Quote of the day.
"It's a great opportunity to show the world the best of Britain, a country that''s got an incredibly rich past but also a very exciting future.” - British Prime Minister David Cameron on the London Summer Olympics, which officially begin today.
1. Obama’s Muslim problem = Romney’s Mormon problem.
President Obama’s "religion" may be just as much of a liability as Mitt Romney’s (actual) Mormon religion.
(The Washington Post)
2. First year of U.S. economic recovery was weaker than estimated.
The first year of the recovery from the worst U.S. recession in the post-World War II era was even weaker than previously estimated, evidence of the extent of the damage wreaked by the economic slump, revised figures show.
3. Hospitals fear cuts in aid for care to illegal immigrants.
President Obama’s health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required to provide.
(The New York Times)
4. Two dead, over 100,000 without power after fierce storms.
Two people were dead and more than 100,000 homes and businesses in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania were without electricity Friday morning after severe thunderstorms swept through the region late Thursday.
5. Presenting pop culture, with an evangelical spin.
Second Baptist had always run a Vacation Bible School, but five years ago the church recast it in a high-tech, high-gloss version intended to compete against secular pop culture.
(The New York Times)
6. Gov't says only 1 in 4 have HIV under control.
New government data shows only a quarter of Americans with the AIDS virus have the infection under control. Young people and blacks are least likely to get effective care.
(The Associated Press)
7. Obama: $70M in new military aid to Israel.
President Obama said today that the U.S. is giving $70 million more in military aid to Israel, just as Republican opponent Mitt Romney prepares to visit the nation.
8. Euro gains after Merkel, Hollande vow to support euro.
The euro rallied to a three-week high against the dollar on Friday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande spoke of their readiness to do anything to safeguard the euro zone.
9. Onslaught looms as Assad forces pound Aleppo rebels.
President Bashar al-Assad's artillery pounded rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo on Friday in preparation for an onslaught on Syria's biggest city where the United States has said it fears a "massacre" may be imminent.
10. UN chief makes plea on arms treaty.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has appealed to countries to "show flexibility" and make progress in the negotiations of the UN treaty to regulate the multi-billion dollar global arms trade.