The Top 10 Stories of February 5, 2013

By Duane Shank 2-05-2013

Quote of the day.
“Men, women, children have all prayed for me. And because of these prayers, God has given me this new life. This is a second life. I want to serve the people.” Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teenager shot in the head last October, in her first interview, saying she intends to continue campaigning for girls’ education.
(McClatchy News)

1. Obama hails Minneapolis gun efforts.
President Obama brought his battle against gun violence to Minneapolis on Monday, praising the city for its efforts to reduce youth gunplay to an audience that included survivors of Minnesota gun tragedies.
(Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

2. House GOP seeks path on immigration.
The House Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday on immigration reform, and Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) wants everyone to be clear it isn’t to talk about the Senate proposal. Rather, it is the first of several hearings for members to hear about current immigration policy and then find out where they stand.

3. Violence act returns in test of Republicans' appeal to women.
Restarting a politically tinged debate, the Senate voted 85 to 8 on Monday evening to take up a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.
(New York Times)

4. Republican, Democratic lawmakers will meet separately on budget cuts.
Lawmakers for both major political parties will huddle separately behind closed doors starting Tuesday, plotting strategy for the coming fight over how to prevent deep, across-the-board automatic federal spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1.
(McClatchy News)

5. Lawyers seek to limit New York police surveillance of Muslims.
Civil rights lawyers filed papers in federal court Monday seeking to prohibit the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim communities when there is no evidence that they are linked to terrorism or other illegal activities.

6. John Kerry takes the helm at State.
New Secretary of State John F. Kerry is signaling an early push to rekindle Middle East peace talks, making lengthy telephone calls to the Israeli and Palestinian leaders even before starting work at the State Department on Monday.
(Washington Post)

7. Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans.
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
(NBC News)

8. Report says 54 countries helped C.I.A. after 9/11.
Some 54 countries helped facilitate the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation program in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a new human rights report that documents broad international involvement in the American campaign against Al Qaeda.
(New York Times)

9. Iran's Ahmadinejad on historic visit to Cairo.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the crisis in Syria with his Egyptian counterpart Tuesday in the first visit by an Iranian leader to Cairo in more than three decades, marking a historic departure from years of frigid ties between the regional heavyweights.
(Associated Press)

10. South Korea warns against North Korea nuclear test.
South Korea's unification minister has warned that North Korea's proposed third round of nuclear testing will be a major threat to the region.
(Al Jazeera)

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