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sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Suns sweep; Phoenix sprints past Memphis into second round
The Phoenix Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs to improve to the Western Conference finals. They will play either Dallas or Houston.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Clean sweep; Heat finish off Nets behind Wade's 34 points
Unlike last year's showing, the Nets were swept in the 4th game in the NBA playoffs by the Miami Heat. Dwayne Wade of Miami had to fill the shoes of Shaquille O'Neal while his sore thighs heal.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Taking control; Pistons rally in regulation, win in OT to take 3-1 lead
The Detroit Pistons take a commanding 3-1 game lead in their playoff series against the Philedelphia 76ers. The task was not easy, however, as the third game ran into overtime.
www.cnn.com
Pope holds first general audience
The Pope held his first general audience, in which he touched on issues that he would cover during his papacy, like the Christian roots in Europe.
headlines.agapepress.org
Pro-Family Leaders Call On Congress to Curb Judicial Activism, Filibusters
Phyllis Schlafly is leading a filibuster on federal courts, pro-family issues, and the exercising of religion in courts. She wants the Constitutional Restoration Act to be reinstated so that Congress does not have as much power over religious matters in court.
www.theleftcoaster.com
Filibusters
The use of Filibusters in Congress has been called into question, partly for religious toleration reasoning. Some are trying to oppose filibusters by using the reasoning behind what a democracy really is.
www.cnn.com
Frist defends efforts to end judicial filibusters
"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was telling conservatives on Sunday that judges deserve "respect, not retaliation," no matter how they rule, and he defended his effort to strip Democrats of their ability to block votes on President Bush's court nominees."
www.cnn.com
Frist defends efforts to end judicial filibusters
"In his remarks, Frist noted that some Republicans are opposed to ending judicial filibusters, fearing that they may someday want to use the same tactics against appointments made by a Democratic president."
www.cnn.com
No compromise in filibuster fight
"Democrats drew criticism when they threatened to slow the Senate's business if Republicans eliminate judicial filibusters. Democratic leaders began stressing an alternative approach Monday, attempting to force debate on their own agenda rather than the president's."
www.cnn.com
No compromise in filibuster fight
" 'It's unprecedented, the steps they've gone to to prevent highly qualified judges from receiving simply an up or down vote on the floor of the United States Senate,' he said.

Frist and Reid both acknowledged that they are constantly negotiating, trying to find a solution where the Senate does not have a showdown over whether Republicans will change the parliamentary rules to ban judicial filibusters."
www.cnn.com

USA TODAY'S BESTSELLING BOOKS
' "The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren (Zondervan) (NF-H) '
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WALL STREET JOURNAL NONFICTION/GENERAL **
1. "Winning" by Jack Welch and Suzy Welch (HarperBusiness)
2. "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century" by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
3. "The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren (Zondervan)
4. "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" by T. Harv Eker (HarperBusiness)
5. "And One More Thing Before You Go" by Maria Shriver (Free Press)
6. "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown)
7. "Body for Life for Women" by Pam Peeke (Rodale Books)
8. "My Life So Far" by Jane Fonda (Random House)
9. "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow)
10. "Your Best Life Now" by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith
www.cnn.com

Bush shows support for DeLay
"President Bush on Tuesday gave embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay a high-profile, in-person show of support, warmly thanking the Texas Republican, who is facing allegations of ethical improprieties, for his leadership in Congress."
www.news.yahoo.com

Bush Aide Urges Dems to Work With GOP
"Andrew Card, appearing on three talk shows, also reaffirmed the president's support for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the Texas Republican whose ties to lobbyists have raised ethics questions, and John R. Bolton, the embattled nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations."
www.news.yahoo.com

Bush Aide Urges Dems to Work With GOP
"DeLay is facing questions about the source of funding for some of his foreign trips, political fund-raising for Texas elections and his ties to a lobbyist under federal criminal investigation. He has repeatedly denied wrongdoing."
www.news.yahoo.com

Troubles mount in White House, Bush agenda bogged down
"President Bush painted his second-term vision in bold, aggressive strokes: He would reform Social Security, continue to reshape the nation's education system and remodel the nation's judiciary by appointing more conservative judges to the federal bench."
www.msnbc.msn.com

Wizards end playoff drought,
top Bulls in Game 3
"The Wizards won their first playoff victory in 17 years Saturday, beating the Chicago Bulls 117-99 with a big-man attack notably absent in the first two games of the series."
www.msnbc.msn.com

