The Top 10 Stories of September 29, 2011

By Duane Shank 9-29-2011

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Quote of the day.
"The biggest loss is the loss of the man I married. His body's here, but his mind is not here anymore. I see glimpses of him, but he's not who he was." - April Marcum, Ray City, Georgia, who quit her teaching job to care for her husband, Tom, when he returned from two tours in Iraq with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(New York Times)

1. Bachman targets religious right.
"Zeroing in on her evangelical base, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told 10,000 students at the nation's largest Christian university Wednesday not to compromise in their personal, spiritual, or political beliefs."
(McClatchy News)

2. The new faces of poverty.
"A record 46 million of us -- and 18percent of families -- are now considered poor, as job losses hit the suburbs and the middle class."
(USA Today)

3. Hispanic kids now largest group of children in poverty.
"Hispanics now make up the largest group of children living in poverty, the first time in U.S. history that poor white kids have been outnumbered by poor children of another race or ethnicity."
(Washington Post)

4. Supercommittee operating in secret.
"The supercommittee has become supersecret about most of what it's doing. On Tuesday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) encapsulated the attitude of the members of the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee: 'I don't want to discuss what we discussed.'"

5. Supreme Court to rule on health care.
"The development, which came unexpectedly fast, makes it all but certain that the court will soon agree to hear one or more cases involving challenges to the law, with arguments by the spring and a decision by June, in time to land in the middle of the 2012 presidential campaign."
(New York Times)

6. Judge blocks parts of Alabama's immigration law.
"A federal judge Wednesday temporarily blocked portions of Alabama's strict immigration law but upheld others, including a controversial section that requires police to check the residency status of suspected illegal immigrants during traffic stops."
(Los Angeles Times)

7. U.S. sweep for criminal immigrants.
"A seven-day sweep that rounded up 2,901 illegal immigrants with substantial criminal records could be a sign that the Obama administration is trying to find a middle ground on immigration policies."
(Christian Science Monitor)

8. New Zambian president in peaceful transition of power.
"Zambian President Rupiah Banda, faced with electoral defeat Friday, did something unusual. He ceded power."
(Los Angeles Times)

9. Western states give way on UN Syria sanctions.
"Western powers have dropped earlier calls for immediate sanctions against Syria by the UN Security Council in the face of veto threats from China and Russia, as activists reported more civilian deaths in the country."
(Al Jazeera)

10. Bolivia highway protests spread.
"Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Bolivia have brought traffic to a standstill in central La Paz. They were protesting against the construction of a highway which would pass through a nature reserve in the Amazon."

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