Quote of the day.
"Faith teaches us to see that every man and woman represents a blessing for me, that the light of God''s face shines on me through the faces of my brothers and sisters." Pope Francis, in his first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), which completed a first draft written by Pope Benedict XVI.
(Catholic News Service)
1. U.S. economy adds 195k jobs, jobless rate 7.6 pct.
U.S. employers added 195,000 jobs in June and hiring was more robust in the two previous months than earlier estimated. The gains raise hopes for a stronger economy in the second half of 2013. The unemployment rate remained 7.6 percent. That was because more people started looking for work in June — a healthy sign.
2. Bush backs immigration overhaul, but may not sway GOP lawmakers.
When House Republicans file into the Capitol on Monday to start thrashing out a response to the Senate''s landmark immigration bill, former President George W. Bush will be presiding over a ceremony for new U.S. citizens at his newly minted library in Dallas.
3. GOP has tough choices on Voting Rights Act.
When the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights act last week, it handed Republicans tough questions with no easy answers over how, and where, to attract voters even GOP leaders say the party needs to stay nationally competitive.
4. Expect bigger, fiercer wildfires in West.
There''s a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires.
5. To fight religious monuments, atheists plan their own symbols.
Atheists unveiled the nation’s first public monument to secularism outside a county courthouse in Florida last week — a 1,500-pound gray granite bench engraved with quotations extolling the separation of church and state.
(New York Times)
6. Morsi supporters gather for protests.
Supporters of Egypt''s ousted president are gathering for protests in the capital to demand his reinstatement.The army, which removed Mr. Morsi and detained him in response to widespread unrest, has said it will allowed peaceful protests.
7. Weeks after upheaval over Taliban office, negotiations remain on hold.
Two weeks after the prospect of peace talks with the Taliban dramatically imploded, the insurgent group’s office in Qatar remains an apt symbol for Afghanistan’s diplomatic stalemate.
8. India''s cabinet approves food security program.
Frustrated by delays in Parliament, and eager to gain favor with rural voters ahead of national elections, India’s cabinet has approved a sweeping executive order that establishes a legal right to food and will create what is likely to be the world’s largest food subsidy system for the poor.
(New York Times)
9. Apology demanded over Morales'' jet diversion.
Six South American leaders have demanded an explanation and public apology from four European countries for diverting Bolivian President Evo Morales'' plane earlier this week.
10. Guantánamo hunger strike: U.S. to force-feed detainees during Ramadan.
In court papers rejecting a petition by four of more than 100 detainees said to be refusing food, the U.S. said the feedings provided "essential nutritional and medical care" and would not interfere with religious observance of Ramadan, which begins on Monday.