The Top 10 Stories of June 19, 2012

By Duane Shank 6-19-2012

Quote of the day.
"Over the years we have seen more and more folks elected that come in with a default ideological position, and any facts that come up, they try to find a way to fit them into their ideological box." Terrance Carroll, former speaker of the Colorado House, on a report that roughly half of the nation''s state legislators could have two years or less of experience after the 2012 elections.
(USA Today)

1. Nun group sets off on bus tour.
A group of Roman Catholic nuns are embarking on a two-week bus tour to advocate against Republican federal budget proposals that they say hurts low income and vulnerable populations.
(CBS News/AP)

2. Big breakthrough on farm bill.
In a major breakthrough, the Senate approved a sweeping consent agreement Monday night that clears the way for action on the farm bill this week after what promises to be a marathon series of votes on about 73 amendments.

3. Recession toll on underemployed and underpaid.
Throughout the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery, the most commonly discussed measure of misery has been unemployment. But many middle-class and working-class people who are fortunate enough to have work are struggling as well.
(New York Times)

4. Asians are fastest-growing U.S. group.
Asian Americans are now the nation's fastest-growing racial group, overtaking Latinos in recent years as the largest stream of new immigrants arriving annually in the United States.
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Major cities tackle climate change.
Four dozen of the world’s largest cities have taken steps to cut 248 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020, according to a report issued Tuesday, an announcement aimed at demonstrating that environmental progress can continue in the absence of a broad international climate agreement.
(Washington Post)

6. Euro fears mount in spite of Greek election results.
Weekend election results in Greece did little to settle concerns about a Europe-driven global economic slowdown, with investors and analysts shifting attention Monday to Mexico, Spain and the United States for the next steps.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

7. Obama tries to persuade Putin on Syria.
President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir V. Putin, finally had their face-to-face meeting on Monday, as Mr. Obama pressed Mr. Putin to work with him to ease President Bashar al-Assad of Syria out of power.
(New York Times)

8. U.S. warns Egypt's military over power grab.
The United States has urged Egypt's military to move swiftly on plans to transfer full power to an elected civilian government and suggested failure to do so would prompt a review of US ties, which includes billions of dollars in military and civilian aid.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Iran objects to proposal to curb nuclear program.
Iran on Monday offered up a blistering critique of a proposal by six world powers to rein in its nuclear program, marking the latest setback in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
(Los Angeles Times)

10. U.S. plans significant military presence in Kuwait.
The United States is planning a significant military presence of 13,500 troops in Kuwait to give it the flexibility to respond to sudden conflicts in the region as Iraq adjusts to the withdrawal of American combat forces and the world nervously eyes Iran.
(Associated Press)

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