The Top 10 Stories of June 18, 2013

By Duane Shank 6-18-2013

Quote of the day.
"It''s not something many people think about, but it takes a huge amount of resources to get food to our plates. That's just a terrible use of those resources."  Dana Gunders, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, on reports that Americans waste up to 90 billion pounds of food a year, much of it ending up in the trash.
(Fresno Bee)

1. States may not add citizenship proof for voter registration.
States may not require additional proof of citizenship on federal forms designed to streamline voter-registration procedures, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court rejected a requirement passed by Arizona voters in 2004 that potential voters supply proof of eligibility beyond an applicant’s oath on the federal form that he or she is a citizen.
(Washington Post)

2. G.O.P. pushes new abortion limits to appease vocal base.
Their efforts will move to the forefront on Tuesday when House Republicans plan to bring to the floor a measure that would prohibit the procedure after 22 weeks of pregnancy — the most restrictive abortion bill to come to a vote in either chamber in a decade.
(New York Times)

3. Fraud used to frame farm bill debate.
When the House begins work on a farm bill this week, conservatives will target the growing food stamp program, which they complain is rife with fraud and waste. But critics say conservatives are overlooking problems in other farm programs.
(New York Times)

4. House immigration momentum grows. 
The Republican-led House will take its deepest dive yet into immigration reform this week, rushing to play catchup with the Senate on the chief domestic policy battle this year. The House bipartisan group, which has labored for four years without releasing anything, is finally on the verge of producing a bill.

5. Obama defends 'system of checks and balances' around NSA surveillance.
Barack Obama addressed what he described as the public "ruckus" over the leaked National Security Agency surveillance documents on Monday, indicating that the U.S. authorities would pursue extradition from Hong Kong of the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

6. Afghan troops take lead to secure country.
Afghan forces have taken over the lead from the U.S.-led NATO coalition for security nationwide, President Hamid Karzai announced Tuesday in a significant milestone in the 12-year war.
(Associated Press)

7. Putin faces isolation over Syria as pressure rises.
Russian President Vladimir Putin faced further isolation on the second day of a G8 summit on Tuesday as world leaders lined up to pressure him into toning down his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

8. Rouhani, Obama sound positive, but progress likely to take time.
President Obama and the newly elected president of Iran signaled willingness to improve ties between their nations Monday, but both leaders made clear that a positive tone may not easily translate into progress in resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
(Washington Post)

9. Turkish government says it may use army to end protests.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told A Haber TV that the state would use "all its powers" and the armed forces if necessary to "establish peace." It is the first time the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has raised the prospect of deploying troops.

10. Brazil protests spread in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Rio.
As many as 200,000 people have marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities, as protests over rising public transport costs and the expense of staging the 2014 World Cup have spread.

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