The Top 10 Stories of November 1, 2012

By Duane Shank 11-01-2012

Quote of the day.
“It’s very stressful in China — sometimes I was working 128 hours a week for my auditing company. And it will be easier raising my children as Christians abroad. It is more free in Australia.” Chen Kuo, 30, on why she is joining a record number of skilled professionals leaving China.
(New York Times)

1. A state-by-state look at superstorm's effects.
The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 75 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 4.6 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.
(Associated Press)

2. New York faces rescues, looting and a rising death toll.
New York faced the reality of life after Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday: horror in still-waterlogged neighborhoods, where rescue workers pulled bodies from wreckage, and exasperation elsewhere as more than 3.75 million people entered a third day without electricity.
(New York Times)

3. Fuel shortages, power outages slow storm recovery.
New Yorkers awoke to the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days in one sign of recovery from Sandy's devastating blow. But elsewhere in the storm-struck Northeast, gasoline shortages persisted and emergency teams struggled to reach the worst hit areas and restore power to millions of people. 

4. An unlikely political pair, united by a disaster.
The scene of Mr. Obama greeting his onetime political antagonist Gov. Chris Christie in Atlantic City was a striking departure from what has become an increasingly bitter campaign, marked by sharp divisions between Mr. Romney’s more limited view of the federal role and Mr. Obama’s more expansive vision.
(New York Times)

5. In Montana governor’s race, interest groups outspend the candidates.
A century ago, Montanans banned corporate political spending in their state, repelled by brazen power plays from copper tycoons. But the law was overturned last year by the Supreme Court, and special-interest money is again flooding Montana. This time, it isn’t coming from mining interests or Wall Street, but from a very different source: downtown Washington.
(Washington Post)

6. U.S. calls for overhaul of Syrian opposition.
The United States has called for a major overhaul of Syria's beleaguered opposition, saying it is time to move beyond the Syrian National Council (SNC) and bring in those who are "in the frontlines fighting and dying today".
(Al Jazeera)

7. U.S. warns Israel off pre-emptive strike on Iran.
U.S. military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear program by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.

8. Sudan: the new battlefield in Iran and Israel's covert conflict.
Iranian warships have arrived in Port Sudan in an apparent show of support for the government in Khartoum, one week after it accused Israel of bombing an arms factory in the Sudanese capital.

9.  Al Qaida-linked groups cement control in northern Mali as diplomats ponder intervention.
Northern Mali is now an open playground for Islamist extremists, smugglers and opportunists. Reports from residents and local journalists who travel in the region suggest the Islamist extremists are moving to cement their control — instituting conservative Islamic Shariah law, collecting ransoms for Western hostages, training new recruits, and inviting others to join.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

10. Russians see church and state come closer.
As the Russian Orthodox Church continues its ascent as a political force, Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov stands at the center of a swirling argument about the church’s power and its possible influence on President Vladimir V. Putin.
(New York Times)

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