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Politics of pandemic: Budget cuts and hog farms linked to swine flu outbreak

WASHINGTON—As President Barack Obama received praise here for his quick response in declaring an “emergency” in the deadly swine flu outbreak, the politics of the pandemic began to emerge.

Furor over Iranian leader speech at UN racism conference seen as diversion

Controversy over characterizations of Israel have diverted attention from the important purpose of the United Nations conference on combating racism taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, U.S. lawmakers and others charge. The diversion was unhelpfully, but predictably, fanned by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.