John McCaslin

Otherwise, Spanish-language media applauded Mr. Obama for his "intense" outreach to Hispanics, who for the first time represent nearly 10 percent of presidential appointments that require Senate confirmation. This compares to 5 percent under President George W. Bush and 4 percent under President Bill Clinton during the same time period.

Mr. Obama so far has 26 Hispanics - Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians and Cubans among them - working at the White House in a variety of senior-level posts. Hispanics make up 14 percent of the U.S. population.


Hopefully there won't be any shouting, spitting and shoving between agitated guests when TV talk show host Maury Povich returns to his hometown of Washington to take on teen pregnancy.

Actually, Mr. Povich will lead a candid conversation (not affiliated with his show) on teenage pregnancy at the National Press Club on May 5, the eve of the 8th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Among other panelists: Ann Shoket, editor in chief of Seventeen Magazine, and teen actress Kristen Alderson of ABC's "One Life to Live."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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