The Top 10 Stories of October 3, 2012

By Duane Shank 10-03-2012

Quote of the day.
“Every voter restriction that has been challenged this year has been either enjoined, blocked or weakened. It has been an extraordinary string of victories for those opposing these laws.” Lawrence Norden, Brennan Center for Justice, on a series of legal victories for those opposed to laws that they charge would limit access to polls in this presidential election. 
(New York Times)

1. First debate sets up moment of high-risk theater.
President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney come face to face for the first time in this presidential campaign Wednesday night for a nationally televised debate that will give millions of Americans a chance to size up two fierce competitors in a moment of high-risk theater.
(Associated Press)

2. Gang of 8 plots secret retreat.
The senators in the Gang of Six — plus two newbies — will have a secret retreat next week hosted by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to start cobbling together a plan to avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

3. Romney eases immigration stance as Obama urges Latino turnout.
As President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to face off in Denver on Wednesday in their first debate, both are focused keenly on the power of Latino voters to determine the election's outcome in Colorado, Nevada and Florida, among other states.
(Los Angeles Times)

4. Arizona agent's death stuns border area, state.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Nicholas Ivie, 30, of Sierra Vista, was killed and a fellow Border Patrol agent wounded in the shootout within several miles of the Mexican line, about 7 miles east of Naco. A third agent escaped injury.
(Arizona Republic)

5. California is latest stage for election battle over unions.
The battle to curb labor’s political clout has moved from Wisconsin to California, where wealthy conservatives are championing a ballot measure that would bar unions from donating to candidates.
(New York Times)

6. U.S. women may stage hunger strike in Pakistan in anti-drones protest.
Thirty-five activists from Code Pink, a U.S. anti-war group, have gathered in the Pakistani capital this week as they prepare for an unprecedented march and political rally in South Waziristan, one of the semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border, which is a hotbed of Taliban militancy.

7. U.S. is tracking killers in attack on Libya mission.
The United States is laying the groundwork for operations to kill or capture militants implicated in the deadly attack on a diplomatic mission in Libya, senior military and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday, as the weak Libyan government appears unable to arrest or even question fighters involved in the assault.
(New York Times)

8. Police in Iran clash with currency protesters.
Iranian riot police have clashed with protesters in the capital Tehran over the collapse of the rial, the country's currency, which has lost a third of its value against the dollar in a week.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Another Israeli church defaced with 'price tag' graffiti.
Less than a month after a monastery at Latrun was vandalized with "price tag" graffiti, similar graffiti was found Tuesday morning on a door near the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

10. Progress made against global warming, but more needed.
The U.N. climate chief said Monday that countries have not backed off what they had agreed in climate talks in Durban last year but said current actions and pledges are not enough to avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures.

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