The Top 10 Stories of March 26, 2013

By Duane Shank 3-26-2013

Quote of the day.
“Baptists have always joined hands across lines with those of many faiths and those who don’t claim faith and have a commitment to the common good. The Baptist history of religious liberty is a special gift to the nation and I look forward to working on religious liberty issues in this new role.” Melissa Rogers, the new director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
(Associated Baptist Press)

1. A historic moment for same-sex marriage arrives at Supreme Court.
A four-year legal battle to extend the right of marriage to same-sex couples no matter where they live gets its moment before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in historic oral arguments difficult to imagine even a decade ago.
(Washington Post)

2. Obama pushes Congress on immigration reform.
President Barack Obama praised lawmakers on Monday for the progress that has been made on immigration reform, but he urged them to stay the course and pass a bill that he can sign into law next month.

3. Supreme Court takes new case on affirmative action.
The Supreme Court on Monday added a new affirmative action case to its docket. It is already considering a major challenge to the University of Texas’ race-conscious admissions program.
(New York Times)

4. Guantánamo hunger strike appears to widen.
A hunger strike among detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who have been imprisoned by the United States military without trial — some for more than a decade — is continuing to grow,
(New York Times)

5. Trio of GOP senators threaten filibuster of gun-control legislation.
The move comes just days after Reid announced plans to push forward on a gun control bill which would expand background checks and penalties on straw purchasers.
(The Hill)

6. USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty.
The goal of StrikeForce is to help farmers, food producers and other businesses get access to money for projects such as new wells, greenhouses, community gardens, kitchen space, and summer meals for low-income school children. 
(Associated Press)

7. N Korea ''combat posture to hit U.S..’North Korea says it has ordered artillery and rocket units into "combat posture" to prepare to target U.S. bases in Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. mainland.

8. Karzai has nothing but praise for U.S. upon Bagram prison transfer.
Within hours of the American military’s formally transferring all but a “small number” of the Afghan prisoners at the Bagram Prison to the Afghan government, President Hamid Karzai held a friendly news conference with Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that stood in stark contrast to his recent acrimonious tone toward the United States.
(New York Times)

9. Opposition takes Syria seat at Arab League.
The Arab League has kicked off a two-day summit in Doha where opponents of President Bashar al-Assad are representing Syria for the first time.
(Al Jazeera)

10. CAR rebels ''suspend constitution.''
The leader of rebels who have seized the capital of the Central African Republic says he is suspending the constitution and dissolving parliament.

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