The Top 10 Stories of November 21, 2011

By Duane Shank 11-21-2011

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Quote of the day.
“We’re going to speak about how this economic crisis continues to hurt everybody in society, particularly the poor. We need to make sure there are decent jobs with decent wages.” - Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities in New York City, on the archdiocese’s participation in a rally urging passage of a wage increase bill.
(New York Times)

1. GOP candidates bare souls in Iowa forum.
"In a soul-baring session of emotional anecdotes, six GOP presidential candidates through tears and laughter confessed to foibles, failures and hardships during a forum Saturday in Iowa."
(Des Moines Register)  

2. Will Christians survive in the Middle East?
"In all the narratives that the Arab revolts represent — dignity, democracy, rights and social justice — many Christians hew to a far bleaker version of events: that their time may be running out."
(New York Times)  

3. Super committee about to concede defeat.
"Congressional leaders are negotiating an endgame for the "super committee" that could come as soon as Monday as Democrats and Republicans blame one another for what appears to be the panel's failure to come up with a $1.5-trillion deficit reduction plan."
(Los Angeles Times)

4. Debt panel’s failure puts Bush tax cuts in spotlight.
"The imminent failure of the congressional deficit “supercommittee,” which had a chance to settle the nation’s tax policy for the next decade, would thrust the much-contested Bush tax cuts into the forefront of next year’s presidential campaign."
(Washington Post)  

5. Wisconsin under siege.
"What democracy looks like here is not always pretty. It is emotional, raucous, sharply divided and characterized by unending campaigns."
(Minneapolis Star-Tribune)  

6. UC Davis pepper spray incident goes viral.
"Police at UC Davis used pepper spray to disperse peaceful demonstrators at UC Davis, setting off a firestorm of protest, the suspension of two officers, and calls for the school’s chancellor to resign."
(Christian Science Monitor)  

7. Cairo clashes cast doubts over Egypt vote. "Protesters calling for Egypt's military to hand over power have beaten back a new raid by security forces to evict them from Cairo's Tahrir Square after more than 48 hours of violence in the heart of the Egyptian capital."
(Al Jazeera)

8. Taliban, Pakistan said to have started peace talks.
"Pakistan's Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday."
(Reuters)

9. Ethiopian troops said to enter Somalia.
"Witnesses along the drought-stricken Ethiopia-Somalia border reported Sunday that hundreds of Ethiopian troops had crossed into Somalia with armored personnel carriers, heavy artillery and tanks."
(New York Times)  

10. Canada will back West's push on Iran.
"As early as Monday, Canada will impose tough new sanctions on Iran, which has become a top-tier foreign-policy concern for the Harper government."
(Globe & Mail)

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