Today's Monitor: Obama in Europe, North Korea sanctions, Sotomayor and the Senate
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• Bob Marquand threads together the historical and present-day forces that will shape Obama’s experience in Normandy.Skip to next paragraph
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And in national news:
• Ron Scherer turns his attention to the latest jobless numbers and reports the economy is still shedding jobs, though less furiously than before. Still, the pace signals the economy has probably not yet hit bottom. Also, look for more analysis of these numbers in today's Monitor’s View article.
• San Francisco started a Twitter account this week so residents can “tweet” when they run over a rut in the road. In New Haven, Conn., a few Web developers started SeeClickFix for residents to report graffiti or other neighborhood nuisances. As more municipalities incorporate technology to allow for greater community involvement in public works, will roads get fixed any faster? Can your tweet cut through layers of city and county bureaucracy? (Editor's note: The original version misstated the affiliation of the developers.)
• On his travels across the country, correspondent Bill Glauber finds that a garden grows—along with civic spirit—in an Ohio town.