Bibby, Kings climb back into series with Sonics
"Bibby had 31 points and seven rebounds in a dramatic improvement on his last two performances, and the Kings earned a 116-104 victory over the SuperSonics on Friday night to cut Seattle’s series lead to 2-1."
www.msnbc.msn.com

Terry rescues Mavs
from series deficit
"The unheralded point guard scored a season-high 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 26.9 seconds left, and Michael Finley added 18, rallying the Mavericks from another late deficit in a 97-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday."
www.msnbc.msn.com

Despite Duncan's struggles,
Spurs get ahead of Nuggets
"Manu Ginobili provided a spark off the bench for the second straight game and Robert Horry hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, helping the Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 86-78 on Saturday night for a 2-1 series lead."
www.msnbc.msn.com

Iverson answers call,
76ers top Pistons
"Iverson flicked him a pass and Iguodala’s shot went in, giving Iverson another of his 15 assists and putting the Sixers ahead by double digits midway through the fourth quarter of a 115-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night."
www.cp.org

A ban on TV indecency is all the rage in the U.S. - is censorship next?
"With a four-letter word here and a "wardrobe malfunction" there, surely someone in power - the executives, the stars, the creators? - deserves a good thrashing. Viewers may not agree on what indecency is or how to fix it. But they want someone to answer for TV's sins."

"A less draconian proposal would expand the purview of the Federal Communications Commission beyond over-the-air broadcasting to add cable and satellite programming - which would place shows from such networks as MTV, FX and even HBO (with its F-word-riddled dramas) under the thumb of the feds."
www.usatoday.com

The mess of mass entertainment
"Such examples highlight the need for significant revisions in the rating system, while pointing the way to a moderate reform to address concerns of worried families without raising fears of censorship. The PG-13 category needs rethinking and relabeling, since the typical PG-13 release now contains enough sexual content and rough language to have earned an R-rating 10 years ago. It's also problematic that many moviegoers, including 6-year-olds, can buy tickets to PG-13 fare without challenge. "
www.usatoday.com

The mess of mass entertainment
"In part, the prevailing confusion about where we stand in the struggle over pop culture indecency reflects the limited focus of recent efforts to "clean up" mass entertainment. While concentrating on a few high-profile events on TV, activists and officials have done little to address the omnipresent edginess and raunch on cable TV, in the music business or in video games. While attempts to expand FCC supervision into these arenas would prove unpopular, impractical and ill-advised, a meaningful extension and adjustment of content ratings could equip parents with information to enhance empowerment."
www.usatoday.com

Frist rejects filibuster compromise
"Reid also called for giving senators more power over appointment of judges from their state as well as the creation of a task force, made up of former senators, to recommend improvements in the confirmation process.

But Frist, earlier in the day, said he would not accept any deal that keeps his Republican majority from confirming judicial nominees that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved. "
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
what is a filibuster?

"...a parliamentary tactic where senators use their right to virtually unlimited debate to block measures or legislationo...filibuster requires 60 votes. Passing a bill or confirming a nominee requires only a simple majority, 51 senators if all 100 senators are present. The vice president can break 50-50 ties."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
who are the judicial nominees?

"David McKeague, Richard Griffin, Henry Saad, William G. Myers III, Janice Rogers Brown, William H. Pryor Jr. and Priscilla Owen."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
why don't the democrats like the nominees?

"Democrats oppose McKeague, Griffin and Saad, all nominees for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, because Republicans blocked Senate votes on former President Clinton's nominees for vacancies on the same court. They say the other four are conservative ideologues whose views against homosexuality, abortion, affirmative action, Social Security, labor rights or environmental standards are out of the mainstream."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
this is important because...

"Republicans and Democrats anticipate that at least one of the nine Supreme Court justices will retire before the end of the Bush presidency. The outcome of the fight over judicial filibusters will determine whether a replacement needs 60 votes or merely a majority. Social conservatives fear Bush would pick a Supreme Court candidate who doesn't oppose the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion if 60 votes are needed to win confirmation."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
what do republicans want to change about filibusters?

"The GOP is talking about seeking a parliamentary ruling that declares filibusters are not permitted against judicial nominees. That ruling would ultimately be submitted to the full Senate for a vote, with a simple majority required to prevail. Republicans hold 55 seats in the 100-member Senate, and Vice President Dick Cheney, who also is president of the Senate, has said he will be available to break a tie, if necessary."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
are democrats going to slow down the senate if the republicans win?

"The Senate works at its current speed because much of its workload is handled through a procedure called "unanimous consent." That means all 100 senators agree on issues like skipping the full reading of every bill, allowing committees to meet while the Senate is in session and voting on procedural Senate business. "
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
how can they slow it down?

