Quote of the Day.
“Distrustful souls see only darkness burdening the face of the earth. We prefer instead to reaffirm all our confidence in our Savior who has not abandoned the world which he redeemed.” - Pope John XXIII, quoted by E.J. Dionne, Jr. in "I’m not quitting the church."
1. Romney courts evangelicals' favor in speech at Liberty University.
Mitt Romney, needing badly to stir momentum among skeptical evangelical Christians vital to his presidential hopes, told a polite audience Saturday at Liberty University, an influential Christian school, that he shares and deeply respects their values.
2. Same-Sex Marriage.
A Call to Pastors.
After President Obama announced his support for gay marriage, he and his team embarked on a quiet campaign to contain the possible damage among religious leaders and voters.
(New York Times)
Churches Split Over Gay Marriage.
The clash over same-sex marriage does not simply pit ministers against secular gay advocates. Religion is on both sides in this conflict.
(New York Times)
3. IRS crackdown on foreign assets leading many to renounce U.S. citizenship.
Last year, 1,780 Americans relinquished their citizenship to avoid disclosing foreign account information to the Internal Revenue Service.
(Miami Herald/McClatchy Newspapers)
4. Shift in strategy to protect pine forests from global warming.
Federal officials are working to steel high-elevation pine forests out West against the onslaught of climate change.
5. Coptic Christians fear rise of Islamists on eve of presidential elections.
Egypt’s Christians have been the victims of threats and dramatic violence, and they fear the ascendance of political Islam.
6. U.S. counter-terrorism adviser in Yemen.
Washington has stepped up its drone attacks in Yemen since President Abd Rabbou Mansour al-Hadi took office in February, and the Pentagon said this week it had recently resumed sending military trainers into the Gulf Arab country.
7. IAEA, Iran begin new nuke talks.
A senior U.N. nuclear agency official urged Iran on Monday to allow access to sites, people and documents it seeks in its probe of suspicions that Tehran conducted secret research into nuclear weapons development.
8. Group claims Afghan peace envoy killing.
Taliban splinter group says it killed Arsala Rahmani because of negotiator''s links to Afghan government and its allies.
9. Palestinian hunger strike deal within reach.
An agreement that would end the hunger strike of some 2,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been reached in Cairo, pending approval by a strikers'' committee, a senior Palestinian official told Al Jazeera.
10. Crisis in Europe.
Greece hits political stalemate.
Greece's president met little enthusiasm from political leaders summoned to a final round of talks on Monday to avert a new election, reinforcing fears the country was firmly on the path to bankruptcy and an exit from the euro zone.
Austerity blow for Merkel in German state vote.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up attacks on her European austerity policies.