The Top 10 Stories of May 1, 2012

By Duane Shank 5-01-2012

Quote of the day.
“If Republicans can’t support his right-leaning approach to the DREAM Act, then they can kiss the Latino vote — and their chances of seeing the inside of the White House — goodbye for a generation. If Democrats refuse to work with him then they open themselves up to accusations of favoring partisan politics over bipartisan legislative progress.” - Frank Sharry, executive director of immigration reform organization America’s Voice, speaking of Sen. Mario Rubio’s proposal to help children of illegal immigrants gain a more-permanent legal status.

1. May Day: Occupy Wall Street.
Occupy Wall Street vows a day of demonstrations in New York and across the United States on Tuesday, in a crucial test of its staying power some eight months after emerging as a movement against corporate greed and economic inequality.

2. May Day: Europe workers denounce austerity.
Banging drums and waving flags, tens of thousands of workers marked May Day in European cities Tuesday with a mix of anger and gloom over austerity measures imposed by leaders trying to contain the eurozone's intractable debt crisis.
(Associated Press)

3. Mitt Romney, evangelicals seek marriage of convenience.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s march to the nomination proceeded largely without strong backing from the conservative Christian community. But with Romney now the only hope that conservatives have to beat President Barack Obama in November, a partnership has begun to jell.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

4. Obama administration acknowledges drone strikes against terrorists.
The Obama administration formally acknowledged for the first time Monday its use of drone strikes against terrorism suspects, lifting but not removing the shroud of secrecy that surrounds the nation’s expanding use of targeted killing operations overseas.
(Washington Post)

5. Obama silent on China dissident.
The US has not confirmed whether blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest last week and is believed to be under US protection in Beijing, is in its diplomatic quarters. Speaking on Monday, US President Barack Obama declined to comment on the situation
(Al Jazeera)

6. Pakistan still harboring U.S.’s biggest enemies.
A year after Osama bin Laden was found and killed, Pakistan still harbors, willingly or unwillingly, America’s greatest enemies: current al Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri and Afghan insurgent leaders Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Mohammad Omar.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

7. U.S. keeps mum on some Afghan attacks.
The military is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
(Associated Press)

8. Explosions hit northern Syrian city.
Syria's state-run news agency says two blasts in the northwestern city of Idlib targeting security buildings have killed at least eight people and caused serious damage, amid appeals by the head of the UN observer mission in the country for both sides to stop fighting.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Israeli prison doctor fears for lives of four hunger-striking Palestinians.
The Israeli Prison Service said earlier this month that some 2,000 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike since April 17 to protest Israeli detention policies and conditions in Israeli prisons.

10. Clouds' effect on climate change is last bastion for dissenters.
But they assert that clouds — which can either warm or cool the earth, depending on the type and location — will shift in such a way as to counter much of the expected temperature rise and preserve the equable climate on which civilization depends.
(New York Times)

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