The Top 10 Stories of June 4, 2013

By Duane Shank 06-04-2013

Quote of the day.
“It’s the biggest fear of adoptive parents — that there is family out there looking for the child. I think people go into this with good hearts, but like many who go into the developing world and want to help, they don’t know how easy it is to hurt.” Amanda Bennett, an evangelical Christian and a lawyer in Chicago, on the pitfalls of international adoption promoted by a new evangelical Christian movement that encourages adoption as a religious and moral calling.
(New York Times)

1. House GOP leaders leaning toward piecemeal approach on immigration.
The House Judiciary Committee plans to approve multiple immigration bills and send them to the full chamber for votes, as GOP leaders move toward a piecemeal approach to reform rather than a comprehensive bill.
(The Hill)

2. Some Republicans see IRS troubles as means to a big goal.
For Mr. Camp, spotlighting the tax-collecting agency — and stoking voter antipathy for it — are ways to build momentum for his plan to rewrite and simplify the entire tax code, a goal he has set for the end of the year.
(New York Times)

3. Dems'' 2014 strategy: Own Obamacare.
Scarred by years of Republican attacks over Obamacare, with more in store next year, Democrats have settled on an unlikely strategy for the 2014 midterms: Bring it on. Party strategists believe that embracing the polarizing law — especially its more popular elements — is smarter politics than fleeing from it in the House elections.

4. Military rejects limits in sexual assault cases.
The nation''s military leaders are insisting that commanders keep their authority to handle sexual assault cases. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the head of each branch of the military, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that commanders are critical to the legal system.
(Associated Press)

5. Blacks are singled out for marijuana arrests, federal data suggests.
Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the drug at similar rates, according to new federal data.
(New York Times)

6. Syria conflict has reached new levels of brutality.
Syria''s war has reached "new levels of brutality", the U.N. says, with evidence of fresh suspected massacres, sieges and violations of children''s rights.

7. Turkey deputy PM apologizes for crackdown.
Turkey''s deputy prime minister sought to mollify tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators by apologizing for a police crackdown on a peaceful protest that triggered five days of rioting across the country.  

8. Egypt convicts U.S. NGO workers.
A Cairo criminal court has convicted 43 NGO workers, including at least 16 Americans, for operating without a license and receiving foreign funding.

9. U.S. unveils new sanctions against Iran.
The U.S. has announced new sanctions against Iran, directly targeting the rial currency and the vital car industry, just days before presidential elections in the Middle Eastern country.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Palestinian Authority''s new premier admired as ''conscience.''
Rami Hamdallah, 54, a respected academician who lacks political experience and an international profile, was selected on Sunday night to replace Salam Fayyad, who suffered withering criticism from Palestinians in large part because of his strong backing from Washington and European donors.
(New York Times)

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