The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 12, 2012

Quote of the day.
"The whole thing's ridiculous, isn't it, having to do all this to put (the Olympics) on. It's supposed to be Games. And we ain't got no money. How can we pay for it?" - Peter Keeney, a London vendor near an apartment building that will have missiles mounted on it as part of extensive security measures for the Olympics.
(USA Today)

1. House panel's food aid cuts in farm bill called 'unjustified and wrong.'
A proposed $16 billion cut in the nation''s Supplemental Nutritional and Assistance Program is "unjustified and wrong," said a joint letter from the chairman of the U.S. bishops'' domestic and international justice committees, leaders of Catholic Relief Services and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.
(Catholic News Service)

2. House again votes to repeal health-care law.
The Republican-led House voted Wednesday to repeal President Obama’s health-care law, a symbolic gesture meant to highlight the GOP’s commitment to ending it despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that it is constitutional.
(Washington Post)

3. Mitt Romney courts NAACP, audience boos vow to repeal health care law.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a pitch for black votes Wednesday, telling the NAACP convention that his economic and education agendas would do more to help put people to work than those of his rival, President Barack Obama.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

4. More U.S. homes facing foreclosure risk in June.
Banks are increasingly placing homes with unpaid mortgages on a countdown that could deliver a swell of new foreclosed properties onto the market by early next year, potentially weighing further on home values.
(Associated Press)

5. Vietnam war’s legacy is vivid as Clinton visits Laos.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a brief stop on her Asia tour on Wednesday in Laos, the first visit by an American secretary of state here in 57 years and one that brought into stark relief the enduring legacy of the Vietnam War.
(New York Times)

6. Syria defections raise pressure on Assad.
Pressure has mounted on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a first senior diplomat, his ambassador to Baghdad, defected and Western powers drew up a 10-day sanctions ultimatum.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Spanish coal miners bring message of defiance to Madrid.
They came with helmets on their heads and the worried look of men with no future on their faces. But the Spanish coalminers who marched through Madrid on Wednesday were clear that they would not give up on their life-or-death struggle for the future of their collieries.
(Guardian)

8. Floating base gives U.S. new footing in the Persian Gulf.
A transport ship was reborn as a forward base designed as a counter to the Iranian threat and capable of staging military operations across the region.
(New York Times)

9. Peru project fights child labor.
Peru is using money donated by the United States to set up a pilot project to reduce the use of child labour. The scheme will seek to boost access to education for children in three of Peru's poorest regions.
(BBC)

10. Violence against Palestinians by Jewish settlers rising.
The number of attacks by settlers against Palestinians has risen by about 150 percent each year since 2008, with 154 attacks in the first half of this year alone.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

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