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Title: Pope makes first window appearence

Source: www.cnn.com
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday made the first appearance of his papacy at the window of his apartment, telling tens of thousands of faithful and curious he was keeping up the cherished tradition of his beloved predecessor, John Paul II, who had last appeared to crowds in St. Peter's Square in silent suffering.
Title: Pope approves Sodano appointment

Source: www.cnn.com
The Vatican's No. 2 official, Angelo Sodano, is the new dean of the College of Cardinals, a powerful position that had been held by Pope Benedict XVI before his election to the pontificate.
Title: Censor alert:Congress considers controls for cable TV and the Internet

Source: www.laweekly.com
Just as a TIME magazine poll out this week shows Americans want more TV censorship, a brace of Republican initiatives threatens to extend federal control of what you can see and hear and read to both cable TV and the Internet.
Title: Contributions to Rep. Tom DeLay’s Legal Defense Fund Slow to a Trickle

Source: http://news.google.com
The recent spate of unfavorable media disclosures surrounding House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s ethical lapses may be hurting more than just his image; his ability to raise money also appears to have been severely affected. Contributions to DeLay’s legal defense fund have fallen off sharply according to figures just released by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Legislative Resource Center.
Title: Cuomo warns of 'tyranny of the majority'

Source: www.cnn.com
Democrats blocked 10 of President Bush's appellate court choices during his last term by filibustering. Bush re-nominated seven of them this term, and Democrats are threatening to block them again. They contend those seven are two sharply conservative to fill the lifetime appointments
Title: DeLay: Whipping Boy or Poster Boy

Source: www.cnn.com
President Bush said Thursday that embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been an effective leader and he looks forward to continue working with him despite the charges of ethical violations that the congressman is fighting
Title: Former Education official pleads guilty

Source: www.cnn.com
A former deputy undersecretary for safe and drug free schools at the Education Department pleaded guilty to charging the government for personal travel, including trips to Texas where he continued working as a visiting judge while employed in Washington
Title: Will tv indecency ban become censorship?"

Source: www.kansascity.com
In the minds of many viewers, the current anti-indecency crusade isn't just out to make the airwaves safe for families and children. Another likely goal is to punish TV for its brazen smut-peddling
Best Selling Non-fiction novels

Source: http://www.nytimes.com
#1. MY LIFE SO FAR, by Jane Fonda.
NBA Playoffs
Pistons beat the Sixers in overtime
Title: Suns sweep; Phoenix sprints past Memphis into second round

Source: www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com
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.
Title: Taking control; Pistons rally in regulation, win in OT to take 3-1 lead

Source: www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com
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.
Fillibusters

Source: www.theleftcoaster.com
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.
Title: Frist defends efforts to end judicial filibusters

Source: www.cnn.com
"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."
Title: No compromise in filibuster fight

Source: www.cnn.com
"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."
Title: Bush shows support for DeLay

Source: www.cnn.com
"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."
Title: Bush Aide Urges Dems to Work With GOP

Source: www.news.yahoo.com
"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."
Title: Troubles mount in White House, Bush agenda bogged down

Source: www.news.yahoo.com
"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."
Title: Terry rescues Mavs
from series deficit

Source: www.msnbc.msn.com
"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."
Title: The mess of mass entertainment

Source: www.usatoday.com
"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. "
Title: The mess of mass entertainment

Source: www.usatoday.com

(Card # 2)
"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."
Title: Bush aide asks Democrats to cooperate

Source: www.msnbc.msn.com
WASHINGTON - President Bush’s chief of staff appealed on Sunday for congressional Democrats to work with the administration and Republicans rather than complain and stall action on Capitol Hill
Title: Ad war over Bush judicial nominees

Source: www.msnbc.msn.com
A costly advertising war erupted Monday over President Bush’s controversial court nominees, with opposing groups vowing to spend at least $1 million each over the next two weeks.
Title: Pistons just shrug at can't-miss Sixers

Source: www.freep.com
What's the old saying? Oh, right: A playoff series doesn't start until somebody loses a home game.


Well, this Pistons-76ers series just began. That's nice. I was hoping it would start before it ended. The 76ers sprang to life, beat the Pistons, 115-104, and if nothing else, we have a reason to pay attention. We have a series
Title: Survey: DeLay's District Disapproves Of His Job Performance

