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9 June 2008

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Clinton Suspends Campaign, Backs Obama -- Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd of a few thousand at the National Building Museum on Saturday to suspend her presidential bid and throw her support to Barack Obama. It was one of her better performances, and the address opened the way for Democratic unity in November. If she had given it three months ago, it would have been statemanlike. As it is, she looked forced into it, and indeed, she was.

Bangladeshís Political Crackdown Jails 18,000 -- In the past two weeks, 18,000 have been arrested in Bangladesh in a political crackdown. The Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have refused to accede to the conditions of military government for Decemberís elections. Each is led by a woman currently in jail for corruption charges. The parties want their leaders released before they cooperate. The government is rounding up party activists to force the civilians into line.

FSA Suspects Insider Trading in Bradford & Bingley Stock -- Britainís Financial Services Authority, a private corporation with a monopoly, is looking into allegations of insider trading in the stock of trouble bank Bradford & Bingley. The stock dropped 14% in 3 working days right before the bank warned investors of poor earnings. The warning was so severe that two banks underwriting the issue were able to drop their obligations and re-do the deal. Yet, the FSA seems unable to do anything about the suspected insider trading.

Archbishop of York Skydives for Charity -- The current Archbishop of York is a rather savvy fellow when it comes to getting media attention for various causes. He lived in a tent in York Minster for a week once to encourage Middle East peace. His latest endeavor was a tandem skydive to raise money for the Afghanistan Trust, a charity that supports the families of paratroopers from 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, who have been wounded or killed in Afghanistan. He pulled in £50,000 and seems to have enjoyed it immensely.

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