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May 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

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Monday politics wrap: Diplomacy, the 9th District, mommy wars

Good Morning:

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, now U.S. ambassador to China, must be breathing easier today. What looked like a serious snag in U.S.-China relations turned into a tale of seemingly successful diplomacy. Blind activist Cheng Guangcheng and his family arrived in the U.S. Sunday. He plans to attend law school on a fellowship at New York University.

An excerpt from a quick news conference.

Earlier, this incident had all the makings of an embarrassment for President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Locke.

You may remember, Mitt Romney, blasted the current administration over this story, calling the original episode in Chen's story "a day of shame."

Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, told CNN he is worried about Chen Guangchen's safety even in the U.S.

Today's question. Did Romney get ahead of himself or is diplomacy a longer process than the 24 hour news cycle? Please post answers in the comments section.

More items on the jump.

Quick observation on candidate filings. Redistricting gurus created Washington's first majority-minority congressional district, the 9th, the seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Adam Smith.

Ironically, all five candidates --- Jim Postma (Prefers Republican Party), Adam Smith
(Prefers Democratic Party), Dave Christie (Prefers F.D.R. Democrat Party), Tom Cramer (Prefers Democratic Party) and John Orlinski (Prefers Republican Party) are white males.

Just saying.

Remember when the Mommy Wars raged for a few days? Working moms versus stay-at-home moms. Now comes a Gallup Poll I saw it on Politico.com certain to reignite some of those same passions. The poll says stay-at-home moms are somehow less happy than those in the work force.

Women voters are front and center in the presidential race this year, and, possibly, in the gubernatorial race in Washington state. How the candidates talk to female voters -- and speak of them --- matters.

Knute Berger at Crosscut.com has a fun piece today about Seattle culture; he calls it "Simple Rules for Staying Sane in Seattle.''


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