The Top 10 Stories of May 7, 2013
Quote of the day.
"The challenges are enormous. It''s rare to have so many catastrophic injuries that require compensation. Solomon himself would have problems with this." Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator distributing more than $28 million in contributions raised for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on assessing needs and disbursing the money.
1. Biden urges faith leaders to pressure lawmakers on background checks.
During a more than two-hour meeting at the White House on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden asked leaders from across the faith community to keep up pressure on lawmakers to support compromise background check legislation even as Congress begins to shift its focus to immigration reform,
2. G.O.P. critics of immigration bill plan offensive.
Republican opponents of legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws are readying an offensive intended to hijack the newly released bill as the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday begins a review that will offer the clearest sign yet of how difficult a path the legislation faces.
(New York Times)
3. Is the gun-control debate back on?
At least two Republican senators have signaled that they may reconsider their opposition to expanded national background checks for gun purchases, aides said Monday, suggesting that the push for stricter gun laws could return as a top issue in Washington in the coming weeks.
4. New farm bill leans on food stamps.
With new leadership promises of floor time, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas is back with a retooled farm bill that sets a goal of $38 billion in 10-year savings while tilting more to the right by demanding greater cuts from food stamps.
5. Mississippi death row inmate seeks stay of execution.
Hours from execution, a Mississippi inmate renewed appeals Monday to retest DNA evidence in his conviction for the 1992 killings of two college students after the FBI acknowledged forensic errors in the case.
6. Obama, S. Korea to show united front on N. Korea.
President Barack Obama and South Korea's new leader Park Geun-hye hope to present a strong front against North Korea's nuclear threats during their high-profile meeting Tuesday at the White House.
7. White House holds firm on cautious path in Syria crisis.
The White House insisted Monday that it would not be thrown off its cautious approach to Syria, despite Israeli military strikes near Damascus and new questions about the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there.
(New York Times)
8. 'Huge progress' rebuilding Somalia.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron says Somalia has made "huge progress" in efforts to end more than two decades of conflict. He is co-hosting a conference in London with Somalia''s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to help the East African state rebuild itself.
9. Pakistan election campaign reflects new faith in democratic process.
Pakistanis head to the polls Saturday to elect a new Parliament after five years of bitter disputes with the United States over bases for the Afghan Taliban, U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas and the covert operation that killed Osama bin Laden. But those topics have been largely ignored in the election campaign.
10. Bangladesh garment accident death toll passes 700.
Hundreds of survivors of last month''s collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh protested for compensation Tuesday, as the death toll from the country's worst-ever industrial disaster passed 700.