Morning Brief: The general election begins

Top Story Scott Olson/Getty Images John McCain wasted no time in welcoming Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president — by questioning the Illinois senator’s judgment on foreign policy and lambasting his positions on domestic issues. Hillary Clinton, for her part, pointedly refused to concede defeat and even reiterated her claim to a popular ...

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Scott Olson/Getty Images

John McCain wasted no time in welcoming Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president -- by questioning the Illinois senator's judgment on foreign policy and lambasting his positions on domestic issues. Hillary Clinton, for her part, pointedly refused to concede defeat and even reiterated her claim to a popular vote majority. But Obama, who has now secured 2144 delegates, proclaimed himself the nominee and said, "I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations."

Top Story

Scott Olson/Getty Images

John McCain wasted no time in welcoming Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president — by questioning the Illinois senator’s judgment on foreign policy and lambasting his positions on domestic issues. Hillary Clinton, for her part, pointedly refused to concede defeat and even reiterated her claim to a popular vote majority. But Obama, who has now secured 2144 delegates, proclaimed himself the nominee and said, “I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations.”

Jonathan Weisman explains how Obama won for the Washington Post.

Global Economy

Remarks by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled his growing concerns about rising inflation.

The global economic slowdown could last through the end of 2008, the OECD warns.

The United Nations announced a boost of $1.2 billion in food aid.

Asia

India raised fuel prices by 10 percent.

High oil prices threaten to make Japanese tuna fishing — and therefore sushi — prohibitively expensive.

Parents of Chinese earthquake victims vowed to press their complaints in the face of a government effort to silence them.

Al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri has a new tape coming out.

Middle East & Africa

Opposing forces from northern and southern Sudan appear to be marching to war.

Addressing AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed calls to negotiate with Iran and said, “The real question is why won’t Iran talk to us.” Israeli PM Ehud Olmert called for “all possible means” to be used to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Europe

In their quest to go global, European companies are hiring more foreign executives.

Angry fisherman clashed with police in Brussels.

German stores are running out of milk.

Americas

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might run for governor.

Today’s Agenda

Obama and Clinton address the AIPAC policy conference. Will they talk?

The International Olympic Committee today announces the finalists to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Mecca hosts the International Islamic Conference for Dialogue.

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert meets separately with President Bush and Vice-President Cheney.

The U.S. State Department releases its annual report on human trafficking.

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