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New York Times
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-News Analysis: After Lopsided Loss, Obama Woos Blue-Collar Voters
How big a problem does Senator Barack Obama really have among whiteworking-class voters? And what -if anything - can he do about it as he headsinto the general election?

-Democrat Wins House Seat in Mississippi
Democrats scored a remarkable upset victory on Tuesday in a specialCongressional election in this conservative Southern district, sending aclear signal of national problems ahead for Republicans in the fall.

-Italian's Detention Illustrates Dangers Foreign Visitors Face
He was a carefree Italian with a recent law degree from a Roman university.
She was "a totally Virginia girl," as she puts it, raised across the roadfrom George Washington's home. Their romance, sparked by a 2006 meeting in asupermarket in Rome, soon brought the Italian, Domenico Salerno, on frequentvisits to Alexandria, Va., where he was welcomed like a favorite son by theparents and neighbors of his girlfriend, Caitlin Cooper.

-Teach for America Sees Surge in Popularity
Teach for America, the program that recruits top college graduates to teachfor two years in public schools that are difficult to staff, has experienceda year of prodigious growth and will place 3,700 new teachers this fall, upfrom 2,900 last year, a 28 percent increase.

-Op-Ed Columnist: The New Cold War
The next American president will inherit many foreign policy challenges, butsurely one of the biggest will be the cold war. Yes, the next president isgoing to be a cold-war president - but this cold war is with Iran.

-Editorial Observer: Loving v. Virginia and the Secret History of Race
Americans born in the 21st century will shake their heads in disbelief onlearning that 40 states once had laws prohibiting interracial marriage. TheSupreme Court struck down the last of these statutes in the 1967 case ofMildred and Richard Loving, a black woman and a white man who were arrestedand banished from Virginia for the crime of being married.

-HBO Film About 2000 Recount Draws Protests From Democrats
Wounds from the Florida recount, still healing for many Democrats, are beingripped open again for some prominent former advisers to Al Gore. They saythat a coming HBO film dramatizing the ballot battle after the 2000 electionunfairly blames them for the Democrats' failure to secure the White House.

Washington Post
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-McCain's America
If the McCain campaign is still trying out songs, there's one by a couple of
Brits, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, that it should consider. We have tochange the words "an Englishman" to "American" to get it to work, but, thatdone, the song expresses succinctly and entirely the case for John McCainand, by implication, against Barack Obama:
For he himself has said it,
And it's greatly to his credit,
That he is American!
That he is American!

-High Court Caricature
The court stepped in, summarily overturning laws in 16 states. Tossing asideevidence that the constitutional provision was never intended to apply tothe situation at hand, the court instead looked to what it grandly describedas the "broader, organic purpose of a constitutional amendment."

-Mrs. McCain's Refusal
The wife of an ethics-and-transparency crusader seeking the presidencyshouldn't shield her tax filings.
"IT WON'T DO." That was our bottom line in 1984 when Rep. Geraldine Ferraroof New York, Democratic vice presidential candidate, balked at releasing herhusband's income tax returns. Ms. Ferraro ultimately relented. It was ourbottom line four years ago, when Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of the Democraticnominee, refused to release her returns; Ms. Kerry relented as well. And itis just as apt now with regard to Cindy McCain's tax returns.

-Burdened by the Weight of Inflation
Standards of Living Are Challenged
Nearly seven in 10 Americans are worried about maintaining their standard ofliving, as concern has spiked higher in just the past five months, accordingto a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Soaring consumer prices are a majorchallenge, with many people struggling under the weight of the rising costsof fuel, food and health care.

-India Bombings Prompt Calls for Anti-Terrorism Agency
With a dawn-to-dusk curfew stopping everything but funerals a day afterseven bombs ripped through this ancient walled city, some anti-terrorismexperts called for a central federal agency to be set up in India to fightgrowing attacks on the subcontinent.

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-Congressman tells Jewish retirees in Tamarac: Obama is strong on Israel
With Barack Obama on the verge of locking up the Democratic presidentialnomination, his most prominent Florida supporter turned his attentionTuesday to a pivotal group of voters for the November election: Jewishvoters concerned about Israel.,0,625718.story

Fort Report
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-Analysis: House GOP hits new low, faces bleak Nov.
The sky is falling on House Republicans and there is no sign of it letting up.
The GOP loss in Mississippi's special election Tuesday is the strongest signyet that the Republican Party is in shambles. And while some Republicans seea light at the end of the tunnel, that light more likely represents theDemocratic train that is primed to mow down more Republicans in November.

-Sexism - stoked by the media
TIME FOR a history lesson. In 1964, Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Mainewas the first woman to be placed into nomination at the Republicanconvention, a nomination that Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona had all butwrapped up.

-Calif. legislator makes history
California installed the nation's first black female legislative leader
Tuesday, swearing in L.A. Democrat Karen Bass as state Assembly speaker.,0,5131728.story

-Obama ventures deep into Limbaugh land
Senator makes point on Missouri hustings
Seeking to show he fears no Republican - even one with a deeply loyalnational radio audience - Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday essentially startedhis general election campaign with a brief stop here.,0,4362451.story

-Siege Mentality
How impeachment explains the Clinton campaign.
The Clintons find themselves victimized and under siege. The presidency isbeing stolen from them. The press is out to get them. They deride elites andchampion the masses. They live in a constant state of emergency. But theywill endure any humiliation, ride out any crisis, fight on even whenfighting seems hopeless.

-Democrats propose taxes to fund veterans' benefits
House Democrats are proposing a tax surcharge on millionaires to pay for abig increase in education benefits for veterans of the war in Iraq,lawmakers said Tuesday.


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