Quote of the day.
"It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car; you can't do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world." Pope Francis, speaking to a group of young priests and nuns.
1. Republicans in House resist overhaul for immigration.
Meeting for the first time as a group to hash out their approach to immigration, House Republicans on Wednesday came down overwhelmingly against a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, putting in jeopardy the future of sweeping legislation that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
(New York Times)
2. Student loan solution still stymies Senate.
Under pressure to find a quick way to lower rates on federally subsidized student loans, Senate Democrats failed to extend a low rate for another year. Their plan was blocked by bipartisan supporters of a compromise effort to tie the rate to what the government pays to borrow money.
3. Aging prisoners' costs put systems nationwide in a bind.
The fiscal, legal, social, and political challenges of housing this country's graying inmates have arrived with full force at precisely the time when states, and the federal government, are looking to rein in spending.
4. D.C. Council approves living wage bill over Wal-Mart ultimatum.
D.C. lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring some large retailers to pay their employees a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage, a day after Wal-Mart warned that the law would jeopardize its plans in the city.
5. Climate change will cause more energy breakdowns.
The nation’s entire energy system is vulnerable to increasingly severe and costly weather events driven by climate change, according to a report from the Department of Energy to be published on Thursday.
(New York Times)
6. Navy lands drone aboard aircraft carrier for first time.
A bat-winged experimental Navy drone executed landings on an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, marking a major advance in robotic aviation.
7. Ramadan gets off to an anxious start amid unrest.
Egypt's political crisis shows no sign of abating as the military-backed authorities move against defiant Islamist supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, and wrangling continues over a new government, casting a pall over the start of the Ramadan holiday.
8. U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels stalls as Congress remains divided.
To the growing frustration of those who won a long and contentious internal administration debate over the issue of supplying arms, members of the Senate and House intelligence committees remain divided on the proposal to send light weapons and ammunition to the rebel forces.
9. Native Brazilians block railway.
Brazilian indigenous people in the Amazon region block one of the country's most important railways in a protest for better public services.
10. Darfur shootout kills two World Vision workers.
According to World Vision, two of its Sudanese staff members, Sabil Mansour and Ali Ibrahim, died from injuries sustained last week in a "grenade explosion when fighting erupted among armed groups near the World Vision compound" in Nyala.