The Top 10 Stories of August 13, 2012

By Duane Shank 8-13-2012

 Quote of the day.
"A coward came into destroy us ... and to start a race war, but he came to the wrong place, because it brought us closer together." Amardeep Kaleka, at the first public service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin since last week’s shootings, in which his father, Satwant Singh Kaleka, the temple''s president, was killed.

1. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan share glow of honeymoon.
The Republican presidential ticket is drawing huge and at times electric crowds, at long last energizing a conservative base that has hungered for an inspiring standard-bearer.
(Washington Post)
2. Ryan ramps up fight for Catholic vote.
The selection of Ryan, the first Catholic ever nominated for national office by Republicans, all but guarantees a fierce election year fight for the affections of Catholic voters — or more specifically, white Catholics, who form the bulk of the Catholic vote here in this corner of Iowa and across the Rust Belt.

3. Enduring drought, farmers draw the line at Congress.
A summer drought that has destroyed crops, killed livestock and sent feed prices soaring is now extracting a political price from members of Congress, who failed to agree on a comprehensive agriculture bill or even limited emergency relief before leaving Washington for five weeks.
(New York Times)

4. Affirmative action case at high court could restart old debate.
On Oct. 10, the justices will hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in which a rejected white applicant to the school challenges the admissions practices, which include race as a factor.
(USA Today)

5. Study: Junk food laws may help curb kids'' obesity.
Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.
(Associated Press

6. In ’12 race, mayor seeks immigration discussion.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wants the presidential candidates to talk more about immigration policy. So on Tuesday, he will be visiting the cities where their campaigns have headquarters, pressing them on the issue.
(New York Times)

7. ''Massive raid'' reported in heart of Damascus.
Syrian forces rounded up residents in a massive raid in the central district of Damascus and bombarded rebel strongholds around the capital, as fighting also raged in the second city of Aleppo, activists have said.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Egyptian defence chief Tantawi ousted in surprise shakeup.
The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has dismissed his military chief as part of a sweeping set of decisions that includes the appointment of a vice-president and the rescinding of a military order that curbed presidential powers.

9. Senior Afghan commander among nine killed by rogue policemen.
Two Afghan policemen have shot dead a senior commander and eight other officers, the latest in a string of attacks by rogue security forces that are poisoning efforts to build up the police and army as foreign troops head home.

10. Israeli minister asks nations to say Iran talks have failed.
Amid intensifying Israeli news reports saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to ordering a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, his deputy foreign minister called Sunday for an international declaration that the diplomatic effort to halt Tehran’s enrichment of uranium is dead.
(New York Times)

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