Quote of the day.
"With today''s development, I am devastated for my husband and my family. We must now pursue every effort, turn every rock, and not stop until Saeed is safely on American soil." Naghmeh, wife of Saeed Abedini, an American pastor of Iranian origin sentenced to eight years of prison in Iran on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.
1. In fight over life, a new call by Catholics.
The March for Life in Washington on Friday renewed the annual impassioned call to end legalized abortion, 40 years after the Roe v. Wade decision. But this year, some Roman Catholic leaders and theologians are asking why so many of those who call themselves “pro-life” have been silent, or even opposed, when it comes to controlling the guns that have been used to kill and injure millions of Americans.
(New York Times)
2. Senators offer a new blueprint for immigration.
A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire. Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform.
(New York Times)
3. Senate gearing up for battle over gun legislation.
With the Obama administration ramping up its efforts to enact new gun control legislation, the fight is now shifting to Capitol Hill in what looks to be a long, high-stakes battle.
4. Lawmakers look to Pentagon for budget cuts.
As another debt-deal deadline looms this winter in Congress, an unusual alliance of lawmakers has joined forces to put the Pentagon budget under greater scrutiny and to end the almost carte blanche status it enjoyed in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
5. Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force.
The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries.
6. Egypt''s leader declares state of emergency in three cities.
President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major cities on Sunday, as escalating violence in the streets threatened his government and Egypt’s democracy.
(New York Times)
7. Israel warns of attack on Syrian chemical weapons.
Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria''s chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon''s Hezbollah or al-Qaida inspired groups, officials said Sunday.
8. Troops hunt fleeing rebels in Timbuktu.
French and Malian troops on Monday sealed off Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after fleeing Islamist rebel fighters torched several buildings in the ancient Saharan trading town, including a priceless manuscript library.
9. Iranian journalists arrested in raids on newspapers.Security officials in Iran have raided at least four newspapers and arrested several journalists in what appears to be concerted action aimed at intimidating the media in advance of the presidential elections in June.
10. UN plans to fight rebels in DRC.
The U.N. wants to set up an intervention force to fight rebels fueling conflict in DR Congo, says a U.N. official.