The Top 10 Stories of November 20, 2012

By Duane Shank 11-20-2012

Quote of the day.
"I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God. A mother is a caring person but at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing." Ellinah Wamukoya, consecrated Saturday to serve as the Anglican bishop in Swaziland, is the church’s first female bishop in Africa.
(Associated Press)

1. Tax talks raise bar for richest Americans.
But for all the broad brush rhetoric of political debate, the rate increases and limits on deductions now being discussed by the president and Congressional Republicans are calibrated to take the biggest bite out of the highest earners.
(New York Times)

2. Conservative activists strike back at GOP.
After nearly two weeks of listening to GOP officials pledge to assert greater control over the party and its most strident voices in the wake of Romney’s loss, grassroots activists have begun to fight back, saying that they are not to blame for the party’s losses in November.
(Washington Post)

3. Massachusetts to widen tuition breaks to include immigrants.
Gov. Deval Patrick will direct state colleges and universities Monday to allow young illegal immigrants to pay the lower resident rate for tuition and fees as soon as they obtain work permits through a new federal program.
(Boston Globe)

4. Fracking gains public support.
Political obstacles to oil and gas production are starting to fall away at the state and local levels as voters, elected officials and courts jump on the energy boom bandwagon that may turn the USA into the world''s top energy producer.
(USA Today

5. VA outreach lags as many veterans unaware of benefits.
More than half of America’s veterans say they have little or no understanding of the benefits due them, despite efforts over recent years to match returning soldiers with the help and services they need. 
(McClatchy Newspapers)

6. World pressure for Gaza truce intensifies.
The U.N. chief called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza on Tuesday and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a message that escalation of the conflict was in nobody''s interest.

7. Karzai accuses U.S. of violating detainee pact.
Afghanistan''s president has accused U.S. forces of continuing to capture and detain Afghans in violation of an agreement signed earlier this year between the two countries.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Obama at Asean as sea row rumbles.
U.S. President Barack Obama attends a regional summit in Cambodia, with trade pacts and rumbling tensions over the South China Sea set to dominate.

9. Easing of restraints in Cuba renews debate on U.S. embargo.
With Cuba cautiously introducing free-market changes that have legalized hundreds of thousands of small private businesses over the past two years, new economic bonds between Cuba and the United States have formed, creating new challenges, new possibilities — and a more complicated debate over the embargo.
(New York Times)

10. Ending global hunger within reach.
A renewed effort is needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting global hunger in half by 2015, a group of Christian leaders announced Monday.
(Christian Post)

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