Quote of the day.
"We are looking at a growing climate of fear where folks really think long and hard about accessing basic services." - Milton Butterworth, who oversees outreach migrant health services for Blue Ridge Community Health Services in Hendersonville, N.C., on immigration enforcement fears keeping workers from getting health care.
1. The side with most money won in Wisconsin.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who survived an effort by the state’s Democrats to unseat him in a special election on Tuesday, outspent his opponent by more than 7 to 1 and easily overcame massive get-out-the-vote efforts by Democrats.
2. Restrictive voting laws tied up in court.
Stricter ID laws and other controversial voting restrictions, passed this year by several Republican-controlled legislatures, are hitting legal roadblocks that could keep many of the measures from taking effect before the November elections.
3. New economy fallout – 'wage theft' from paychecks.
The problem reflects a changing economy in which low-wage work has increased, more companies try to cut labor costs to stay afloat in a sour business climate, and fewer workers belong to unions that might protect them. At the same time, budget-cutting state and federal governments do not enforce wage laws as aggressively as they once did.
4. Senate begins debate on slimmed-down farm bill.
The farm bill that the Senate will begin debating Thursday is a considerably slimmed-down version of previous incarnations. It would slash tens of billions of dollars in direct subsidies to farmers and in the federal food stamp program.
5. Deportations continue despite review of backlog.
After seven months of an ambitious review by the Obama administration of all deportations before the nation’s immigration courts, very few of them have been halted, disappointing immigrants President Obama hopes to court for his re-election bid.
(New York Times)
6. U.S. losing patience with Pakistan.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday the United States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan.
7. Reports of 'massacre' in Syrian village.
Opposition activists in Syria say that pro-government armed groups backed by security forces have killed scores of people in a village in Hama province.
8. NATO blamed for Afghan civilian deaths.
Afghanistan has been rocked by two violent incidents, the first resulting in 18 apparent civilian deaths in a pre-dawn NATO missile strike in Logar in the east, and the second involving at least 22 deaths in two suicide attacks in the afternoon in Kandahar in the south.
9. Iran threatens delays in nuclear talks.
Iran raised the possibility on Wednesday of delaying or canceling the resumption of nuclear talks with the big powers, scheduled in less than two weeks, because of what it called dithering by the other side in holding preliminary meetings aimed at ensuring some success.
(New York Times)
10. Guatemalan 'peace cardinal' dies.
The man who presided over the peace process in Guatemala, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, has died aged 80. He played a key role in negotiations that led to the end of the bloody 36-year civil war in 1996.