The Top 10 Stories of March 13, 2012

By Duane Shank 3-13-2012

Quote of the day.
"We realized that the more public we are with our stories, the safer we are.” - Mohammad Abdollahi, brought to the U.S. as a 3-year old, on why he got arrested during a protest of immigration policies and now works for the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
(USA Today)

1. Republicans face off in tight Deep South primaries.
"Republicans Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich face off in a pair of high-stakes presidential primaries in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday, with polls showing a virtual three-way dead heat in both states."

2. Justice Department bars Texas voter ID law.
"The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new law in Texas that requires voters to show a photo ID, drawing fierce criticism from Republicans who say the move was aimed at boosting President Obama’s reelection prospects."
(Washington Post)

3. G.O.P. split over bid to revise budget deal.
"The House is bracing for a rancorous showdown over a 2013 budget plan that has already divided Republicans because of a push by conservatives to cut spending below the level both parties agreed to in last year’s deal to raise the federal deficit."
(New York Times)

4. 'Right to work' battle in Minnesota.
"More than 1,000 sign-wielding union workers and supporters poured into the Capitol on Monday, urging legislators to reject a proposed "right to work" constitutional amendment that is turning Minnesota into the latest flashpoint in the clash over labor laws."
(Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

5. Dick Cheney deems Canada too dangerous for speaking visit.
"Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled a Canadian speaking appearance due to security concerns sparked by demonstrations during a visit he made to Vancouver last fall."
(Toronto Globe & Mail)

6. U.S. officials debate speeding Afghan pullout.
"The Obama administration is discussing whether to reduce American forces in Afghanistan by at least an additional 20,000 troops by 2013, reflecting a growing belief within the White House that the mission there has now reached the point of diminishing returns."
(New York Times)

7. Military searches soldier’s records for clues in killings.
"The suspect, a trained sniper, received a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury after sustaining a head injury in Iraq during a vehicle rollover in 2010, two U.S. military officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details of the case."
(Washington Post)

8. Syrian activists claim 16 people killed in Homs reprisal attacks.
"The reports on Monday of killings in the battered city of Homs added to concerns that the hundreds of civilian deaths caused by the fighting would be compounded by reprisals against opposition supporters in recaptured towns and neighbourhoods."

9. Israel-Gaza truce taking hold.
"An Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip began to take hold today after four days of violence in which 25 Palestinians were killed and 200 rockets were fired at Israel."

10. El Salvador election.
"Preliminary results suggested the Arena party had a two-seat lead over the left-wing Farabundo Marti Liberation Front''s (FMLN)."

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