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New York Times
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-Iraqi Offensive Revives Debate for Campaigns
The war's return to the public consciousness poses new challenges andopportunities for the candidates, particularly Senator John McCain.

-'With a Few More Brains ...'
Our competitiveness as a nation in coming decades will be determined notonly by our financial accounts but also by our intellectual accounts.

-A Civil War Iraq Can't Win
It is a dangerous oversimplification to believe that Iraqi government forcesare the only legitimate side trying to bring order.

-The Game's Not Over, Clinton Backers Agree
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton likened this stage of the campaign to thefinal quarter of a close basketball game - hardly the time to stop playing.

-Clinton Shouldn't Feel Forced to Quit Race, Obama Says
Senator Barack Obama had a few words of advice Saturday for his rival,Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do not drop out on my account.

Washington Post
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-McCain's Manifesto
What Barack Obama tried to do with the sensitive issue of race, John McCainattempted last week on the no less important topic of foreign policy.

-Mideast Openings
Get to Know Hamas and Moqtada al-Sadr
The Bush administration is coming to a crunch point soon in the two biggestconflicts in the Middle East -- the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate and thestruggle to create a stable Iraq. In each case, we can see the limits ofmilitary power in combating the "bad guys" who the administration believesare obstructing the path to peace.

-Why Obama Rocks the Vote
Just before every presidential campaign of the past few decades, the mediahave heralded The Year That Young People Will Actually Vote. Yet each ofthose years turned out to be a youth turnoff. The last time more than halfof 18-to-24-year-olds voted in a federal election was 1968.

-Don't Stop Campaigning
Why the rush to push Hillary Clinton out of the race for the nomination?
THE GROWING chorus among some Democrats and other interested observers forSen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) to get out of the race for the DemocraticParty's nomination for president is troubling. We're not promoting Ms.Clinton over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), or either of them over RepublicanSen. John McCain (Ariz.), for that matter. A time may come when someoneshould gracefully bow out. But their extended contest informs the electorateand serves to battle-test them both. We don't see why the process should beshort-circuited when millions of votes are yet to be cast and two qualifiedcandidates believe themselves to be the best potential Democratic nominee.

Wholly Different Angles on The World
It wasn't that long ago that the Vatican and the White House saw the worldpretty similarly. Throughout the Cold War, both staunchly opposed communism,laying the bedrock for U.S.-Vatican cooperation. The Truman administrationlaunched the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe's shattered postwar economiesand stave off radicalism; at the Vatican, Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani warned,"You can say what you want about the divinity of Christ, but if, in theremotest village in Sicily, you vote communist, your excommunication willarrive the next day." And of course, both Pope John Paul II and PresidentRonald Reagan played supporting but important roles in the collapse ofcommunism.

-PAKISTAN'S BADLANDS: Like the Wild, Wild West. Plus Al-Qaeda.
Darra Adam Khel, a small burg in Pakistan's tribal areas, is thequintessential frontier town. Picture Wyatt Earp sashaying down the streetsof Tombstone in a turban, and you begin to get the idea. Because Pakistanilaws don't apply here, smugglers, gunsmiths and, most recently, the Talibanfind Darra, as it's locally known, an optimal place to do business.

Miami Herald
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Hillary Clinton's surge worries some Democrats
Some Democrats are concerned that the fallout from an increasingly tight andcontentious race could splinter the party's voters.
WASHINGTON -- For all their delight in soaring voter registration and strongpoll numbers, some Democrats fear the contest between Sens. Barack Obama andHillary Clinton might have a nightmarish end, which could wreck a promisingelection year.

-Four decades later, men recall King's last campaign
MEMPHIS -- Forty years later, they are old men, many with bent backs andgingerly steps. And they are taciturn, strangers to an era of confession,getting in touch with your feelings.

Fort Report
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-Edwards Donors Prefer Obama to Clinton
John Edwards ' former donors broke toward Barack Obama by a 2-to-1 marginover Hillary Rodham Clinton in February, the first full month after Edwardsdropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination fight.

-McCain's health plan fails her test
Neither Elizabeth Edwards, whose cancer is incurable, nor the presumptiveRepublican presidential nominee would be covered by his policy, she asserts.
ARLINGTON, VA. -- Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Democraticpresidential contender John Edwards, said she and John McCain have one thingin common: "Neither one of us would be covered by his health policy.",1,6757273.story

-Do-anything attitude hurts Clinton by Eugene Robinson
Talk about not being able to catch a break. To pummel a boxing metaphor, itwas Barack Obama who got tagged with a roundhouse right, flush on thechin -- but it was Hillary Clinton, from early indications, who ended upnursing a sore jaw and wondering what it was that hit her.


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