Quote of the day.
"We''re going to get sued if we do. We''re going to get sued if we don''t. That''s a terrible position to put law enforcement officers in." Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Pima County, Ariz., who has long argued against his state''s requirement that local law enforcement be forced to ask about the legal status of anyone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.
1. Blocking parts of Arizona law, Justices allow its centerpiece.
The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a split decision on Arizona’s tough 2010 immigration law, upholding its most hotly debated provision but blocking others on the grounds that they interfered with the federal government’s role in setting immigration policy.
(New York Times)
2. States may not impose mandatory life sentences on juvenile murderers.
A divided Supreme Court on Monday said states may not impose on juvenile murderers mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole. The 5 to 4 ruling said such mandatory sentences offend the constitution’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment,
3. Court declines to revisit its Citizens United decision.
In the 5-to-4 ruling on Monday, the court summarily reversed a decision of the Montana Supreme Court that had upheld a state law limiting independent political spending by corporations. That decision, the United States Supreme Court said, was flatly at odds with Citizens United.
(New York Times)
4. Coming 'fiscal cliff' in Congress affects hiring, even firing.
Both major political parties talk a good game on the need to help create jobs. But their refusal to agree on a plan to stop the government from going over a “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year is driving American businesses to delay hiring and in some cases to actually trim their payrolls.
5. Leaders draft federal plan to save the Eurozone.
European leaders have drafted a radical plan to turn the 17 countries of the eurozone into a full-fledged political federation within a decade in an attempt to placate the financial markets by demonstrating a political will to save the single currency in the medium-term.
6. Egypt's army, Islamists discuss president's powers.
The Muslim Brotherhood has reached some agreements with the army on the powers that Egypt's first Islamist president will hold and the fate of the dissolved Islamist-led parliament.
7. Turkey threatens Syria with retaliation over jet.
Turkey warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat, a serious escalation in tensions days after Syria shot a Turkish military plane out of the sky.
8. Putin seeks to refresh Israeli relations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Israeli leaders on a rare trip to Jerusalem for discussions that focused on continuing violence in Syria and Iran''s disputed nuclear programme.
9. Africa militants link up, U.S. says.
Three of Africa's largest militant Islamist groups are trying to co-ordinate their efforts, the head of the US Africa Command has warned.
10. Eurozone crisis causes aid cuts to poor.
The European debt crisis has led to cuts in government development aid to poor countries, says a new report by the aid watchdog Data.