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New York Times
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-From a Bright Past to a Cloudy Future
When Vito J. Fossella Jr., the soon-to-be boy congressman, stood beside theyoung girls of a cheerleading squad at the Excelsior Grand catering hall in1997, it seemed a particularly vivid version of Staten Island pageantry. Mr.Fossella - 32 and with Al Pacino looks - was on his way to becoming the soleRepublican in New York City's Congressional delegation at a spirited partybilled as an evening of "pasta and politics."

-Judge Drops General From Trial of Detainee
In a new blow to the Bush administration's troubled military commissionsystem, a military judge has disqualified a Pentagon general who has beencentrally involved in overseeing Guantánamo war crimes tribunals from anyrole in the first case headed for trial.

-Op-Ed Columnist: Seeds of Destruction
The Clintons have never understood how to exit the stage gracefully.

-Editorial: Racial Inequity and Drug Arrests
The United States prison system keeps marking shameful milestones. In lateFebruary, the Pew Center on the States released a report showing that morethan 1 in 100 American adults are presently behind bars - an astonishinglyhigh rate of incarceration notably skewed along racial lines. One in nineblack men aged 20 to 34 are serving time, as are 1 in 36 adult Hispanic men.

-For First Time, More Superdelegates Favor Obama
The trump card Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton held in her faltering bid forpresident - her support among the superdelegates who can control the fate ofthe Democratic nomination - began slipping from her grasp on Friday asSenator Barack Obama moved into the lead on this front, with uncommitteddelegates declaring their allegiance to him as others deserted her.

Washington Post
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-Fighting in Beirut Threatens a Top Bush Administration Priority
On the eve of his trip to the Middle East next week, President Bush facesthe collapse of one of his three top priorities in the region -- stabilizingLebanon, a rare Arab democracy -- amid new fighting that once again pits theUnited States against Iran and Syria through surrogates, according toLebanese and U.S. analysts.

-China's Harmonious Diplomatic Symphony
While its propaganda machine might be sounding a little shrill lately,China's foreign policy is hitting all the right notes. In the past fewweeks, President Hu Jintao has met twice with leading politicians fromTaiwan following the election of Ma Ying-jeou. First Hu met with VP-electVincent Siew and then with KMT bigwig Lien Chan. There's a good possibilitythat the two sides will move a lot closer -- setting up direct flights andfreight services -- once Ma takes power on May 20 and Taiwan's bothincompetent and ideologically rigid president, Chen Shui-bian, leaves. Goodfor China and Taiwan. What's more, last week, Hu spent five days in Japanusing "smile" diplomacy with China's Asian nemesis. By all accounts, it wasa pretty successful trip, a stark contrast to complete disaster thatoccurred when Hu's predecessor Jiang Zemin visited Japan in 1998 and gave ascreaming lecture about history. The lecture played well in China but notanywhere else. China and Japan have reason to buddy up. Last year, Chinareplaced the US as Japan's biggest export market - a trend that isn't goingto change. Then, last weekend in Shenzhen, lower ranking Chinese officialsmet with representatives of the Dalai Lama. They've agreed to keep talking.
No one expects this to go anywhere, but it's a whole lot better than yellingat each other via the media.

-Church Punishes Priests but Protects Bishops, Critics Say
It's getting a little uncomfortable for Catholic Bishop Carlos Sevilla thesedays.

-Mexico blames gangs for killing top cop
President Felipe Calderon said Friday the killing of an acting federalpolice chief was an attempt by weakened gangs to counter his fight againstdrug trafficking.

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-Obama's candidates shows racial progress, and fault lines
No matter who wins the presidential election, one thing is clear: America isstill a nation stuck in the miry clay of race.,0,5063885.story

Miami Herald
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-DEMOCRATS: Obama must reach out to women
From time to time during this primary, I've wondered about Obama's mama. Ina race that was so much about biography, about beliefs rooted in her son's''DNA,'' she's made only cameo appearances.

From MoveOn,org
Just in time for Mother's Day, Senator John McCain opposed the Fair PayAct-a bill that would help guarantee women equal pay for equal work. Thebill simply would have restored critical anti-discrimination rules that theSupreme Court struck down in a recent decision, and failed by just threevotes.
Adding insult to injury, McCain said that the solution to employmentdiscrimination was for women to get more "education and training."1 Maybethat made some sense in his day, but today with women outnumbering men oncollege campuses, it makes none. Study after study has shown that women arepaid less than men for the same work, even when they have the same educationand training. Senator McCain and his Republican allies have chosen to standin the way of enforcement of a law that's been on the books protecting womenfor 40 years. Call on Senator McCain and Congress to pass the Fair Pay Actnow. Go to:

Fort Report
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-Kennedy disputes so-called dream ticket
Don't count Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts among Democratshankering for the so-called dream ticket of Barack Obama and HillaryClinton.

-Feminists sharply divided between Clinton, Obama
No constituency is more eager to see a woman win the presidency thanAmerica's feminists, yet -- despite Hillary Rodham Clinton's historiccandidacy -- the women's movement finds itself wrenchingly divided over theDemocratic race as it heads toward the finish.

-Unions Focus Against McCain As Democrats Still Battling
Organized Labor Sharpens Campaign Against John McCain As Barack ObamaSolidifies Front-runner Status


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