Quote of the day.
"Even after getting psychiatric help, I was still afraid to go outside. I was afraid to go into public places or anyplace that had a crowd. With Kaeci, I''m able to do that. I can have more of a normal life." - James "Jimmy" LaCaria, retired Army major diagnosed with PTSD, on the difference that Kaeci, his 5-year-old Australian service dog, has made in his life.
1. Health care law is helping young adults.
President Obama's healthcare law helped as many as 6.6 million young adults stay on or get on their parents' health plans in the first year and a half after the law was signed, a new survey indicates.
(McClatchy-Tribune News Service)
2. Suicides are surging among U.S. troops.
Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year - the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.
3. Public employees under scrutiny after recent elections.
America’s appetite for austerity in paychecks and benefits for government employees is spreading.
4. SCOTUS favorability still falling.
The Supreme Court’s approval rating continues to slide, with a majority of Americans saying the justices allow their decisions to be influenced by their personal or political beliefs, according to a new poll.
5. Some Walmart workers want better wages, affordable benefits.
… a loosely knit association of Walmart employees called the Organization United for Respect at Walmart — OUR Walmart, for short. They are prodding the giant retailer to provide better wages, affordable benefits and reasonably reliable schedules for store employees nationwide.
6. Worsening Syria war drives civilians from homes.
Many Syrian civilians are fleeing their homes to escape widening fighting between security forces and rebels, the Red Cross said on Friday, while major powers seemed unable to craft an alternative to envoy Kofi Annan's failing peace plan.
7. CIA gets nod to step up drone strikes in Pakistan.
Expressing both public and private frustration with Pakistan, the Obama administration has unleashed the CIA to resume an aggressive campaign of drone strikes in Pakistani territory over the last few weeks, approving strikes that might have been vetoed in the past for fear of angering Islamabad.
(Los Angeles Times)
8. Egyptian judge speaks against Islamist victory.
The president of the association of Egyptian judges said Thursday that they were abandoning their neutrality toward the coming presidential runoff in an effort to guard against an Islamist monopoly of power.
(New York Times)
9. World powers watch IAEA talks for signs of Iranian flexibility.
Today's meeting between Iran and the IAEA to set up a framework to investigate a controversial Iranian military site is also seen as a warmup for Moscow talks later this month.
(Christian Science Monitor)
10. Israel's first interfaith center promises new approach to religious study.
The center will conduct comparative research on the world's three major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - to dispel "dangerous" stereotypes, according to the center's head.