According to Democratic aides briefed on the decision, the governor of Massachusetts has picked Paul G. Kirk Jr., former Democratic national chairman, to temporarily replace the late Edward M. Kennedy in the U.S. Senate. The appointment by Gov. Deval Patrick will let Kirk, who was close friends with the senator, serve in the post until voters pick a permanent replacement in a Jan. 19 special election. It also gives President Barack Obama a critical 60th U.S. Senate vote he needs to pass his top legislative priority, a health care overhaul.
To the Bolivian upper classes, President Evo Morales has to resign even if forced by extreme violence, or through a civil war.