The Top 10 Stories of March 8, 2012

By Duane Shank 3-08-2012

Quote of the day.
"I think the World Bank has made many, many mistakes over the years it has been led by Wall Street, by bankers and politicians. It has not been led by development experts. This has caused it to make truly consequential blunders of huge proportions." Jeffrey Sachs,  Professor of Economics at Columbia University, explaining why he wants to be the next president of the World Bank.
(Al Jazeera

1. International Women’s Day.
"What is there to celebrate around the world on International Women''s Day? Women from 11 countries give their thoughts on achievements where they live."

2. Florida religious leaders condemn 'anti-Sharia' bill.
"An imam, a rabbi and a pastor walked into Senate President Mike Haridopolos’ office Wednesday with two demands: Withdraw the foreign law bill they say targets Muslims, and investigate who is behind anti-Muslim booklets and flyers circulating the Senate."
(Miami Herald/McClatchy)

3. Miami student becomes face of Obama immigration policy.
"The Obama administration has given a reprieve to a high-achieving Florida high school student, Daniela Pelaez, a Colombian national who faced deportation before graduating as valedictorian of North Miami High School."
(Christian Science Monitor)

4. GOP slugfest could drag on till June.
"A presidential primary season that opened with great promise for Republicans is entering its second half with a flawed front-runner and shaky prospects for victory in the fall."
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Scrutiny of political nonprofits sets off claim of harassment.
"The Internal Revenue Service is caught in an election-year struggle between Democratic lawmakers pressing for a crackdown on nonprofit political groups and conservative organizations accusing the tax agency of conducting a politically charged witch hunt."
(New York Times)

6. Left loses a combative, cheerful voice in Congress.
"Former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich lost in the Democratic primary Tuesday to Rep. Marcy Kaptur after their Ohio districts were merged by a Republican redistricting plan."
(Christian Science Monitor)

7. Number of U.S. hate groups is rising.
"Fed by antagonism toward President Obama, resentment toward changing racial demographics and the economic rift between rich and poor, the number of so-called hate groups and antigovernment organizations in the nation has continued to grow, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center."
(New York Times)

8. Hamas denies it will attack Israel in any war with Iran.
"Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, say they will not help Iran militarily in any conflict between Israel and the Islamic Republic."

9. Top Pentagon officials stress risks in Syria.
"The Pentagon’s top two officials said Wednesday that President Obama had asked for preliminary military options to respond to the increasingly violent Syria conflict, but they emphasized the risks and said that the administration still believed that diplomatic and economic pressure was the best way to protect Syrians from the Assad government’s repression."
(New York Times)

10. Libya militias pose threat to precarious stability.
"Libya's former rebels have become a law unto themselves. They have refused to disarm, fearing they will be marginalized in the post-Kadafi political order."
(Los Angeles Times)

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