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Iraqi Troops Enter Sadr City: Iraqi troops, unaccompanied by American ground forces, delved deep into Sadr City today as part of a mission by the Iraqi government to establish control over the densely populated Shia area. The long-planned operation was the first key push by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government to assert control over the area full of support for Muqtada al-Sadr. Six Iraqi battalions advanced north. The forces quickly assumed positions at a main thoroughfare and near major hospitals and police stations. At full strength, an Iraqi battalion numbers about 700 troops.

  • Oregon and Kentucky: Two more primaries today, in Oregon and Kentucky, have Barack Obama set to reach a milestone in the presidential race, perhaps amassing a majority of pledged delegates. Regardless of results, Obama has said he would not declare victory against Sen. Clinton or suggest the Democratic primary should end before the last primaries on June 3. Obama has said, “We still have a number of contests, including Montana, before we’re able to secure the nomination. Senator Clinton has run a magnificent race, and she is still working hard, as am I, for all of these last primary contests.” Clinton's view, “This is nowhere near over. None of us is going to have the number of delegates we’re going to need to get to the nomination." Check back here for results as soon as they're called tonight.
  • French Workweek: Calls to expand the French 35-hour workweek have been squashed. Though the leader of France’s governing party called yesterday for a definitive end to France’s 35-hour workweek, he was almost immediatley contradicted by other party figures and by President Nicolas Sarkozy. The decision to shorten the workweek is ten years old, and expected to stay put for the present.
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