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Pelosi Calls for Tibet Investigation

Shortly after Chinese officials admitted that their country’s troops had fired on Tibetan protesters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into China’s accusations that the Dalai Lama was somehow behind the recent violence in Tibet, according to the BBC.

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Richardson Backs Obama

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who gave up his own run at the nomination in January, is endorsing Barack Obama. The nod from the country’s only Latino governor comes at a point in the campaign when the Hispanic vote will be less of a factor. Updated.

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Saudi Arabia Thinks Big

The House of Saud clearly takes a top-down approach to ruling. Under mounting pressure from the West to confront religious fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs plans to retrain some 40,000 imams.

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Scooter Libby Takes Another One for the Team

Poor I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.  First, he was tossed under the bus in the kerfuffle over Valerie Plame’s identity leak.  Now, as a result of same, Libby’s been stripped of his legal license in Washington, D.C.

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Shrinking Payrolls Worry Economists

A sharp jump in the number of Americans filing for unemployment has brought the four-week average to its highest level since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last week, 378,000 new claims were filed. Roughly 2.8 million workers currently receive unemployment benefits.

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Peace Sign Turns 50

It started as a rallying image for the British anti-nuclear movement in the late ‘50s and went on to become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable—and widely adopted—symbols. But did you know that the iconic peace sign was originally derived from the semaphore alphabet?

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Hillary Clinton

Clinton Documents Land With a Thud

Journalists have been poring over the 11,000 or so pages of Hillary Clinton’s White House public schedules, just released by the National Archives and the Clinton Library. So far, they haven’t found much worth reporting.

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Kevin Martin

FCC Cashes In on Spectrum Auction

After two months and 261 rounds of bidding, the FCC announced Tuesday that it has raised a total of $19.6 billion from the sale of the U.S. wireless spectrum. The revenue, slated to fund “public safety and digital television transition initiatives,” is nearly double what Congress had previously estimated for the publicly owned spectrum.

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Pakistan Assembly Elects First Female Speaker

The Pakistani National Assembly on Wednesday elected Fehmida Mirza to be the country’s first female speaker. The selection of Mirza, a leading member of the late Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party, marks the first significant transfer of power since opposition parties won a majority of seats in February’s general elections.

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Rice and a Baseball

Rice Snubs Argentina

In response to the strengthening of ties between Hugo Chavez and recently elected Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government, Condoleezza Rice will skip the country on a two-day trip to South America. The snub further underscores a divide between the U.S.‘s traditional Latin American allies and a growing movement in opposition to U.S. policy in the region.

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