Morning Brief, Wednesday, March 12
2008 U.S. Elections Jemal Countess/Getty Images Barack Obama soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in Mississippi primary. He leads 1,608 to 1,478 in CNN’s delegate count. The focus of the race now shifts to Pennsylvania, where 158 delegates will be up for grabs on April 22. Middle East Theories abound as to why CENTCOM combatant commander Adm. ...
2008 U.S. Elections
2008 U.S. Elections
Barack Obama soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in Mississippi primary. He leads 1,608 to 1,478 in CNN’s delegate count. The focus of the race now shifts to Pennsylvania, where 158 delegates will be up for grabs on April 22.
Theories abound as to why CENTCOM combatant commander Adm. William J. Fallon suddenly resigned yesterday. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says Fallon’s departure doesn’t mean war with Iran, as some fear.
Turkey plans to invest up to $12 billion in its mostly Kurdish southeast as a means to reduce unemployment and combat militancy.
Jordanian authorities released Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Maqdisi, a mentor figure for slain al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
China announced the creation of five new “superministries,” including one for the environment, in an attempt to make the country’s sprawling bureaucracy more effective.
Chinese police fired tear gas at monks in Tibet who were protestesting for a second straight day.
The U.S. ambassador to Belarus is taking a temporary hiatus, according to an opposition leader in “Europe’s last dictatorship.”
Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders announced they will hold talks later this month.
Politicians from Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland sharply criticized a proposal to have schoolchildren pledge allegiance to Britain.
The U.S. Federal Reserve’s $200 billion liquidity boost gave Wall Street its best day in five years. Other central banks joined in. Some worry, however, that the Fed’s action won’t be enough to unfreeze the credit markets.
Time is running out for the controversial U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement.
The price of oil inched close to $110 per barrel amid news that Chinese demand remains strong.
- President George W. Bush addresses the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Thaksin Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, faces a corruption trial in Bangkok. So far, he has plead “not guilty.”
- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies at a House committee hearing on the international affairs budget. You can catch the 10 a.m. Webcast here.
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Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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