Quote of the day.
“Those who try to dam back the most universal of games are wasting their time. … Those who think Cuba will renounce baseball, the white globule with seams flowing through our veins, are seeing crocodiles in their soup.” - Michel Contreras, Cuban sportswriter, on why soccer will not replace baseball in Cuba.
(New York Times)
1. Increase in Evangelicals, Mormons, Muslims; decrease in Catholics.
A decennial census of U.S. religions in America was released Tuesday by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The results show a dramatic increase in the number of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, and Muslims, a modest increase in the number of evangelical Protestants, and a drop in the number of Catholics and mainline Protestants.
2. Occupy movement celebrates May Day.
As protesters across the country responded to the movement’s call for a general strike, the 99 percenters seemed to be everywhere: marching to the White House and through Midtown Manhattan; smashing windows in downtown Seattle; and forming picket lines at restaurants, banks and hospitals.
3. Fate of postal service awaits action in House.
Despite Senate approval of a bill to help the debt-ridden Postal Service, thousands of post offices across the country still face closings beginning in two weeks if the House has not completed work on its version of the legislation.
(New York Times)
4. Obama signs pact in Kabul, turning page in Afghan war.
President Obama, speaking to an American television audience on Tuesday night from Bagram Air Base, declared that he had traveled here to herald a new era in the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan, “a future in which war ends, and a new chapter begins.”
(New York Times)
5. Pentagon report cites limited gains in Afghanistan.
A new Pentagon report paints a mixed picture of the war in Afghanistan, describing the insurgency as capable of replacing battlefield losses and launching high-profile attacks, even as it has lost territory to U.S. and Afghan forces.
6. Chen Guangcheng to stay in China after authorities pledge his safety.
The "barefoot lawyer", who made a remarkable escape from a punishing 19-month regime of extralegal house arrest last week, was reunited with his wife and children as he underwent medical checks at a Beijing hospital.
7. Suu Kyi makes historic debut in parliament.
Aung San Suu Kyi took a historic oath on Wednesday to join a parliamentary system crafted by the generals who locked her away for much of her long struggle against dictatorship, ushering in a dramatic new political era.
8. Syrians face food shortages.
Hundreds of thousands of people are struggling to feed their families in the parts of Syria hardest hit by violence, activists and aid workers say, with access to food cut off by ruined infrastructure, rocketing prices and, say some, security forces who steal and spoil food supplies.
9. Protesters killed in Cairo attack.
At least 11 protesters have been killed by armed attackers near the Ministry of Defence in Cairo, … The unidentified assailants at dawn on Wednesday set upon several hundred protesters who have camped out in the Abbasiya area for days to call for an end to military rule in Egypt.
10. White House expands reach of sanctions on Syria, Iran.
The Obama administration on Tuesday granted the Treasury Department authority to blacklist foreign nationals and companies that help Iran and Syria evade U.S. and international sanctions.