The Top 10 Stories of June 22, 2012

By Duane Shank 6-22-2012

 Quote of the day.
"I believe that if we don''t memorialize the people we lost, we may forget to continue to fight." Cindi Love, of Abilene, Texas, whose brother died of AIDS, on the AIDS Memorial Quilt which will be displayed in Washington, D.C. during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
(USA Today)

1. As churches get political, IRS stays quiet.
More and more pastors are going public with their political views, putting their churches'' tax exemptions at risk. The situation is fraught with peril for the IRS, which needs to be seen as apolitical. But inaction will only lead to increasingly aggressive electioneering. 

2. Farm policy overhaul clears Senate.
A landmark five-year farm bill cleared the Senate Thursday, putting pressure on the House to act this summer and adding a big new piece to the budget puzzle that Congress and the White House must resolve before automatic spending cuts take effect in January.

3. Romney reaches out to Latinos.
Mitt Romney offered a family-friendly approach to the nation''s immigration woes in his first general-election outreach to Latino voters, but the modest steps that he sketched underscored the political pull-and-tug the issue has become for the Republican presidential candidate.
(Los Angeles Times

4. White House, GOP square off on Holder.
A day after a congressional committee recommended that the House hold the nation’s attorney general in contempt in connection with an investigation of a botched federal gun-running operation, the White House and Republicans dug in for battle.
(Washington Post

5. Billions of dollars in play over health care law.
While speculation has focused on how the decision would affect the future of the nation’s health insurance market, little attention has been paid to the tens of billions of dollars in federal money appropriated for a host of other provisions in the law.
(New York Times

6. Egyptians pack Tahrir to slam military.
Thousands have packed Cairo''s iconic Tahrir Square to denounce a power grab by the ruling military, as the nation nervously awaited the results of the first post-Mubarak presidential election.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Taliban attack on lakeside resort leaves at least two dozen dead.
At least two dozen people have been killed during a Taliban attack on Qargha Lake, a resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Seven insurgents, who were among the dead, stormed a hotel and restaurant at the lakeside with rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s and machine guns on Thursday night.

8. U.S. mulls new covert raids in Pakistan.
U.S. military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan''s failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighboring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down.
(Associated Press

9. Syrian pilot defects after landing in Jordan.
A Syrian pilot has been granted political asylum after landing his MiG fighter jet in neighboring Jordan, in the first such defection during a revolt that activists say has left more than 15,000 people dead.
(Al Jazeera

10. Activists decry missed Rio chance.
On the final day of the UN sustainable development summit in Rio, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to eliminate hunger from the world.

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