city of Ebla on what is happening to the site in the ongoing fighting.
(New York Times)

1. Immigration proposal could be delayed.
A bipartisan Senate group on immigration legislation is attempting to craft an agreement so secure that the eight members will oppose amendments to its core provisions, an arrangement that could delay the introduction of a bill. 
(Washington Post)

2. Obama's make-or-break week on guns.
Four months after the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school reignited the national debate over gun control, the issue is finally headed to the Senate floor. And the prospects still look bleak for those hoping for sweeping reform.

3. Obama must walk fine line as Congress takes up agenda.
The days ahead could be decisive ones for the main pieces of President Obama’s second-term agenda: long-range deficit reduction, gun safety, and changes to immigration law.
(New York Times)

4. GOP ready to bash President Obama's budget.
President Barack Obama might think he’s offering a compromise budget on Wednesday when he formally unveils it. But Senate Republicans — a group Obama will try to woo with a dinner that night — are expected to vigorously push back.

5. A secret deal on drones, sealed in blood.
The C.I.A.'s covert drone war in Pakistan began with the 2004 killing of a Pashtun militant, the result of a secret deal that was a turning point in the agency's fight against terrorism.
(New York Times)

6. Ten children and U.S. diplomat killed in weekend of Afghanistan violence.
A suicide attack claimed six lives, including the first U.S. state department officer to die in Afghanistan since the 1970s, and Nato air attacks killed 10 children over a weekend that was a bloody reminder of the scale of the country's conflict.

7. Powers and Iran fail to end nuclear deadlock.
World powers and Iran failed again to end the deadlock in a decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear program in talks that ended in Kazakhstan on Saturday, prolonging a standoff that could yet spiral into a new Middle East war.

8. China wades into Korean peninsula tensions.
Xi Jinping, the president of China, North Korea's financial and diplomatic backer, issued the veiled rebuke of its ally on Sunday after repeated threats from the North of a nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea and joint military training exercises between Pyongyang's two enemies.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Toll rises in Cairo clashes at Coptic Cathedral.
Two people were killed in clashes outside Cairo's main cathedral on Sunday, Egyptian officials now say. Sunday's violence followed the funerals of four Coptic Christians killed in religious violence on Saturday.

10. Kerry meets Israeli leaders to push Mideast peace.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is looking to breathe new life into dormant Mideast peace talks in meetings Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, 
(Associated Press)

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