Quote of the day.
"We received nothing of what we fought for and what some of us died for. We did not get our freedoms, the rights for which people died, the economy is doing much worse than ever, and it seems like we''re in need of a new revolution." Mostafa Sherif, 29, an unemployed mechanical engineer in Cairo, on why young Egyptians are feeling disenfranchised.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)
1. Home prices rise, putting country in buying mood.
The broad-based housing improvements appear to be buoying consumer confidence and spending, countering fears earlier this year that many consumers would pull back in response to government austerity measures.
(New York Times)
2. Debate over guns will be back.
Supporters – and even opponents – of legislation designed to curb gun violence expect a revised proposal that would expand background checks for firearms sales to return to Congress for a vote later this year, despite a resounding defeat last month.
3. Mom brings home more bacon in nearly 1 in 4 homes.
Moms now earn more than dads in almost a quarter of all U.S. families, the highest level in history. It''s a huge leap from 50 years ago when only a handful of moms were bringing home the bacon, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
4. Supreme court gives inmates more leeway to challenge convictions.
A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a prisoner who presents credible evidence of his innocence can overcome a procedural barrier that he waited too long to go to court.
5. U.S. drone kills Pakistan Taliban number two.
The drone strike killed seven people, Pakistani security officials said, including Taliban deputy commander Wali-ur-Rehman, in the first such attack since a May 11 general election in which the use of the unmanned aircraft was a major issue.
6. Disputes over arms for Syria cloud U.S.-Russian peace drive.
Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria on Tuesday dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray among President Bashar al-Assad''s political foes.
7. Anti-West hard-liner gains in Iranian race.
Saeed Jalili, known as Iran’s unyielding nuclear negotiator and a protégé of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is emerging as the presumed front-runner in Iran’s presidential election on June 14, an unsettling prospect for future relations with the West.
(New York Times)
8. N. Korea sanctions squeeze cash for aid groups.
New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea''s nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies to carry suitcases of cash in from outside.
9. Religious violence erupts in Myanmar.
Myanmar''s government has called for calm after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque, and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the northeastern Shan state.
10. Euro leaders unite to tackle soaring youth unemployment rates.
European leaders warned on Tuesday that youth unemployment – which exceeds 50 percent in some countries – could lead to a continent-wide catastrophe and widespread social unrest aimed at member state governments.