Quote of the day.
“Thirty-three Americans are going to continue to be murdered with guns each day and every day until Congress acts, and they are going to be hearing about it much more than they were six months ago. Reality number two is that there will be another mass shooting, and when there is, people who refuse to do the easy things are going to have a lot of explaining to do.” Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, on the failure of Congress to act on gun control.
1. Justices say time may be wrong for gay marriage case.
As the Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed the momentous question of whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry, six justices questioned whether the case, arising from a California ban on same-sex marriages, was properly before the court and indicated that they might vote to dismiss it.
(New York Times)
2. South Carolina becomes Republican's immigration reform test market.
The Republican party and evangelical movement are using conservative, religious South Carolina as a test market for their message that immigration is as much a moral issue as an economic one.
3. New laws ban most abortions in North Dakota.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota approved the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions on Tuesday, signing into law a measure that would ban nearly all abortions and inviting a legal showdown over just how much states can limit access to the procedure.
(New York Times)
4. For Dow 30, tax burden isn’t what it used to be.
Most of the 30 companies listed on the country’s most famous stock index, the Dow Jones industrial average, have seen a dramatically smaller percentage of their profits go to U.S. coffers over time, even as their share prices have driven the Dow to an all-time high.
5. Feds can't keep up with ills from decade of wars.
The federal government is failing to keep pace with a torrent of ailments and issues generated by two wars for the more than 2 million Americans who served overseas since 9/11, according to a sweeping assessment by a panel of leading scientists.
6. Kerry hears Afghan fears from women in business.
The encounter illustrated the tensions between the American vision for Afghanistan, which still includes a democratic system that ensures women’s rights, and worries that Afghanistan’s military and civic institutions might not be able to manage the transition.
(New York Times)
7. Sanctions may be speeding Iran's nuclear advancement.
But the pressure has failed in its primary aim: to slow Iran’s nuclear progress. That has become obvious to the U.S. and European officials imposing crippling sanctions, as has the fact that sanctions may have even sped up Iran's nuclear advancement.
(Christian Science Monitor)
8. World Social Forum begins with march through streets of Tunis.
Thousands of Tunisian revolutionaries, globalization activists and civil society groups took to the streets of Tunis on Tuesday for a carnival-like march to open this year's World Social Forum (WSF).
9. Ecuador auctions off Amazon to Chinese oil firms.
Ecuador plans to auction off more than three million hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies, angering indigenous groups and underlining the global environmental toll of China's insatiable thirst for energy.
10. North Korea warns of 'simmering nuclear war.'
North Korea has again threatened war against South Korea and the United States, saying conditions "for a simmering nuclear war" have been created on the peninsula.