aleqm5isz9jx_p7cs_zr43jxywjznxsi8g.jpgYoung Voters: See Obama’s Race as an Asset, Non-Issue
For young voters, Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit at the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955 is schoolbook history. Even the racially charged 1992 riots in Los Angeles are a distant memory. The United States is far from a blueprint for racial harmony, but for today’s young adults — all born after segregation was outlawed in the mid-1960s — race is not the issue it once was. They have grown up with Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan among their highest-profile and wealthiest role models. And in their everyday lives, they are much more likely than their elders to have friends of another race, studies show. Is it any wonder, then, that young adults have been the most willing age group to support a black man for president? (Continue Reading…)

Clinton Says She’s Not Seeking Vice Presidency
Hillary Clinton today distanced herself from efforts by supporters to pressure presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to pick her as his running mate. The day after saying she will end her historic bid for the Democratic nomination and endorse Obama, the New York senator’s aides sought to tamp down suggestions she is vying to be the party’s vice presidential candidate or is behind efforts to draft her for the role. Clinton “is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her,” spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a written statement. “The choice here is Senator Obama’s and his alone.” (Continue Reading…)

South African Health Minister: HIV Rates Declining
South Africa’s health minister said Thursday that HIV infection rates among pregnant women declined for the second straight year and claimed it was proof of the success of government policies. South Africa has an estimated 5.4 million people infected with the virus, the highest total in the world. Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said that a new survey showed that 28 percent of women screened at prenatal clinics last year had the virus that causes AIDS, down from 29.2 percent in 2006. She said that overall, 37.9 percent of women aged 25-29 were infected with HIV, down from 38.7 percent in 2006. Full results of the annual survey will be released in the coming weeks, she told parliament. (Continue Reading…)

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