Source: http://news.yahoo.com
The majority of voters in House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's district do not approve of his job performance, according to an exclusive Local 2 poll released Monday.
Associated Press. "Cuomo warns of 'tyranny of the majority'." 4/30/05. 5/7/05 <www.cnn.com>
Democrats blocked 10 of President Bush's appellate court choices during his last term by filibustering. Bush re-nominated seven of them this term, and Democrats are threatening to block them again. They contend those seven are two sharply conservative to fill the lifetime appointments
Nonfiction bestsellers. 5/5/05 5/6/05 Blink <www.nytimes.com>
Malcolm Gladwell
Associated Press. Chafee backs part of Social Security plan 5/6/05 5/7/05 <www.cnn.com>
A centrist Republican senator who opposes President Bush's proposal of private investment accounts for Social Security is endorsing the president's call for a change in calculating benefits that would cut future checks for all but low-income workers
Associated Press. Bush continues Social Security push 5/7/05 5/8/05 <www.cnn.com
President Bush's 60-day nationwide road show launched to raise support for his drive to create private Social Security investment accounts is over, but he has no plans to stop traveling the country or pitching his ideas
Benac, Nancy. 7 Judges' Futures Hang in Filibuster Fight 5/7/05 5/8/05 <www.theledger.com>
They have been called a "family of seven judicial fanatics." Also "radical," "corporate stooges," the "most extreme of the extreme." The seven men and women whose judicial nominations are at the center of Washington's filibuster fight have been packaged as all-American success stories: a sharecropper's daughter, a senator's son, able jurists who can find time to teach Sunday school and clean up national parks.
Stein, Mark. Nash fourth point guard to win MVP 5/7/05 5/8/05 <www.nba.com>
Nash has edged Miami center Shaquille O'Neal to become just the fourth point guard in MVP history to win the league's highest individual honor, according to sources familiar with the results. The others are Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Bob Cousy
DeLay Reveals A Humble Side 5/6/05 5/8/05 <www.cbsnews.com>
Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay spoke Thursday of the importance of humility in public service and asked for continued prayers for Congress
Associated Press. 2 on ethics panel to bow out of any DeLay probe 5/4/05 5/6/05 <www.msnbc.com>
Republicans backtracked in an ethics controversy Wednesday for the second time in two weeks, deciding that two GOP members of the ethics committee should withdraw from any investigation of Tom DeLay because they contributed to the majority leader’s legal defense funds
Pryne, Eric. Parties fight to control nominee selection 5/6/05 5/8/05 <www.seattletimes.com>
The Republican and Democratic parties say they — not candidates — should decide which office seekers can be labeled Democrats or Republicans on the state's new "top two" primary ballot this September
Fineman, Howard. The most powerful social conservative comes to town 5/4/05 5/6/05 <www.msnbc.com>
When I flew to Colorado Springs recently to interview Dr. James Dobson, he had an urgent matter to interview ME about: why, he wondered, did Don Imus think that he (Dobson) was a nut? He was anything but, Dobson said
Associated Press. Bolton criticized by former intelligence official and Powell's chief of staff 5/6/05 5/8/05 <www.signonsandiego.com>
John R. Bolton, nominated to be U.N. ambassador, vastly overrated the military might of Syria and Cuba and had to be talked into toning down his assessments, a former senior intelligence official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff Friday
Moore, Frazier. A ban on TV indecency is all the rage in the U.S. - is censorship next?5/7/05 5/7/05 <www.cp.org>
n the minds of many viewers, the current anti-indecency crusade isn't just about making the airwaves safe for families and children - it's also a way to punish TV for its brazen smut-peddling
Monjoy, Chris. "Breaking Down the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs." Hoopsworld. 5/8/05.5/8/05. <www.hoopsworld.com>
#1 Miami Heat over #5 Washington Wizards (4-2)

#2 Detroit Pistons over #6 Indiana Pacers (4-1)


#2 San Antonio Spurs over #3 Seattle Sonics (4-1)

#1 Phoenix Suns over #4 Dallas Mavericks (4-3)
"NBA: Wizards Beat Bulls, Advance to Round 2 of Playoffs." VOA News. 5/7/05. 5/7/05. <www.voanews.com>
The Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls Friday and advanced to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years.
Babington, Charles. "Clash Over Judicial Filibusters Nears Boiling Point." The washington post. 5/8/05. 5/8/05. <www.washingtonpost.com>
As the Senate returns from a week-long recess, Republicans are reminding everyone that four years ago today, President Bush nominated Priscilla R. Owen and Miguel A. Estrada to federal appellate courts. Neither received a Senate confirmation vote, Republicans note, because of Democratic filibusters.
"Bush's Social Security plan cuts benefits." The Boston Herald. 4/29/05. 5/8/05. <news.bostonherald.com>
After nearly 60 days on the road pitching Social Security changes, President Bush is offering a new plan to fix its finances by cutting benefits of more prosperous future retirees. Democrats still aren't buying it.
"Democrats Go Nuclear on Values." Yahoo!news. 4/25/05.5/8/05 <www.villagevoice.com/news>.
With its thousands of churchgoers in the pews and on the phone to Washington, the Christian right has opened the door for a return to a code of moral values that will suit them better than this plain old secular constitutional thing. Ditching the Senate filibuster and installing Bush's court appointees en masse—the aim of "Justice Sunday," yesterday's mega-media event —may be the least of it.
"7 Judges' Futures Hang in Filibuster Fight." Yahoo!news. 5/9/05. 5/9/05 <http://asia.news.yahoo.com>.
They have been called a "family of seven judicial fanatics." Also "radical," "corporate stooges," the "most extreme of the extreme." The seven men and women whose judicial nominations are at the center of Washington's filibuster fight have been packaged as all-American success stories: a sharecropper's daughter, a senator's son, able jurists who can find time to teach Sunday school and clean up national parks.
"Bring on Bolton." Yahoo!news. 5/6/05.5/7/05. <http://news.yahoo.com>.
President Bush's pick has been bottled up for weeks as Senate Democrats and their liberal allies throw just about every possible smear in order to derail the tough-talking Bolton's nomination.

Yet as Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stated in a letter of support released yesterday, "A capacity for straight talking rather than peddling half-truths is a strength and not a disadvantage in diplomacy."