Quote of the day.
“Sometimes, when what is officially the law is wrong, you try to get the law changed. But if you can’t, you break it.” Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, a minister in the United Methodist Church and a retired dean of Yale Divinity School, who is facing a possible canonical trial for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage.
(New York Times)
1. Immigration reform faces Senate gauntlet, uncertain House outlook.
The push for immigration reform enters a crucial period when Congress returns this week, as Senate legislation faces the gauntlet of a committee mark-up and House negotiators try to complete their own long-awaited bill.
2. Gang of Eight plots path to Senate supermajority.
Senate immigration negotiators are targeting as many as two dozen Republicans for a show-of-force majority — which they believe may be the only way a reform bill will have the momentum to force the House to act.
3. N.R.A. leadership rallies members for 2014 elections.
In a speech after speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention here this weekend, its top leaders and political allies blasted President Obama and other gun control advocates, warned against “all-out, historic attacks” on the constitutional right to possess firearms, and issued a rallying cry to members to become a political force in next year’s midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race.
(New York Times)
4. Economy leaves wages behind.
Stock markets and corporate profits are breaking records. The economy suddenly looks brighter after the government's surprising report Friday that employers added 635,000 jobs the past three months. Instead of celebrating, however, many working Americans are borrowing a line from the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire: "Show me the money."
5. Stories of struggle and creativity as sequestration cuts hit home.
The $85 billion in federal budget cuts known as sequestration are beginning to be felt far from the nation’s capital, like at a Head Start program in Pejepscot, Me., that is being closed and a cancer center in Birmingham, Ala., that is looking at layoffs.
(New York Times)
6. European carbon market in trouble.
As the centerpiece of Europe’s pledge to lead the global battle against climate change, the region’s market for carbon emissions effectively turned pollution into a commodity that could be traded like gold or oil. But the once-thriving pollution trade here has turned into a carbon bust.
7. Israel strikes Syria, says targeting Hezbollah arms.
Israeli jets devastated Syrian targets near Damascus on Sunday in a heavy overnight air raid that Western and Israeli officials called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah.
8. Syria accuses Israel of declaring war after further air strikes.
The Syrian government said that Israeli air strikes against military targets around Damascus amounted to a "declaration of war" and threatened retaliation, in the latest sign that the fighting is spilling across the Syrian border and risks sparking a wider regional conflict.
9. Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse rises above 650.
Workers at the site of the multi-story building collapse near the Bangladeshi capital on Monday kept up their grim task of removing severely decomposed bodies from the rubble as the death toll climbed above 650.
10. Pakistan's women face battle for the right to vote.
A group of young female activists are planning to challenge what they call the government's inability to protect women's right to vote by organizing their own protection teams at individual polling stations in tense and volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of the four provinces of Pakistan.