Quote of the day.
"When you are in the culture of doing good deeds, taking care of the poor, taking care of the widow, the orphan, not as a means to something else but because this is what true religion should be doing, even the nonbeliever would say, 'Look at that.’ There is a certain respect that comes from that." Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, on the organization moving away from culture war-style politics and widening its goals to include everything from immigration reform to decreasing poverty.
1. The pressure's on Obama in debate rematch with Romney.
President Barack Obama is under heavy pressure in his debate rematch with Mitt Romney on Tuesday to turn in a more forceful performance that restores his momentum and draws sharper policy differences with his Republican challenger.
2. Justices to review voter law in Arizona.
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether Arizona may require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in federal elections. The federal appeals court in San Francisco blocked the state law in April, saying it conflicted with a federal one.
(New York Times)
3. Defense cuts, though unlikely, have both parties pointing fingers.
America's longest wars are finally ending, but politicians from both parties worry about the Pentagon's strange new peril: impending automatic budget cuts. Unless Congress and the White House reach a compromise, Pentagon spending will be slashed by $54 billion Jan. 2.
4. Ohio pushes welfare recipients to find work and exit the system.
Ohio is one of three states still scrambling to meet the requirements of a federal law that requires states to get at least half of adults currently on welfare into work — or face $135 million in penalties.
(Christian Science Monitor)
5. Malala Yousafzai arrives at special gunshot unit in British hospital.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban because she campaigned for the right to be educated, arrived in the U.K. on Monday to be cared for at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital.
6. White House mulls how to strike over Libya attack.
The White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to strike militant targets from Libya to Mali — if investigators can find the al-Qaida-linked group responsible for the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya.
7. U.N. envoy to Syria urges temporary ceasefire.
The U.N.-Arab League envoy has called for a ceasefire in Syria during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, as the revolt against the Syrian government enters its 20th month with a death toll of more than 33,000.
8. Afghan Army's turnover threatens U.S. strategy.
Now at its biggest size yet, 195,000 soldiers, the Afghan Army is so plagued with desertions and low re-enlistment rates that it has to replace a third of its entire force every year, officials say.
(New York Times)
9. EU imposes new sanctions on Iran.
EU member states have announced a new package of sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program.Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg "significantly broadened EU restrictive measures," focusing on Iranian banks, trade and gas exports, officials said.
10. Militant jihadists’ rise in Arab world poses threat to democratic transitions.
The proliferation of militant jihadi groups across the Arab world is posing a new threat to the region’s stability, presenting fresh challenges to emerging democracies and undermining prospects for a smooth transition in Syria should the regime fall.