Quote of the day.
"I get to stay at home. I get to pitch in front of my mom and dad and friends and family. And I live in Southern California, where the weather is beautiful. Come on, is that so bad? You can't put a dollar figure on happiness." Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels pitcher, explaining why he signed a contract extension with the Angels rather than becoming a free agent to get a much larger contract.
1. GOP leaders may squash farm bill.
The House Agriculture Committee has given birth to a 600-page farm bill that Republican leaders seem to want nothing to do with. And just months from Election Day, it could prove to be a headache for House GOP leadership.
2. Lines are drawn over opting out of Medicaid plan.
In the weeks since the Supreme Court ruled that states could opt out of a plan to vastly expand Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law, several Republican governors have vowed to do just that, attacking the expansion as a budget-busting federal power grab.
(New York Times)
3. Republicans block small-business tax break on procedural vote.
One of the top items on President Barack Obama's to do list - a 10 percent tax break for small businesses that make new hires - got tangled in an election-year tax debate as Republicans lead a filibuster to block the measure
4. Top reason behind soldiers' suicides.
When researchers asked 72 soldiers at Fort Carson, Colo., why they tried to kill themselves, out of the 33 reasons they had to choose from, all of the soldiers included one in particular — a desire to end intense emotional distress.
5. Churches take their message to taverns.
Every Monday night, Uncle Charlie's bar in Cheyenne, Wyo., hosts "Bibles and Beer," a discussion that routinely pulls in people of all faiths -- and an atheist.
6. Abuse scandal inquiry damns Paterno and Penn State.
The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a “total and consistent disregard” for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sandusky’s assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity.
(New York Times)
7. Car bomb kills Afghan women's affairs official.
A regional head of women's affairs has been killed by a car bomb in eastern Afghanistan. Hanifa Safi was driving in Mehtar Lam, the capital of Laghman province, when a bomb attached to her car exploded.
8. Congress seeks harsher sanctions against Iran amid frustration.
House and Senate officials began crafting legislation this week that congressional leaders say will deepen the pain for Iran across multiple fronts, making it even harder for Iranian businesses to buy insurance, obtain foreign financing and export goods.
9. Calls for UN firm action after Syria massacre.
Syria's opposition has urged the UN Security Council to pass a binding resolution against Damascus following reports by activists that regime forces allegedly massacred scores in the central province of Hama.
10. Germany tells Jews, Muslims they will be free to circumcise.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman promised Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities on Friday they would be free to carry out circumcision on young boys despite a court ban which has provoked concerns about religious freedom.