For the last few days, the only big piece of news to linger in the mainstream media besides the turmoil in Egypt has been the fate of Jon Huntsman. Huntsman, a Republican and former governor of Utah, has served since August 2009 as President Barack Obama's ambassador to China. When Obama was beginning his administration, picking Huntsman was an obvious, smart choice: He is a businessman with experience in the region and a firm grasp of Chinese.
Next year's Democratic presidential convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina:
Democrats will gather in Charlotte, N.C., in September to vote on their nomination for the presidential election. The pick signals that President Obama will seek to re-create -- at least in part -- his winning electoral coalition.
In The New York Times, Susan Saulnywrites about the apparent malleability of race in an increasingly multicultural America. To that end, she profiles a group of students in the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association at the University of Maryland:
Many young adults of mixed backgrounds are rejecting the color lines that have defined Americans for generations in favor of a much more fluid sense of identity. Ask Michelle López-Mullins, a 20-year-old junior and the president of the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association, how she marks her race on forms like the census, and she says, “It depends on the day, and it depends on the options.”