Quote of the day.
"The Amazon is Brazil’s No. 1 priority from a strategic viewpoint, given its importance to humanity as a source of water, biodiversity and food production." - Gen. Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Boas, chief of the Brazilian Amazon Military Command, on Brazil deploying troops to the Amazon rain forest in an operation aimed at cracking down on drug smuggling, gold mining, and illegal deforestation.
(New York Times)
1. U.S. hiring slows sharply, unemployment drops to 8.1 percent.
U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April for the second straight month, evidence of an economy still growing only sluggishly. The unemployment rate dipped, but only because more people gave up looking for work.
2. America's long-term unemployed.
Markets are recovering, CEOs are back in the money, but life for those jobless for six months or more has got steadily worse.
3. GOP's domestic violence bill panned.
Homophobic. Anti-victim. Racist. Elitist.That’s what some of the nation’s most prominent women’s groups think of the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act.
4. TransCanada to reapply 'imminently' for Keystone XL permit.
TransCanada Corp. has reapplied for a U.S. permit to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, opening a new round of contentious debate in the midst of the presidential election campaign.
(Toronto Globe & Mail)
5. GOP convention: Protests limited, but guns OK.
The city council in Tampa, Florida - home of the 2012 Republican National Convention, to be held from Aug. 27-30 - on Thursday moved forward with approval of a so-called "event zone" where protests of the proceedings will be held.
6. U.S., China forge tentative deal on Chinese activist.
The U.S. and China forged the outlines of a deal Friday to end a diplomatic standoff over legal activist Chen Guangcheng that would let him travel to the U.S. with his family for a university fellowship.
7. Palestinian resistance shifts to hunger strikes.
The newest heroes of the Palestinian cause are not burly young men hurling stones or wielding automatic weapons. They are gaunt adults, wrists in chains, starving themselves inside Israeli prisons.
(New York Times)
8. Thousands protest military rule in Egypt.
Egyptian armed forces and protesters have clashed in Cairo, as troops used water cannon and rocks to disperse demonstrators trying to reach the Defense Ministry.
9. Monitors’ presence has cut government violence.
The United Nations general leading the mission to monitor a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in Syria said Thursday that he believed the mission was beginning to have an effect.
10. Bin Laden documents released.
Newly released papers from Osama Bin Laden''s hideout reveal a frustrated al-Qaeda leader struggling to control an unruly network, the US military says.