Monday, March 8, 2010

McClatchy Washington Report 3/8

  • Although they'll end a 14-month hiatus in negotiations, there's skepticism about the talks because this is the first time in 16 years that Israeli and Palestinian leaders won't talk to one another directly.
  • Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison hasn't announced whether she will resign, as she has said she would after the GOP gubernatorial primary, but that's not stopping most of those who want her U.S. Senate seat. They are campaigning and raising money for the race.
  • Six months after U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson accused President Barack Obama of lying on national prime-time TV, the Springdale Republican's re-election bid has broken fundraising records and attracted unprecedented national scrutiny. Wilson and Rob Miller, his Democratic challenger likely have raised a total of $6 million. That total could blow past the S.C. record for a U.S. House race — and is on track to challenge the richest contests ever in the country.
  • The Taliban sought to downplay the fighting and a Hezb-i-Islami spokesman said his group and the Taliban must fight "the same occupiers," U.S. and Afghan officials hope it signals a split in the insurgency.
  • With a waiting list for Florida mental health facilities, a state debate is emerging on whether illegal immigrants should have the same rights to public health care as legal residents.
  • Monkeys are getting high for science in North Carolina. The study is examining the effects of cocaine on a particular neurotransmitter among monkeys who have had a long-term addiction to cocaine. The study was also chosen as No. 1 on a list of the "10 worst federal stimulus projects in North Carolina" by an analyst at the conservative Civitas Institute.
  • The town of L'Estere in the Haitian hinterlands has a mostly unpaved main road, scant public services, a main hospital that closes on weekends and few jobs besides farming. The situation is typical of small towns in Haiti, where resources flow to the central government in Port-au-Prince and little if any return. The archaic relationship between the provinces and the capital will likely be another casualty of Jan. 12's devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake.
  • For years, someone with a newly minted degree from a top-flight business or law school had the closest thing to a golden ticket for a high-paying job. But the ongoing recession has brought graduates — many staggering under mountains of student loan debt — face to face with a new economic reality.
  • California prison officials began touting a new public safety reform in January that would encourage inmates to complete a rehabilitation course and earn six weeks per year off a sentence. Inside Folsom State Prison, though, inmates and instructors leading such courses are skeptical it will work. In reality, they say, budget cuts are devastating programs that are the basis for the new credit and for helping inmates stay straight once free.
  • Allow me to tell you something you are not going to like; something that shocked me. But don't despair when you hear it, because deep inside the disheartening revelation lies hidden a promising discovery about the prospects for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.

No comments:

Post a Comment

What do you think it symbolizes?