Quote of the day.
"This bill has some really tough spots. Certain parts of the movement don't feel it's part of the price of admission. But winning legislation that's bipartisan means that not everybody is going to be happy." Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, after a “border surge” plan was added to immigration reform legislation.
1. Uncertainty remains for same-sex couples in many states.
The ruling still leaves decisions on who’s married and who isn’t to the states. That creates uncertainty for same-sex couples who married in one state but live in any of at least three dozen states that don’t recognize their marriages.
2. Bill to expand U.S. database to verify hires.
The sweeping immigration measure advancing rapidly in the Senate goes far beyond much-debated border security measures and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants with a crucial requirement that could affect every American who takes a new job in the future.
(New York Times)
3. Texas executes Kimberly McCarthy, state's 500th since 1976.
McCarthy was the 13th woman executed in the United States and the fourth in Texas since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. During that time, more than 1,300 men have been executed nationwide.
4. Many cities face long waits to regain lost jobs.
More than half of all U.S. metro areas won't regain the jobs lost in the recession until the second half of 2015 or later, an analysis for the U.S. Conference of Mayors says.
5. Deadline near with no deal on loan rates for students.
With only five days before interest rates on student loans are scheduled to double, the Senate majority leader rejected a proposed bipartisan solution that has now scrambled alliances and muddied political attacks for both sides.
(New York Times)
6. Rudd sworn in as new Australian PM.
Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as prime minister of Australia, a day after he ousted Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party.
7. Kerry back in Middle East amid predictions of possible concessions.
Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Jerusalem Thursday for his fifth visit in less than three months, amid reports of a possible breakthrough in peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
8. Egypt's President Morsi warns unrest risks paralysis.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that continuing unrest is "threatening to paralyze the country." In a speech marking his first year in office, Morsi acknowledged making some "mistakes" and offered opponents a say in amending the new constitution.
9. Syrian rebels say they doubt U.S. weapons will arrive soon enough.
Syrian rebels say they fear that weapons pledged recently by the United States and other international backers will not come in time for them to make gains against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.
10. Iran's top leader: nuclear solution easy.
Iran's supreme leader said a solution to the nuclear impasse with the West would be "easy" if the United States and its allies are serious about seeking a deal, Iranian media reported Thursday.