Quote of the Day
“I was concerned that it would disturb the peace of the monastery by getting involved in something somewhat controversial, adversarial, but it hasn’t. If you study monastic history, there were often conflicts between monks and civil authorities.” Justin Brown, Abbot of St. Joseph Abbey in St. Benedict, LA, on the monastery suing the state over a law allowing only licensed funeral directors to sell caskets, prohibiting the abbey from selling its handcrafted ones.
1. Romney steps up attack on Obama.
Mitt Romney, who formally secured the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, is unleashing an offensive to further undermine confidence in President Obama.
(New York Times)
2. Congressional Black Caucus rallies preachers to tackle voter-ID laws.
The Congressional Black Caucus is asking African-American ministers to help educate voters about complying with new state voting laws, which they see as designed to suppress the black vote in November's elections.
3. GOP groups plan $1 billion blitz.
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.
4. Syrian diplomats expelled across world.
The US has joined Britain, France, a host of other EU countries, Australia and Canada in expelling Syrian diplomats in a chorus of global outrage at the massacre of more than 100 people, including scores of children, in Houla.
5. In Yemen, U.S. airstrikes breed anger.
Across the vast, rugged terrain of southern Yemen, an escalating campaign of U.S. drone strikes is stirring increasing sympathy for al-Qaeda-linked militants and driving tribesmen to join a network linked to terrorist plots against the United States.
6. Liberia's Taylor given 50-year jail sentence.
Judges at an international war-crimes court have handed a 50-year prison sentence to Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, following his conviction for supporting rebels in Sierra Leone who murdered and mutilated thousands during their country's civil war.
7. Computer virus briefly hits Iran's oil industry.
Iran''s key oil industry was briefly affected by the powerful computer virus known as "Flame" that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users.
8. Burmese migrants cheer Suu Kyi.
Aung San Suu Kyi vows to help Burmese migrant workers, as she addressed cheering crowds in Thailand on her first trip outside Burma since 1988.
9. Spain’s problems add pressure on Europe’s leaders.
Spain’s economic problems are deepening, pushing the country closer to an international bailout that U.S. and European officials worry could destabilize the global economy.
10. PASSING: Doc Watson, blind guitar wizard, dies at 89.
Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists, died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
(New York Times)