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New York Times
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-Exemptions for Charities Face New Challenges
Authorities from the local tax assessor to members of Congress areincreasingly challenging the tax-exempt status of nonprofit institutions -ranging from small group homes to wealthy universities - questioning whetherthey deserve special treatment.

-Op-Ed Columnnist: Divided They Stand
It is, in a way, almost appropriate that the final days of the struggle forthe Democratic nomination have been marked by yet another fake Clintonscandal - the latest in a long line that goes all the way back toWhitewater.

-Editorial: Mr. Bush and the G.I. Bill
President Bush opposes a new G.I. Bill of Rights. He worries that if thetraditional path to college for service members since World War II isimproved and expanded for the post-9/11 generation, too many people willtake it.

-How Green Is the College? Time the Showers
Lucas Brown, a junior at Oberlin College here, was still wet from the showerthe other morning as he entered his score on the neon green message boardnext to the bathroom sink: Three minutes, according to the plastic hourglasstimer inside the shower. Two minutes faster than the morning before. Oneminute faster than two of his housemates.

-Mexico's War Against Drugs Kills Its Police
The assassination was an inside job. The federal police commander kept hisschedule secret and slept in a different place each night, yet the killerhad the keys to the official's apartment and was waiting for him when hearrived after midnight.

-Mars Lander Transmits Photos of Arctic Terrain
The first pictures sent back by NASA's Phoenix Mars lander from the northernarctic plains of Mars show a flat terrain marked by a polygonal pattern ofshallow troughs and a few pebbles scattered about.

-More Colorado Follies: Tags: academia, ideology, Politics
I've just returned from New Zealand and find that in my absence theUniversity of Colorado - the same one that earlier this year appointed asits president a Republican fund-raiser with a B.A. in mining and no academicexperience - has gifted me again, this time with the announcement of plansto raise money for a Chair in Conservative Thought and Policy.

-Clinton Could Face Uneasy Return to Senate
When Hillary Rodham Clinton made a rare stop in the Senate last week, shespoke from a lonely outpost at the end of the Armed Services Committee dais,eight empty chairs emphasizing the gulf between her and real Senate power atthe chairman's spot.

-Standing In for Kennedy, Obama Embraces Legacy
When Senator Edward M. Kennedy endorsed Senator Barack Obama's presidentialcampaign in January, Mr. Kennedy passed the torch of Democratic liberalism,saying it was "time again for a new generation of leadership."

Washington Post
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-A Pro-Choicer's Dream Veep
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, whose Roman Catholic archdiocese coversnortheast Kansas, on May 9 called on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to stop takingCommunion until she disowns her support for the "serious moral evil" ofabortion. That put the church in conflict with a rising star of theDemocratic Party who is often described as a "moderate" and is perhaps theleading prospect to become Barack Obama's running mate.

-The Only Thing We Have to Fear ...
If you set aside the war in Iraq, terrorism has in fact gone way down over the past five years. You know that we are living in scary times. Terrorist groups are metastasizing all over the globe. Al Qaeda has re-established its bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Hizbullah, Hamas and other radical Islamic groups are gaining strength. You hear this stuff all the time, on television and on the campaign trail. Amid the din, it's hard to figure out the facts. Well, finally we have a well-researched, independent analysis of the data relating to terrorism, released last week by Canada's Simon Fraser University. Its findings will surprise you.

-Pastors Pose Problems for McCain and Obama
Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, both seekingto use religion to their advantage in the presidential campaign, havelearned painful lessons about the risks of getting too close to religiousleaders.

-Libertarian Party picks Barr as presidential candidate
Libertarian Party on Sunday picked former Republican Rep. Bob Barr to beits presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting.

Fort Report
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-Rove denies meddling in prosecutor's case
Says the courts will have to settle subpoena issue
President Bush's former chief political adviser denied meddling in theJustice Department's prosecution of Alabama's former governor and saidyesterday that the courts will have to resolve a congressional subpoena forhis testimony.

-Campaign notebook: With aid of RNC, big money lined up for McCain
From the San Joaquin Valley to Wall Street, John McCain has been headlininghigh-dollar Republican fund-raisers, including one at a billionaire's gatedhome in Stockton, Calif., that asked couples to make donations of $86,200.

-Obama's Makeover
Say it's the Tuesday after Labor Day weekend, the Democrats' convention isover, Barack Obama is their nominee, and the campaign season has officiallybegun. What's the first thing Obama should do before he hits the trail andcampaigns among real Americans?

-Televangelists say investigation into finances is biased
Senator's probe of lavish spending focuses solely on PentecostalsSen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who is investigating six televangelists foralleged lavish spending, is facing growing criticism from prominentconservatives and evangelicals, some of whom question whether Grassley isbiased against the Pentecostal televangelists because of his Baptist faith.

-A Texas Timeout on Biofuels
The state of Texas is now in official opposition to the federal ethanolmandate. Governor Rick Perry has petitioned the Environmental ProtectionAgency for a one-year reprieve, and the reason is simple and increasinglyfamiliar: Washington's ethanol obsession is hurting the state.

-Too Poor to Parent?
Black children are twice as likely to enter U.S. foster care than whitechildren. The culprit: our inattention to poverty.


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