"Without unanimous consent, it could take hours or days to complete work that now takes minutes. By opposing unanimous consent requests from Republicans, Democrats can block or delay most of what the Senate does. Democrats have said they will not delay vital legislation like appropriation bills and homeland security bills or money for America's troops."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/04/filibuster.fight.q.a.ap/index.html

What's behind the Senate dispute over judicial filibuster
have any other filibusters been had on judicial nominees?

"Republicans say filibusters have never been successfully used to block judicial nominees from confirmation who had majority support.

Democrats point to Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, who was blocked from becoming chief justice in what the Senate historian's Web site calls "the first filibuster in Senate history on a Supreme Court nomination." The attempt to force a vote on his nomination drew fewer than 50 votes.

They also say at least two of Clinton's lower court judicial nominees were filibustered for years by Republicans, although they were ultimately confirmed."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/09/filibuster.fight.ap/index.html

Hagel calls for filibuster solution
"During President Bush's first term, Democrats filibustered 10 nominees to federal appeals courts and have said they will do so again this year for the seven that Bush renominated. As of late March, the Senate had confirmed 204 judges chosen by Bush, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/09/filibuster.fight.ap/index.html

Hagel calls for filibuster solution
"It takes 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to stop a filibuster and end unlimited debate intended to block legislation or a nomination. In the current Senate, there are 55 Republicans, 44 Democrats and one independent."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/09/filibuster.fight.ap/index.html

Hagel calls for filibuster solution
"But he noted that Republicans prevented votes on many of President Clinton's choices for the federal bench.

"The Republicans' hands aren't clean on this either. What we did with Bill Clinton's nominees -- about 62 of them -- we just didn't give them votes in committee or we didn't bring them up," Hagel said."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/07/dems.radio.ap/index.html

Schumer urges Bush to intervene in filibuster fight
"Democrats have blocked 10 of Bush's appellate court choices with the threat of filibusters, which means those nominees would need 60 votes to be confirmed. Republicans are considering using their majority to change rules to require a simple majority vote for confirmation."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/07/dems.radio.ap/index.html

Schumer urges Bush to intervene in filibuster fight
"In his radio appeal, Schumer sought to draw Bush more directly into the fray by urging the president to denounce some conservatives who have used harsh language to criticize the Democrats.

"I am making a heartfelt plea to you, Mr. President. When you came to Washington, you said you wanted to change the climate in D.C.," Schumer said. "Those stating these abhorrent views count themselves as your political allies. One word from you will bring a halt to these un-American statements. That would be a way to strengthen democracy here at home." "
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/07/dems.radio.ap/index.html

Schumer urges Bush to intervene in filibuster fight
"Republicans have also complained about some of the Democratic language in the judges debate. The GOP and some Jewish groups criticized Sen. Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, for alluding to the rise of Adolf Hitler in a speech about Republican efforts to end judicial filibusters."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/07/dems.radio.ap/index.html

Schumer urges Bush to intervene in filibuster fight
"Schumer charged a small group of conservatives have "tremendous influence over the Republican Party and seems to be dictating its politics and policy" on the judges issue.

"Americans are a mainstream people, and we are a people of faith. Most of us believe deeply in God, but we also believe deeply in the right of debate and compromise," the senator said."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2005/05/08/heat.wizards.ap/index.html

Cruise control
Miami opens series with 105-86 win over Washington
"Wade overcame a poor start to score 20 points, O'Neal added 19 points in 26 foul-plagued minutes and the Heat defeated Washington 105-86 Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2005/05/08/heat.wizards.ap/index.html

Cruise control
Miami opens series with 105-86 win over Washington
"The Heat's depth was a key factor, with Miami's reserves outscoring Washington's 36-5.

Keyon Dooling had 15 points, Eddie Jones scored 12 and Damon Jones 10 for the Heat, who've won five straight playoff games for the first time in franchise history and are 5-0 against Washington this season."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2005/05/07/rockets.mavs.game7.ap/index.html

Record rout
Mavs rip Rockets by 40 in Game 7, reach Round 2
"With Jason Terry leading the offense and Josh Howard setting the defensive tone against Tracy McGrady, Dallas took a big lead in the opening minutes and built on it the rest of the way for an impressive 116-76 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2005/05/07/rockets.mavs.game7.ap/index.html

Record rout
Mavs rip Rockets by 40 in Game 7, reach Round 2
"The Dallas Mavericks were merely looking for a good game on both ends of the court. What they got was the most lopsided Game 7 victory in NBA playoff history.

