Daily News Digest

By Duane Shank 3-12-2008

The latest news on Governor resigns, Military commander resigns, President defends wars, Presidential campaign, Waterboarding veto upheld, Farm bill, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, and Features.

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Governor resigns. SPITZER RESIGNS "Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, announced his resignation today, becoming the first governor of New York to be forced from office in nearly a century." Eliot Spitzer resigns "New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned on Wednesday amid a scandal over a $1,000-an-hour prostitute, cutting short a career built on pugnacious investigations of Wall Street crimes."

Military commander resigns. U.S. commander in Mideast steps down "The resignation of Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, head of U.S. Central Command, comes at a crucial time -- a month before highly anticipated recommendations for the future of U.S. involvement in Iraq -- and amid a debate among top military commanders over American deployments in the region." U.S. military leader in Mideast resigns "Adm. William Fallon, who headed the U.S. Central Command, said recent news reports that showed him to be out of step with the Bush administration had become a distraction," Middle East commander resigned by phone from Iraq "Adm. William J. Fallon, the commander of all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, abruptly ended his nearly 42-year military career with a phone call from Iraq in which he asked to resign because of controversy caused by his criticism of the Bush administration's Iran policy." Pentagon denies Iran policy shift "The Pentagon also denied claims by leading Democrats that the resignation was a sign of White House attempts to stifle dissent." Sudan warns of 'another Iraq' "UN peacekeeping troops are heading for "another Iraq or Afghanistan disaster" in Darfur as long as talks between the government and rebel groups remain stalled and the US maintains its hostile stance, Sudanese officials and regional experts warned today."

Feature. Rev. Jim Wallis searches for old-time justice (Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor)"A movement happens, he says, when people change their minds about what is acceptable in the world, and have faith that what needs to be done is possible."

Feature on global poverty (Mark Lange, Christian Science Monitor)

Part 2 - Why so much aid for the poor has made so little difference Is poverty a problem of policy or destiny? Experts tend to pull in one of two directions. Some focus on the social fundamentals for prosperity. Others, on the technical and financial requirements for sustainable growth.

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