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Plus: Clarence Thomas' Wife Tea Parties, U.S. Blacks May Get First Saint, More

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Jeremiah Wright Discusses Obama Controversy
The contentious clergyman reveals his softer, cuddlier side.

He's back. And this time he's not spewing anti-Obama venom or fiery edicts. On the contrary, in the first interview since his disastrous public fallout with the president, Rev. Jeremiah Wright defends Obama, comparing him to a son who is being treated unfairly.
WASHINGTON POST: Rev. Jeremiah Wright Discusses Obama Controversy, History of His Church

Wife of Clarence Thomas Launches Tea Party Group
Of course she is. Did we expect anything less?

Liberty Central, the conservative lobbying group created by Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is wasting no time touting its Tea Party affiliations. Although Virginia Thomas's work doesn't violate any ethics rules, it could raise conflict-of-interest issues for her husband.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Justice's Wife Launches 'Tea Party' Group

First African American Priest Could Become a Saint
Catholic leadership makes a case to canonize Father Augustine Tolton

Father Augustine Tolton of Chicago could become the Catholic Church's first saint of African American descent. The archdiocese is making its argument to canonize Tolton, a former slave in Missouri who was the first U.S. priest of African descent.  He escaped to Illinois during the Civil War, served in the Union Army, and later joined the Catholic Church.
U.S. CATHOLIC: Chicago Archdiocese Begins Sainthood Process for First Black US Priest

Texas Conservatives Approve Radical Changes to Textbooks
In Bush country, separation of church and state is so passé.

The founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves - those who made the cut, that is. In the latest round of changes to Texas schoolbooks, Thomas Jefferson is out, removed from a list of revolution-inspiring historical figures by the board of education because of his belief in the separation of church and state. Apparently, writing the Declaration of Independence wasn't enough to qualify. To be added, however, is the "violent philosophy" of the Black Panther Party and the GOP's contributions to the Civil Rights Act.
NEW YORK TIMES: Texas Conservatives Win Curriculum Change

There's likely more trouble ahead for Gov. David Paterson as yet another staffer finds himself at the center of an alleged domestic incident. Clemmie L. Harris, the governor's top aide and former roommate, got into an argument more than 15 years ago with his then-girlfriend, who called the cops when things got heated. No charges were filed, but news of the dispute couldn't come at a worse time. The beleaguered Paterson is under investigation over allegations involving another aide.
NEW YORK POST: Another Domestic Dispute Between a Paterson Aide and Girlfriend

Chana Garcia is a journalist, blogger, and cancer survivor who lives in New York City.