The Top 10 Stories of July 9, 2012

By Duane Shank 7-09-2012

 Quote of the day.
“Companies want to be able to quietly push for their political agendas without being held accountable for it by their customers.” Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, on large corporations are trying to influence campaigns by donating money to tax-exempt organizations not subject to disclosure requirements.
(New York Times)

1. ''Labor priests'' being trained to help immigrant, low-wage workers.
The concept of "labor priest," epitomized by Msgr. John Egan and Msgr. George Higgins in the 20th century, has been given a new twist to meet the realities of the 21st century.
(Catholic News Service

2. Obama to push extension of middle-class tax cuts.
President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate away from the dismal jobs market and toward the issue of tax fairness.
(Associated Press)

3. For blacks, a lasting loan fallout.
The implosion of the subprime lending market has left a scar on the finances of black Americans — one that not only has wiped out a generation of economic progress but could leave them at a financial disadvantage for decades.
(Washington Post)

4. Many voters may be deterred by tough ID laws.
The numbers suggest that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are far more numerous than are the cases of fraud that advocates of the rules say they are trying to prevent.
(Associated Press)

5. Wireless firms are flooded by requests to aid surveillance.
In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a startling 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.
(New York Times)

6. Donor nations pledge $16 billion to Afghanistan, 7 Americans killed in bombings.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a pledge to continue Afghan aid at its current levels until 2017, as some 70 countries gathered in Tokyo to announce a four-year civilian assistance plan. Altogether, the countries promised on Sunday to give $16 billion to Afghanistan through to 2015. … These statements at the Tokyo summit came shortly after roadside bombs killed 35 people, including seven Nato soldiers, in Afghanistan''s southern Kandahar province close to the Pakistan border.
(Al Jazeera)

7. 58 killed in central Nigeria raids and reprisals.
Raids and reprisal attacks have left 58 people dead in Christian villages near a Nigerian city where authorities have struggled to contain religious violence, officials said Sunday.
(Associated Press)

8. Moderate Mahmoud Jibril poised for victory in Libya.
Libya''s former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril has won a landslide victory in the country''s first democratic election, provisional figures show, defying expectations that the Muslim Brotherhood would sweep to power.

9. Pakistanis march against NATO supply line.
Thousands of members of political and religious parties have begun a march toward Pakistan''s capital in a massive convoy of vehicles to protest against the government''s decision to allow the U.S. and other NATO countries to resume shipping troop supplies to Afghanistan. … The U.S. drone campaign in northwest Pakistan, which has killed thousands of people since 2004, many of them civilians, remains a huge source of anger.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Morsi orders parliament to reconvene in defiance of military.
Egypt''s newly elected president Mohamed Morsi appears set for a confrontation with the country''s military rulers after ordering the parliament to reconvene, in defiance of military decree last month which dissolved the legislature.

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