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‘Clean stoves’ would save lives, cut pollution (Hillary Clinton and Julia Roberts – USA Today)
This Mother’s Day weekend, most of us will enjoy a home-cooked meal — maybe even breakfast in bed. We’ll probably take it for granted that the meal was prepared in a clean kitchen, where the air is safe to breathe. But for nearly half of the world’s population, cooking at home is a deeply dangerous act. In fact, it poses one of the most serious health risks in the developing world, and it’s a major threat to the environment.
Leon Panetta heads to DOD on high note (John Bresnahan – Politico)
Panetta, 72, now seems poised to silence such talk. He is expected to win strong bipartisan support when his nomination comes up for Senate review. Although McConnell and other top Republicans haven’t formally said how they’ll vote, bin Laden’s demise and Panetta’s steady CIA tenure all but ensure he will become the 22nd man to hold the top Pentagon post.
MAMA knows best (Kate Otto – Huffington Post)
As Americans gather on Sunday to honor our mamas, we should also be celebrating “MAMA,” a new global health initiative launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). MAMA, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, is an innovative partnership co-founded by USAID — who invests your tax dollars in foreign assistance programs — and mom-friendly corporate collaborator Johnson & Johnson.
A new breed of Senate hawk (Scott Wong – Politico)
Three Republican freshmen — Marco Rubio, Mark Kirk and Kelly Ayotte — share the tea party’s goal of slashing domestic spending but have rejected the movement’s isolationist inclinations and called for greater military action and tougher sanctions overseas in places such as Libya and Syria.
Lugar: Pakistan too important to cut aid (Jamie Klatell – The Hill)
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday that it ‘a lot of people in Pakistan’ had to know where Osama bin Laden was, but that Pakistan is too important an ally in battling terrorism to cut off U.S. aid.
Whose foreign policy is it? (Ross Douthat – the New York Times)
For those with eyes to see, the daylight between the foreign policies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama has been shrinking ever since the current president took the oath of office. But last week made it official: When the story of America’s post-9/11 wars is written, historians will be obliged to assess the two administrations together, and pass judgment on the Bush-Obama era.