And take note, Phoenix: They did it despite Dirk Nowitzki still misfiring."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2005/05/07/celtics.pacers.ap/index.html

Boston massacre
Pacers pound Celtics 97-70 to win first-round series
"He got his wish Saturday night when the Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 97-70 in the deciding game of their first-round series and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Pistons. They did it with the slow pace they prefer, keeping alive the 18-year career of Reggie Miller."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2005/05/07/celtics.pacers.ap/index.html

Boston massacre
Pacers pound Celtics 97-70 to win first-round series
"The Game 7 rout was so complete that Boston coach Doc Rivers began clearing his bench with 4:32 left. And Larry Bird, the former Celtics great and now the Pacers president of basketball operations, left his seat behind the Indiana bench with 3:31 to go.

"I don't know if the leprechauns took the day off," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "All I know is we had No. 33 sitting on our side of the building. I've got to believe that makes a little difference when you're here for a Game 7." "
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/marty_burns/05/06/spurs.sonics/index.html

Spurs-Sonics Breakdown
Seattle finally hits a brick wall in Duncan, Spurs D
"The Spurs are good defensively and well-coached. With Tim Duncan to protect the rim and Bruce Bowen to hound Sonics star Ray Allen, San Antonio will make it tough for high-octane Seattle. Unlike the Kings, the Spurs won't let Jerome James do his Shaq impersonation in this series. Rasho Nesterovic and Nazr Mohammed will join Duncan in keeping James in check, and all three big men will do a better job keeping the Sonics from hooking up an IV to the offensive boards and making it their lifeline as they've done to NBA foes all season..."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/marty_burns/05/06/spurs.sonics/index.html

Spurs-Sonics Breakdown
Seattle finally hits a brick wall in Duncan, Spurs D
"They have the gunners to shoot over the Spurs, and nobody expects them to win, so they can play loose. With Allen, Lewis, Radmanovic, Antonio Daniels and Luke Ridnour, the Sonics boast five marksman to neutralize the Spurs' tall interior defenders. With little pressure to win the series, they should let it fly. Defensively, Seattle has active big bodies in James, Danny Fortson, Reggie Evans and Nick Collison to throw at Duncan. They will bang him, bump him and "Bowen" him while using all 24 fouls..."
http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/adtrack/2005-05-01-godaddy.com_x.htm

Chesty ads built buzz, but also animosity
"Even as the teams battled it out on the field, NFL officials prevailed on Fox executives to yank a second airing of the spot set for the fourth quarter. GoDaddy and its New York ad agency, The Ad Store, found themselves in the biggest indecency flap since Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" the year before."
http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/adtrack/2005-05-01-godaddy.com_x.htm

Chesty ads built buzz, but also animosity
"GoDaddy screamed "censorship," but founder and President Bob Parsons admits he's cashed in nicely on the hullabaloo. In just two months, his company increased its market share 40%, jumping from No. 2 to the top in the category. GoDaddy estimates news coverage (including more than 1,000 stories on broadcast, cable and local TV) gave it $11.7 million worth of free publicity. With Super Bowl spots selling for $2.5 million, GoDaddy also got a nice refund from Fox for the ad that was killed.

"My dad always told me the proof of the pudding is in the eating," says Parsons, who's thinking about an encore performance for the next Super Bowl. "I know how much business we've done since the commercial." "
http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/adtrack/2005-05-01-godaddy.com_x.htm

Chesty ads built buzz, but also animosity
"Parsons may be laughing all the way to the bank, but Sallie Mars, head of this year's "Good, Bad & Ugly" awards by the Advertising Women of New York, says it was the worst kind of "Breast for Success" marketing. "Their claim they were trying to make a point about 'censorship is disingenuous,' " says Mars, director of creative services for McCann-Erickson. "When you look at that commercial ... all you see is a woman with big breasts." "
http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/adtrack/2005-05-01-godaddy.com_x.htm

Chesty ads built buzz, but also animosity
"Paul Cappelli, CEO of The Ad Store, cheerfully admits he used sex appeal to "stand out" in the Super Bowl. But he says critics such as Mars "don't get it" when it comes to his ad and what it tried to say about the Jackson incident.

"What's wrong with a woman showing her body on TV? The real sin of last year is what the authorities, almost all men, did to a woman who bared her breast. Janet Jackson was pilloried for nothing. That was the most anti-feminist thing in decades."

GoDaddy's ads, the game spot and another with the same woman, scored one of this year's top ratings in Ad Track, USA TODAY's weekly consumer poll. Overall, 28% like the ads "a lot," topping the 21% average. Men drove the score: 37% gave them the top rating vs. 15% of women. "