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Fred Thompson, former Senator and TV star of "Law and Order", has scheduled a June 12 appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Normally, such a booking would not cause this early-to-bed early-to-rise (but I'm not a country boy) to stay up past midnight. But, could this be the moment Mr. Right makes it official and tosses hit hat into the GOP Presidential ring?
Senator Joseph Biden , who when he isn't busy running for president, also is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he expects his committee to adopt a resolution this week calling for full funding of the United Nations and payment of U.S. arrears.
While chairs of committees not only hold the gavel, but carry great power, this may not be a slam dunk (Where have I heard that phrase before?).
As my good friend from Michigan pointed out earlier this morning, Bill Richardson is officially a candidate for President - to no one's surprise.
Richardson is showing well right now in Iowa, though some people doubt he can break through to the supposed "top tier" of candidates. I think he certainly has the potential; whether or not his candidacy really takes off remains to be seen.
This is an important development for the people of the Central African Republic (CAR). Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo stated today:
"My Office has carefully reviewed information from a range of sources. We believe that grave crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the Court were committed in the Central African Republic. We will conduct our own independent investigation, gather evidence, and prosecute the individuals who are most responsible."
It is important to note that the Prosecutor is focusing attention on the use of rape as a war crime in the CAR:
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson "formally" announced that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President on Monday. Call me shocked, surprised or just plain stupid, but I could have sworn he already was a candidate.
The United Nations Committee Against Torture has urged the Polish government to share the findings of a report into its alleged collusion in the CIA extraordinary rendition program. The request by the UN panel signals serious concern over the country's participation in renditions and the transfer of detainees.
Big news on the Sudan divestment front from the past few days: Fidelity divested 91% of its American Depository Receipts (otherwise known as "a whole lot of shares") from PetroChina. Fidelity is the world's largest mutual funds company, and China purchases 70% of Sudan's oil through companies like PetroChina.
Yesterday, Belarus ran for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council - and lost badly.
A few weeks ago, a Belarussian victory was seen as inevitable. Thanks to some great work by a few human rights groups and engaged governments, the tables have been turned.
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