The Top 10 Stories of January 30, 2012

By Duane Shank 1-30-2012

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Quote of the day.
“Loyalty that hides problematic conduct is a false loyalty, for it elevates reputation over reality, and esteems image over character. Though we may believe we are acting to protect the institution, in reality we do the institution and individuals far greater damage …” - Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, in an e-mail sent to students and employees reminding them of their obligation to report cases of suspected abuse and other questionable conduct.
(South Bend Tribune)  

1. Catholic priests urge opposition to birth-control rule.
"From Maine to Phoenix to southern Louisiana, Catholic churches across the USA this weekend echoed with scorn for a new federal rule requiring faith-based employers to include birth control and other reproductive services in their health care coverage."
(Gannett/Chicago Sun-Times)  

2. Occupy Oakland arrests reach 400.
"Officials surveyed damage Sunday from a volatile Occupy protest that resulted in hundreds of arrests the day before and left the historic City Hall vandalized after demonstrators broke into the building, smashed display cases, cut electrical wires and burned an American flag."
(Los Angeles Times)  

3. Inexcusable language on immigration alienating Latino voters.
"Senior Republicans including the brother of the former president George Bush have warned the party to avoid using "harsh, intolerable and inexcusable" language about illegal immigration or risk alienating Latino voters."

4. Lockheed Martin leads lobbying by U.S. defense industry.
"Defense contractors Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon spent a combined $33.4 million on lobbying in Washington last year, a 10 percent increase from 2010, as Congress and the Obama administration weighed cuts in the Pentagon budget."
(Washington Post)  

5. Food stamp bills seek to restrict junk food. "Florida legislation is the latest to prohibit shoppers from buying ''nonstaple, unhealthy foods'' with federal aid. It''s a trend driven by health concerns but also by tight budgets."
(Los Angeles Times)  

6. The death of bipartisanship.
"The striking fact about Washington at the start of 2012 is how many people, in public and private, say they have concluded that the capital is no longer a city of splittable differences."

7. 'Street fighting rages' near Damascus.
"Fighting is continuing in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, according to activists, as Syrian security forces appeared to be re-asserting their control over the restive fringes of the country''s capital."
(Al Jazeera)  

8. U.S. drones patrolling its skies provoke outrage in Iraq.
"The use of unarmed craft to protect American buildings and personnel may foreshadow an expansion of such operations to the United States government''s diplomatic arm."
(New York Times)  

9. IAEA nuclear inspectors begin Iran visit.
"UN nuclear inspectors began a critical mission to Iran on Sunday to investigate allegations that the country has a secret atomic weapons programme."

10. UN maps future worth choosing.
"Growing inequality, environmental decline and 'teetering' economies mean the world must change the way it does business, a major UN report says."

Sojourners' Daily Digest is a compilation of the top news related to our commitments of life and peace, economic and racial justice, and care of creation, with a special focus on news of the engagement of faith in public life.

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