Quote of the day.
“We’re doing this because these are life issues. And by lifting up the work of Catholic sisters, we will demonstrate the very programs and services that will be decimated by the House budget.” - Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a social justice lobby, speaking of the bus trip being organized across nine states this month, stopping at homeless shelters, food pantries, schools and health care facilities run by nuns to highlight their work with the nation’s poor and disenfranchised.
(New York Times)
1. Vatican intensifying crackdown on American nuns.
The Vatican denies there's a connection, but its reprimand of an influential American nun, at a moment when the Holy See is already engaged in an intense fight with most American nuns, sends a clear message: The Catholic Church’s leaders think America’s nuns have gone rogue and must be reined in.
(CNN Belief Blog)
2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins recall election.
Targeted for defeat by America’s unions, Gov. Scott Walker roared back with an even bigger victory Tuesday than his original one over Democrat Tom Barrett a year and a half ago.
3. Paycheck Fairness Act defeated in Senate.
In a 52 to 47 tally the Senate defeated the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation aimed to increase protections for women filing gender-discrimination lawsuits, as well as create a federal grant program to improve women's salary negotiating skills.
4. House bill takes a scythe to spending.
Quietly, the House Appropriations Committee is working hard to undo much of the president’s first-term ambitions — or at least provoke a showdown with the White House ahead of the fall election.
(New York Times)
5. College Board creates guide to help undocumented students.
Though the College Board can't compel Congress to do anything legislatively, the organization on Thursday released a resource guide for undocumented students that it hopes will help them navigate the confusing array of state laws and institutional rules that are now in place.
6. Emergency law broadens Canada's sympathy for Quebec protests.
When the provincial government of Quebec tried to end the demonstrations by arresting more than 2,500 people and passing an emergency law that some Canadian lawyers consider heavy-handed and perhaps unconstitutional, it helped turn what had been a narrowly focused student strike against increases in college and university costs into a battle over a broader set of grievances that has introduced some of the greatest political turmoil Canada has seen in decades.
(New York Times)
7. U.S. says drone killed al-Qaeda commander.
Abu Yahya al-Libi, al-Qaeda second-in-command, has been killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, US administration sources said.
8. Panetta: Drone attacks will continue in Pakistan.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is delivering a strong defense of the U.S. use of drones to kill insurgents in Pakistan, telling an audience next door in India on Wednesday that America has made it clear to Islamabad it will continue to target al-Qaida leaders in that country.
9. Protesters press political demands in Egypt.
Thousands of protesters have converged in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the fourth night in a row to protest against Ahmed Shafik, the presidential candidate widely seen as a representative of Hosni Mubarak's deposed regime.
10. Afghanistan withdrawal fuels fears in Pakistan.
The impending withdrawal of U.S.-led NATO combat troops from Afghanistan is raising worries next door in Pakistan, where a growing number of experts are warning that the forces’ departure could reinvigorate a domestic insurgency that Pakistan’s military is barely keeping at bay.