The Top 10 Stories of November 14, 2011

By Duane Shank 11-14-2011

Quote of the day.
"We want social returns, as well as financial ones. When you look at the major financial institutions, you have to realize there is greed involved." - Sister Nora Nash of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, on efforts to persuade banks and corporations to protect consumers, rein in executive pay, and remember the poor.
(New York Times)

1. Catholic Bishops prepare religious liberty fight.
"The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets Monday in Baltimore for its national meeting feeling under siege: from a broader culture moving toward accepting gay marriage; a White House they often condemn as hostile to Catholic teaching; and state legislatures that church leaders say are chipping away at religious liberty."
(AP/Huffington Post)

2. Many Americans OK with religion in politics.
"The old adage that people should refrain from talking about religion and politics in public has long been thrown out the window."
(Catholic News Service)

3. Deficit panel ponders endgame.
"If the supercommittee is going to act, this is the week. That’s the narrative gripping Washington as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction sits less than 10 days before its statutory Nov. 23 deadline to report a plan to cut the nation’s burgeoning deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade."

4. Occupy Portland protesters push back.
"Several hundred protesters, some wearing goggles and gas masks, marched past authorities downtown Sunday, hours after riot police forced Occupy Portland demonstrators out of two encampments in parks."
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Supreme Court prepares to take on health care law.
"Supreme Court justices appear poised to thrust themselves and the Obama administration's signature health care law smack into the middle of the 2012 election."
(McClatchy News)

6. Hispanics reviving faded towns.
"For generations, the story of the small rural town of the Great Plains, including the dusty tabletop landscape of western Kansas, has been one of exodus …  Hispanics are arriving in numbers large enough to offset or even exceed the decline in the white population in many places."
(New York Times)

7. As U.S. prepares to leave Iraq, Iran's shadow looms.
"As the last U.S. troops pack up to leave Iraq by the end of next month, Pentagon officials and senior military commanders are warning that Iran will rush to fill a power vacuum created by the American exit unless Washington limits its pullback from the region."
(Los Angeles Times)

8. GOP debate embraces covert action in Iran.
"During a Republican presidential debate Saturday night, several candidates embraced the idea of the United States using covert operations to help solve diplomatic problems. Some of the activities they suggested may be underway but not publicly acknowledged."
(Washington Post)

9. Syria calls for emergency Arab League talks.
"Syria has called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League after the regional body announced it will suspend Damascus from its membership ranks on Wednesday and impose sanctions – a move that has sharply escalated tensions across the region."

10. Major humanitarian group leaves a South Sudan region.
"Oxfam withdrew from the border area between South Sudan and Sudan as violence in the area continued to grow worse."
(New York Times)

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