"Last week the Federal Reserve stepped in to save financial giant Bear Stearns from bankruptcy. Women's advocates say a similar rescue package must be crafted for women losing jobs and homes and facing tax payments," Kara Alaimo of Women's eNews reports.
Business Week writer David Kiley reports that "since President Bush signed an energy bill that requires auto companies to achieve a 35-mpg fuel economy standard by 2020, with substantial improvements by 2015 ... it has become evident the road to greater fuel efficiency is full of potholes."
The Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. efforts to cut al-Qaida's financing. "In some cases, extremist groups have blunted financial anti-terrorism tools by finding new ways to raise, transfer and spend their money. In other cases, the administration has stumbled over legal difficulties and interagency fighting, officials and experts say."
USA Today writes that "witnesses to killings and other violent crimes refuse to cooperate in law enforcement investigations with such regularity that their silence is driving down the rate of solved murders throughout the country, police officials say."
The Associated Press reports that the number of Americans killed in Iraq has reached at least 4,000 lives, "after four soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad." The deaths occured Sunday, "the same day rockets and mortars pounded the U.S.-protected Green Zone in Baghdad and a wave of attacks left at least 61 Iraqis dead nationwide," the AP writes.
Washington Post writer DeNeen L. Brown examines how the use of race and gender politics in the Democratic nomination contest poses "two great divides for black women." Brown writes, "The 'isms' have once again been pitted against each other. Sexism or racism—which ism is deepest? All things being equal, should a woman or a black man be lifted to the presidency? Which 'first' is the imperative first?"
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff Christine Beatty have been charged with perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office. The charges stem from 2007, when both Kilpatrick and Beatty denied under oath that they had had an affair in 2002 and 2003.
U.K. newspaper The Independent reports that Gareth Thomas, Britain's International Development minister, has warned that the planet "faces a future of 'water wars,' unless action is taken to prevent international water shortages and sanitation issues escalating into conflicts."
During today's torch-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics in Ancient Olympia, Greece, three members of the group Reporters Without Borders made their way past security and unfurled a flag calling for a boycott of the games. Agence France-Presse reports that the group was "shouting slogans against Chinese rule in Tibet."
Reporters Without Borders said in a statement, “The Olympic flame may be sacred but human rights are even more so ... We could not let the Chinese government take the Olympic flame, a symbol of peace, without denouncing the dramatic human rights situation in China with less than five months to go to the start of the Olympic Games."
The Guardian reports on the three high-profile visitors the Dalai Lama has received since Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Richard Gere and Robert Thurman, and "finds that the Dalai Lama's commitment to peace is being tested—both by China and by Tibetans who want decisive action in the face of escalating violence."
"In naming its candidate for prime minister Saturday, the party of Benazir Bhutto has taken a further step toward sidelining Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) loyalist Yousuf Raza Gillani, jailed for several years during Mr. Musharraf's rule, is expected to easily win the approval of parliament in a vote Monday," The Christian Monitor reports.
Al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has released a new audio tape calling for new strikes against Jewish and American interests. Titled "Rush to Support Our People," the tape calls for Muslims to "strike the interests of the Jews, the Americans, and all of those who participated in the attack on the Muslims."
UPI writer Robert Kiekcheffer offers a "Thoroughbred Racing Roundup," writing that "in a potentially wide-open Kentucky Derby year, the eventual winner could come from anywhere—even an artificial-surface race won by a turf-oriented colt whose mission seemed to have veered away from the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs."