May 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.
Top global and national news stories include:
• GOP Lawmakers issue plan to balance CA Budget: relies on deep cuts in spending to state workers, the mentally ill and the disabled, an optimistic revenue projection, and no tax extensions (Los Angeles Times)
• Flood of pictures – picture the flood (Sacramento Bee)
• Osama calls for end of oil subsidies (New York Times)
• Mississippi delta sees flooding from mighty river (AP)
• Japan, U.S. plan to store nuclear waste in Mongolia (Reuters)
• Suicide bombing kills at least 69 in Pakistan (Reuters)
• Japan to shut nuclear plant on quake fears (Reuters)
• Thousands of Mexicans march to protest drug war (Reuters)
• Egypt to grant citizenship to kids of Palestinian dads (Jerusalem Post)
• Bin Laden raid leads to resignation calls – for Pakistani president (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Osama bin Laden raid: Al Qaeda playbook revealed (ABC News)
GOP LAWMAKERS ISSUE PLAN TO BALANCE CALIFORNIA BUDGET
The Republican proposal relies on deep cuts in spending on state workers, the mentally ill and the disabled, as well as an optimistic revenue projection, and no tax extensions. Democrats attack the plan.
May 13, 2011 (Los Angeles Times--The proposal also contains optimistic revenue assumptions and, unlike Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's current budget plan, no extended taxes.
…The plan, unveiled by Assembly Republicans four days before Brown will update his financial blueprint, would fund public schools at roughly the same level as the governor has proposed and avert further reductions to state universities. It also contains a razor-thin reserve of less than 1%.
FLOOD OF PICTURES: PICTURE THE FLOOD
May 7, 2011 (Sacramento Bee/AP) –The dramatic, late-night demolition of a huge earthen levee sent chocolate-colored floodwaters pouring onto thousands of acres of Missouri farmland Tuesday, easing the threat to a tiny Illinois town being menaced by the Mississippi River.
But the blast near Cairo, Ill., did nothing to ease the risk of more trouble downstream, where the mighty river is expected to rise to its highest levels since the 1920s in some parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana
JAPAN, U.S. PLAN NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE IN MONGOLIA
May 8, 2011 (Reuters) - Japan and the United States plan to jointly build a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Mongolia to serve customers of their nuclear plant exporters, pushing ahead despite Japan's prolonged nuclear crisis, the Mainichi daily said on Monday.
DELTA SEES FLOODING FROM MIGHTY RIVER
May 7, 2011 (AP) Memphis - Parts of the Mississippi Delta are beginning to flood, sending white-tail deer and wild pigs swimming to dry land, submerging yacht clubs and closing casino boats, and compelling residents to flee from their homes.
SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS AT LEAST 69 IN PAKISTAN
May 13, 2011 (Reuters)-- CHARSADDA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 69 people at a paramilitary force academy in northwest Pakistan on Friday, a police official said, in the first major attack since Osama bin Laden was killed in the country.
JAPAN TO SHUT NUCLEAR PLANT ON QUAKE FEARS
May 9, 2011 (Reuters) - Japanese power firm Chubu Electric Monday agreed to shut a nuclear plant until it can be better defended against the type of massive tsunami that in March triggered the worst atomic crisis in 25 years.
The temporary shutdown of Hamaoka, which supplies power to central Japan -- home to many manufacturers including Toyota Motor Corp -- has added to concerns about power shortages following the crisis at another plant in northeast Japan that was crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami.
THOUSANDS OF MEXICANS MARCH TO PROTEST DRUG WAR
May 8, 2011 (Reuters) - Thousands of Mexicans on Sunday marched into the capital city to protest the wave of killing that has claimed 38,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon launched his war on drug gangs in late 2006.
EGYPT TO GRANT CITIZENSHIP TO KIDS OF PALESTINIAN DADS
Move marks victory for human and women's rights, but deals possible blow to national identity.
May 8, 2011 (Jerusalem Post)--Egypt’s decision to grant citizenship to the children of Palestinians married to Egyptian women is being hailed as a victory for women’s rights in Cairo -- and equally welcomed in Israel but for political reasons.
PAKISTAN: BIN LADEN RAID SPARKS RESIGNATION CALLS
May 7, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- Prominent Pakistani lawmakers called for President Asif Ali Zardari and other senior government officials to resign Saturday after the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden and embarrassed the nation.
OBAMA CALLS FOR END OF OIL SUBSIDIES
May 6, 2011 (new York Times)--With gasoline prices still hovering above $4 a gallon, President Obama renewed his call on Friday to close tax loopholes for large oil companies, declaring, “If you’re already paying them at the gas pump, we don’t need to pay them through the tax code.”
OSAMA BIN LADEN RAID: AL QAEDA ‘PLAYBOOK’ REVEALED
May 6, 2011 (ABC) -- U.S. intelligence is now in possession of a veritable "playbook" of al Qaeda operations -- from potential terror attack targets to information on international safe houses and top commanders -- thanks to the Navy SEAL raid that took down Osama bin Laden Sunday, officials told ABC News today.