The Top 10 Stories of March 25, 2013

By Duane Shank 3-25-2013

Quote of the day.
“After enjoying Seders with family and friends in Chicago and on the campaign trail, I’m proud to have brought this tradition into the White House. I did so because I wanted my daughters to experience the Haggadah and the story at the center of Passover that makes this time of year so powerful.” Barack Obama on why the White House will again host a seder this evening, the beginning of the first day of Passover.
(Washington Post

1. With signature on sequestration, Obama puts economic goals at risk.
With his signature this week, President Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection.
(Washington Post

2.  U.S. risks losing soul by ignoring immigrants'' humanity.
The archbishop of Los Angeles called upon the United States to remember the humanity of men, women and children in the country illegally or risk losing its soul.
(Catholic News Service)

3. Promises, promises: climate change.
Slowing the buildup of greenhouse gases responsible for warming the planet is one of the biggest challenges the United States and President Barack Obama face. The effects of rising global temperatures are widespread and costly…
(Associated Press

4. NRA chief says he will counter Bloomberg''s gun control campaign.
The chief executive of the National Rifle Association said Sunday that his organization would lead a national campaign against efforts by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York to persuade Congress to adopt stricter gun controls.
(New York Times)

5. Beshear vetoes Kentucky religious freedom bill.
Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed a controversial religious-freedom bill Friday afternoon, saying the measure was well intended but would spark costly taxpayer-funded court cases and bring an array of unintended consequences.
(Lexington Herald-Leader/McClatchy News)

6. In gay marriage cases, Supreme Court may choose caution over boldness.
With an overwhelming majority of state laws pointing one way and public opinion trending rapidly in the other, the Supreme Court may enter this week’s historic arguments over same-sex marriage with a preference for caution over boldness.
(Washington Post)

7. Secretary of State Kerry makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan.
Secretary of State John Kerry paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday for talks with President Hamid Karzai, a official said, with both sides hoping to stabilize the country before most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014.

8. Arms airlift to Syria rebels expands, with C.I.A. aid.
With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad …
(New York Times)

9. Mursi warning stirs fears in Egypt opposition.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi threatened to take unspecified steps to "protect this nation" after violent demonstrations against his Muslim Brotherhood, using vague but severe language that the opposition said heralded a crackdown. 

10. Musharraf returns to Pakistan to lukewarm reception and Taliban threats.
Pervez Musharraf, the former army chief who grabbed power in a military coup in 1999, hopes to reclaim a role in national life by leading his party in historic elections in seven weeks'' time.

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