Nation Digest

Nation Digest

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco Mayor Runs for Governor

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom formally announced his candidacy for California governor Tuesday, offering himself as an heir to the same groundswell for generational change that helped send Barack Obama to the White House.

In next year's Democratic primary, Newsom, 41, could face Attorney General Jerry Brown, who at age 71 is considering seeking the office he held from 1975 to 1983, and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, 64. Other Democrats mentioned as possible contenders include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 56, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 75.

-- Associated Press

IRAQ AMBASSADOR

Senate Confirms Hill

The Senate confirmed Christopher R. Hill as U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Tuesday, after a debate over his qualifications and whether he had mismanaged international disarmament talks with North Korea.

Hill, a veteran diplomat, won confirmation in a 73 to 23 vote.

Obama's Democratic colleagues complained that Republicans had used Senate rules to stall the vote for weeks, when Hill should have been rushed to Baghdad to help manage the troop drawdown envisioned by the president.

Hill's critics said he lacked Middle East experience.

-- Reuters


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