May 1, 2009
Posted: 1803 GMT
It's with some degree of relief that I can report we will not be leading with swine flu today.
We will still have the latest on the epidemic and its real and deadly consequences in Mexico, but on this Friday, we are turning our attention to May Day.
What was once a pagan ode to the gods, and later became an American celebration of labor rights, then turned in to a a Soviet workers' day (which lead to the U.S. establishing labor day in September), is today an opportunity for demonstrators around the world to vent their frustrations and demands on a much wider set of issues.
In Washington, D.C., it's about immigration reform, in Cuba, about workers and the new regime, in France, extreme right wingers hijack the day to venerate Joan of Arc while labor unions stage their own rallies on a host of issues. And so every country has its own May Day. From anarchists to neo-fascists and everything in between, May 1st is a day to take your message to the streets.
Except in countries where public rallies are prohibited of course, unless authorized by the autocrats.
Also today, we're going to be discussing U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter's reported decision to retire at the end of June. He is a reliable liberal leaning justice, even though he was appointed by George Bush senior. This will be the first opportunity for a Democratic president to appoint a Supreme Court justice in fifteen years.
And remember the Barack Obama comic book hero a few months ago? Well, now it's Michelle Obama's turn to become a comic book superhero.
That and the rest of the day's top stories, of course.
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