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WMC Daily News Brief - Couric, Immigration, Argentina

July 21, 2008

Couric Plans to Stay as CBS Evening News Anchor 7/19/08 Reuters: Katie Couric said on Friday she intends to keep her job as CBS Evening News anchor, contrary to reports she may leave a nightly broadcast that has struggled to win viewers since her much-publicized arrival. Immigrant, Pregnant, Is Jailed Under Pact 7/20/08 NY Times: It started when Juana Villegas, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was nine months pregnant, was pulled over by a police officer in a Nashville suburb for a routine traffic violation. By the time Mrs. Villegas was released from the county jail, she had gone through labor with a sheriff's officer standing guard in her hospital room. President of Argentina Withdraws Tax Increase 7/19/08 NY Times: The embattled president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on Friday revoked tax increases on grain exports, a measure that had set off four months of farm revolts, food shortages and nationwide protests. Needing a Star, CNBC Made One 7/20/08 NY Times: Only days into a new job at CNBC two and a half years ago, Erin Burnett was settling into orientation when the network decided to put her on camera. Viewers and executives of the cable business channel took note, and within weeks, Ms. Burnett started her first big assignment, contributing to "Squawk on the Street," a new morning program. Journalist Funds a Rewrite of Gender Rules 7/21/08 Women's eNews: Ruth Ann Harnisch didn't take "no girls allowed" as an answer. After a journalism career, she decided to flex some muscle and tackle the issues affecting women that confronted her on the job. We're Not Laughing at You, or With You 7/20/08 NY Times: Last week, in the aftermath of The New Yorker's now notorious cover cartoon depicting Barack Obama in Muslim dress and his wife in '60s-style black militant gear the country was abuzz with a question that is generally the preserve of doctoral candidates in English literature and cartoon-enraged Islamic militants: Are some subjects off limits to satire? Black, Female, Accomplished, Attacked 7/20/08 Washington Post: It was supposed to be satire, but the caricature of Barack Obama and his wife that appeared on the cover of the New Yorker last week rightly caused a major flap. And among black professional women like me and many of my sisters in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the mischaracterization of Michelle hit the rawest of nerves. Clinton Lends Her Campaign More Money as Its Debt Proves Stubborn 7/21/08 NY Times: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton lent her campaign an additional $1 million at the end of June, underscoring the difficulty she is having staying ahead of creditors and retiring a mountain of campaign debt, filings with the Federal Election Commission show. Can Leah Daughtry Bring Faith to the Party? 7/20/08 NY Times: Daughtry is a part-time preacher and full-time political operative. She serves as chief of staff to Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In the spring of last year, Dean appointed her chief executive of the party's convention; though she will now be collaborating with Barack Obama's team, she is in charge of orchestrating the event next month in Denver. McCain + Birth Control = A Lot of Attention About His Position 7/21/08 John McCain seems to be having increasing difficulty with the issue of birth control. At his town hall here in Albuquerque Tuesday, three people wearing t-shirts with the logo of the pro-choice organization NARAL were ejected from the venue, despite having tickets. Originally reported by local media, the incident got some attention in the blogosphere by Politico. As Wars Lengthen, Toll On Families Mounts 7/20/08 USA Today: The strains and separations of no-end-in-sight wars are taking an ever-growing toll on military families despite the armed services' earnest efforts to help. Divorce lawyers see it in the breakup of youthful marriages as long, multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan fuel alienation and mistrust. Domestic violence experts see it in the scuffles when a soldier departs. Dissident group claims three women ordained as priests 7/21/08 Boston Globe: A group advocating for the ordination of women held a ceremony yesterday in a packed Protestant church at which it declared three women to be Catholic priests and a fourth woman to be a deacon. The ceremony was denounced by the Roman Catholic Church, and critics said the event was a stunt with no religious significance. A High-Seas Show With Gay Family Values 7/19/08 NY Times: The 2,300 passengers of this R Family Vacations charter were on board for an annual week of swimming, frolicking, eating and building their own social utopia. R Family Vacations is led by Rosie O'Donnell, the entertainer and talk-show host; Kelli O'Donnell, the pixieish entertainment executive who recently became her wife and caters to gay and lesbian families. Africa's Last and Least 7/21/08 Washington Post: Soaring prices for food and fuel have pushed more than 130 million poor people across vast swaths of Africa, Asia and Latin America deeper into poverty in the past year, according to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). Aid workers say malnutrition among women is emerging as a hidden consequence of the food crisis. A Veil Closes France's Door to Citizenship 7/19/08 NY Times: But last month, France's highest administrative court upheld a decision to deny citizenship to Ms. Silmi, 32, on the ground that her "radical" practice of Islam was incompatible with French values like equality of the sexes. It was the first time that a French court had judged someone's capacity to be assimilated into France based on private religious practice. South African Favored for U.N. Post on Human Rights 7/19/08 NY Times: The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, is planning to name a judge from South Africa, Navanethem Pillay, to the key post of high commissioner for human rights, according to a United Nations official briefed on the decision. Nigeria: Stakeholders Seek Legal Backing for Maternal Care 7/19/08 Stakeholders in the health sector have advocated for an appropriate legislation backing the provision of free maternal and infant care services in various states across the country. In Vitro We Trust 7/20/08 NY Times: Brown's life today is as unremarkable as the circumstances of her conception have become: she's worked as an administrative assistant in Bristol, England, and is married with a naturally conceived toddler of her own. It's hard to imagine that she begat one of the major revolutions of the 20th century: being born as a result of I.V.F. The Women of 'Mad Men' 7/20/08 LA Times: In its first season, "Mad Men," AMC's glossy series about a group of guys on Madison Avenue, received critical raves for its finely drawn portraits of the employees of Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. But watching from a different perspective, there's a whole other story going on. And it's all about the women: Peggy, Betty and Joan. 4 Gynmasts Named to Round Out U.S. Women's Team 7/20/08 NY Times: Already, three of the four remaining positions on the team were all but spoken for. Alicia Sacramone and Chellsie Memmel, both 20, were expected to make it. Samantha Peszek, 16, was considered a lock, too.So, when that last Olympian's name was announced Saturday, national team coordinator Martha Karolyi called out: Bridget Sloan. And Sloan's heart jumped.