Quote of the day.
“The growth of this entire thing has been quite organic. People are upset that their wages are low and their working conditions are bad. The divide between rich and poor has gotten greater and people have decided that there has to be more equality.” Rev. Charles Williams Jr., a leader in the group organizing protests by fast-food workers in Detroit over low wages.
1. Evangelicals on immigration reform.
The evangelical "Pray for Reform: 92 Days of Prayer and Action to Pass Immigration Reform" campaign called on Congress in a press call on Wednesday to pass meaningful legislation in the next 92 days, throwing further support behind the current momentum in Congress to finally pass an immigration reform bill.
2. GOP senators’ assault shows tough path for immigration measure.
The difficult road ahead for comprehensive immigration reform became more evident Thursday as Republican critics mounted a sustained assault on the legislation, demanding that it include considerably greater border security measures before legalizing any undocumented immigrants.
3. Gina McCarthy's nomination in doubt, angering Democrats.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency is in jeopardy after Republicans formed a united front Thursday to deny her a vote in committee. Democrats erupted in frustration at the GOP “obstructionism” and vowed to find a way to push Gina McCarthy’s nomination through the Environment and Public Works Committee, despite the last-minute Republican boycott of the vote.
4. Census: Blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012.
The report provided fresh evidence of how higher turnout rates among African Americans and a rapidly growing Hispanic population continue to reshape the electorate in presidential elections, with broad implications for the competition between the Republican and Democratic parties.
5. Prosecutor to seek murder charges against accused Ohio kidnapper.
An Ohio prosecutor vowed on Thursday to seek murder charges that could carry the death penalty against a former Cleveland school bus driver accused of kidnapping and raping three young women who endured a decade as captives in his house.
6. Bangladesh workers find survivor in factory rubble.
A seamstress buried in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building for 17 days was rescued Friday, a miraculous moment set against a scene of unimaginable horror, where the death toll shot past 1,000.
7. Cancer vaccines get a price cut in poor nations.
The two companies that make vaccines against cervical cancer announced Thursday that they would cut their prices to the world’s poorest countries below $5 per dose, eventually making it possible for millions of girls to be protected against a major deadly cancer.
(New York Times)
8. Turkey 'will support' Syria no-fly zone.
In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, the Turkish prime minister said that President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against his opponents meant that the Syrian regime had already crossed U.S. President Barack Obama's so-called red line "a long time ago".
9. Prospect of Iran’s election stirs little hope this time around.
Iran’s 2009 presidential election was an exuberant and exciting spectacle that aroused a powerful surge of optimism in the populace but that ended with the trauma of a violent crackdown. This year’s vote, taking place under starkly different circumstances, promises to be far more subdued.
(New York Times)
10. Secret deals plundering Africa.
Africa loses twice as much money through tax avoidance, secret mining deals, and financial transfers as it gets from donors, Kofi Annan warns.