Quote of the day.
"If you're eating out tonight, your chances of finding an entree that's truly healthy are painfully low." - Helen Wu, assistant policy analyst at RAND, on a new study showing that 96 percent of main entrees sold at top chain restaurants exceed daily limits for calories, sodium, fat, and saturated fat.
1. House vote sets up battle on domestic violence bill.
After a fierce fight, full of gender politics, the House passed a Republican bill on Wednesday to combat violence against women, over objections from President Obama and other Democrats, who said it would reduce protections for many battered women, including lesbians, American Indians and illegal immigrants.
(New York Times)
2. Obama to press Angela Merkel on eurozone growth package.
Barack Obama is to press German chancellor Angela Merkel to support a growth package to help bail out Europe at the G8 summit this weekend amid fears in the White House that the eurozone crisis could damage the president''s re-election chances.
3. Whites account for under half of births in U.S.
After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States.
(New York Times)
4. Army probing PTSD diagnoses.
The Army launched a review Wednesday of its handling of post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral health evaluations at all of its medical facilities since 2001, in response to fears that some soldiers had their diagnoses reversed because of the costs of caring for them.
5. G.O.P. 'Super PAC' weighs hard-line attack on Obama.
The plan, which is awaiting approval, calls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons made him a highly charged figure in the 2008 campaign.
(New York Times)
6. Obama requesting help to pay for Afghan army.
The alliance's plans for arm's-length support for Afghanistan will be a central focus of the summit President Barack Obama is hosting Sunday and Monday in Chicago. The problem with the exit strategy is that someone has to pay for that army in an era of austerity budgets and defense cutbacks.
7. Global maternal deaths down 47 percent in 20 years.
Deaths of women from complications during pregnancy and childbirth in 2010 were only half of the total 20 years earlier, according to a report by United Nations agencies and the World Bank.
(Washington Post/The Associated Press)
8. Hondurans demand DEA leave after shooting.
People in Honduras' predominantly Indian Mosquito coast region burned down government offices and demanded that U.S. drug agents leave the area, reacting angrily to an anti-drug operation in which they say police gunfire killed four innocent people, including two pregnant women.
9. North Korea resumes work on nuclear reactor.
North Korea has resumed construction work on an experimental light water reactor (ELWR), in a move that could extend its capacity to produce more material for nuclear weapons,
10. Iran flouts U.N. sanctions, sends arms to Syria.
Syria remains the top destination for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by the Islamic Republic, according to a confidential report on Iran sanctions-busting seen by Reuters on Wednesday.