More than 13,000 people crowd the South Lawn of the White House to greet Pope Benedict XVI and sing happy birthday. Across the street in Lafayette Square, the "papal visit drew a protest of about 200. With one demonstrator dressed as the pope, the crowd held signs criticizing celibacy and a large banner reading '100,000 sexually abused kids in the US.' "
· The protests come one day after the pontiff said he was "deeply ashamed" of the massive clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church and will work to make sure pedophiles don't become priests.
· Bush outlines vague "proposal" to reduce growth of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Associated Press: The President "appears, in the view of congressional Democrats and environmentalists, as increasingly irrelevant in the climate debate both on the domestic and international stage."
· Across the country in California, more developments in the prosecution of the horrific murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King. "A coalition of 27 LGBT rights groups is calling on prosecutors to try 14-year-old Brandon McInerney in juvenile court, not as an adult." McInerney is charged with hate-crime and firearm-use enhancements in the the Feb. 12 fatal shooting.
USA Today analyzes the current political season where a record six black candidates hold major-party nominations this year for senator and governor—three Republicans, three Democrats—and another 10 are running for such statewide office. They analyze the campaign of Deval Patrick "who is poised to become the first black governor of Massachusetts and only the second black ever elected governor in any state. He is one of a new generation of African-American politicians who are changing old assumptions about what offices black candidates can win."