Biden good guy
Manchester Union Leader covers the Indian/American who Sen. Joe Biden
(D-DE) greeted about how well he gets along with his ethnic group in his
home state. Last week Biden said that you couldn’t go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin'
Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent:
Manish Antani says Delaware Sen. Joe Biden "definitely got a bad rap" from
the national media for his recent remarks about Indian-Americans.
Antani is a 23-year-old Nashua resident and self-described Indian activist
who was on the receiving end of what's been described on numerous political
Web sites and talk shows as insensitive comments Biden made during a visit
to Manchester last month.
"I was very upset" at the portrayal, Antani told the New Hampshire Union
Leader yesterday. "I'm 100 percent behind him because he did nothing wrong."
Here's Biden's quote from July 7th:
“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian
Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts
unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
G-8 main topic
Washington Post covers the pipeline issue and how things are shaping up
for Russia being the energy monopoly to Europe:
The politics of gas pipelines has added friction to the preparations for the
Saturday to Monday meeting of the Group of Eight industrial nations, to be
hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. A year ago,
Putin said this meeting's "key topic" would be energy. "The country which is
definitely a leader in the world market is ordained by God to deal with this
issue," he said after last July's G-8 summit.
Despite Putin's boast, the summit's focus on energy will only highlight why
Russia remains a troublesome issue for the West. The oil and gas industry
reflects Russia's autocratic nature, diplomats and energy experts say; it is
controlled by the state, opaque to Western investors and difficult for
foreign firms to enter.
Although the United States and Russia may strike a deal on reprocessing
waste from nuclear power plants, the pipeline politics has highlighted the
mutual mistrust between Russia and the West, especially after Russia briefly
cut gas supplies to its neighbor Ukraine in January. While Russia said it
wanted to end subsidies on natural gas sold to Ukraine since Soviet days,
squeezing supplies in winter shortly after the ouster of a pro-Russian
president smacked of a crass political maneuver. "No legitimate interest is
served when oil and gas become tools of intimidation or blackmail," Vice
President Cheney said in a May 4 speech in Vilnius, Lithuania, angering
Feingold to Iowa on 7/15
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is scheduled to hold a public listening session
this Saturday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dubuque County Democratic
Party's headquarters in Dubuque, Iowa. He is also scheduled to appear as a
special guest at a fundraising reception for Democrats running for the Iowa
On Sunday, Feingold is scheduled to meet with Democrats in Maquoketa,
Clinton and Davenport, Iowa.