The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 10, 2012

Quote of the day.
"What''s happening here is that the government has an ideological agenda to develop the Canadian economy based on the extraction of oil out of the Alberta tar sands as quickly as possible and sell it as fast as it can, come hell and high water, and eliminate any barriers that stand in their way."  Andrew Weaver, a climate scientist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, explaining why Canadian scientists are protesting cuts to government research labs and broadly pro-industry policies.

1. Obama asks Congress for limited extension of Bush tax cuts.
Obama urged Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for most Americans, but aides said he would veto a bill that included providing relief to households earning $250,000 or more, as GOP congressional leaders and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney want to do.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

2. Perry''s Medicaid plan would pass on $76 billion in federal funds for Texas.
Texas will leave more than $76 billion from the federal government on the table if Gov. Rick Perry gets his wish and the state does not expand its Medicaid program or establish a health insurance exchange in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram/McClatchy)

3. Most Americans earn more than parents, but only a third rise in income class.
The overwhelming majority of Americans still make more money than their parents, but upward mobility is elusive for many, particularly for African Americans and those without a college degree, according to a new study released Monday.
(Washington Post)

4. Analysis: Compromise in Congress very unlikely.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress who congratulated themselves for passing relatively routine legislation before July 4 are returning to the Capitol for a summer stocked with political show votes and no serious role for bipartisanship
(Associated Press)

5. U.S. has hottest year since 1895.
The last year in the continental U.S. has been the country''s hottest since modern record-keeping began in 1895, say government scientists.

6. China ''detains'' defiant bishop.
A newly-ordained bishop is reportedly being held after announcing he was quitting the body that oversees China''s state-sanctioned Catholic Church.

7. As death toll mounts, coalition insists Afghanistan war is on track.
Amid a two-day spate of attacks that killed more than three dozen people, including seven American soldiers, the U.S.-led coalition insisted Monday that the war in Afghanistan is on track and that Afghan security forces will be ready to defend their country when international combat troops withdraw.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

8. Egypt parliament meets in defiance of court.
Egypt''s parliament has met in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved the assembly last month, escalating tensions with the military just 10 days into Mohamed Morsi''s presidency.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Russia prods Syria’s President Assad with message of growing impatience.
Moving further from its strict stance of nonintervention, Russia pressured President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Monday to be more flexible about the future of his ravaged country, insisting that he talk with adversaries, inviting an anti-Assad delegation to the Kremlin and restricting shipments of new weapons to the Syrian armed forces.
(New York Times)

10. Meeting contraception needs could cut maternal deaths by a third.
A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that fulfilling unmet contraception demand by women in developing countries could reduce global maternal mortality by nearly a third, a potentially great improvement for one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
(New York Times)

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