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Headlines: Obama, McCain Abandon UNITY

UNITY Presidential Candidates Forum All but Dead
Promises of a presidential candidates forum next Thursday at the UNITY: Journalists of Color convention in Chicago have been a major drawing card, but it is now clear that both senators have other plans. On July 24, John McCain is to be in Columbus, Ohio, for a town hall meeting on cancer, while Barack Obama is to hold talks in Berlin, Germany, as part of his European tour.

A New Rights Chief for United Nations
On Thursday, United Nations officials announced that Judge Navanethem Pillay of South Africa will be named as the UN's new human rights commissioner. Born in 1941, Pillay experienced many human rights violations firsthand while growing up, and was the first woman of color on South Africa's High Court. She was also a part of the Rwanda war crimes tribunal.

Governing in Black and White
As November nears, voters are beginning to weigh how each candidate will affect race relations if elected. A recent New York Times poll said that "about half of black voters said race relations would improve in an Obama administration, compared with 29 percent of whites. About 40 percent of blacks said that Mr. McCain, if elected president, would favor whites over blacks should he win the election."

It's the Democrats by $25 Million
After stepping up their fund raising campaign last month, the Obama campaign raised $25 million more than McCain in June alone. This Sunday, more recent figures will be released when both parties must file their monthly disclosures with the Federal Election Commission. The contest for who can raise the most money was called "an arms race" by one analyst.

Prosecutor to Pursue Rebels in Next Case on Darfur Crisis
Days after seeking an arrest warrant for the Sudanese president, International Criminal Court prosecutor said on Thursday that his next case on the conflict in Darfur would focus on the rebels thought to be responsible for a deadly attack on international peacekeepers in September.

Trial for Vaccine Against HIV Is Canceled
Plans for a large human trial of a promising HIV vaccine in the U.S. were canceled Thursday because a top federal official said scientists realized that they did not know enough about how HIV vaccines and the immune system interact. A number of other HIV vaccines are in various stages of testing around the world. But there had been high hopes for the government's trial as the potential vaccine was among a new class that sought to stimulate the immune system in a different way.

"The View" On The N-Word
Following the leak of a transcript from Fox News that revealed Jesse Jackson's use of the "N-word," many are expressing mixed sentiments of outrage or understanding. Yesterday morning on The View, co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck cried while attempting to explain her passionate belief that the use of the word in popular culture makes it more difficult to get to a better, more racially understanding society.

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