Quote of the day.
"For Hispanic evangelicals, I don''t think it''s a secret that this is a top priority. This is home, this is granma and granpa, this is a child and a mother, a son and a dad." Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, part of a broad coalition of evangelical leaders calling on President Barack Obama to meet with them and introduce a bipartisan immigration reform bill within the first 92 days of his term.
1. U.S. bishops endorse sainthood cause of Catholic Worker''s Dorothy Day.
The U.S. bishops, on a voice vote, endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who was famously quoted as saying, "Don''t call me a saint. I don''t want to be dismissed so easily."
(Catholic News Service)
2. Election brings more female lawmakers to Capitol Hill.
Twenty years after the “year of the woman” election, when a record number of female candidates joined the storied “Senate club,” women lawmakers will be seen in even greater numbers in the halls of Congress come January.
3. Obama makes opening bid on taxes.
President Obama is taking a hard line with congressional Republicans heading into negotiations over the year-end fiscal cliff, making no opening concessions and calling for far more in new taxes than Republicans have so far been willing to consider.
4. Obama''s foreign policy team hits turbulence.
Just days after his reelection, Obama’s national security team is facing the most dramatic upheaval of his presidency.
5. Army says Bales should face death penalty.
An eight-day hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales wrapped up Tuesday with an Army prosecutor saying Bales should face the death penalty for committing "the worst, most despicable crimes a human being can commit, murdering children in their own homes."
(Tacoma News Tribune/McClatchy News)
6. European workers stage austerity protests.
General strikes in Spain and Portugal halted transport, businesses, and schools and led to clashes between police and protesters in Madrid. Smaller strikes were reported in Greece, Italy and Belgium, and rallies were planned in other countries.
7. France grants recognition to Syria rebels.
France announced Tuesday that it was recognizing the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition and would consider arming the group, seeking to inject momentum into a broad Western and Arab effort to build a viable and effective opposition that would hasten the end of a stalemated civil war that has destabilized the Middle East.
(New York Times)
8. Iranians debate whether to talk to U.S.
Iran appears to be locked in a fierce internal debate over whether to hold bilateral nuclear talks with the United States, with key political leaders calling for dialogue with Washington and hard-liners pressing ahead with expansion of the country’s nuclear facilities.
9. Riots erupt across Jordan over gas prices.
Violent protests broke out across Jordan on Tuesday night after the government announced an increase in fuel prices, inciting what appeared to be an unparalleled show of anger directed at the king after months of mounting tension in the strategically important and politically fragile kingdom.
(New York Times)
10. African Union backs Mali troops plan.
African leaders have endorsed a plan to send a 3,300-strong force to wrest control of northern Mali from Islamist fighters, as fears grow over risks they pose to the region and beyond.