The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of September 7, 2012

 Quote of the day.
"This trend is pretty geographically pervasive, and even residents of small towns and rural areas are encountering diversity face to face. It''s not something they just read about in the newspapers anymore."  Barrett Lee, Penn State sociologist and demographer and lead author of a new study on diversity in the U.S.
(USA Today)

1. U.S. economy adds 96k jobs, rate falls to 8.1 pct.
U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow the momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech Thursday night to the Democratic National Convention. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July.
(Associated Press)

2. Obama: ‘Our problems can be solved.’
President Obama appealed to the nation Thursday night for another four years in office, asserting that his policies are slowly returning the country to economic prosperity while arguing that his Republican opponents would pursue a course that would set the country back and harm the well-being of middle-class families.
(Washington Post)

3. Two conventions tell the tale of 2012.
Republicans last week in Tampa and Democrats this week in Charlotte were not faking it. Partisans on both sides really do regard the other party’s nominee with contempt, and both sides look at the other’s agenda with genuine incomprehension.

4. Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims.
A tide of anti-Islam sentiment has been swelling across America in recent months, strong enough to prompt one imam to wish for the days immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when President George W. Bush declared that Muslims were not our enemies; that the war on terror was against a select few who acted upon their hate for America.
(CNN Belief Blog)

5. With Medicaid, long-term care of elderly looms as a rising cost.
Medicaid has long conjured up images of inner-city clinics jammed with poor families. Its far less-visible role is as the only safety net for millions of middle-class people whose needs for long-term care, at home or in a nursing home, outlast their resources.
(New York Times)

6. Bills aimed at immigration stall in Missouri and Kansas.
The red-hot immigration debate cooled in statehouses this year as lawmakers focused their attention on budgets, redistricting and, most significantly, the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case on the issue.

7. Arctic ice melting at ''amazing'' speed.
Scientists in the Arctic are warning that this summer''s record-breaking melt is part of an accelerating trend with profound implications.

8. Judge grants bail in Pakistan blasphemy case.
A Christian girl arrested in Pakistan for defaming Islam has been granted bail days after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Israeli defense minister hints at shift away from unilateral action on Iran.
In the coded landscape of Israel''s intentions regarding a military strike against Iran, the defense minister, Ehud Barak, made a public statement on Thursday which may signify a shift away from unilateral action.

10. In Syria, worry over chemical weapons.
Western spy agencies suspect Syria’s government has several hundred tons of chemical weapons and precursor components scattered among as many as 20 sites throughout the country, heightening anxieties about the ability to secure the arsenals in the event of a complete breakdown of authority in the war-torn nation.
(Washington Post)

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