The Top 10 Stories of May 14, 2013

By Duane Shank 5-14-2013

Quote of the day.
"Our research predicts that climate change will greatly reduce the diversity of even very common species found in most parts of the world. This loss of global-scale biodiversity would significantly impoverish the biosphere and the ecosystem services it provides." Dr. Rachel Warren, University of East Anglia's (UK) school of environmental science, on a study she led showing that common land animals could see dramatic losses this century because of climate change.

1. Gang of 8 looks to defend guest worker plan.
The Senate Gang of Eight has largely controlled the Senate Judiciary Committee’s immigration markup, and the group’s next step: shielding a painstakingly negotiated agreement for a new guest worker program.

2. Obama dismisses Benghazi furor but assails I.R.S.
President Obama rejected criticism of his handling of the Libya attacks as "a sideshow." On the scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, he said the practice of singling out certain groups was "outrageous."
(New York Times)

3. Gov't probe obtains wide swath of AP phone records.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. 
(Associated Press)

4. Sen. Rand Paul courting evangelicals to win over GOP establishment.
Paul’s play for evangelical support is part of a broader effort by the rookie senator to court the Republican establishment — much of which views him with suspicion — and become a mainstream political player in a way his father never was.
(Washington Post)

5. Both sides condemn convicted Pa. abortion doctor.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell considered himself a pioneering inner-city doctor who helped desperate women get late-term abortions, but a Philadelphia jury called him a murderer who killed three babies after they were born alive.
(Associated Press)

6. Global retailers join safety plan for Bangladesh.
Under mounting pressure to improve working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment factories, several of the world’s largest apparel companies agreed on Monday to a landmark plan to help pay for fire safety and building improvements after the collapse last month of the Rana Plaza factory complex, which killed more than 1,100 people.
(New York Times)

7. Syria conference evokes limited optimism.
President Obama and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed limited optimism Monday that an upcoming international conference on Syria will lead to a political solution to its civil war.
(Washington Post)

8. Frustrated with diplomacy, some in Congress seek total ban on Iran’s oil.
After failing to halt Iran’s nuclear advance with harsh economic sanctions, a group of U.S. lawmakers and analysts is proposing a more drastic remedy: cutting off Iran entirely from world oil markets.
(Washington Post)

9. U.S. pulls diplomats out of Libya.
Growing concerns over protests in Libya have prompted the U.S. state department to begin evacuating some diplomats from Tripoli, as the Pentagon put troops stationed at nearby European bases on high alert.

10. Philippine polls give president solid control.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has won an unprecedented control of the two chambers of Congress after midterm elections.
(Al Jazeera)

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