Quote of the day.
"Patients cannot stay here at the hospital anymore. It is too dangerous. We treat them and then they must immediately go somewhere else." Ahmad al-Rashid, a medical student who is now a volunteer nurse at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, on the Syrian military bombing hospitals.
1. U.S. income gap rose, sign of uneven recovery.
The income gap between the wealthiest 20 percent of American households and the rest of the country grew sharply in 2011, the Census Bureau reported, as an overwhelming majority of Americans saw no gains from a weak economic recovery in its second full year.
(New York Times)
2. Number of uninsured Americans drops by 1.3 million.
A major factor was an influx of newly insured young adults, many of whom benefitted from a provision in the 2010 health-care law requiring insurers to let parents keep adult children on their plans up to age 26.
3. House set to pass spending plan.
The House is expected to easily pass a short-term spending plan Thursday to keep government operations funded through March, a move that would signal that the chamber has at least temporarily jettisoned the brinkmanship of last year.
4. Frustration high at farm bill rally.
Bright sun, Johnny Cash tapes, the proverbial hay bales, and a High Plains stem-winder delivered by Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, exhorting his former House Republican colleagues that it’s 3 a.m. with a storm coming: get off the sidelines, hook up the tractor “and let’s go harvest a farm bill.”
5. National debate over voter ID moves to Penn. high court.
The national debate over voter identification laws comes to Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Thursday with challengers set to argue that the state law will shut out thousands of minority voters.
6. Chicago Public Schools students back in class by Friday?
Two sides in the battle to end a Chicago teachers strike emerged from Wednesday night talks hopeful that students might be back in school Friday.
7. Child deaths: Unicef says global mortality rates fall.
The number of children dying before the age of five has fallen significantly over the past 20 years, the UN children''s agency Unicef has said.
8. Demonstrations spread over anti-Islam film.
Protesters angered by an anti-Islam film have stormed the U.S. embassy compound in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, as similar demonstrations have spread to several countries across the Middle East.
9. Obama vows 'justice will be done' over killing of U.S. ambassador in Libya.
Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday to hunt down the killers of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans during an assault on its mission in Benghazi as suspicion grew that the diplomat was the victim of an organised attack by an Islamist group.
10. Russia and China to back Iran resolution.
After days of diplomacy, Russia and China have agreed to support a U.S.-backed resolution demanding that Iran stop activities that could be used to make nuclear arms.