The Top 10 Stories of October 10, 2012

By Duane Shank 10-10-2012

Quote of the day.
“I wish Angela Merkel could walk the streets of Athens on Tuesday and see the suffering Germany is causing us today. I wish she could see just how harsh she is being with our country.” Maria Kelermeni, 16, on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to Athens that provoked large anti-German protests over budget austerity measures being demanded from Greece.
(Washington Post)

1. Biden-Ryan debate highlights nation's Catholic political divide.
It would be hard to find better representatives of the two poles of American Catholicism. Both men are deeply steeped in their faith, yet they disagree on issues of critical importance to the church and to society: abortion, health care, and the government''s role in caring for the poor.
(Los Angeles Times/McClatchy)

2. Tax battle returns to forefront on the Hill.
An issue that has taken center stage in the presidential campaign — how to rewrite the U.S. tax code — is rapidly moving back onto the front burner in Washington as policymakers brace for another epic battle over the budget days after the Nov. 6 election.
(Washington Post)

3. Weather disasters target N. America.
The number of natural disasters per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but most notably in North America where countries have been battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought, a new report says.
(USA Today)

4. North Carolina CEO starts program to help undocumented students pay for college.
In a move likely to spark debate, a Charlotte-area CEO has given $1 million to launch a nonprofit that will help the undocumented children of immigrants pay for college in the United States.
(Charlotte Observer/McClatchy)

5. Sandusky headed to prison, but scandal persists.
Headed to prison for the rest of his life, Jerry Sandusky leaves behind a trail of human and legal wreckage that could take years to clear away.
(Associated Press)

6. Prayers offered for Malala's recovery.
Prayers are being offered across Pakistan for the recovery of Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old education rights activist, who has undergone surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her skull. Yousafzai was shot on Tuesday on her way home from school in Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley region of northwest Pakistan.
(Al Jazeera)

7. U.S. military is sent to Jordan to help with crisis in Syria.
The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons, and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict.
(New York Times)

8. Mohamed Morsi issues wholesale pardon for Egypt's political protesters.
Egyptian protesters detained and tried in incidents relating to the country's uprising have received a blanket pardon from the president, Mohamed Morsi, to mark his first 100 days in office.

9. Hunger stalks refugees despite oil deal between Sudan, South Sudan.
The deal didn’t address the most pressing crisis in either country: the ravaged war zones on Sudan’s side of the border, where old conflicts broke wide open last year after South Sudan became independent, spewing out 200,000 refugees and trapping hundreds of thousands more in a cycle of hunger and fear largely unseen by the rest of the world.

10. Netanyahu calls for early elections in Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Tuesday called for elections early next year instead of as scheduled in October 2013, saying that conversations with his coalition partners had proved it would be impossible to pass “a responsible budget” with deep cuts.
(New York Times)

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