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Obama Faces Opposition From Democrats

By Daniel Politi
Posted Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 6:42 AM ET The Washington Post leads with a look at how the Obama administration is seeking to put more restrictions on free trade even as world commerce takes a plunge this year due to the global economic crisis. The administration plans to take a harder line on domestic and social issues not only when signing new trade deals but also in determining whether existing agreements will be honored. The New York Times leads with Democratic congressional leaders opposing some of the priorities that President Obama set forth in his budget. Key Democrats are questioning Obama’s plan to reduce tax deductions for the wealthiest Americans, cut agriculture subsidies, and reduce spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, among other issues.
The Los Angeles Times leads locally and goes high with Obama’s expansion of federal funding for stem cell research that was accompanied by an order to federal agencies to strengthen the role of science in the policy-making process. The paper says it was the “most forceful break yet from his predecessor’s controversial scientific agenda.” The Wall Street Journal leads its world-wide newsbox with the Supreme Court narrowing the protections of the Voting Rights Act. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that a measure designed to help minorities elect their preferred candidate should only be applied to districts where minorities make up more than half of the population. In other words, officials don’t have to consider race when redrawing voting districts, unless minorities make up a majority in an area. The decision could make it more difficult for minorities to challenge redistricting efforts on the basis that they would dilute their votes. USA Today devotes its top slot to Heather McNamara, a 7-year-old who successfully underwent “a daring, high-risk operation” last month. In a 23-hour surgery, doctors removed six vital organs in order to take out a tumor. It was the first time this kind of operation was performed on a child.
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