The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 17, 2012

Quote of the day.
"Please let me catch her, please let me catch her. That's all I could say. Let me catch the little baby. I think about my daughter, and you know, she's a little kid.” - Stephen St. Bernard, 52, a New York City bus driver, on his thoughts as he safely caught a 7-year old girl who fell from a 3rd floor window.

1. DISCLOSE Act fails again in Senate.
Senate Democrats on Monday lost another attempt to pass legislation forcing donors of groups that bankroll most election ads to be revealed. But Democrats, led by New York Sen. Charles Schumer, pledged to hold the Senate floor hostage and continue the debate well into the night.

2. Drought now grips more than half of the nation.
The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.
(Associated Press)

3. Some vets feeling shorted by the Army College Fund.
[He] is one in a new wave of veterans who are discovering that their Army College Fund is worth far less than they thought when they enlisted. The Army has acknowledged, in at least 91 cases, that enlistment agreements involving the fund were "blatantly misleading" for more than a decade.
(USA Today)

4. Hillary Clinton breaks travel record.
Since becoming secretary of state in 2009, Clinton has logged 351 days on the road, traveled to 102 countries and flown a whopping 843,839 miles.
(Associated Press)

5. Developing nations’ slowdown raises worries for global recovery.
An economic slowdown in China and other major developing countries has pulled one of the few remaining props from the world economy, which is already threatened by the financial crisis in Europe and a sluggish U.S. growth.
(Washington Post)

6. India seeks action over UAE boat shooting.
India has called on the United Arab Emirates to investigate the fatal shooting of an Indian fisherman by a US navy ship in waters off Dubai, the Indian foreign ministry has confirmed.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Fighting spreads in Damascus; Russia resists pressuring Syria.
Several neighborhoods in the Syrian capital of Damascus turned into combat zones on Monday as street battles between the government and rebel forces spread for a second day, with activists reporting that tanks fired down city streets.
(New York Times)

8. Clinton issues new Iran warning.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said during her visit to Israel that the US will "use all elements of American power" to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon.

9. UN doctor on Pakistan polio campaign attacked.
Gunmen have opened fire on a UN vehicle in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, wounding a foreign doctor working on a polio immunisation campaign and a local driver, … The Taliban have banned immunisations in the northwest, condemning the campaign as a cover for espionage.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Tokyo rally is biggest yet to oppose nuclear plan.
In Japan’s largest antinuclear rally since the Fukushima disaster, between 75,000 and 170,000 protesters marched in Tokyo to urge the government to halt the restart of reactors.
(New York Times)

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