Quote of the day.
"We must learn others' [American] concerns about us, and express our concerns about them, and find a way to resolve this issue. These drone strikes that rain in every day have to stop." Nawaz Sharif, in his first speech to Parliament after his election as prime minister of Pakistan was ratified.
1. Rice to replace Donilon as top foreign policy aide to Obama.
In a major shakeup of President Obama’s foreign-policy inner circle, Tom Donilon, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said on Tuesday.
(New York Times)
2. Rubio rounding up support for immigration bill.
Senate debate on a far-reaching immigration bill is becoming a test of Sen. Marco Rubio''s influence over fellow Republicans, as the Florida conservative works to sell GOP lawmakers on landmark legislation that also may help determine the fate of his presidential ambitions.
3. Red flags and gray areas in IRS scandal.
The conservative groups testifying about overzealous IRS scrutiny during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Tuesday can’t get around a simple fact: All have been involved in the kinds of political activity that’s ripe for red flags.
4. Judicial picks set the stage for a battle in the Senate.
President Obama’s announcement of three nominees to an important federal appeals court on Tuesday is adding fuel to a larger fight on Capitol Hill over whether the minority party in the Senate has too much power to thwart a president’s agenda.
(New York Times)
5. Governors, state education chiefs discuss improving child literacy.
Governors and education chiefs from nine states said Tuesday that a focus on early-childhood education, the changing dynamic of families and supporting low-income students could help improve literacy across the country.
6. Prelates remind G-8 leaders to protect poor, help developing countries.
Catholic leaders, including the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reminded the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations to protect poor people and assist developing countries when they meet in Northern Ireland in mid-June.
(Catholic News Service)
7. Syrian town of Qusair falls to Hezbollah in breakthrough for Assad.
The Syrian border town of Qusair has fallen to Hezbollah forces after a three-week siege that pitched the powerful Lebanese Shia militia against several thousand Sunni rebels in what had been billed as a defining battle of the civil war.
8. Turkish trade unions join protests.
Turkish trade unionists banging drums and trailing banners marched into an Istanbul square on Wednesday, joining unprecedented protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan over what they see as his authoritarian rule.
9. Malnutrition costing the world trillions a year.
In a hard-hitting report, the UN said the levels of malnutrition – which includes being overweight and obese as well as under-nourished – were "unacceptably high" and called for a concerted global campaign to cut food-waste.
10. Passing: Rev. Will D. Campbell, maverick minister in Civil Rights era.
The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a renegade preacher and author who joined the civil rights struggle in the 1950s, quit organized religion and fought injustice with nonviolent protests and a storyteller’s arsenal of autobiographical tales and fictional histories, died on Monday night in Nashville. He was 88.
(New York Times)